I am sure many of us have thought a time or two about taking a trip to Australia. Who wouldn’t love to learn how to surf or swim in the ocean? Wouldn’t you love to check out the birds, reptiles, kola bears, and other wildlife?
If any of those things intrigues you, a trip to Australia might be the perfect vacation. Because the Australian climate is so varied, there’s always a variety of options for destinations and activities. If you prefer to rough it in the country, you can explore the Outback and climb Ayers Rock. Those who prefer the city can discover the delights of Australia’s major cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
Whether you have to budget, or you have a few extra bucks to spend, you can find the right Australian travel package for you. Those on a budget can see what Australia has to offer by backpacking around the country and staying at inexpensive hostels.
Australia bound travelers can book guided tours which include things like sailing trips, hikes through the wilderness, and tours of the local wineries. You can book these tours online or by using a travel agent. Many travel agencies will offer packaged deals with hotel accommodations or by combining activities with hotel and airfare.
So what activities should you do? If you took your vacation to relax, there are plenty of beaches for you to sooth your soul. If you enjoy shopping, you could partake in the top-rate, fair trade shopping that Australian cities can offer.
Other activities include, taking in a play, or visiting historic or political points of interest. Australian fine dining is famous for its choice selection of seafood and beef. Some tour packages may even offer cooking classes, if you’re interested in learning how to prepare these delicious meals yourself. Be sure to ask your travel agent about these or check out Google 😉
Australia is known around the world for its wines, particularly Shiraz, so a cooking class that incorporates wine into the cooking would be an ideal way to experience all the culinary delights Australia has to offer at the same time.
If you prefer activities which are more active, a kayaking trip or a tour of the Great Barrier Reef might be the thing for you. Travelers can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, get lessons on surfing, or go parasailing.
If your adventure is more of the extreme nature, you can try bungee jumping or skydiving. For those who wish to get in touch with nature, a drive along the Great Ocean Road or a day cruise to watch dolphins and whales in the ocean would be a great way to appreciate Australia’s natural beauty.
For more ideas about a perfect Australian vacation, you can find a multitude of websites and guidebooks that can help you plan your trip. Let’s Go, Frommers, and Lonely Planet offer guidebooks updated annually that highlight points of interest, places to stay, and the best restaurants to visit, as well as the general price range and rating for each.
Travel websites can also help you plan a trip. Australia.com has a vast amount of resources, including census data, travel specials, climate information, currency conversion and photo galleries. It even has information about temporary work visas, if you’d like to make your vacation an extended working holiday.
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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
OMG, I would LOVE to go to Australia one day! I’ve been all over Europe and Mexico, but I’ve never had the chance to go down under. It’s at the top of my bucket list.
I would love to visit Australia. It’s on our family bucket list for sure!
melissa chapman says
It is so far and my husband went before we were together. It does look like a geat trip and we are on a budget so it will be roughing it a little.
Kelly || Food, Fun, & Faraway Places says
Australia is high on my bucket list to go visit. I’ve done parts of Europe and want to go back. I think I would need a full year to explore and really see everything I want to see in the world.
Kelly Hutchinson says
My older sister lived in Australia and she loved it. I have wanted to visit there ever since.
Catherine Sargent says
Australia has been at the top of my bucket list for year. I want to go and see the Great Barrier Reef.
Veronica Solomon says
Definitely a bucket list item. I will be going one day
My son has always wanted to go to Australia. I didn’t know that they were known for their Shiraz.
Amanda Tempel says
I went to Australia almost 10 years ago, and it really was a dream. We visited the Opera house, Tangalooma Island, snorkeled in the Great Barrier and more. We went to NZ as well, and they’re just places that everyone needs to experience.
I want to go to New Zealand. I know many out there want to travel the world and see almost everything. I have a handful of places I really want to go and would be content with the rest of my life if I get there.
Australia is on my bucket list of places to visit. I think kayaking the Great Barrier Reef would be such an incredible experience!
Australia is totally on my bucket list. My sister spent six months in Perth and I was so jealous of all of her adventures!
Mimi Green says
I like a little bit of everything. I would go for the adventure route and then follow it up with the relaxing beach part.
That is how I am.
Australia is on my bucket list. My sister was there last year and had the most wonderful experience.
My ex mother-in-law went a few years ago. She brought back so many pictures and gifts. She had the best time and it was nice to be able to share her adventure when she got home.
Sarah Bailey says
Australia is one place I would absolutely love to visit one day, though I totally admit the idea of the spiders and bugs there scares me haah
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
Australia is one of those places Id really love to visit in the near future. My friend went there recently and raved about the trip!
This is one place I have always wanted to go. It just looks like such a beautiful place. I really do hope I’ll be able to visit one day.
Australia is beautiful but I don’t think I’d ever visit there LOL Too many poisonous, deadly creatures over there.
I am sure that is how many feel about coming to America 😉
Wendy Polisi says
I have always wanted to visit Australia. I’ve heard it’s quite the memorable place.
I have some friends who live over there… all of them in different parts. I am going to need a month just to see it all. Probably never come home.
Sheena Tatum says
I always felt that if I went to Australia, I would get lost or have no clue what I was doing. This info really helps and calms my nerves a bit if I were to ever go.
Up Run for Life says
My oldest son’s grandparents went a few years ago to Australia. They said it was so beautiful and that they hoped to be able to go back. I think it would be awesome to take my kids one day too.
I’ve been seeing a lot of pictures of Australia lately which makes me want to go there and explore its beauty. Someday…I hope!
My niece got a job working for Air New Zealand. It’s allowed her to travel to both New Zealand and Australia several times. I would love to see it myself.
Shannon Gurnee says
I would love to visit Australia someday! Sounds like an unforgettable trip that’s for sure!
I would love the opportunity to travel to Australia one day!! It’s pretty high up on my bucket list!!
Carol Cassara says
I would love to explore Australia someday! I think it’s beautiful and there’s definitely plenty of places to go! Loving this guide, I appreciate it very much.
Our Family World says
If I were given an opportunity to travel to Australia, I would like to do a lot of outdoor activities. I would want to see famous nature landmarks and dive in the ocean to see the Great Barrier Reef. I’d tour the cities too, visit museums, historical spots and of course, sample the local cuisine!