Your guide to the best things to do in Australia

Glenelg, Adelaide, SA

Go back to Nature

When you are planning what to do in Australia, you can't exclude the amazing nature and wildlife that our unique country has to offer. Australia has some of the best National Parks in the World, boasting towering trees, dramatic gorges, cascading waterfalls and some of the most scenic views imaginable.

Explore Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory and embark on a wonderful hike through native bushland and forest, or instead head to the nearby Litchfield National Park to marvel at the impressive termite mounds and cool off with a dip in a secluded rock pool.

To really be at one with nature, why not visit Kangaroo Island? Easily one of the best things to do in South Australia, Kangaroo island is a haven for nature lovers with its long stretches of coastline and an abundance of native flora and fauna. See basking seals, dozing koalas and of course grazing kangaroo in this uniquely rugged and wild destination.

If animals are your thing, you mustn't miss out on seeing the adorable quokkas on Rottnest Island, a short ferry ride from Perth. Head further up the coast to Exmouth and you'll discover the World-Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park where you'll find turtles, dolphins, rays, sharks and an abundance of tropical fish, and even have the opportunity to swim with the majestic whale shark!

One of the most iconic things to do in Australia has to be seeing Uluru and experiencing the deep cultural significance that this sacred land has to offer. For a truly special experience watch the sun rise or set over this awe-inspiring rock and you'll find yourself mesmerised by the beauty of the changing colours.

Explore the towns and cities

If you are thinking about things to do in Australia, don't miss out on exploring the bustling cities and quaint towns that this beautiful country has to offer!

Elizabeth Quay

In Western Australia you have the cosmopolitan city of Perth. Set astride the banks of the glorious Swan River, this modern city is an oasis in the middle of the rugged vastness that is Western Australia. With numerous shopping streets, an abundance of bars and restaurants and plenty of open spaces to relax and unwind, it's no wonder that Perth is a popular place. Head down to Elizabeth Quay and walk along the banks of the river and visit the iconic bell tower; wander through the unique London Court and find yourself a one-of-a-kind gift; take a picnic up to King's Park and watch the sun set over the city. Whatever it is you decide to do in Perth, you'll want to come back for more.

 Perth Kings Park

Alternatively, head down to Adelaide in South Australia and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of this modern and friendly city. Explore the Central Markets, a highlight of any trip to Adelaide with its wonderful sights, delicious smells and even better tasting food! Don't miss out on the free samples, the cheese is a must, as are the multicultural delights that adorn the stalls. Ride the tram from Adelaide city centre to the coast for a day on Glenelg beach, or take a tour of Haigh's chocolate factory – with so much to do in Adelaide you'll be spoilt for choice.

If cities aren't your thing, don't despair. Australia has many wonderful townships that will steal your heart. From the eclectic and artsy Fremantle with its lively vibe and excellent fish and chips to the tropical paradise of Broome, famous for its pearls, holiday vibe and fantastic sunsets, Western Australia has a lot to offer. Alternatively, head to South Australia for charming European style villages, such as the traditional German settlement of Hahndorf, complete with mouth-watering German bakeries and wonderful gift shops.

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