Things to See & Do in Australia
Fly a Sea Plane
An unbelievable once in a lifetime experience. book a lesson or just take a tour and you will usually find that if you ask nicely your pilot will be more than happy to give you a go at flying the plane. We booked our tour with Tasmanian Air based in Hobart, we booked the Freycinet Peninsular Wine Glass Bay tour. On the way back after an amazing tour our pilot let me take a turn at flying, it was scary but exhilarating at the same time. as someone with a fear of flying i wasn’t looking forward to the trip, but afterwards you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.
Visit Whitehaven Beach
With sand so fine it squeaks in protest as you walk along. Emerging from the undergrowth to see a beach so white its blinding and even on the hottest day the sand is still cool to the touch. The short walk up to the look out is well worth the exertion with commanding almost 360 degree views across Whitsunday island encompassing the famous postcard view of white haven beach and hill inlet. across the bay to neighboring islands, and over the Coral Sea to the horizon.
Climb The Mast on a Tall ship in Sydney Harbor
For as little as $25 you can climb to the top of the mast on one of the historical tall ships based in Sydney Harbor.
Once on board you are given a quick safety briefing harnessed up then off you go climbing like a modern day pirate up the rope ladder running from the deck right up to the crows nest.
The ladder is very secure and you are free to climb at your own pace. Harnessed to the ladder at all times you feel very safe and secure. They even allow you to take your camera up with you, to get some great photos like the one above…
it is an amazing feeling looking down at everyone below like small ants scattered across the deck looking up to see you. Of course the 360 degree views of Sydney harbor are just amazing. The only rule is that you do not consume any alcohol before your climb which is obviously there as a safety precaution. But it does make that cold glass of bubbles taste amazing after you climb back down with your heart still pounding a little in our chest from the adrenaline rush.
Experience an Outback Bush BBQ under the stars
An unbelievable night to remember, great location, tasty food, inspiring bush stories, music and a bit of local history thrown in for good measure. See my review page for full story
Relax on an overnight sailing trip in the Whitsundays
Anchored in a secluded cove for the night you watch the sun set to the west silhouetting the other island on the horizon. Enjoying a sun downer with the other quests on board you discus the days activities, walking up to the look out to take some great snaps.
Having a go at sailing the boat on your way back up from the beach.
Enjoying a delicious lunch prepared for you by your friendly hostess.
Going snorkeling with really friendly fish, some up to a meter or more long and coming right up to the boat to say hello.
Or maybe the dolphins who popped up to say hi on your way over to the nights anchorage.
With friendly stall with lots of experience and local knowledge, it really is a great holiday for you and the whole family.
Watch the sunset over Uluru ( Ayres Rock )
There is nothing quite like sipping on a cool glass of champagne, enjoying your freshly barbecued dinner while you watch the colors change across the face of Uluru from a bright orange to a deep fiery red as the sun sets behind you. simply breathtaking, there are a few tour which run day trips out to Uluru & Kata Tjuta including a BBQ dinner and drinks while you enjoy the sunset. we went with emu run tours which was run really well and i would definitely recommend it.
Feed some of the Local Wild life
All over Australia there are animal parks where you can get up close and personal with the native Australian wildlife, a lot of them are also set up as rescue and care centers for injured wildlife.
Its good to know that your entry fee is going towards helping care for our unique Australian wildlife.
Some of the best ones i have visited are Bonorong sanctuary in Tasmania between Hobart and Richmond.
It is a small sanctuary where you get the chance to actually get up really close to some of our iconic animals, stroke a koala, feed a kangaroo or pat a wombat.
The other one is a small reptile park in Alice Springs, where after a bit of a chat and display about the local residents of the park you can handle almost all of the different snakes and lizards, the thorny devil was my favorite.
For an amazing encounter with kangaroos the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs.
here very small groups are taken on a private tour of the sanctuary, you each get to take turns looking after the baby kangaroo, who is just adorable. while being lead on a very informative tour of the sanctuary, defiantly a must if your planing a visit to Alice Springs.
Cheese and Wine Tasting tours
You basically get your own private chauffeur taking you around to the different venues, you can eat and drink as much as you want and you don’t have to worry about who is driving home.
You all get to relax and have a great day, experiencing some of the amazing produce Australia has to offer.
Dive the Great Barrier Reef
With a wide selection of tours running both day and overnight diving tours now available all along the Queensland coast, it has never been easier to get out there and have a go at diving.
Even if you have no experience at all, you can take part in an intro dive for around $80 which includes one on one training with a qualified instructor. then once you are confident with the basic skills, they will take you for your dive as part of a small group of 3-4 other learners for your first dive.
The Whitsundays are a good place to start with lots of different tours running a good one to try is Mantaray Charters a day trip running out of Airlie Beach including a visit to Whitehaven Beach and then the opportunity to Dive/Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
Salamance Markets Hobart Tasmania
Salamance Markets are a great way to spend your day they run every Saturday morning till around 2pm with a wide selection of fresh produce from all over Tasmania, it is a foodie heaven.
Freshly shucked oysters from Bruny Island, Cheeses, preserves, wines and so much more you could spend a lot longer then a morning here. It is so hard to tear yourself away from each stall of deliciousness but you must be strong.
There are also a wide selection of handmade goods and gifts available as well, the market is also surrounded by lots of different shops the huge deli is definitely worth a stop as is the Salamance wool shop.