Tours and other things to do in Australia
Jungle Surfing in Cape Tribulation, a multi award
winning adrenaline tour in the Daintree rainforest, read more....
Australia has an amazing choice of tours
and things to do on your holidays, from jungle surfing to scuba
diving to climbing Sydney harbour bridge to fourwheel drive outback
tours and Aboriginal culture....
Gone are the days when you had to see on arrival what was available
and at what cost, now you can browse and book tours and activities
online from the comfort of your home before you start your trip.
Book online and print your tickets at home and skip the queues
when you get there!
for a specific Australian tour or location on Viator.com,
they are an international online tour booking service with
a huge range of tours in Australia that you can browse and
securely book online, avoid the queues!
Tours To Go is an Australian online tour specialist
with a huge range of thousands of Australian tours, attractions,
experiences and things to do from a wide range of tour operators
and it puts them all at your finger tips in one user friendly
Search, compare and book online and enjoy instant
confirmation! You can ask questions directly to the tour operators,
create itineraries and generally build your holiday touring
experience by selecting from Australia's best touring and
To see the real Aboriginal culture you would have
to travel to some very out of the way places and usually it is too
difficult to organize permits to enter Aboriginal owned land and
even then they prefer to be left alone and not be a tourist attraction.
Fortunately there are many places nowadays where you can without
traveling too far get an introduction into Aboriginal culture. In,
or just outside main cities, there are Aborginal galleries and dance
See the full range of Aboriginal Tours in Australia to book online
with Viator or with Tourstogo
Several times a year planes depart Sydney and Melbourne
for scenic flights over Antarctica. More
There are many places around Australia where you can
go for a flight in a hot-air balloon, probably the most famous one
the one at Ayers Rock. Usually early departures to catch the sunrises
and a champagne breakfast is included.
balloon flights and tours online with Tourstogo
Australia has over 800 species of birds, half of those
found only in this country. The multitude of bird life, from the
brightly colored lorikeets to the elusive cassowary, makes Australia
a bird watchers paradise. The most amazing one of all would have
to be the cassowary.
your birdwatching tours online with Tourstogo
As is often the case with islands, Australia has a
lot of water around it, and boating is a popular passtime in Australia,
and the climate and fish make it even better. See
some boating tours....
Boomerang throwing lessons
Learn to throw this ancient hunting tool to make it
come back, not as easy as it sounds but there are various places
around the country where they will turn you in to a skilled hunter.
Rise to the challenge and climb Brisbane's
iconic Story Bridge! You'll enjoy 360-degree panoramic views
from the summit, taking in Moreton Bay, the Glass House Mountains,
Mt Coot-tha, Lamington National Park and the Brisbane River.
Your climb leader will provide a safety briefing and audio
commentary to your group sharing interesting facts about Brisbane's
surrounds and the Story Bridge on your 2.5 hour climb.
info and reservations....
jumping is found in several, often very scenic,
places around Australia. It is no longer free for naked jumpers,
too many people started taking advantage of this offer, now
everyone has to pay.
The Bungy Jump in Cairns offers a few more extras, including
DAY OUT deal!
This package allows UNLIMITED JUMPING between 10:00am and
3:30pm, on the same day. It has been designed specifically
for the more adventurous thrill seeker. Lunch at AJ'S Rainforest
Café is included. For your UNLIMITED number of bungy
jumps, you may want to select from the following menu: The
Psycho Back Dive - Tandem Jump - The Pendulum - The Cling
On - The Elevator - The Haggis - The Fruitbat - The Cliffhanger
here for more info on this insane adventure...
Australia is a mecca for bush walkers and hundreds
of National Parks across the country offer a huge choice in walks.
Tasmania is a very popular place, the Cradle Mountain walk being
the most famous, the south-west still has expanses of wilderness
where you can walk for weeks without seeing anyone and you will
need a plane to fly you out again. Keep an eye out for that elusive
Tasmanian Tiger while you're there.
One place where this is popular is Cable
Beach in Broome W.A. where you can watch a magnificent
sunset from the back of your camel. Another popular one runs in
Springs where you take your camel to dinner.
Cane toad races
Before the race someone is given the task to collect
a bucket of cane toads. They are then fitted with a number on their
back to tell them apart. The numbers correspond to names on a board,
to make it more internationally competitive they get names associated
with countries and are then assigned to people from those countries
that are picked from the audience. One by one they are issued their
cane toad, instructed to kiss the toad, and place it in a bucket
in the centre of the dance floor. Read
The sense of adventure you feel when caving is second
to none, navigating your way through a maze of passages that will
eventually lead you to the exit requires excellent leadership, teamwork
and an appetite for fun.
Crocodile spotting tours
Forget about just going down to a river to see crocodiles in northern
Australia, they are masters at hiding, while the whole body is submerged
only the eyes stick out above the surface so they see you but you
don't see them. The way to see them isto book on a crocodile spotting
tour, the guides will know where they are and point them out to
you. Most of them, like the ones around the Daintree area north
of Cairns only view crocodiles, but on the Adelaide River in the
Northern Territory on the way to Kakadu they take it a step further
and dangle pieces of meat above the weather that the crocodiles
snap up. Advertised as the "Jumping Crocodiles" you will
see they do not just jump, their tails are powerful enough to let
them stand up out of the water for a few seconds to take meat from
as high as two metres above the water. This is not a trick they
are taught, in nature crocs will jump to catch low flying birds.
When this first started local fishermen were not too happy about
this as they thought it would teach crocs to jump at any boat they
would see but so far nothing has happened.
Dan Irby is
a wildlife expert and photographer and on the Daintree
river he runs tours that will show you what an amazing
place this is. His Daintree River cruises are very
personal and informative for both the amateur and
professional visitors all year round catering for
small tour groups of 2-10 people Learn about the interaction
and importance of the fascinating plants and animals
found only in the Daintree River Mangrove ecosystem.
The main boat, "Nightwatchman" is 6 metres long
with an open top and very comfortable 360 degree swivel
seats. The swivel seats allow you to turn to see "the
action" rather than sitting shoulder to shoulder on
a bench seat. Nightwatchman's shallow draft allows a much
closer approach to things of interest. Its wide beam also
gives it great stability. More
info and online bookings....
Too many people just buy a didgeridoo as an ornament
that will gather dust in a corner of their European living room
for years to come, but it really would add to your Australia experience,
and impress your friends and family, to return home as a didgeridoo
player, also being able to annoy the hell out of the neighbours
with midnight didgeridoo concerts.
At the Didgeridoo Breath shop in 6 Market St, Fremantle,
Western Australia you can do a four week course, 1.5 hours per week.
What you will learn: making the drone, vocal sounds (animal noises),
circular breathing, diaphragm techniques, building rhythms and more...
Cost: $100 for early payment or $120 (4 x $30) for weekly payments,
this includes didgeridoo hire if required. More
If you didn't get to learn to play the didg in Oz,
log on to this
website anywhere in the world for some online didgeridoo lessons!
Discount tours in Australia
Drinking was about the only pleasure the convicts
had in the rough old days and it has remained an institution ever
since. Be sure to visit some of the Australian pubs, especially
in the outback they are usually very colorful and often the only
thing around so you don't have much of a choice.
Some more civilized drinking occurs in the various
wine growing regions around Australia, either cruise around in your
own car or book on a tour bus to sample wines of the various wineries;
the Hunter Valley near Sydney, the Barossa Valley near Adelaide
and the Margaret River near Perth are the most popular.
Especially along the east coast there is a well established
party trail where the Australian tourism industry caters to young,
mainly English, backpackers that drink and shag their way around
Australia has nearly two hundred nationalities of
people as residents so you can be assured of huge variety of cuisines
being available. Coming from Europe you will find most of it very
reasonably priced and besides in restaurants it is in often cooked
fresh at outdoor markets, one particularly popular one being the
Mindil Beach markets in Darwin, N.T. where you can eat on the beach
watching the most magnificent sunsets.
Australia has some good festivals
and annual events, try to time your
holiday so you can catch some of them.
Australia has some pretty good fishing and some tourists
can't believe the size of the fish that are being pulled up here.
More on Australian fishing...
Try your luck at finding gold or gem stones. Though
most of Australia has been explored many small scale miners and
fossickers make a living out of what they find.
Just recently in March 2005 a farmer dug up 1.5kg
gold nugget in the north of Victoria while he was out fossicking
with some friends. The nugget contained about $40,000 in gold but
to a collector could be worth around $100,000 in its natural form
as nuggets this size are quite rare.
Four wheel driving
There are a lot of unsealed roads and a lot of bushtracks
in Australia, and four wheel driving, or 'bush bashing' if there
are no tracks at all, is a popular passtime. Quad biking is another
way to get off the beaten track.
Many exotic tropical fruits are grown in Australia nowadays,
one such place where you can learn about these fruits is the Cape
Aussies love a game of golf and there are golf courses
all over the country, even the smallest towns have one. Many Japanese
come to Australia for the main purpose of playing golf.
Guided rainforest tours
In Melbourne and many places around Australia leather
clad bikers have gone into business to tour you around on their
shiny thundering machines. The first one to kick off this industry
did so well he was featured on TV. Unfortunately an FBI agent then
recognized him as wanted and he was promptly arrested and carted
back to the States. Nowadays all Harley Tours are all fully checked
out, licensed by the Transport Department and insured, though they
might still be a bit hairy and sweaty you know what they say; Old
bikers never die. They just smell that way!
Flying all the way around Australia by helicopter
would be a very expensive exercise, but in most Australian cities
and other popular tourism destinations like the Great Ocean Road,
Uluru and Kakadu you can do scenic flights by helicopter, an unforgettable
here for more info...
In many places you can explore Australia's beauty
on horse back, tours usually cater for beginners and advanced riders
and run through outback, along beaches and through forests.
Jackaroo or jillaroo school
Several outback places offer courses that will turn you into a
jackaroo or (for girls) jillaroo, otherwise known as station hand.
You will learn how to ride a tractor and horse, how to castrate
a sheep with your teeth and how to fix a fence and be qualified
to get a job on a cattle station.
In the rainforest most of life occurs high up in the canopy
where you can not get to but in Cape Tribulation in the oldest rainforest
in the world in the World Heritage listed Daintree you can get a birds
eye view of the canopy. Fully trained and qualified guides will move you
along steel cables through the canopy. More
info and online bookings...
This sport has rapidly increased in popularity the last
few years, and there are various places where they can teach you how to
Mining is a huge part of Australia's history and even today's
economy. In many places like Mount Isa, Kalgoorlie, Coober Pedy, Tennant
Creek etc. you can go on tours in the mine and get a feel for what it
was like to be a miner in those rough old days.
With so much bush in Australia it is a paradise for mountain
Outback camping trips
In many places there are tours that will show you the sights
in multiple day trips camping out in the bush in tents or swags. Nights
are usually spent either in the middle of nowhere around the camp fire
underneath magnificent starry skies or at outback pubs where the locals
are usually friendly and the cowboys like to meet some new faces from
out of town.
See sky diving.
In many places around Australia, especially in the outback,
the wild west is still alive and the annual rodeo is often the highlight
of the year. You can watch cowboys ride horses and bulls while you enjoy
a cold beer. More
Sailing is a popular pastime in Australia, and various tour
companies offer you the chance to join their boat and hit the waves.
Ski the snow
Snow? Yes, not all of Australia is covered in palm trees
and tropical things, in the south the weather is much like Europe and
up in the mountains it gets cold enough for snow and skiing. The Snowy
Mountains in New South Wales have a thriving ski-industry centred in the
village of Thredbo.
Scuba diving the desert
Under the Nullarbor Plains between Adelaide and Perth there
are submerged caves where you can go scuba diving.
Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef
Early 2004 a survey was held in the U.K. asking people about
the 50 things to do before you die and the majority placed scuba diving
on the Great Barrier Reef in the top three. It is the largest living coral
system in the world, stretching 2300km along Queensland's coast from Bundaberg
to the top of Cape York it contains 1600 reefs and a 1000 islands and
is the site of the biggest orgasm in the universe; this is one of the
terms the North Queensland dive industry uses to describe the annual coral
spawning where three to five nights after the full moon in november or
december when the water temperature hits 28 degrees, the entire 2300 kms
of Great Barrier Reef lets go of zillions and zillions of brightly colored
sperm and eggs that float around for several days and fertilize eachother.
Fish go into a feeding frenzy and the ocean sometimes resembles an oiltanker
disaster site but all this is done to propagate new corals to ensure the
survival of the Great Barrier Reef. If you find yourself in North Queensland
around this time you can witness this spectacular event as many of the
reef tour operators run extra night trips.
The Great Barrier Reef was the first Australian site to be placed on UNESCO's
World Heritage list, now there are 15 Australian sites. In Cape Tribulation
the reef comes closest to the shore and you can go on a reef trip here
See a selection of Queensland scuba diving trips here..
Scuba diving with sharks
© Oceanworld Manly
Yes, believe it or not, in Sydney at Manly Oceanworld you
can scuba dive with sharks! They have two tours, one exclusively for certified
divers and another introductory dive for those who have never dived before.
What a blast for your first dive!
Scuba diving with whale sharks
© Australian Adventure Travel
Whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, huge cod or sharks
can be seen in abundance on this tour…
260-kilometre-long Ningaloo Reef offers world class diving through to
family snorkeling in sheltered lagoons crammed with coral gardens. Ningaloo
is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. It is the only large
reef in the world found so close to a continental land mass; about 100
metres offshore at its nearest point and less than seven kilometers at
its furthest. The park covers more than 4000 square kilometers and was
declared in 1987.
This 4WD adventure will have you enjoying Ningaloo Reef,
Shark Bay, the dolphins at Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Kalbarri and the Pinnacles.
Swim, snorkel, scuba, ride a quad bike or take a boat cruise. The tour
is accommodated on sheep stations, farms and country lodges. More
Most of Australia, and especially Queensland, is pretty
conservative when it comes to marijuana but the town of Nimbin in northern
New South Wales is a smokers paradise.
Many people thinks it makes no sense to jump out of a perfectly
good aeroplane but there are others that disagree, even if you want to
do it only once you can do a tandem jump with a fully qualified instructor
to give you a huge adrenaline rush and see some Australian scenery from
a birds eye view.
Stargazing at Ayers Rock
The skies in Central Australia's desert are clear most of the year, and
the absence of cities spreading their lights makes this the absolute perfect
place to watch the stars of the southern hemisphere!
Never surfed before? No worries, there are surf schools
were they will teach you how!
Gold Coast: For surfing lessons on the
Gold Coast go to Silversurfer.net
, Greg Howell will teach you how to ride those waves!
© Adrift Surf Tours
Western Australia: Experience the soul
of surfing… come along on a true surfing safari, escape the crowds
of the city and head north out of Perth. You will soon be driving along
beautiful white sandy beaches in the search to find the best waves. With
a fully accredited coach by your side, you will be cruising along waves
all the way into the beach, in no time!
After your first surfing lesson, it's time for a healthy lunch and a moment
to sit back and enjoy the view. Once you have recharged, hit the surf
again to fine tune your new surfing skills.
The afternoon will include 4WD action through the awesome
Lancelin sand dunes where you can test your sandboarding skills. You will
then head back to Perth, around mid-afternoon, and relish the experience
you've just had living a day in the life of a surfer!
© Australian Day Tours
This is a seasonal activity as it depends on the migration
of the whales to and from the icy waters of the Antarctic which normally
happens from June till October.The humpback whales swim along the entire
east coast and are sometimes spotted as far north as Cape Tribulation.
Either cruise around in your own car or book on a tour bus
to sample wines of the various wineries; the Hunter
Valley near Sydney, the Barossa
Valley near Adelaide and the Margaret
River near Perth
are the most popular.
One way to find accommodation around the country if you're
not too lazy, is to join WWOOF,
it stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms and the principle is that
you stay with host-members where you do 4 to 5 hours work a day in exchange
for food and accommodation. Very popular with young people, it saves money,
is approved by Immigration for people without a working visa as it is
not paid work and no money changes hands, and it gets you away from the
'get pissed and get laid' backpackerscene that has taken over much of
the east coast. When you join WWOOF
you receive a book with addresses all across Australia with property descriptions
so you can choose what suits you best. One such place is Rainforest
Hideaway in Cape Tribulation but there are thousands around the country.
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