Australia is heaven for travelers. While most tourists rarely venture away from most famous Sydney or Melbourne attractions like The Opera House or Royal Botanic Gardens, some of us are more interested in the exotic and unusual. So, if you want to see what else is there, here are a few interesting and unusual things to do and see on a trip to Australia.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
There’s a huge possibility that you will visit Sydney on your Aussie trip. While this city is truly full of excitement and fun things to do and see, there are some attractions that usually go unappreciated. So, if you’re looking for something that will be unforgettable and adrenaline-inducing, why not hit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and climb its impressive arches? This behemoth of a building stands 134 meters above the water and its top offers 360-degree view of the city. You can hit the bridge at dawn, day, evening or night—whichever sounds more appealing and exciting for you. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you get over your fears of height, you’ll be rewarded with some amazing photos.
See the glowworms near Sydney
When in Sydney, make a small detour and hit the abandoned railroad tunnel now overtaken by greenery and bioluminescent worms. The Glowworm Tunnel south of Sydney is really something special. When you venture inside (on foot or by paddleboat) you will feel like you stepped into a fairytale world. The bluish glow of the worms mixed with a mysterious setting will leave you speechless. It’s also a perfect way to enrich your Instagram feed with some amazing photos and impress all your followers.
Sample some of the best whiskey in the country
If you’re up for something relaxing yet unusual, why not take a day off and reserve it for some alcoholic escapades? Australia is known for its excellent wine and rich craft beer scene, but its true gem is whiskey. No matter if you just love the taste or want to learn more about the process of whiskey making, you can visit a local whiskey distillery and sample some of the finest spirits in the country. Depending on the type of service you book, you can even get out of there with a cask of your personalized whiskey!
Swim with crocodiles
Today everyone swims with dolphins and sharks, so you can do something completely different and take a plunge with some giant Saltwater Crocodiles. In Darwin, you can enter the Cage of Death and get lowered into a croc pen and face those ferocious beasts up close and personal. These prehistoric inhabitants of the park will make the blood freeze in your veins, especially when they flash their 10-centimeter teeth!
Try to catch a wave at Bondi
While every single tourist in Sydney visits Bondi Beach, only the brave and adventurous ones try their hand at surfing. Bondi is truly an iconic surfing spot with waves suitable for all people. Also, you can hire a board and even book a private instructor to give you lessons and get you standing on your board in no time.
Catch a footy match
Australian Football is a huge part of Aussie life, especially in Melbourne, so you have to catch a match at least once in your life. The Grand Final of AFL is held at the MCG, the biggest stadium in the southern hemisphere with a capacity of over 100,000 hardcore fans that will get you cheering and yelling at the referee in no time (even if you have no idea what’s going on).
While classic attractions are classics for a reason, don’t miss out on these lesser-known things. Australia has something to offer for every type of traveler, even if you have exotic tastes, so hit the Land Down Under and have an adventure of a lifetime!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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