There is certainly no shortage of travel advice floating around the internet. When it comes to identifying fun things to do, sorting out the best advice is the truly difficult task.
We are nothing if not helpful and incredibly good looking, so we’ve put our feet on the ground in some of the best spots around Australia to identify what’s really worth a look. In no particular order, here are the most fun things to do in Australia:
Fun things to do in Sydney
Of course, two of Australia’s biggest structural icons overlook each other across Circular Quay: the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Several terrific tour options are available for the Sydney Opera House but the best experience to be had between the two is BridgeClimb, an ascent to the very top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge that affords incredible views in every direction and lots of great information from experienced guides with wonderfully dry senses of humour.Just a few of the many #fun things to do in #Sydney Click To Tweet
If great visuals are your bag but heights are not, consider a stop by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Exceptional exhibits rotate through the gallery each year but the permanent collection of Australian, European and Asian art is nothing to sneeze at (and we mean that literally – they get really mad if you sneeze on the art) and can be enjoyed for free. Free tours are available, as are frequent lectures and one-off presentations of films or other media.
The ferry ride between Circular Quay and Manly is a must. Taking approximately 30 minutes, the ride grants unique vantages of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House (try to make your return trip as the sun is setting behind both) and the destination itself – Manly Beach – is beautiful whether you’re looking to surf, swim or stroll.
Sport fans are never without something to check out. At any time of year you’re liable to happen upon either a rugby (league or union), soccer, or cricket match. Tours of famous venues like the Sydney Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium are also available outside of events.
Taronga Zoo is also worth a look. The harbour icons form a breathtaking backdrop to the animals and the Roar and Snore is an experience that will stick with you long after you wake up to the sound of wildlife and the sun shining on the harbour.
Fun things to do in Melbourne
Melbourne is a sporting town. The spiritual home of Aussie Rules Football also has time for tennis (The Australian Open is held here in the height of the Aussie summer) and cricket (Boxing Day test, anyone?) and is itself an Olympic city, having hosted the majority of the 1956 games. The Melbourne Cricket Ground – home of the aforementioned Boxing Day test and the AFL Grand Final – is one of the grandest stadiums in the world and packs fans in with a capacity of over 100,000.
Shopping is the name of the other game in Melbourne, a city that takes fashion as seriously as their sport. Hundreds of boutiques and shops line the avenues and laneways of the CBD and shopping centres constitute entire city blocks. Melbourne is a city to see and in which to be seen.#Shopping and #Coffee are always on a #Melbourne itinerary Click To Tweet
One of our own favorite Melbourne activities is enjoying one of the many specialty coffee roasters and cafes that dot the CBD and surrounding suburbs. Melbournians take their coffee seriously and their zeal results in far more hits than misses when it comes to quality and taste. Many of the best cafes are found by exploring the laneways (and laneways off of laneways) to see where the locals are setting up camp but we’ll offer one tip so you can start your hunt with at least a little caffeine in your system: Patricia Coffee Brewers. Here you have only three options – white, black or filter – but it’s impossible to make an incorrect decision.
Ride that caffeine buzz across the CBD and toward Federation Square where you can stroll through the Australian Centre For The Moving Image and the Australian wing of the National Gallery of Victoria before crossing the Yarra and taking in the international wing.
Fun things to do in Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour is situated on the north shore of New South Wales and is known best for the natural features that define the landscape, as well as the primary crop of the region: bananas. In fact, one of the most famous attractions in Coffs Harbour is the Big Banana, one of the oldest of the “big things” that dot Australia.
Coffs Harbour is a great destination for every traveling party and the accomodation available ranges from hotels to extravagant resorts and spas. Whether you only need a place to crash or you’re planning on relaxing and taking in the view, you’re set!There's something for everybody in #CoffsHarbour Click To Tweet
Most of the activities revolve around the surrounding national forests and ocean shore. Scuba diving is popular, as are whale-spotting boat tours.
Traditional beachside activities like a water park are available (and are loads of fun) but we recommend putting on your hiking boots and heading into the forest to take in some truly breathtaking vistas.
If the beach is more your scene, Coffs Harbour will still be up your alley. Spectacular swimming beaches are bordered by trails for cycling, rollerblading, or just strolling along the waterfront.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and is the largest structure of living organisms in the world. The reef spans over 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast in the northeast area of the Australian continent.
The very best way to experience the Great Barrier reef is to literally dive right in. Myriad companies offer guided scuba tours for divers of any competence level and will set you up with all of the necessary equipment and instruction. Once you’re below the surface, it’s just you, your oxygen tank and seemingly endless natural beauty. The reef is the draw but fish, turtles, and even sharks are known to make cameo appearances in and around the reef, so you may even make a new friend or two!There's more than one great way to experience the #GreatBarrierReef Click To Tweet
Scuba diving is one of the main attractions but it’s not the only way to take in the beauty of the reef. Glass bottom boat tours are a great alternative for those of us who don’t want to rely on tanks for air or are satisfied with our current level of intimacy with sharks. From the safety of a boat you’ll do more than scrape the surface (see what I did there?) – you’ll have gorgeous views of the reef and sealife below with the added benefit of commentary from your guides.
Fun things to do: The, uh… Great Barrier Reef
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Wanderlust is contagious and rare is the curmudgeon who is immune. For years we have shared fun things to do as we’re out there doing them through photos or (when bandwidth allows) videos.
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