Australia is a vast and wondrous land with plenty of things to do. With so many places to go and things to do, the question really is where to start? Lack of choice is not an issue in Australia and listed below are but a few things that can be experienced in the Land Down Under.
1. Attend a festival
Hundreds of festivals take place all over Australia throughout the year so you have a lot of options to choose from. You can attend many different music festivals that range from country, to rock, to jazz. Food and wine festivals are also popular all around Australia sporting fresh local products aplenty. The Sydney Arts Festival is one of the biggest in the world and Adelaide has been hosting a Fringe Festival that has continued to break records year after year.
2. Spend a day at the races
Horse racing has been popular in Australia for over 160 years and many major world-class events are run throughout the year all over the country. The biggest event is the Melbourne Cup which is held at Flemington Racecourse every November. It is the most prestigious race in Australia and is regarded as one of the biggest thoroughbred turf races in the world. The Australian Triple Crown consists of three races set in Sydney at the Royal Randwick Racecourse being the Golden Slipper Stakes, the Sires Produce Stakes, and the Champagne Stakes. So if you’re taking a punt on the day, any Sires Produce betting should be done after seeing the results of the Golden Slipper Stakes.
3. Hit the beach
Australia is well-known around the world for its sunny beaches, so this option should not be passed up. Bondi Beach in Sydney is a particularly popular location for tourists and locals alike as is Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland and there are plenty of things to do at these beaches. You can go surfing, just relax on the sand and read a book, go for walks or check out the beachfront restaurants and shops. A great time is had by all if you decide to head to the beach, especially in summer.
4. Watch a sports match
Australia, and particularly Melbourne, is known for its sporting events. Melbourne hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park Lake racing circuit, the AFL Football Grand Final at the MCG, the Australian Open tennis at Melbourne Park, and the Boxing Day Test match at the MCG. These events occur at different times throughout the year, so no matter what time of the year you visit Melbourne, there will be some sporting event occurring for you to enjoy.
5. Check out some landmarks
If you plan on doing a big trip to Australia, there are a lot of iconic landmarks to see. Sydney has the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, the Northern Territory has Uluru, Western Australia has the Bell Tower in Perth, Victoria has the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Queensland has the Big Pineapple, South Australia has St Peter’s Cathedral and Tasmania has Mount Wellington. These are but a few things you can do in each state and territory around the country, so be sure to do some research and brush up on your knowledge of Australia’s many iconic locations.