Australia has more to offer than great summer beaches, kangaroos, and the best Thai food outside Thailand. There are excellent vacation experiences both tourists and locals can enjoy other than sunbathing all day at the hotel pool. Here are several ideas for fun things you can do while touring Australia:
Hot Air Balloon over Yarra Valley
The Yarra valley is famous for verdant vineyards and day tours from the nearby metropolis. While you go on to taste the fine local wine and relax at lodges with great scenery, take time to try hot air ballooning over the entire valley. The panoramic view you get will be unlike anything you have ever seen before. This is a great activity that will make standard tour itineraries particularly interesting.
Tour the Sydney Harbour on a Marine Vessel
The harbour in Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes. There are many ways to enjoy touring the bustling harbour, which still retains many of its natural wonders like coves and inlets. The easiest and cheapest ways to tour the harbour is by public ferry. But if you want something more, you can consider a yacht hire Sydney harbour. A private rental boat or a yacht is great for exploring the hidden parts of the harbour and enjoying the breathtaking views in privacy.
Visit an Aussie Bakery and a Café
Australia, like pretty much every other country, has an obsessive coffee culture. There are several independent coffee shops worth checking out that will offer delicacies not found in anywhere else in the world. The Aussie flat white lattes are a must-try for those flying in from other places. The local version is much smoother than the flat whites you find in the US or Europe. Not to mention the local meat pies. It may not sound like much of a food to try, but no one does meat pies as good as the Aussies. While you are touring the cities, don’t forget to check out the local snacks and beverages that truly deserves international recognition.
Shop at the “Vic Market”
The Queen Victoria market in Melbourne, beloved referred to locally as the “Vic” market, is so special among farmer’s market it deserves a long visit. Though farmer’s markets are common in all Australian cities, the Vic stands out from the rest. You can immediately notice the difference with the variety of food choices on offer. In addition to farm-to-table vegetable, the market is famous for artisan cheeses, local wines, and cured meats. There is also a variety of cuisine to try.
Visit a Gold Mine
There aren’t many places in the world to see a gold mine with your own eyes without endangering your life. The Super Pit gold mine is the biggest in the country, and one of the largest in the world. It’s easy to just be amazed by the sheer size of the operation. You can go on tours to marvel at gold being mined. You will be accompanied by a guide who will describe how the world’s most famous metal is extracted from the earth.
Add one or two of the above experiences to your travel itinerary to make your Australia visit unique and thrilling. If you are a local, try one of the above activities and get to know your home country even better.