Swimming with whalesharks, Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia
You don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth for incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Update your 2018 travel bucket list with some of the very latest must-not-miss Australian experiences now.
Not many of us have the luxury of travelling the world, or checking items off travel bucket lists one far-flung destination at a time. Luckily, some of the world’s rarest sights and experiences are only a flight away in Australia.
Swim with Gentle Giants of the Ocean
Just over three hours from Perth to Exmouth by plane, the tropical Ningaloo Reef is home to one of world’s most elusive creatures — the whale shark. Score a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim and snorkel with the world’s biggest but gentlest sharks, which congregate at the World Heritage-listed reef every year between April and July.
Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge
If you are not easily scared of heights, then this experience should go right to the top of your bucket list. Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which stands at 134 metres above the harbour as the world’s largest steel arch. For an even more unique twist to this experience, lap up the city’s highlights from a whole new perspective at twilight or later in the night.
Take On A World-Class Rollercoaster
Just when you thought that you had seen everything, Warner Brothers’ Movie World on the Gold Coast unleashes the fastest and highest rollercoaster in the southern hemisphere. Release your inner speed demon on Movie World’s DC Rivals HyperCoaster, which sends you through thrilling twists and turns at more than 61 metres high. Labelled one of the best rollercoasters in the world, it is less than an hour’s drive from Brisbane and also offers adrenaline junkies the option of riding it in reverse. Yes, you read correctly.
It is not only possible, but an ideal way to see many of Australia's great sights without sacrificing comfort. Swap a sleeping bag for a bed with plump pillows and fine linen, and campfire food for three-course meals in 2018. Rore and Snore at Taronga Zoo where you can meet the animals, enjoy a night safari, sleep in glamping tents and wake to an early morning behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo. Or swim with whale sharks or even migrating humpback whales as you stay in total luxury among the sand dunes at Sal Salis Wilderness Camp, where the remote outback meets the turquoise, wildlife-filled waters of Ningaloo Reef.
Put that wanderlust into action!
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