Ten things you MUST do or see when visiting Australia
If you area backpacker planning a trip to Australia, you really need to get your itinerary down in advance. There is so much to see and do that we’ve put together a helpful guide to recommend the top ten things to experience during your visit.
Sydney Opera House
The iconic Sydney Opera House is synonymous with Backpackers in Sydney and a trip to Australia simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit. Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House receives a staggering 1.2 million visitors per year. Over 1,500 opera, dance, music and theatre performances are held there annually; there’s something for all artistic tastes. It is claimed to be the most photographed building in the world (with the big Yellow Jolly Swagman Backpackers coming a close second).
If you have been inspired by what you’ve seen on the big stage, you can always host your own show for you and your friends by getting in touch with burlesquedolls.com.au and arranging your very own Burlesque night!
One of the few places left on earth that is truly wild. The Outback is home to a myriad of wonderful creatures, including kangaroos, koala bears, wallabies and crocodiles. Just keep in mind that The Outback is still largely untamed and so if you are planning a trek out there, you need to be properly prepared and preferably have a guide with you.
Great Barrier Reef
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef contains an incredible undersea world not seen anywhere else. There are hundreds of species of fish, mammal and crustacean living here and, if you grab yourself some scuba gear, you can take a trip down to see them.
Located in the Northern Territory, Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of Australia. As a sacred Aboriginal site, you can no longer climb to the peak, but you can see wander around the springs, waterholes and rock caves and see amazing ancient paintings.
This tropical rainforest is the only one in Australia so it is definitely worth a visit. Located in Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest has an amazing ecosystem that contains 30% of all of Australia’s frog, marsupial and reptile species.
Not actually in Australia but close enough! Tasmania is definitely worth the journey if you are looking for things to do during your stay. Most of Tasmania is taken up with reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites so you know there’s going to be plenty to keep you occupied.
As well as Tasmania, Australia has many other islands for you to explore; each with its own unique identity and things to see. Kangaroo Island is pretty self-explanatory, but there is also King Island, Flinders Island and Groote Eylandt, as well as many others.
If you can get your timing right and you are a big fan of golf, then you will want to visit the country during the Australian Open Tournament, which is staged every December. Golfers from all over the world come together to compete and every year the event sees thousands of visitors flock to the area.
The Grampians National Park
For nature lovers, the Grampians National Park should be high on your list if you are visiting Australia. Boasting some truly amazing rock formations, high peaks and numerous waterfalls, the park is a perfect place to get back in touch with nature and rejuvenate yourself.
The Great Ocean Road
If you want to turn your adventure into a road trip, then the Great Ocean Road is waiting for you. One of the most scenic and beautiful journeys you will probably ever take by car, this road will lead you from Torquay in Victoria, right down to Allansford. Along the way there are many great sights to see, such as the Twelve Apostles rock formation and Port Campbell.
At the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney Hostel we have a fully licenesed travel agency to help you book your travel around Australia, we can give you the best advice and prices for visiting all the places above on a backpackers budget without missing a thing!