As with most first-time visits, holidays in Australia are focused on visiting the most famous places and experiencing some of the most amazing landscapes and sceneries in the world.But as a second trip, the approach is usually very different. People already have a taste of what the country has to offer and the whole holiday can be organised with a different approach while focusing on creating a custom Australian trip.
Visitors can decide to come back to visit Australia using some coastal itineraries, with a focus on adventure holidays or with the wish to have a full immersion into nature and wildlife. From the Great Barrier Reef to the outback, Australia is home to some of the most beautiful places, ready for travellers to explore.
An Australian Nature and Wildlife Tour
Whether people are cruising the coast, diving in the sea or walking in the bush, there are endless opportunities to meet animals in their natural habitats.
Take the quokkas. These smaller wallabies are about the size of a cat and are probably one of the cutest animals in Australia. Located on Rottnest island – translated as rat’s nest – only an hour and 30 min boat ride from Perth, tourists can catch one of the daily ferries to meet these nocturnal animals.
Cuddle a koala at Queensland’s Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gold coast park allows you to cuddle a koala and the visit will take you through the hospital that treats locally injured koalas.
Meet the bottlenose dolphins from Moreton Island near Brisbane that will pick up fish from your hands while standing in knee-deep waters.
Drive around Tasmania and go for the devil tracker tour to track the Tasmanian devils. While driving around you can easily spot these animals that feed on roadkill but head to the north-west of the island to experience guided tours and even a dinner with the devils.
Encounter whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. Snorkeling and diving trips are organized from April to July where these usually solitary animals are found in very large numbers.
Scenic Wonders and Landscapes
The diversity of landscapes is vast in Australia what with the north-east rainforests, the mountain ranges, the central desert and the beaches of the Gold Coast’s to name a few. These are all aspects of Australia that you can discover through custom itineraries.
The Scenic tour in the Blue Mountain, located only two hours by train from Sydney, is a fantastic trip to do and offers circuits and paths that will get you through the mountains using the Skyway, Cableway and Walkway. Eventually tourists end up at the railway that will take you high into the mountains on the steepest train track in the world.
The Puffing Billy train, built in 1900, drives through the eucalyptus forest and the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Gembrook. The whole ride can take up to five hours with several trains stations along the way, so visitors can decide where to start and stop. Don’t hesitate to get off the train and go for an explore in one of the towns such as Lakeside.
For early risers, the camel rides around Uluru are a must-do. The sunrise ride around the rock starts an hour before the sun comes up and lasts for about two hours with breakfast included. The guides also talk in detail about the Uluru’s history as well as the camels, the most famous of which has shared the screen with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman in the movie “Australia”. You can also take the sunset tour that includes a snack and drinks.
What better way to sightsee than from an air balloon. Balloon rides over the Australian outback are even more impressive when you take a sunrise tour. Starting at Alice Springs, enjoy a two hour ride over the desert and the McDonnell Ranges. The service includes breakfast and unlimited Champagne (yes, for breakfast!).
A scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef is also a once in a lifetime experience. Starting at Airlie Beach, on Whitsundays Island, the flight takes visitors over the stunning Whitsundays and coral formations of the Great Barrier, before heading to the Herat Reef, famous for its heart shape. The price for the one-hour flight is only 220 AUD per person, a reasonable price when you consider the amazing landscapes you discover.
Whether you like riding horses, surfing the Gold Coast or enjoying food and wine festivals around the country, there is always something happening in Australia.
Music and Festivals
Dance at Rainbow Serpent Festival. This art and music festival started locally before becoming the most famous Australian trance event.
Visitors can join the Road to Ultra Australia or the Burning Man festivals, with artists and DJs from all around the globe performing at some of the biggest events of the year.
Byron Bay’s Blues Fest, hosted since 1990, presents some of the most famous blues artists such as Bob Dylan and Chris Isaak.
Sports and Adventures
Australia is a dedicated sporting nation and a lot of activities and sports can be played or watched during a trip. The Australian sporting event calendar is a good way to mix holidays with visitors’ passion for sports.
Autumn: Starting with the Adelaide Supercars race in early March followed by the Albert Park Formula One in Melbourne at the end of the month, these are the two biggest supercars events of the year and are not to be missed.
Winter: This is the time when people gather in stadiums every weekend for football and rugby. August hosts the Sun-Herald City2Surf running event and its race from Sydney to Bondi Beach.
Spring: When the weather gets warmer, events such as Australian Rules, football and rugby all begin to take place around the country. The pre-season cricket games also kick off in this season as well as the motorcycle Grand Prix in October.
Summer: Cricket season has begun. For visitors there at the close of December, they can see the spectacular Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The start of every year focuses in on the Australian Open in Melbourne, before the Brisbane Rugby Tens in February.
Coastal and Aquatic Adventures
From Byron Bay to secluded areas where you will find more wildlife than humans, you will always find stunning beaches and clear waters to practice any water sports around the country.
Located south of Darwin, Katherine has a lot to offer with its Nitmulik National Park and activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking in the bush, helicopter rides and more. The Katherine Hot springs and the Leylin falls are worth a visit, as well as the Cutta Caves Nature Park.
Snorkeling in Australia is one sport everyone should try. The country has some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, and the clear waters are home to thousands of fish. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an easy snorkeling trip from less than 2 meters deep.
Whether it’s Ningaloo Marine Park on the west coast, Whitsundays on the east coast or Cape Range National Park, these are just some of the spots you can head for for water activities. Australia offers an abundance of places to enjoy marine life where divers can easily spot some colorful fish and swim with turtles.
Dive with the Great White sharks at Port Lincoln in South Australia. This is the only place where you can do such a dive. Located around seven hours from Adelaide, Port Lincoln’s cage diving is a real-life experience. With a price of AUD 500, to be in the cage, visitors can also just come as a guest on the boat. The day trip starts in the early hours of the morning and takes guests out to sea for a 45 min dive with the Great Whites. The tour includes breakfast, snacks, lunch, drinks and all the equipment for the dive.
A cruise to the 74 Whitsundays Islands comes highly recommended. You can choose to ride a sailing boat, a catamaran or a speedboat, based on the time you want to spend on Whitsundays. Visitors can choose between day trips, a few nights on a boat or a night at one of the resorts on one of the islands. For those who take a cruise, you will be able to see some of the most beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots in the country. Activities are also available around Whitsundays, so guests can enjoy exploring by themselves or with a guide.
Whether visitors decide to head for a coastal city, the outback, or the island of Tasmania, Australia has a huge amount to offer and the Australian people are always happy to share their culture and help tourists understand what Australia means to them.