1. Hot Air Metropolis
There are a few cities dotted around Australia that you can explore from the basket of a hot air balloon, and the best of the bunch has to be Melbourne. Aside from a 360 degree view of one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, full of the coolest looking skyscrapers ever and green, green trees, you can take in landmarks like the Eureka Tower, MCG, and the bay at sunset. #watchingeveryonewatchingyou
2. A Very Special Camp
The experience of Australia ancient red centre should not be simply about driving past a big red rock in the middle of nowhere just to say you've done it. There's so much more to the sacred surrounds of Uluru. Head over OutbackFree and you can book a camping tour, which means you’ll get the chance to explore 'the real outback' by day and camp under the stars at night. The area is ancient, raw and will leave you with a much greater understanding and respect than any guide book or wiki search could ever offer.
“I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!”
― Dorothea Mackellar,
Exploring Australia is one of those bucket-list items so many of our overseas friends have expressed they want to do. And although they want to go all out and drink wine opposite the Sydney Opera House while wearing a Crocodile Dundee-style cork hat, stopping off to cuddle a Koala on their way to Bondi beach, they also want to see 'the real Australia.' They want to see how Aussie's live, how the country came to be, and the most treasured of our national wonders.
So from the mouths of our fellow friendly Aussie’s we got whispers in our ears of their most treasured secret spots and most special experiences. Here are the things you need to do in Australia to have the most magical time of your life:
3. Wonderful Whitsundays
There are a plethora of reasons you need to head to Whitsundays, and one of them is to lap up the mysterious white sands of Whitehaven Beach. This incredibly fine sand not only acts as a natural exfoliator, it also doesn't gets hot. (I know, mind blown!) Of course, if soaking up the sun isn’t your beach, then get off the grid on a sailing boat. From bush-walking to island-hopping, reef snorkeling to rainforest exploring - sailing through this pristine part of the country offers it all.
4. Shop At Barossa
You could travel the world a hundred times and still never find a place that sells produce as amazing as the Barossa. It’s the reason why so many top chefs get their foods from here, using them to stock their restaurants and vineyards. It is as close as a foodie can ever get to heaven on earth. It has just about everything, which means you’ll be leaving with paper bags chock-full of delicious and nutritious morsels....and wine!
5. Get Lost On The Sunshine Coast
Namely, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The suggestion is to ditch Google Maps on your phone and turn off your SatNav to just enjoy the journey without a single brain cell being focused on the destination. What makes this stunning coast truly staggering is it's formation out of age-old volcanoes. That said, it’s also one of the best places to explore if you love cheese because some of the most celebrated cheese-makers in the world call this place home. Who knew?!