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10 Aussie Bucket List Adventures

8th September 2015

Right here in our own backyard, we have natural wonders, world renowned attractions and award-winning beaches. From the beauty of Uluru to the soaring peaks of the Blue Mountains or the picture-perfect waves of Surfers Paradise, there is so much to do and see in Australia. We’ve collected the best our country has to offer and put together ten Aussie adventures to tick off your bucket list. How many have you done?

Drive the Great Ocean Road

One of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road spans the stunning coastline of Victoria. A road trip will take you to witness the region’s incredible natural beauty. Along the way, you can enjoy the fun-loving surf culture of Torquay, admire the remarkable 12 Apostles and appreciate the treasures of the Great Otway National Park and the Bay of Islands Coastal Park.

The 12 Apostles at sunrise. The 12 Apostles at sunrise.

Go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef

The jewel in Queensland’s crown, the Great Barrier Reef is a true paradise. Spoil your loved ones with a holiday to the glorious Whitsunday Islands or the coast of Tropical North Queensland. Experience the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef by venturing on a scuba diving tour where you can see firsthand the magnificent underwater life that thrives just below the surface.

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of our most famous man-made structures, the Sydney Harbour Bridge stretches out from the Sydney CBD to Milsons Point. While taking a stroll across the bridge won’t cost you a thing, the best way to experience those impressive harbour views is by embarking on a bridge climb. Put on your tracksuit, ascend the arches and be prepared for uninterrupted panoramas of the city and beyond.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Explore Kakadu National Park

World Heritage listed, Kakadu National Park holds the title as Australia’s largest national park. Boasting extraordinary biodiversity, the park is home to cascading waterfalls, rugged wetlands and winding rivers. Located about two hours drive from Darwin, you can explore the region by foot or consider taking a scenic helicopter flight.

Kakadu National Park at dusk. Kakadu National Park at dusk.

Learn to surf at the Gold Coast

The beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast are known for their great surfing conditions. Beginners can learn to surf at Surfers Paradise, while more experienced riders can choose from a selection of golden beaches stretching along the coastline. And if the gorgeous beaches are not enough, the Gold Coast is bursting with top notch restaurants and bars plus oodles of shopping opportunities

Surfing at the Gold Coast. Surfing at the Gold Coast.

Cruise through Wineglass Bay

Freycinet National Park is nature’s masterpiece, encompassing white sandy beaches, pink granite mountains and the most azure waters around. To appreciate the superb contours of Wineglass Bay, hop onboard a relaxing cruise through the surrounding turquoise waters. The flawless crescent is the perfect spot for fishing, bushwalking, kayaking or sailing.

Tasmania's beautiful Wineglass Bay. Tasmania's beautiful Wineglass Bay.

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Experience a sunrise at Uluru

In the heart of Australia’s red outback, stands the ancient monolith known as Uluru or Ayers Rock. The colossal red rock has to be seen to be believed, with a circumference of almost 10 kilometres. The best time of day to visit Uluru is at sunrise or sunset when the vibrant orange glows shimmer against a backdrop of deep reds and purples.

Uluru at sunrise. Uluru at sunrise.

Take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles

Inside the Purnululu National Park, the Bungle Bungles are a unique Aussie icon. These distinct beehive-shaped sandstone rock formations boast usual orange and grey colourings. One of the Kimberley’s most beloved attractions, the beauty of the Bungle Bungle Range can be captured with a scenic flight. You can also choose to fly over the Ord River and the Triple Falls.

The Bungle Bungles. The Bungle Bungles.

Swim at Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island

Consistently rated as one of the top beaches in Australia, Vivonne Bay is a sandy paradise. Situated on Kangaroo Island, the pristine shores are perfect for a picnic. Swim in the shallows, go fishing from the jetty or take a boat out on the peaceful waters. Kangaroo Island is also home to an array of native Australian wildlife.

Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island. Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island.

Go bushwalking in the Blue Mountains

Discover the breathtaking Blue Mountains with a New South Wales getaway. This World Heritage listed region is ideal for bushwalking enthusiasts, with plenty of well established trails to wander. Nature puts on a mesmerising show with dramatic waterfalls, verdant valleys, soaring peaks and cliffs and canyons at nearly every turn. Not to mention the flourishing flora and fauna.

The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. The Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.

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