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Top 10 things to do in Australia

I get asked this question a lot, “What are my favourite and top 10 things to do in Australia?”. The question is asked by some of the fellow travelers who wish to plan their travels or by others just out of curiosity. Whatever the reason be, the question is the same and everyone wants to know. Honestly, I feel Australia is much more than the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Ocean Road. Most tourists and travelers know Australia only for those two iconic places. Don’t get me wrong, they are definitely beautiful and are a must-visit. However, I do feel that Australia has so much more to offer and hence I have compiled a list of top 10 things to do in Australia. I have done each one of the ones listed and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.

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Top 10 things to do in Australia

Number 1: Heart Reef

Top on my list and my most favourite is viewing the Heart Reef from a sea plane. Australia is home to a natural reef which is in the shape of a heart. The reef can be seen only by air, which is either to take a seaplane or a helicopter.

This is part of the Great Barrier Reef and I recommend visiting this place for sure.

Heart Reef seen from a seaplane
Heart Reef seen from a seaplane

Number 2: Mount Kosciuszko

Australia’s highest mountain is the Mount Kosciuszko Standing tall at 2228 metres, scaling this mountain is on the second of my list. I have climbed this mountain twice and I have loved the landscapes that it provides.

  • City & State: Thredbo, New South Wales (NSW).
  • Read my detailed post: Mount Kosciuszko – A dream come true.
  • Approximate cost for the tour: The costs involved here are only the traveling and accommodation costs.
If you want to visit Kosciuszko national park in winter season, then read trip to the Snowy mountains.
Standing tall on Mount Kosciuszko
Standing tall on Mount Kosciuszko

Number 3: Cage Diving with Great Whites

I think the coolest thing I have done so far is cage diving with Great White Sharks. This is by far the most adventurous thing I have ever done. Being a huge fan of the Great White Sharks, this was an activity that was always in my bucket list.

  • City & State: Port Lincoln, South Australia (SA).
  • Read my detailed post: I love Bruce.
  • Approximate cost: AUD 495 (approx. USD 371) (only for the cage dive).
  • Tour operatorCalypso Star Charters.
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
Cage diving with Great white sharks

Number 4: Cage of Death

One more feather in my cap is the Cage of Death. The Cage of Death is the cage diving with a salt water crocodile. If you really want to come face to face with the biggest and meanest predator then this activity is surely for you.

  • City & Territory: Darwin, Northern Territory (NT).
  • Read my detailed post: Cage of Death.
  • Approximate cost: AUD 165 (approx. USD 132) (only for the cage dive).
  • Tour operatorCrocosaurus Cove.
Cage diving with the salt water crocodile
Cage diving with the salt water crocodile

Number 5: Great Barrier Reef

And the obvious one to visit Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. I definitely recommend scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef especially in Port Douglas as it is really beautiful and very less crowded.

Scuba diving in Great Barrier Reef
Scuba diving in Great Barrier Reef

Number 6: Six Foot Track

I am so proud of completing this hike which is the Six Foot Track in the Blue Mountains. It is a 3 days hike and gives a great experience of hiking and camping within the mountains.

If you are camping in your caravan, the visit Caravan Camping website for best camping equipment solutions.

Hiking the Six Foot Track
Hiking the Six Foot Track

Number 7: Milky Way

One more absolutely stunning thing to do in Australia is watching or camping under the Milky Way. I recommend and suggest everyone go see a million stars and the best thing about Australia is that the places to see the Milky Way are so close to the cities.

Milky Way in New South Wales (NSW)
Milky Way in New South Wales (NSW)

Number 8: Abseiling

For an adventurous soul, abseiling is the answer. I loved abseiling in the Blue Mountains, it was exciting and the adrenaline rush while getting down a 40 metres cliff was absolutely amazing.

  • Place & State: The Blue Mountains, New South Wales (NSW).
  • Read my detailed post: Abseiling!
  • Approximate cost: AUD 160 (approx. USD 128) (excluding transportation).
  • Tour operatorEagle Rock Adventures.

One tip to get cheaper ticket for abseiling is to keep checking Groupon. They have deals that come out sometimes.

Abseiling in the Narrow Neck
Abseiling in the Narrow Neck

Number 9: Uluru

Knowing and discovering the aboriginal culture at Uluru must definitely be on the list. I am awed by the cultural significance that this place has.

Wine tasting at spiritual capital Uluru

Number 10: Sky Diving

Diving from a plane at 14,000 feet is pretty awesome. Last on my list is Sky diving. And sky diving on Great Ocean Road is icing on the cake.

  • Place & State: Great Ocean Road, Victoria.
  • Approximate cost: AUD 329 (approx. USD 263).
  • Tour operator: Skydive Great Ocean Road.
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Sky diving at Great Ocean Road

Is Australia safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, Australia is very safe for solo female travelers. I have lived in this amazing country for around 9 years and I have not had many issues here. I have traveled all around solo and I have had a great time. However, I would suggest be cautious especially at nights and trust your instinct.

Are you intimidated by solo travels or do you have lot of questions regarding solo travels? Then read my frequently asked questions about solo travel.

Closing notes

There is plenty of other cool stuff that one can do in Australia. My list can go on for many more things, but since this post is supposed to have the top 10 of my favourite things to do, I will stop here :).

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  1. I felt so excited remebering having done myself numbers 6, 7 and 8! Australia is such an adventurous country! Would have liked to know exacty in which city can all this activities be found, since Uluru is far inside the country and needs to be planned specifically. Anyway, for me, numbers 3 and 4 will be next on the list!

    • Thank you for the feedback, that’s a good one. I have now added the city and place where the activities are

  2. Australia is very high up on my list. Like you point out, there’s so much to see and do there. From your list, Abseiling and skydiving don’t appeal to me at all, but snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef and discovering the aboriginal culture at Uluru are quite up my alley.

  3. Everything on this list is so exciting. But the Cage of Death and Swimming with the great white sharks seem like the umissable adventures. Uluru also sounds amazing. Abseiling I wouldn’t be able to do, as I have a vertigo issue.

  4. We were so sad we had to cancel our long trip to Australia for 2020. We had many things on our to do list but your post added a few new ones. We would love to be underwater anywhere. The Great Barrier Reef was a fun experience. But also fun to see the reefs from a seaplane! But I am still on the fence about shark cage diving.

  5. Exciting stuff truly. I am dying to visit Australia as I keep learning more and more about the country. If I had pick from the top activities that you talked about here, Mount Kosciuszko, Great Barrier Reef & Six Foot Trek would be the ones. It would be nice learning about the culture at Uluru too.

  6. Australia is one of my favorite countries and doing a Great White cage dive has been #1 on my bucket list for years!! So jealous you’ve experienced all of these amazing things, but I will definitely be saving this list (and your tour operator for the dive!) for when I can get to Australia for a more extended period of time. And the crocodile experience — crazy!!

  7. My dad had spent a long time in Australia but unfortunately I had been there only once. We are planning to visit Australia later this year but let’s see. These things you have mentioned I’m looking forward to do them all!

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. I’ve heard of so many good things about the place and your article has totally got me convinced. I’m particularly curious about the experience with swimming with the Great Whites, that sounds so incredible and a once in a life time kind of thing to do! Also the crocodile one — these two are so crazy but I’m so down for it!

  9. Never been to Australia but it’s definitely on my list. My daughter who is 6 now has kind of an obsession with Australia and wants to visit there once. With the pandemic, our plans got delayed but your blog gave us a good list of places to visit.

  10. I have never been to Australia but when I read your posts I feel like visiting it as soon this pandemic is over. Best 10 places.

  11. Wow. Kudos to you for doing the Death Cage. I could never convince myself to do it. And the milky way is just so beautiful. I will keep this in mind for when we plan our holiday to Australia

  12. I was in Australia for 3 weeks, about 2 years ago and it just wasn’t enough time! I missed going to Uluru which made me very sad (due to the lack of time) but I also missed some really cool activities such as the Cage of Death. I have been cage diving with the great white sharks in Hawaii so I didn’t mind not having the time to do it again in Australia but Cage of Death with the crocs would have been a unique experience. I guess I’ll have to go back someday and check the boxes I missed on the first trip!

  13. OMG Raksha, you are one crazy adventurous soul. I mean thanks for sharing so many adventurous activities to do in Australia, but at the same time, I won’t be able to nail them all. How did you manage to do the cage diving? It looks super scary.

  14. After reading this blog I would love to visit all these places. There are few places which is already in our bucket list but will add few more. Thanks for sharing this detailed post. I am bookmarking this post for future reference

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