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40 Uniquely Australian Experiences To Add To Your Bucket List

From Cable Beach to Cairns, this will leave you itching to explore this wide brown land.

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1. Swimming with whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef / Via netvirjou

Dive or snorkel with the biggest fish in the ocean, which can reach up to 18 metres.

2. The Giant Tingle Tree, Walpole / Via reestrees

Meet the world's oldest Eucalyptus tree. / Via agathe_til

And while you're there take a walk in the treetops.

3. Camel rides, Cable Beach / Via amazing_wa

Take a sunset stroll along the beach.

4. Sand dunes, Lancelin / Via aya_in_perth

Perfect for sandboarding.

5. Rottnest Island / Via happymatty747

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

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Visit this giant rock formation which looks just like a wave about to crash.

7. Eyre Highway, Nullarbor

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Drive on Australia's longest straight road – 145km with no bends.

8. Nullarbor Links Golf Course / Via bennymiller17

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

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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 / Via gregorsnell

It's not uncommon to see them all laying out on the beach in the sun as well.

11. Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island / Via mir0slaw

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

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The safe way to see one of Australia's most feared predators.


13. Great Ocean Road / Via sam_heystella

Drive the 243 scenic kilometres along the south Victorian coastline.

14. The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road / Via dishlet

While you're there, check out the the Twelve Apostles before any more of them get washed away.

15. Tree surfing, Mornington Peninsula / Via gemmashakespeare

A high-ropes course that includes climbing and zip-lining.

16. Panning for gold, Ballarat / marygrace83p

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

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Relax in these hot spring thermal pools in a beautiful natural setting.


18. Cradle Mountain / aperfectcircle27

Hike up Cradle Mountain and be rewarded with stunning views of the Tasmanian landscape.

19. Maria Island / cassleigh_

The whole island is a national park, with no cars and no noise pollution. Pure bliss.

20. White water rafting, Franklin River / instagraham_23

Take an 8- or 10- day rafting trip down the World Heritage Area of the Franklin River.

21. Bridestowe Lavender Estate / lovethywalrus

Visit 265 acres of lavender, and try some lavender-inspired food in their restaurant.

22. Port Arthur convict settlement / graemeburnsred

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 / spkruit

Tasmania is one of the only places in Australia where you can glimpse the southern lights. Best places to try would be Coles Bay or Cockle Creek.


24. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay / siobhanmariehughes

Visit the beach which has the whitest sand in the world.

25. Australia's most haunted town, Yerranderie / hunter20paul

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 / jarrodlst

Camp at the highest point in Australia, atop Mt. Kosziuszko in the Snowy Mountains.

27. BridgeClimb, Sydney Harbour Brigde / bridgeclimb

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

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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 / pat_ebert

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 / wongzie

Take a relaxing sunrise float over Byron Bay and surrounding countryside. You can also balloon in the Hunter Valley.


31. Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef / emmajayesapienza

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 / ashertelford

Whether just for a day trip, or overnight, the Whitsundays is one of the world's best sailing destinations.

33. The Minjin Swing, Cairns

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The only multi-person swing in Australia, the Minjin Swing swoops you through the jungle at 120 km/hour.

34. Bungy jumping, Cairns

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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 / josefernando876

See baby sea turtles hatch and make their way down to the water each November.


36. Waterfall pools, Litchfield National Park / jdwho

Hop in one of these warm swimming holes, and get a natural massage from the falling water.

37. Kayak in Katherine Gorge / bookhopper

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Australian rivers.

38. The Olgas / kpowley

The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) are like the often-forgotten cousin of Ayres Rock, but are no less impressive.

39. Crocodile diving, Darwin / lorenklein

Get up close and personal with the largest Saltwater crocs on the planet in the 'Cage of Death'.

40. Camel tours, Uluru / thecrazyqueenb

Take a camel ride in the Red Centre and see Ayres Rock.