Ultimate Australia Bucket List: 50+ BEST Places to Visit in Australia

Planning a trip to Australia and not sure where to start? I’ve got you covered with this epic guide containing 50+ of the best things to do and places to visit which are perfect for any Australian Travel Bucket List.  Some of these are places I have visited and things I have experienced myself and the rest are places, experiences and adventures that I have researched and added to my personal Australia bucket list.

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Australian Capital Territory Bucket List

  • Visit Canberra, the capital city of Australia. It is only a 3 hour drive from Sydney.

New South Wales Bucket List

Sydney Opera House is a must on any Ultimate Australia Bucket List

  • Climb to the top of the Sydney bridge.  This is a really popular activity so it is best to reserve in advance.
  • Take a short ferry (approximately 30 minutes) from Circular Quay to Manly Beach for great views of the Sydney Harbour, Opera House and Bridge from the water.
  • Spend a few hours at Bondi Beach, the most famous beach in Australia.

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Northern Territory Bucket List

Visiting Ayers Rock is at the top of any Australian travel bucket list

Kings Canyon is one of the best places to visit in Australia

  • Hike around the soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta / The Olgas at sunset and watch them glow and change color with the surrounding desert landscape.
  • See the Valley of the Winds, a 3 hour walk. Click here to book a tour.
  • Visit Alice Springs (also known as “the Alice” or “Alice”). You can also enjoy the views of the outback on a balloon ride.
  • Visit the West MacDonnell Ranges. Book a day tour from Alice Springs.
  • Visit the historic town of Hermannsburg and its Aboriginal art collection.
  • Visit Finke Gorge National Park and enjoy the beautiful rock formations of Palm Valley.
  • Visit Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory.
  • Explore Litchfield National Park.  You can visit on a day tour from Darwin.
  • Explore the natural wilderness of the Katherine Gorge on a 14-hour scenic tour from Darwin.
  • Explore Kakadu National Park.

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Queensland Bucket List

  • Go scuba diving or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef.

Diving or Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is a top Australia Bucketlist experience

  • Explore Daintree National Park, the planet’s oldest surviving rainforest.
  • Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the rainforest to Kuranda.
  • Fly over the rainforest in Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pick up your combo pass for the Skyrail and Scenic railway here. 
  • Get close to koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary.
  • Visit Moreton Bay Marine Park, where bottlenose dolphins play and dugongs feed on sea grasses among the giant loggerhead turtles.
  • Watch the spectacular sunrise on the beach with kangaroos and wallabies
    at Cape Hillsborough.
  • Visit Yeppoon a beachside destination which offers fun activities such as sailing and kayaking, the mysterious Capricorn Caves and the beautiful Great Keppel Island white sand and exceptional snorkelling.
  • Go sandboarding at Tangalooma, Moreton Island.
  • Visit Fraser Island known for its 75-mile long beach which is one of the longest in the world.
  • Explore Whitehaven Beach in The Whitsundays, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with blue green waters and white sand.

South Australia Bucket List

  • See wildlife, including koalas, wallabies and kangaroos, on Kangaroo Island.

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Victoria Bucket List

  • Visit Melbourne.
  • Take a photo in front of the colorful Brighton Bathing Boxes near Melbourne.
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road (one of the best road trips of the world). If you prefer not to drive, you can book a day tour from Melbourne.

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Western Australia Bucket List

  • Visit Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
  • Explore Rottnest Island. You can book a day tour from Perth.
  • Meet the endangered Australian sea lions of Jurien Bay Marine Park, a 2.5-hour drive from Perth. Click here to book a boat trip and snorkeling excursion.
  • Enjoy the sunset and the starry sky in the Pinnacles Desert. You can book a Sunset & star-gazing tour.

The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park are one of the top bucket list destinations in Australia

  • Meet the koalas and kangaroos of Yanchep National Park.
  • Surf down the Lancelin Sand Dunes.
  • Explore Ningaloo Coral Reef.
  • Visit Wave Rock, one of Western Australia’s most popular natural landmarks which resembles a giant ocean wave.
  • Explore Karijini National Park, full of gorges, waterfalls and natural swimming holes.

Karijini National Park is an Australia must see place

  • Visit Cable Beach, a white sand beach near Broome. You can do a camel tour on the beach.
  • Explore The Kimberley one of the oldest and largest wilderness landscapes in the world and one of the most remote regions in Australia to see wildlife, majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes and several outback stations.
  • Explore Cape Le Grand National Park – the highlight is Lucky Bay famous for its beautiful white sand beach and friendly kangaroos.
  • See stingrays in Hamelin Bay, a beautiful white sandy beach with sparkling crystal clear waters.

So there you have it – the ultimate Australia bucket list.  If there is an experience or place you think I should include please let me know in the comments below!

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  1. You’ve given me some serious Australia travel fever here! I’ve yet to visit so this post is great for me. Ayers Rock and the kangaroo park look fantastic!

  2. Australia is definitely on my bucketlist, I didn’t know that there are that many great places to visit! Thanks for all the tips, now I have to go there even more

  3. I’m an Aussie and this is a pretty good list of things to do in Australia. Some of these I haven’t done myself, such as visiting Uluru and Rottnest Island. I should spend more time in ‘my own backyard’!

  4. I think New South Wales Bucket List is the winner for me.
    I have always wanted to see the famous Sydney Opera House with my own eyes, and as a huge Avatar fan, I just fell in love with the Blue Mountains. 🙂 I have to travel there someday, for sure.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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