If you are planning a trip to Australia, you will have no shortage of destinations to choose from, that is for sure.
And this Australia bucket list will only make it harder for you as we share Australia’s best destinations. And we aren’t just sharing the best-known destinations, we will be sharing them all.
This Australia bucket list has something for everyone, from city destinations to the outback, rainforests, hiking trails, beaches and more.
Without further ado, this is the ULTIMATE Aussie bucket list.
Queensland Bucket List
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and stretches across over 2,300 kilometres of Australia’s coast. There are so many incredible things to do on the reef, including diving, snorkelling, swimming and sailing. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most iconic sights and a must on any Australian itinerary. Book a tour to the Great Barrier Reef.
Sail the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays consist of 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The best way to see the Whitsundays is by sailing, where you can spend your days exploring secluded beaches and coastal towns. Search for tours here.
The Daintree Rainforest, located in Tropical North Queensland, is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Estimated to be 180 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is home to unique plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The Daintree is filled with both adventure and nature, perfect for any traveller. Search for tours here.
When we think of the Gold Coast, we immediately think of the vibrant skyline and lively nightlife, but the truth is, there is so much more to the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast is home to 72 km of pristine beaches and surf breaks, perfect climate, lush hinterland and rainforests, waterfalls and hiking trails. Not to mention the amazing cafes and restaurants, large selections of adventure activities and world-class shopping.
Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park is found in the Gold Coast hinterland and is one of the most impressive rainforests in Australia. If you love nature and bushwalking, Springbrook National Park should definitely be on your Australia bucket list.
If you prefer nature and remote destinations, I would give Brisbane a miss. But if you enjoy the city lifestyle, you will enjoy Brisbane. It is a vibrant city characterised by the large river that runs through it. One of the best places in Brisbane is Kangaroo Point. South Bank is another popular part of Brisbane City. Search for tours in Brisbane here.
Noosa is a Sunshine Coast beach town, with perfect beaches and surf and an abundance of restaurants and cafes. The town is so relaxed, but it has everything you need for a perfect holiday. Search for tours in Noosa here.
Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountains is the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. As the name suggests, there are mountains that run through the region, which are perfect for hiking. Some of my favourite hikes in the Glass House Mountains include Mount Ngungun and Mount Tibrogargan – for the adventurers. Kondalilla Falls is also amazing.
New South Wales Bucket List
The Blue Mountains National Park can be found two hours west of Sydney and is home to walking tracks with amazing lookouts, waterfalls, adventure sports, camping and Aboriginal culture. One of the highlights of the park is The Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation at the centre of Indigenous legend. Search for tours to the Blue Mountains here.
As Australia’s biggest city, there is so much to do and see in Sydney, however, a visit to the city must include a stop at the harbour. Regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, Sydney Harbour is where you’ll find two of Australia’s biggest landmarks: The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. If you are visiting Sydney, here is a 4-day itinerary. Or you can search for tours in Sydney here.
Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach, located in Sydney. There is so much to do whilst visiting Bondi, including swimming, surfing, sunbaking, coastal walks and plenty of dining options. While it is one of the most popular beaches in Australia, I personally prefer quieter beaches, such as Byron Bay.
Byron Bay is best known for its incredible beaches and laid-back lifestyle. Additionally, Byron Bay is surrounded by lush hinterland and waterfalls, so there is something for everyone to enjoy in the region. These are the best things to do in Byron Bay. And you can search for tours in Bryon here.
Mount Warning is the highest peak in the Northern NSW region and the first place that sees the sun in Australia. Because of this, it is a popular sunrise hike, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
The hike to the top of Mount Warning is strenuous, at 9km return and taking 2 – 5 hours to complete.
For a complete guide to hiking Mount Warning, click here.
To book a tour to Mount Warning, click here.
Victoria Bucket List
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic road trips you can do in Australia. The 243 kilometre stretch of road runs along the south-west coast of Victoria. It is best to take your time enjoying the drive, stopping in at the natural wonders along the way. Book a tour of the Great Ocean Road here.
The 12 Apostles – limestone pillars that were once connected to the mainland cliffs, are a highlight of the Great Ocean Road. Although there are only 8 left, they are still a sight to behold, standing 45 metres above the Southern Ocean and surrounded by 70 metre high cliffs. Book a tour of the 12 Apostles here.
Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria and the second biggest city in Australia. It is a great destination for a city break, known for its art, culture, laneways, sports and food scene. Book a tour in Melbourne here.
Brighton Beach is found out of Melbourne and is lined with colourful, Victorian bathing boxes. It makes for great Instagram photos.
Tasmania Bucket List
Wineglass Bay Lookout is the postcard image of Tasmania. Wineglass Bay lookout is located within Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania, nestled within a granite mountain range known as the Hazards and surrounded by long stretches of white sand beaches. Book a tour to Wine Glass Bay.
Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement in Tasmania, located only 90 minutes from Hobart. The historic site has much to do and see and is a great destination to learn more about Australia’s convict past. Book a tour to Port Arthur.
Hobart offers a mixture of heritage, scenery and culture with a range of different activities to do. These are some of the fun things to do in Hobart. 1 – 2 days is all you need to spend in Hobart. Outside of Hobart, you will find Mount Field National Park, which is one for the Australian bucket list for the nature lovers! Book a tour in Hobart.
Cradle Mountain is one of Australia’s most iconic natural destinations, perfect for hiking. Book a tour here.
South Australia Bucket List
Kangaroo Island can be found 13 kilometres off the coast of Adelaide and is known as nature’s playground. One the island, you can find many of Australia’s native animals in their natural habitat, including some who can only be found on the island.
Cross the Nullarbor
A bucket list experience for your Australian adventure should be crossing the Nullarbor. A trip across the Nullarbor is one of the most Aussie experiences you can have. This is a guide to crossing the Nullarbor, and these are the best places to stop on the South Australian Coastline.
Western Australia Bucket List
Rottnest Island, locally known as Rotto, is an Island approximately 18kms off the coast of Fremantle in Perth, Western Australia. The island covers 19 square kilometres in land area, and hosts a diversity of native flora and fauna, including the famous Quokka, a native Australian marsupial found only on Rottnest Island. Book a tour to Rottnest Island here.
Margaret River is a region in Western Australia best known for it’s surfing beaches and countless wineries, but there is so much more to do in Margaret River than just that. This is the ultimate guide on things to do in Margaret River. And if you are in Australia on a working holiday and are looking for somewhere to complete your farm work, read this.
The Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia is characterised by thousands of limestone pillars that stick out from the desert floor, creating a unique landscape. A trail leads you through the million-year-old Pinnacles to a lookout. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit and photograph the landscapes.
If you are in the region, I would visit the Pinnacle, but I wouldn’t travel too far out of your way to see them. This is a complete guide to visiting the Pinnacles.
Esperance is a picturesque region of Western Australia, filled with stunning coastlines and beaches as far as the eye can see.
There is no denying the fact that Esperance is a remote destination, found an 8-hour drive from Perth, but it is worth the effort.
Perth is one of the best cities in Australia. Some of the best things to do in Perth are:
- Relax on Scarborough or Trigg beach
- Hike in Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
- Explore the CBD
- Day trip to Rottnest Island
- Explore Freemantle
- Visit Cottesloe Beach
- Search for tours in Perth.
Denmark is a small coastal town found in between Perth and Esperance. The town is surrounded by incredible coastlines of perfect turquoise waters. If you are travelling between Perth and Esperance, it is definitely worth stopping in at.
Northern Territory Bucket List
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a 348-metre high monolith found in the Northern Territory of Australia. Uluru is located in a far more remote area of Australia, however, is worth the journey. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holds a special cultural significance to the local Aboriginal people and is a great place to learn more about their culture. Book a tour to Uluru here.
While Darwin itself isn’t the most remarkable destination, the national parks surrounding Darwin are well worth the visit. This includes Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park. Book a tour from Darwin here.
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Book Accommodation in Australia
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Getting around Australia
Australia is not a small country, and therefore the best way to get around is often by flying. Especially if you are only here for a shorter period of time.
If you are here for a long time, the best way to get around Australia is in your own car. Having your own car will allow you to explore lesser-known destinations along the way, at your own pace. If you have your own car, you can camp as you travel around Australia and save yourself alot of money on accommodation.
Safety in Australia
When travelling Australia, it is a good idea to be aware of the wildlife.
As I am sure you have heard, Australia is home to deadly wildlife such as snakes and spiders. You should not be scared, but you should be aware and know what to look out for, and what to do if something does happen.
In certain areas, there are different animals to be aware of. For example in the North of Australia you will find Crocodiles. Read up on this and ask the visitor centre for information.
If you are travelling by car, it is recommended to get roadside assistance in case you break down.
And for international travellers, travel insurance is recommended.
In general, Australia is a VERY safe country. For more general tips for keeping safe while travelling, click here.