Things to do in Australia
Adelaide - visit the National Railway Museum
Manned by volunteers the museum is a must for people of all ages. Wander around and admire the 120 + exhibits including 15 steam engines. Climb in the cabs or take a ride on the 2 km 457 mm gauge railway from Semaphore to Fort Glanville which runs on holidays and weekends. Keep an eye open for special events days.
Alice Springs - experience Alice Springs Desert Park
The Outback at your fingertips. Just outside Alice Springs the park offers an opportunity to experience the wonder of the Australian Outback with its stunning scenery and unique biodiversity. Take a guided tour and learn about why the area is so special from the very knowledgeable interesting guides. This is an all day trip and be sure to stay for the impressive sunsets.
Brisbane - have a picnic at Roma Street Parkland
A walk around the park is a great way to relax. There are a number of different guided walks from Sensory to Art, Heritage to Curator. All of these need to be booked in advance or simply wander around and take in the atmosphere. Find a suitable, relaxing, quiet spot to have a picnic and enjoy the views and people watching.
Cairns - stroll along the Esplanade
The walk along the esplanade takes about an hour, or as long as you like, as you can stop and take in the views while walking. Check out the historical buildings, look in the weekend market with its local arts and crafts, maybe take a swim in the lagoon or join in and participate in one of the daily fitness events.
Canberra - enjoy the recreational activities of Lake Burley Griffin
A water lovers heaven. Try out canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, fishing, windsurfing or even paddle boating or simply enjoy a relaxing walk along parts of the lake's 40 km shores. Look out for many of the 170+ species of bird sighted in the area. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy something to eat or drink. Why not bring a picnic and your swimwear?
Gold Coast - visit Warner Bros Movie World
Rollercoasters, Superman and Lethal Weapon theme rides, shows and movie characters, Movie World has it all. You will need the whole day to explore the park and try to avoid public holidays when there are often long queues. This is a great place for young families and also adults. There are plenty of places to eat and many retail outlets where you can get all those important souvenirs.
Melbourne - visit Queen Victoria Market
Opened on 20th March 1878, this market was also the original site of Melbourne’s first cemetery. Wander around the various halls taking in the smells and marvel at the wide selection of fresh produce available. Be sure to check out the seafood hall and see what is in season that month. Don’t miss the wine market when open.
Perth - admire the fabulous river and city views from the Swan Bell Tower
Completed in 2001 the tower is one of the most unique buildings in Perth. It houses the 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields, which are believed to be the only Royal Bells outside of England and also has hosts the oldest bell in Australia. Climb to the 6th floor observation deck and take in the views of the Swan River and City.
Port Douglas - explore the sights and sounds of Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest consists of over 1,200 square kilometres of tropical rainforest and is a World Heritage Site. With its huge, diverse range of insects, frogs, reptiles, colourful butterflies, bats and birds there is always something to see. Take a walk along one of the many paths through the forest or stay in one of the many cabins, lodges and apartments available nearby and in the forest.
Sydney - walk over the Harbour Bridge
The organised walk up over Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must. Allow plenty of time, as it takes over 3 hours and is not for the fainthearted. The view at the summit of the climb is stunning – the Opera House and Harbour seem tiny and on a clear day you can even see the Blue Mountains or Bondi Beach.
Introduction to Australia
Both a country and a continent, the vast land of Australia has everything for the visitor, from ultra-modern cities, glorious natural wonders, oodles of culture and fascinating colonial history combined with indigenous occupation by the aboriginal peoples going back 40,000 years. The world city of Sydney, famed for its spectacular harbour, iconic bridge and waterside Opera House, is just one of the amazing sites here. From sophisticated urban metropolises like Melbourne and Brisbane to the wild outback with its incredibly ancient Ayers Rock and other spiritual landmarks, a lifetime's exploration here wouldn't be enough. The added bonus is the amazing Great Barrier Reef and the untold miles of great beaches. Whether you're here for water or on-land sports, touring, koala-spotting, lazing or exploring, you'll get a great, typically inquisitive, Aussie welcome from friendly locals all across the country. Australia hotels, whether large or small, give helpful service at reasonable prices, and domestic air travel is the best and cheapest way to get around the vast distances between the many places of interest.