The ‘Aussies’ Experiences That Should Not Be Missed
How to know an island that is a continent? Stay forever diving among the islands of the Barrier Reef or get lost in an infinite desert that invites adventure? Meet the authentic aborigines in the tropical reserves of the north or discover modern Perth? Relax contemplating the bay of Sydney or live the new cultural and artistic march of Melbourne? Australia is infinite, or almost, but there are experiences that the Aussies recommend without a doubt.
1: The Great Barrier Reef, Essential
It is unrepeatable and is the impending visit for all who travel to Australia. This reef of overwhelming beauty is a Unesco World Heritage Site. With more than 2000 km of the Queensland coast, it is a complex and fragile ecosystem inhabited by dazzling corals, languid sea turtles, rays, shy reef sharks and tropical fish of all colors and sizes. It can be seen practicing scuba diving, diving, or by a scenic flight or a glass-bottomed boat circuit.
2: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, The Heart Of A Continent
It is the center of everything, the physical and spiritual heart of Australia. A remote place in the middle of the desert that shines in the middle of the Australian outback of profound cultural significance. Uluru the sacred monolith of the aborigines, constitutes a special pilgrimage, but this national park offers much more; Apart from the Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga), there are mystical walks, sublime sunsets, night skies covered with stars, luxury hotels, and ancient desert cultures to discover.
3: Getting Lost In The Daintree Rainforest
In contrast to the desert of the outback and the resplendent Barrier Reef, the third face of Australian nature is the rainforest that we find, for example, in Daintree, not far from Cairns. You travel to the past as you enter this ancient World Heritage-listed forest: palmettos, prehistoric-looking ferns and twisted mangroves rush towards a shimmering coastline of white sand. The area can be explored in night observation circuits, mountain routes, hanging footbridges, off-road excursions, horseback riding, kayaking, crocodile sightings or courses through tropical fruit fields.
4: A Day At The Sydney Opera House
Located in the Bennelong Point of Sydney Harbor, it is the most typical building in Australia. Work by Jørn Utzon, this white, candle-shaped building, which was once a milestone in architecture, is part of a larger visual spectacle, in which the eye-catching bridge of the port, the brilliant blue water, also collaborate and the green ferries crossing the bay. Everyone can live its magic thanks to a bar very well located on the shore, a famous French restaurant, guided tours and a great program of shows. Beyond its opera and its bay, Sydney has beaches, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. His creed is “eat, drink and party; the next day, the monkey sleeps on the beach. “
5: Street Life In Melbourne
Melbourne does not look anything like Sydney. Its charms are others: like the parks and gardens of the outskirts, its trams, its crazy population for sport, its street art, famous all over the world, and also the fashionable restaurants, among which there will be, undoubtedly, some vans of food. It could be said that it is the artistic capital, full of galleries, concert halls, bookstores, and theaters. Compulsory appointments: watch an Australian cricket or football game at the MCG, go from bar to bar, have coffee and eat at their restaurants.
6: ‘Hipster’ Life In Perth And Fremantle
Despite its isolation, Perth is up to date. Sophisticated restaurants promote Mod Oz cuisine -some in restored downtown heritage buildings- and elegant cocktail lounges can be found in the center streets. It is the main port of Western Australia, a striking, artistic and student city, exhibiting jewels of Victorian architecture. It is secluded, closer to Singapore than to Sydney. But as happens in ports, with the tides come influences from the outside world and a global mood. In contrast to the striking facade of Perth facing the Swan River, in the most bohemian neighborhoods of the interior, we will find kitchens from around the world. Fremantle (the modern “Freo”) has craft breweries, live music, bars, Indian seafood stalls, street musicians, beaches, markets, and students.
7: Surfing In Bondi Beach
The closest beach to Sydney is Bondi, one of the best in the world and with a one hundred percent Australian atmosphere. Surfers, models, and backpackers enjoy the bars, pubs, and restaurants of Campbell Pde. It always has good waves (and crowded) and is perfect for a quick bath. The tour of the Coogee Clifftop Walk, which starts at the southern end of the beach, is recommended.
8: The Excellent Beach Life Of The Gold Coast
Further north, the Queensland coasts are what one expects from an Australian beach: good life, clean sand, warm waters, good surf breaks, and on the sand tanned sports gods and Australian lifeguards who patrol the sand and test his skills competing in the surfing carnivals, exhausting tests that include swimming, racing on the beach and regattas. The largest thematic parks in the country are also concentrated in the place.
9: The Apostles Of The Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles are a must to take a picture when you travel the Great Ocean Road, the coastal road of the state of Victoria. After seeing these curious rock formations that emerge from the sea, one can enter tropical forests with small populations and large trees. The secrets of the Great Ocean Road do not end here; A little further away is the maritime treasure of Port Fairy and the hidden Cape Bridgewater. As a climax, you can walk from Apollo Bay to the Apostles on the Great Ocean Walk.
10: Byron Bay, 100% Australian Culture
Filled with kangaroos and Akubra hats (the typical Australian hats), the splendid Byron Bay is a symbol of Australian culture; a place where families, surfers, and sun lovers come from all over the world. At sunset all do the same: enjoy the fabulous restaurants, the slow pace and the incredible offer of activities of one of the most beautiful coasts of the country.
11: Losing Yourself In The Whitsunday Islands
One can visit a lot of tropical islands in life and never encounter the beauty of the Whitsunday. You sail from yacht from Airlie Beach to shipwreck among these exuberant islands in a slow search of paradise that can be found in more than one place. Do not miss the Whitehaven beach, one of the best in Australia.
12: Different Art In Hobart And The Mona
On the island of Tasmania, the MONA (Museum of New and Old Art), is an innovative institution, next to the river. Described by its owner, philanthropist David Walsh, as a “subversive Disneyland for adults,” its three floors of underground galleries show more than 400 complex and controversial works of art. You may like it or not, but it does not leave you indifferent. Hobart is a small and ideal city that brims with colonial history and natural beauty.