50 fun summer activities to tick off your Australian bucket-list.
By College Tourist of 12/24/14
Pack your hat, sunscreen and sunglasses and enjoy all that an Australian Summer has to offer.
Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island- but the smallest continent and it’s the only continent governed as a single country. We like to refer to it as an “island” because it’s surrounded by oceans. Australia is divided by six states and two territories so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Here’s a few things to tick off your list once you get down-under.
1. Walk the six- kilometre coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, cool off with a swim at Bronte Beach.
2. Grab a bunch of friends and skipper yourself around the Whitsundays. Charter a boat and sail around one of the 74 islands.
3. Take a iconic surfing lesson at Manly Beach with Manly Surf School.
4. Borrow a book or magazine at The Coogee Beach Library. Australia’s first free beach library.
5. Immerse yourself in a rich array of Aboriginal Art in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
6. Take a bike ride, horse ride, picnic or sit under one of 15,000 trees in the Centennial Parklands public park.
7. Take in the European village shopping atmosphere of Double Bay, shop and eat at some of Sydney’s exclusive shops.
8. Explore the local crafts and upcoming designers on Saturday mornings at Paddington Markets.
9. Watch a local cricket match at he MCG or SCG, it’s a summer sport.
10.Explore the rugged peaks and mirrored lakes of World Heritage listed Cradle-Mountain in Tasmania.
11. Laugh with one of Australia’s 828 species of birds, they are found everywhere.
12. Go off road with a 4wd adventure through the Kimberley.
13. Explore the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, east of Darwin.
14. Lift your body, mind and soul in Byron Bay, the heart of a rainbow region famous for alternative healing practices.
15. Catch a giant Barramundi at Proserpine, Queensland (permit required) and yes, it’s a fish.
16. Learn from local experts how to catch juicy mud crabs, trap fish and live off the local bush foods at One Arm point, Broome.
17. Sea kayak under Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.
18. Grab a bucket of fish and chips and a bucket of beer on Bondi Beach at the Bucketlist.
19. Discover the iconic natural wonders of Uluru and the Red Centre.
20. Ride a camel on the beach in Queensland.
21. There’s a lot of water and there’s a lot of sand, go sandboarding in Western Australia.
22. Visit Hosier Lane in Melbourne to absorb the street art.
23. Eat gelato and pizza in Lygon Street, Carlton
24. Take a road trip with the top down along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria.
25. Camp in Halls Gap, Victoria and hike the Grampians
26. Walk the South Bank Promenade in Melbourne.
27. See the Penguins at Philip Island in Westernport Bay Victoria
28. Take in the view of Melbourne from Mount Dandenong at night.
29. Go waterskiing on Hume Weir or Lakes Entrance, Victoria
30. Visit the wineries in the Yarra Valley or Goulburn Valley, if you’re over 18 you can do a taste test:)
31. See where bushranger Ned Kelly struck fear in to the locals in Beechworth Victoria.
32. Ride a bike along the St Kilda Esplanade after eating cakes from Acland St.
33. Take a spin on the rides at Luna park either in Sydney or Melbourne
34. Enjoy the shops and cafes in trendy Prahran, Victoria.
35. Play with the locals at one of the many animals sanctuaries.
36.White water raft the rapids of Tasmania’s Franklin River.
37. Learn to dive on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.
38.Watch the surfers at Bells Beach, near Torquay, Victoria.
39.Check out the hostels along Cottesloe Beach in Perth, right near the beach and watch the sunset on the Indian Ocean.
40. Take a tour of the Daintree Rainforest in Cairns.
41. Take in a summer music festival in Byron Bay, New South Wales and release your inner hippie.
42. Be a nightowl and visit of Sydney’s nightclubs in KingsCross.
43. Put a shrimp on the BBQ in one of the many local parks around the country.
44. Buy a mate a beer at an Outback Pub in Central Australia.
45. Because it’s still summer, swim with the dolphins at Vivonne Bay, South Australia.
46.Ride a hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley at dawn.
47.Visit the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel for a view you won’t soon forget
48.Swim with the worlds largest fish, the whale sharks in the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, WA.
49. Enjoy the history of the great Melbourne Cricket Ground with a tour of the entire stadium.
50. Say G’Day to an Aussie, they love a chat and remember to swim between the flags:)
For more information visit the Tourism sites in each state.