The best fun things to do in Australia

Coming on holiday and wondering what to do in Australia? Already here and just looking for some cool or fun things to do? Keep reading to discover the best activities & fun things to do in Australia!

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There are so many fun things to do in Australia it is really hard to shrink them down to a small list. However, I have managed to put together what I think are some the best things to do in Australia!

At the moment it is a top ten list, but I will be adding more cool things and fun activities in the near future, so be sure to follow me online (links at the top of the page) to keep up to date.

Because Australia is such a big country, there really are so many different things you can do. It doesn't matter if you're an adventure seeker, or if you prefer to take things at a slower pace, there is something for every one.

Other pages that may interest you include Best places to visit in Australia and Top 10 secret destinations in Australia and Best Landmarks and Sights in Australia, they have some great places that I highly recommend you put on your Australian bucket list.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my selection of things and activities to do in Australia!


1 . Try some good Australian wines


A bottle of wine on a table

Unknown to many international tourists, Australia is a producer of some excellent wines. And they often win medals and awards at international wine competitions.

In fact, in 2013, Australian wines won a total of 774 out of a total 5395 awards at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (www.iwsc.net). That’s a massive 14% of all the awards!

Australia produces some of the very best Shiraz wines of anywhere in the world. The hot conditions in South Australia and Western Australia, combined with a high level of minerals in the soil produce beautiful flavours that are totally unique to Australia.

If you prefer whites, the cooler climates of Victoria and Tasmania produce some lovely varieties, and you should try a nice Chardonnay, one of the most popular varieties in Australia.

You can get a good bottle of wine for around $20, and some of the cheaper varieties are also worth trying if you are not a complete wine snob.

Some of the most popular wines you’ll find in Australia:
Reds: Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir
Whites: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling

If you are interested in finding out more information about Australian wine have a look at this site, it is really good: www.wineaustralia.net.au.




2 . Try some good Craft/Micro Beers


A selection of Australian beers

Australia has long had the reputation of a beer guzzling nation who drinks Fosters by the litre.

While perhaps that may have been true 15 or 20 years ago, Australia has in recent years undergone a food and drink revolution and the typical Australian now expects, and demands, higher quality products.

While the number of smaller breweries in countries typically known for the high quality beers (for example, Germany and Belgium) are on the decline, the number of microbreweries in Australia currently growing at an almost exponential rate.

There are too many beers to name them all here, you'll just have to ask your local bottle shop attendant to recommend some. But to get you started here are a few popular ones:

Popular craft/micro beers:
Mountain Goat, Moo Brew Pilsner, 4 Pine ESB, Feral Hop Hog IPA, Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale

Popular high quality mass produced beers:
Coopers Original Pale Ale, Cascade, James Boag's Premium, James Squire varieties, Little Creatures Pale Ale

Average quality mass produced beers to try just to say that you have:
VB (Victorian Bitter), Melbourne Bitter, Carlton Draught, XXXX, Fosters, Hahn, Tooheys, Pure Blonde

Unfortunately none of the average quality mass produced beers beers listed just above are Australian owned any more, as they have been bought out by big multinational conglomerates. That's globalisation for you. But if you want more details about Australian beer in general make sure you check this great website: www.beeradvocate.com.


3 . The Aussie BBQ


Meat on a BBQ

Who could come to Australia and not have a typically Australian BBQ?

There are barbecues literally everywhere. Many public parks and gardens have free barbecues (or 20 cents for 10 minutes of cooking time, which is close enough to free) dotted around, as do many beach side park areas, camping grounds, and virtually every house in Australia has a barbecue of some description.

The typical Australian BBQ involves a lot of meat, a lot of cold beer on ice inside and Esky (a portable insulated cooling box), a lot of white sandwich bread, a lot of tomato sauce (ketchup), and not a lot else. You may find the odd token salad. Then again you may not.

For those who enjoy more than just meat with their meal may be a little disappointed. But for those who love meat, you will be in paradise. You'll find everything from sausages, hamburgers, lamb chops, steaks of various varieties, chicken wings, skewers, and/or a variety of fish and sea foods.


4 . Learn to throw a Boomerang


A boomerang

While you’re in Australia you should try throwing a boomerang!

The first time you throw one and it comes back is an amazing experience, there is nothing like throwing a piece of wood away from you only to have it come back!

What you’ll need is:

  1. A boomerang!
  2. A big empty space, you don't want to hit someone with it by mistake. An empty sports oval is perfect.
  3. A lot of patience, it takes a while to get the hang of it.
  4. Courage if you want to try to catch it... if you ever manage to get it to come back to you.

For more details on the actual technique involved in throwing a boomerang, I recommend these two online resources: www.boomerange.org/how and www.youtube.com/boomerangs


5 . Learn to play the Didgeridoo


Girl playing the Didgeridoo

Play one of the worlds most ancient musical instrument, the Didgeridoo.

The first record of people playing the Didgeridoo is from Aboriginal rock paintings dating back about 2,000 years. But it is thought that they have been playing it for much longer, perhaps as long as 40,000 years ago.

Playing the Didgeridoo is not easy. Like any musical instruments it takes hours of practice to get your first true tune, and years to become a master.

To be able to play it continually, you must first learn how to blow air out of your mouth while sucking it in through your nose at the same time. Try it now, I bet you can't do it! Many people learn this skill by practising blowing bubbles in a glass using a straw.

However, if you get the chance I highly recommend giving it a try, you should be able to get some interesting sounds, even if you are not a bubble blowing master.

Just think, you may just be playing the worlds oldest musical instrument! Here is a great video, by David Hudson, www.youtube.com/didgeridoo


6 . Sleep out under the stars in a swag


Australian skyline at dusk, stars in the sky

Sleeping out under the Australian stars on a clear night is an amazing experience.

And in case you are wondering what a swag is, it is a something like a large canvas sleeping bad (which is waterproof) in which you can put a small camping mattress, some bedding and a pillow. It also has a small hood which can be done up to keep the insects out.

Once you get out into remote Australia, where there is no light pollution (from cities, street lights, etc) you wont believe what the sky looks like - it will take your breath away.

Due to the huge size of Australia and the small population, once you get just a short distance away from the cities, the night sky lights up. With virtually no air or light pollution out in country it is one of the clearest night sky's you will find anywhere in the world.

And the good thing about sleeping in a swap (or camping) is that it also usually involves points 2 and 3 (BBQ and Beers) from above. I think it is a perfect combination!

Aboriginal Dream Time legend says the Rainbow Serpent is up in the sky, can you find it? And while you're at it, can you find the Southern Cross star constellation, used to find true south (much like the North Star is in the northern hemisphere).

If you want some more information about camping in Australia or free camp sites make sure you have a look at this website, it has everything you need: www.exploreaustralia.net.au/camping.


7 . Swimming with Whale Sharks


Original image supplied from
www.whalesharkdive.com

Swimming with whale sharks is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

The best spot to do this is Ningaloo Reef on the Coral Coast, in Western Australia, about 1,150 kms north of Perth. The best time to see whale sharks is between mid-March and the end of July.

Being a reef there is a lot more there than just whale sharks, but they are certainly a major attraction. For those who don't know, whale sharks are in fact shark, but not the man eating kind you may be thinking of.

They are graceful creatures who can grow up to 14 m (46 ft) long. They only eat microscopic plankton by filtering them through their open mouths. You will not get eaten by these beautiful creatures.

For more information just visit www.whalesharkdive.com.


8 . Go on a Crocodile Cruise


A crocodile

Another large water based creature of Australia that interests a lot of people is the salt water crocodile.

Unlike the whale sharks, mentioned in the point above, these creatures are deadly and you can not go swimming with them. The only safe way you can view these creatures in their wild habitat is on a crocodile boat cruise.

This is a truly amazing experience which will also stay with you for life. You'll be out on a smallish boat with crocodile up to 5 meters in length swimming past you.

If you get on a good tour the captain will dangle bits of meat over the edge, getting the crocodiles to jump up out of the water to get the meat.

Some of the best places to do a crocodile cruise are around Cairns (in Queensland) or around Darwin (in the Northern Territory).

Make sure you take your camera and get some amazing shots of these amazing prehistoric animals!

If you are interested in finding out some more information about croc cruises, have a look at these two website. Near Darwin (Northern Territory): www.adelaiderivercruises.com.au, and in the Daintree Rainforest (Queensland, near Cairns): www.crocodileexpress.com

9 . Not getting killed by deadly animals


A tiger snake

I get a lot of questions about deadly animals, so I thought I would put this one: DON'T GET KILLED BY A DEADLY ANIMAL!

This should be pretty obviously, but one thing to do while in Australia is to make sure you don’t get killed by an animal. Unfortunately almost every year there is a tourist (or Australian) or two who fail in this. Here is a selection is some potentially deadly animals in Australia.

  • - 21 of the worlds top 25 most venomous snakes, including the top 11. All of which are deadly. More information can be found here: www.whatcanilearntoday.com
  • - 4 types of man eating sharks
  • - the deadly blue ringed octopus
  • - 2 types of jellyfish (Box jellyfish and Irukandji)
  • - Stingrays (remember Steve Irwin?)
  • - 2 types of spiders, the Sydney funnel web and the Redback
  • - The salt water crocodile
  • - Cone shells... that's right, there are pretty shells that can kill you
  • - The Stone Fish, known as the most venomous fish in the world

Okay, I should make it perfectly clear right here, right now, that it is not like these creatures are everywhere and that you'll have a hard time just surviving a 3 week holiday in Australia. No one has died from a spider bite in Australia since the 1970's. You have a much higher chance of being hit by a car than attacked by a shark. Jelly fish deaths are very rare.

BUT... please use a little common sense. If you see an animal in the wild, leave it alone! Don't pick up the spiders and don't try to catch a snake. Don't go swimming in the tropics unless you know it is safe (crocodile do kill people who are stupid enough to go swimming near them on a regular basis).

Enjoy Australia!


10 . A cruise on Sydney Harbour


Sydney harbour at sunset

If you get the chance, I highly recommend going on a cruise on the Sydney Harbour.

There is something magical about this. It is hard to put a finger on it. But on a warm summers night, cruising around the harbour and sipping on a beer or wine, while talking to other guests, is pretty hard to beat.

You get to see the city and its waterfront in a completely new way, and it is unfortunate that more people don't take up this experience.

Watching the sun set over the horizon and the city lights start to come on while gently rocking on a cruise boat is beautiful. Do it if you get the chance!

If you are interested in finding out more information about the cruises on the harbour, or Sydney in general, be sure to have a look at www.sydney.com.

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