Be it wildlife, nature or off-the-road experiences, Australia has it all.
If it’s a fun-filled holiday you are after, then the Land of Oz is the place to go. Here’s a list of the top attractions across Australia that might help you plan your dream vacation — with fun and family in mind!
Commune with wildlife
Join one of the many free walking tours of the island and meet adorable quokkas on Rottnest Island, just a 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, Perth. Don’t be afraid to walk up to the “world’s happiest creatures” for a selfie or two! With Rottnest’s warmer temperatures, families can also swim and snorkel in its waters, home to more than 135 species of vibrant tropical fish.
Ever dreamed of getting up close with dolphins in their natural habitat? Turn your dream into a reality by staying in the Tangalooma Island Resort and signing up for their wild dolphin feeding activity. The resort is only a 75-minute ferry ride from Brisbane to Tangalooma, off the coast of Southeast Queensland. Alternatively, transfers for the resort’s guests are provided from the Gold Coast. Take the opportunity to ride on purpose-built glass-bottom boat to the world-famous Tangalooma Wrecks to reveal the hidden nocturnal nightlife below the water. There will be expert tour guides demonstrating natural phenomenon of bio-luminescence, whilist providing views on reel fish and marine life.
Live among bears, lions and giraffes at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge, which offers a once-in-a-lifetime overnight safari experience. Located within the National Zoo & Aquarium, close to Canberra’s city centre, experience the thrill of feeding giraffes or hearing the soothing snores of bears from your balcony — truly an adventure to remember!
Go off road
Take a 25-minute drive east of Perth to Swan Valley for vineyards and wildlife. Go cellar door hopping for a taste of fine, local wines or visit the Caversham Wildlife Park to cosy up to koalas and wombats. The fresh food lovers among you can also fill baskets full with gourmet goodies and fresh produce from roadside stalls and stores!
Cruise with crocodiles
Want a change from the usual adrenaline pumping activities when exploring rainforests? Explore the world’s oldest surviving rainforest in Daintree by taking a river cruise along the Daintree River, one of the longest rivers on Australia’s east coast to spot crocodiles, colourful birds and mighty barramundis. The Daintree village also has a number of eateries and souvenir shops for you to unwind at after a day of Discovery Channel-worthy adventures. Daintree is just an hour’s drive north of Cairns.
Float in a hot air balloon
Feel the wind in your hair and enjoy spectacular views while welcoming the sunrise in a hot air balloon. There are many launch sites across Canberra for your convenience. If you like, you can also top off the morning with a gourmet breakfast at a cafe after the flight.