Not to be limited to the impression of the Great Outback as the vast heartland of Australia, the country sure has a plethora of uniquely Aussie adventures for both the adventurous and the laid-back ones.
In this article, we feature some of the most Aussie things, places, or food to experience whether you are visiting the country as a tourist or staying for a while as an international student.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is located in the Northern Territory, Central Australia. The massive sandstone formation offers the adventurous ones a 10km walk around the base of Uluru. One can start the Uluru walk from the Mala carpark and go clockwise to complete the circumference of the area or simply select a section according to your preference. Experience the green and lush section with the rare vantage point for wildlife sightseeing or explore the open and vast areas.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply curious about the wine culture, Australia will open the door for your ultimate vino experience. There are over 2,400 wineries in 65 wine regions growing more than 100 grape varieties across the country. If it’s a bit overwhelming, Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, a consortium of high-end, award-winning wineries, simplifies your adventure by offering a variety of behind-the-scenes wine, food, and adventure packages such as barrel, private and structured tastings, food and wine matching, and picnic in amazing locations. Some of the most popular wine estates are Leeuwin Estate, Mandoon Estate, Jacobs Creek, and, of course, Penfolds Magill Estate, the maker of Australia’s greatest wine Penfolds Grange.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef
Situated on the northeast coast of Australia, The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) was inscribed as World Heritage in 1981 and described as the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, having 2,500 individual reefs of varying sizes and shapes and over 900 islands according to UNESCO. Apart from the expected snorkeling and diving activities within the GBR, there are other equally interesting ways to experience it such as travelling underwater via a mini-submarine, riding an underwater scooter, sleeping on the reef, and sailing aboard a yacht.
Ride the 4WD on K’gari (Fraser Island)
If you are planning to explore Queensland, do not miss the unique experience of exploring the Fraser Island World Heritage Area, the world’s largest sand island, via an official four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle. For adrenaline junkies, this off-roading activity coupled with the scenic view sure hits the spot. It is a must to carry a roadmap, a tide chart, and recovery equipment to ensure safety during the 4WD ride.
Australian Football Experience
In Australia, the global sports football is called soccer, and Australian football is a whole lot of a different football league. Also called footy and “Aussie Rules”, the Australian Football League (AFL) offers a unique Australian and a truly Melbourne sporting experience. AFL games are held every Friday during the winter months from March to September with 18 teams from all over Australia battling to reach the Grand Finals at the MCG or Marvel Stadium.