Australia is the smallest continent and the sixth-largest country in the world. Also known as the Land Down Under, Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. While considered as one of the most exciting island countries to visit, Australia remains to be a popular travel destination for backpackers, thrill-seekers and international travellers alike.
If you’ve been planning to visit Australia for a while now, don’t let the distance keep you from booking that flight. Whether you decide to stay in the city or spend your vacation in the laid-back countryside, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Australia.
From exploring the stunning Australian outback to basking under the sun on one of its white-sand beaches, we’ve compiled the top 10 best things to do during your holiday in Australia.
1. Explore Rural Paradise in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley, located two hours north of Sydney, is Australia’s oldest wine-producing region with over 150 wineries and cellar doors dotting its panoramic countryside. The region is renowned for the Shiraz and Semillon wine varieties.
If you love fine wine, great food and stunning landscapes, the Hunter Valley is a travel haven that you wouldn’t want to miss. You can explore the region on a day trip and go vineyard-hopping. Or, you can spend a relaxing staycation in Lovedale, the heart of Hunter Valley.
Stay at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, where you can enjoy world-class resort accommodation, modern facilities, an 18-hole championship golf course, two swimming pools, an onsite spa, award-winning restaurants and much more.
The resort offers many activities, including winery tours in Hunter Valley or a brewery tour in its very own Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley. You can also take your experience to the skies and hover above the Hunter Valley on a helicopter tour or hot air balloon flight. No visit to Australia would be complete without at least a few days in Australia’s most beautiful region.
2. Swim, Snorkel and Skydive in the Great Barrier Reef
Listed as one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is a prized World Heritage Area. Found off the coast of Queensland, the Reef is the planet’s largest coral reef complex with thousands of reef systems and hundreds of islands and coral cays. The Great Barrier Reef is also one of the largest living structures on the planet and stretches for a whopping 2,300 kilometres.
Explore the kaleidoscope of coral reefs and take the chance to encounter native marine life found nowhere else in the world by snorkelling or scuba diving at Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island or Lady Musgrave Island.
If you want to view the magnificent reef from a different perspective, you can take a 45-minute cruise from Cairns going to Fitzroy Island or hire a speedboat from Port Douglas. You can also board an aeroplane plane and soar over Heart Reef or skydive in the Whitsunday Islands or Mission Beach.
3. Road-trip along the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Spanning 400 kilometres, the southwest coastline runs from the town of Torquay to the Australian border of Nelson. Hugely popular with locals and domestic tourists, it’s a must for international visitors too.
You can drive from point to point in one-day, but if you want to explore and take in the scenery, you can make it a two or three-day trip. Surf or relax in the beaches of Anglesea or Bells Beach. If you want to surround yourself with nature, you can take a nature walk in Great Otway National Park. As you move further west, you will be stopping by Port Campbell, Sherbrook River West, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles sandstone pillars. You can also make a stop at Griffiths Island and the old fishing village at Port Fairy.
4. Enjoy a Camel Tour in Uluru
Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is a giant stone monolith located at the centre of Australia. Estimated to be around 600 million years old, the Australian landmark stands 348 metres above sea level and resembles a land iceberg.
Joining a sunrise or sunset camel tour will take you around the red dune country with the stunning Uluru as the backdrop. If riding atop a camel doesn’t appeal to you, you can hire a bike or Segway and explore the structure at your own pace. Or, you can book a helicopter ride if you want to soak up the full 360-degree view of Uluru and the national parks surrounding it.
5. Hop on a Cruise Around Sydney Harbour
If you prefer staying in a vibrant city lifestyle, Sydney is the place to visit. Hopping aboard a cruise will give you a better view of Sydney’s major tourists attractions, including the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll also pass by Clark Island, Fort Denison and Shark Island.
If you’re planning to visit between May and October, you might also be lucky enough to see the humpback whales playing during the annual migration. Other must-visit places in Sydney are Bondi Beach, Luna Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
6. Hike at the Blue Mountains National Park
Blue Mountains National Park is part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, located about 60 kilometres west of Sydney. It’s the must-visit destination if you want to experience a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure.
The park’s spectacular topography offers the perfect setting for rock climbing, camping, caving, hiking, canyoning and canoeing. As you explore the heritage trails, caves and forests, you’ll get to see the well-known Three Sisters sandstone pillars and other famous tourist spots such as the Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap, Scenic World and Katoomba Falls.
7. Jungle Surf at Daintree Rainforest
Located a couple of hours drive from Cairns, Daintree Rainforest is the home of World Heritage Site – Daintree National Park, and hundreds of tropical animal and plant species.
While you can join walking or river tours to explore the rainforest, there’s no better way to enjoy uninterrupted views of the wilderness by jungle surfing – or zip lining – through the forest. Tour operators offer guided jungle surfing canopy tours to make the experience safe and fully controlled.
8. Soar Above Lake Hillier
Delight your eyes with the soft pink hues of Lake Hillier in Middle Island, Western Australia. Lake Hillier lies beside the Pacific Ocean, separated by a strip of lush green forest.
The pink lake is 600 hundred metres long and is surrounded by a rim of white sand. You can see Lake Hillier on a boat cruise from Esperance, but you can have the best view of the spectacle from the air aboard a scenic charter flight.
9. Explore Fraser Island
North of Brisbane is Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. What’s special about Fraser Island is that it’s the only island on Earth where rainforests grow on sand dunes.
You can take a drive along the 75-mile stretch of beach on a 4WD, then make a stop at the Maheno Shipwreck, the Pinnacles limestone formations and the bubbly rock pools of Champagne Pools. Keep an eye out for dingoes on land and humpback whales at sea. After your road trip, you can relax and swim in Eli Creek, Lake McKenzie or Lake Birrabeen. If you’re up for a hiking trip, you can climb the dune at Lake Wabby.
10. Meet Red Roos at Kangaroo Island
No trip to Australia is complete without a personal encounter with the country’s national animal. Kangaroo Island, or KI as locals call it, is a breath-taking island destination where you can see kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas in their natural habitat. More than just a marsupial sanctuary, the island is also a great place for catching glimpses of local; marine animals such as seals, sea lions, penguins, whales and dolphins.
Make the Most of Your Stay
Whether you’re a local Australian looking to escape on a getaway or an international visitor wanting to explore the best that the country has to offer, make sure you don’t miss the Hunter Valley. At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, our central location gives you easy access to the best vineyards, estates, cellar doors, award-winning restaurants and bars and local attractions.
Soak up stunning views of the Brokenback Mountain Range from your luxurious resort villa or hotel room. Re-energise and recharge at our onsite spa and pools. Enjoy exploring the rolling landscape of the region and discover the rich, cultural history of the area. When it comes to things to do in Australia, the Hunter Valley definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Do you want to know more about the Hunter Valley? See here 21 Things and Activities you can do in the Hunter Valley!