1. Swimming with whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef
Dive or snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean, which can reach up to 18 metres.
2. The Giant Tingle Tree, Walpole
Meet the world’s oldest Eucalyptus tree.
5. Rottnest Island
See a quokka up close for yourself! Rotto is one of the only places where you’ll be able to see them in their natural habitat. (Fun Fact: Rottnest island was named by a Dutch explorer who thought the Quokkas were in fact rats. Rottnest = rat’s nest.)
6. Wave Rock
Visit this giant rock formation which looks just like a wave about to crash.
7. Eyre Highway, Nullarbor
Drive on Australia’s longest straight road.
145km with no bends.
8. Nullarbor Links Golf Course
While you’re crossing the Nullarbor, play a round on the world’s largest golf course. The 18-hole course is situated along 1,365km of the highway, between Kalgoorlie and Ceduna. Players purchase a scorecard and, upon completion, receive a certificate for playing the “World’s Longest Golf Course”.
9. Coober Pedy
Visit a town which is almost entirely underground. Coober Pedy, the world’s largest opal mining area, was built this way to avoid the scorching heat.
10. Swim with sea lions, Bairds Bay
It’s not uncommon to see them all laying out on the beach in the sun as well.
11. Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island
You can also hang out with them on the beaches of Kangaroo Island. (I hear that place is really hopping.)
12. Great white shark diving, Port Lincoln
The safe way to see one of Australia’s most feared predators.
13. Great Ocean Road
Drive the 243 scenic kilometres along the south Victorian coastline.
14. The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
While you’re there, check out the the Twelve Apostles before any more of them get washed away.
15. Tree surfing, Mornington Peninsula
A high-ropes course that includes climbing and zip-lining.
16. Panning for gold, Ballarat
Visit one of the most populated gold mining areas during the Australian gold rush, and try your hand at panning and digging for gold.
17. Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula
Relax in these hot spring thermal pools in a beautiful natural setting.
18. Cradle Mountain
Hike up Cradle Mountain and be rewarded with stunning views of the Tasmanian landscape.
19. Maria Island
The whole island is a national park, with no cars and no noise pollution. Pure bliss.
20. White water rafting, Franklin River
Take an 8- or 10- day rafting trip down the World Heritage Area of the Franklin River.
21. Bridestowe Lavender Estate
Visit 265 acres of lavender, and try some lavender-inspired food in their restaurant.
22. Port Arthur convict settlement
Visit an old convict town, the destination for the worst British prisoners in the 1800s. Ghost tours are also offered.
23. Viewing the Aurora Australis
NEW SOUTH WALES
24. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay
Visit the beach which has the whitest sand in the world.
25. Australia’s most haunted town, Yerranderie
Formerly a bustling silver-mining town in the early 1900s, access from Yerranderie to Sydney was cut off by the establishment of the Warrangamba dam, and many residents of the town left. Today, it is still home to abandoned buildings which, along with its remoteness, leave it with a very spooky atmosphere.
26. Mt Kosciuszko
Camp at the highest point in Australia, atop Mt. Kosziuszko in the Snowy Mountains.
27. BridgeClimb, Sydney Harbour Brigde
Become one of the three million people to have scaled the iconic bridge, offering amazing views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.
28. Glamping, Paperbark Camp
Stay in ‘tents’ that have comfortable beds, an attached en-suite with a bathtub, and a communal dining room. You’ll never have to rough it again.
29. The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains
Visit the amazing rock formations in the Jamison Valley, and while you’re there take a bushwalk or admire the beautiful scenery of the Blue Mountains.
30. Hot air ballooning, Byron Bay
31. Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
Dive the largest coral reef in the world and see a diverse mix of coral and marine life.
32. Charter a yacht in the Whitsundays
Whether just for a day trip, or overnight, the Whitsundays is one of the world’s best sailing destinations.
33. The Minjin Swing, Cairns
The only multi-person swing in Australia, the Minjin Swing swoops you through the jungle at 120 km/hour.
34. Bungy jumping, Cairns
While you’re up in Cairns, why not also get your blood pumping with a 50m bungy jump?
35. Sea turtle hatching season, Heron Island
See baby sea turtles hatch and make their way down to the water each November.
36. Waterfall pools, Litchfield National Park
Hop in one of these warm swimming holes, and get a natural massage from the falling water.
37. Kayak in Katherine Gorge
Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Australian rivers.
38. The Olgas
The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) are like the often-forgotten cousin of Ayres Rock, but are no less impressive.
39. Crocodile diving, Darwin
Get up close and personal with the largest Saltwater crocs on the planet in the ‘Cage of Death’.
40. Camel tours, Uluru
Take a camel ride in the Red Centre and see Ayres Rock.
Bonus: Travel on the world’s longest highway!
Highway 1, which travels around the coast of Australia and extends into Tasmania, is 14,500 km long, and the longest highway in the world. Every day, more than one million people travel on a part of it.