The iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge are iconic Australia tourist attractions and have long been huge draws for people both living in and visiting Australia and if for only those two reasons alone it deserves a spot of the Big Australia Bucket List. Click to find out all about this incredible city and how to make the most of a weekend in Sydney.
Perth The capital of Western Australia — perpetually warm and sunny Perth. Or at least the states ad campaigns have convinced me of! Perth is your gateway to some of the greatest sights and experiences Australia has to offer.
The city combines art and culture with museums, creative spaces and hip restaurants which are paired with man made beaches and manicured gardens to create a one-of-a-kind type city. Situated on the Timor see it is the largest city in the very sparesly populated Norther Territory.
As the city is almost closer to Asia than any other Australian cities flights to Bali or Cairns take the same amount of time!
With a range of day and overnight trips available from Sydney — you can take in the Eucalyptus forest, learn about aboriginal legends, gaze upon the sweeping views across the valley, sleep under the stars, jump on a photography tour, or get your adventure on with activities like biking, abseiling and caving. Kosciuszko, and the Snowy River in the Snowy Mountains region.
Offering some of the countries best ski areas in Perisher Ski Resort which can be visited on a day trip from Sydney and Thredbo Ski Resort, which also has a year-round chairlift for valley views. Characterised by coastal cliffs, secluded beaches and eucalyptus-rich bushland, there are endless opportunities for barbecues, fishing, bushwalking, birdwatching and whale watching.
It is also rich in Aboriginal History and Aboriginal rock paintings, dating to prehistoric times, can be viewed at sites such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur and Ubirr.
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You could pend a lifetime exploring this incredibly beautiful park of Australia and this is one National Park where a day trip is not going to cut it. Although they are available if you are short on time!
For the best experience, we recommend at least a minimum of a 2 day tour — but if you can, give yourself the better part of a week on a 5 day tour from Darwin. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around million years ago.
You can fly into Uluru from most major airports in Australia, although there are limited accommodation options available in the Park itself so make sure you check availability before booking flights! Home to a variety of natural wonders, including the world heritage listed Mossman Gorge and the incredible Cape Tribulation where you can zipline, bush-walk and bird-watch where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef — one of the most unique locations on the planet.
It is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space!
The enormous 2,km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over types of hard and soft coral. With a variety of different ways to explore the national park from taking a scenic flight above it, skydiving down to it, scuba diving or snorkeling below it or day sailing through it — there are options to suit everyone! The most famous of these beaches is Whitehaven Beach — a 9km stretch of white sand perfection fringed by vibrant turquoise water and lush tropical rainforests.
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It is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and can visited on a day tripor on a multi-day sailing tour with backpacker boats for those on a budget, and a boats with a little more luxury for those who appreciate a certain level of comfort like me! Image C ParksVictoria Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians Gariwerd is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildflowers and wildlife including echidnas and wallabies, alongside a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites.
Covering a whopping square miles visitors have plenty of areas to chose from, from the iconic Halls Gap in the North, to picturesque Hamilton in the South, across to vibrant Horsham in the West and historic Ararat in the East.
Or for those that are short on time, a day trip from Melbourne is just what you need to experience this beautiful part of the world.
The visitors center for the 12 Apostles is free to enter and provides for some incredible photographic opportunities — and if you want more impressive view — opt for a 15 minute helicopter ride or walk down all 86 of the Gibson Steps to see the rocky outcrops from sea level. Explore the depths and heights of the river gorges and sea cliffs and admire the floral beauty of the vast, rolling sandplains.
Ubirr region in Kakadu National Park Australia
The Murchison River gorges in the Kalbarri National Park are particularly spectacular and have been carved over millions of years to form dramatic sandstone cliff faces which plummet into the River as it meanders towards the township of Kalbarri.
There is also the construction of a Skywalk in progress that will provide visitors with incredible aerial views about the park below. There are a variety of time slots and routes — with the standard climb taking 3.
Add in the option to climb at sunrise, sunset and anywhere else in between and you can easily find the perfect climb for you and tick this iconic experience off your bucket list! Book your Bridge Climb here! You can take a half day lesson to dip your toes in so to speak and see if you enjoy it — or fully commit to learning with a 5 day surf and stay package.
And for those of you that can already surf — why not make it a part of your East coast journey and travel up the coast from Sydney to Bryon on a 7 day surf trip?
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If travelling by road, you should allow 3 hours travelling time from Darwin. Over 5, recorded and identified Aboriginal art sites, Kakadu contains an uniqueartistical living cultural landscape of Aboriginal art.
Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock are two of the most pristine public sites that feature Aboriginal Cultural Rock Art and previous dwelling shelters. Ubirr is 39 kilometres from Jabiru which is Kakadu National Parks main town, and is not always accessible during the wet season.
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The dry season which is approximatley which is classed generally as May - October each year. Though in current year the wet has not set in till late December or January and then finishes mid April. This region is situated on the borderline of 3 differnt habitats and is extremely rich in wildlife. It is also an area that is extremely rich in Aboriginal Rock art with some sites possibly dating back tens of thousands of years.
The artsites in this area are magnificent and are probably some of the most detailed paintings that you will see on your tour in Kakadu. During the Tropical Summer season of Novemeber to march you may experience the road to Ubirr closed. This is because there are waterways usually dry from May to October that sit across the road Ubirr in Kakadu National Park.
See the sign on the right.
We drove down in late September when these photo's were taken and it was as you say 'dry as a bone'. The drive was very scenic with jagged ancient rock escarpments on the right towering over our 4WD and on the left low lying floodplains with numerous flocks of birds.
The drive from the Arhnem Highway turn took about an hour as we tended to drive rather slow and stop numerous times for photo shoots. The biggest surprise was before Ubirr is Border Store and Cahill Crossing both great spots to investergate.
Oh we heard from the Border Store folks a budget backpackers is to be built their early next year but no details yet. The one thing I keep finding as a pleasurable experience is something so simple you don't notice.
You would think in a national Park the size of Kakadu you would be paranoid of getting lost. Everywhere we went their clear precise signage in natural colours to belnd into the beackground of the landscape.
Walking - The first section to the top of Ubirr and the Aboriginal Art sites along the way. A one kilometre circular at Ubirr, will let you view incredible Aboriginal rock art sites along the way. Here we show the beginning of the walk from the carpark to the first rock art site, we found it a very easy stroll. The whole walk is 6.