It’s no wonder everyone is flocking to Australia — stunning natural wonders that calls for some instant jaw-dropping moments, home to the deadliest animals in the world and famed for extreme sports for the adventurous.
But hold your horses, before you begin your trip to Australia, read on to find what 6 underrated activities you should include in your Australia bucket list.
1. Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Australia is almost synonymous to kangaroos, wallabies and koalas — as seen from the countless souvenirs featuring these furry animals.
Know the difference between a wallaby and kangaroo? Both these marsupials have prominent hind legs that make them look as if they are bouncing around the countryside like kids on pogo sticks, but they actually have significantly different personalities.
A fully grown kangaroo is massive and may even win Mike Tyson in a fight.
On the other hand, a wallaby is harmless and just looks adorable. Awww.
Of course, who can forget hugging koalas in Australia? Take note, though, that koalas are easily frightened, so remember to keep your squeals in and avoid sudden movements when you’re holding on to the koalas! Oh and, remember that flash photography isn’t allowed.
If you’ve always wanted to get closer to Australia’s wildlife, get your tickets to Wild Life Sydney Zoo for some close proximity interaction with koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Shake paws with Australia‘s furry animals, take a picture and don’t forget to feed them as a form of thank you!
2. Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world. Boasting a stretch of phenomenal rainforests, beaches and cliffs, it’s no wonder Great Ocean Road is voted by Australian National Heritage as one attraction you must visit before you die.
Remember to stop over at Twelve Apostles while on your road trip along Great Ocean Road. Formed by the harsh and extreme weather conditions from Southern Ocean, the limestones that was once part of the cliff has now eroded to form rock stacks that stands at a height of 50 meters.
Now, only eight of the Twelve Apostles remains today due to erosion. If you’re interested in witnessing the wonders of Twelve Apostles up close, it’s better to go now before the remaining eight rocks give in to the wrath of Mother Nature.
We strongly recommend visiting during dawn or dusk. With the cliffs as backdrop and waves crashing against the sandy shore with millions of bubbles prancing around — the perfect Insta-worthy photo of the Twelve Apostles wouldn’t be too difficult to achieve.
Don’t drive? Fret not, you can still enjoy Great Ocean Road on a guided tour. KKday’s got your back, as always.
3. Lake Tyrrell, Victoria
Although Twelve Apostles is absolutely Insta-worthy, it’s definitely no match for the photos taken at Lake Tyrrell, a salt lake located 7km away from Sea Lake. Here lies the horizon where heaven meets earth. Here’s a tip from KKday: never ever wear your favourite pair of shoes to Lake Tyrrell, unless you want to be a salt merchant.
4. Skydiving, Cairns
Presenting to you Australia‘s hottest and craziest extreme sport: skydiving. Feel the adrenaline rush through your body when you throw yourself out of the plane, the wind brushing violently against your face as you struggle to focus on the beautiful landscape presented to you from the skies.
Cairns, Byron Bay, Airelie Beach and Whitesunday Islands are some of Australia’s most popular skydiving spots known for their azure beach and clear skies. Prepare yourself mentally and physically as you take the leap of faith from 4000 metres above the ground. Leap into Cairns’ atmosphere at a lightning speed of 220km/h — if this isn’t the ultimate test of courage, we don’t know what else is.
If you’re planning to skydive during winter in Australia, avoid Sydney and Melbourne as these cities may get a little too chilly. We advise you to head over to Queensland instead for better weather conditions.
5. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Did you know that Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest natural structure, is huge enough to be seen from space? Now you know.
Australia is blessed with the world’s largest coral reef and marine life, making Great Barrier Reef the perfect place for snorkelling and scuba or skydiving — the ultimate dream land for all marine lovers! It’s no secret that Great Barrier Reef is Australia‘s most prized natural wonder, but it’s currently on the brink of extinction.
6. Fraser Island, Queensland
If the Great Barrier Reef is too expensive for your budget, an alternative is Fraser Island, also located at Queensland. Fraser Island may not look like much from the outside, but there’s much to explore on this mysterious island. Have you ever seen rainforest growing on sand? Shipwrecks and cliffs on sand? Freshwater lake littered with specks of real gold?
If you’re feeling romantic and wish to surprise your significant other, drive an ATV out to Lake Mckenzie located nearby. Lake Mckenzie is popular with lovers due to its heart shape formation. Remember to take some photos for your Instagram and whisper sweet-nothings to your significant other while you’re lazing around Lake Mckenzie!
On average, Singaporeans spend about 2.5 weeks travelling in Australia, which is definitely a long enough time for you to enjoy all these 6 underrated activities in Australia.
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