2. Meet a Quokka on Rottnest Island

Say hiya to the ‘happiest animals on this planet’ – the Quokka!

These tremendous smiley marsupials are indigenous to Western Australia, with a selected focus on Rottnest Island, a brief boat journey from Perth or Freemantle, which is an absolute bonus as a result of it’s a dreamy vacation spot itself.

You’ll discover these cheerful, virtually cat-sized creatures wandering freely everywhere in the island, and whereas getting the smiling selfie appears to have develop into the last word intention, be respectful and conscious of their house and defend them. I spent hours simply sitting and watching them with a smile on my face greater than theirs!

Probably the most unforgettable Australia journey experiences I’ve had, in enormous half because of the sheer fantastic thing about the island too. Seize a bicycle, lease just a little beachside cabin room, and spend just a few days biking between white sand seashores, rocky outcrops, swimming within the see and smiling alongside together with your new little mates.

Cruising alongside the ‘motorway’ of Fraser Island

3. 4WD on the worlds largest sand island at Fraser Island

Do that! Don’t miss Fraser Island in your journey by means of Queensland.

Deservedly a World Heritage-listed pure attraction, that is the biggest sand island on our planet and the one place through which rainforest grows simply on the sand. If that doesn’t blow your thoughts only for that sheer reality it additionally has crystal clear lakes, is residence to the notorious Dingo and the 75-mile seaside is a delegated runway and freeway – maybe the most effective drive of my life as little planes fly in direction of you and bathers, autos and planes mixed!

It’s doable to do it both by tour or by hiring a 4WD and getting the ferry over, nevertheless it’s a really distinctive expertise that shouldn’t be missed!

Melbourne to Adelaide

The 12 Apostles on the Nice Ocean highway

4. Highway journey the Nice Ocean Highway from Adelaide to Melbourne

This one wants little or no introduction and is an absolute staple journey experiences in Australia. Highway tripping the Nice Ocean Highway is in style for lots of causes, and after arriving in Adelaide from Alice Springs on the Ghan (lengthy prepare, a number of pink dust for views, uncomfortable within the financial system class seat for almost a day!) I actually loved town.

Whereas it could be neglected by quite a lot of travellers, I feel it’s price a day or two should you can, after which earlier than hitting probably the most well-known sights of the Nice Ocean Highway such because the 12 Apostles, you’ll be able to have evening stops in Mount Gambier, a stupendous place with a formidable sinkhole that doubles as an animated video house, and the deep blues of the aptly named blue lake.

A kangaroo with Dan

Assembly the locals simply exterior Adelaide

5. Hang around with the ‘Roos and Koalas

No Australia journey experiences checklist could be full with out some furry pal encounters. After all, you aren’t restricted to at least one explicit place to return nose to nose with these locals. Magnetic Island Koala Park gives close-up encounters, whereas alongside the Nice Ocean Highway you’ll probably spot some within the timber with good eyes.

For the Kangaroos, once more maintain your eyes peeled, however the park simply exterior Adelaide for me was the standout expertise to satisfy them, the place they’re housed in an enormous pure park space for his or her safety because of metropolis restrict proximity.

Vivid Sydney illuminates the city

Vivid Sydney illuminates town

6. Witness Vivid gentle competition in Sydney (or NYE)

Sydney is a metropolis that stole my coronary heart, and in one other life, the place I’d have known as residence completely had I been allowed. From the enduring Opera Home to Bondi Seashore, there isn’t any scarcity of wonderful sights and viewpoints.

However, should you time your go to proper you’ll be capable to get pleasure from one of many world-class occasions town typically holds. Clearly, New 12 months’s Eve is the most effective recognized, and I can promise you from my private expertise it’s wonderful and definitely worth the crowds to see the fireworks throughout the bridge earlier than heading to a speakeasy, however Vivid is a really shut second.

This gentle competition takes over enormous elements of town, from projections on the Opera Home to installations in side-streets, it actually provides a magical contact to any go to to Sydney, and is a reward for many who go to in winter.