Featured writer: The Graceful Cyclists
For anyone coming to Australia, there are a few absolutely essential places you have to visit to make your experience complete. The list I am about to give you is by no means complete and Australia is a big place so it would be impossible to list everything at once, but I’ll start with the day activities and eventually we’ll build up from there.
1) Sydney Harbour
Everyone knows that Sydney Harbour is home to the world famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, but once you have looked at them and taken a few photos the best thing to do is hop on a ferry to Watsons Bay. During the ferry trip you will see the true harbour with the many coves, sandy beaches and apartment buildings that make it truly spectacular. At Watsons Bay the walk out to South Head provides stunning views of the entrance to the harbour as well as the opportunity to stand on a cliff with the knowledge that the next land eastwards is South America.
2) The Coast Walk – South of Sydney
The Coast Walk in Royal National Park (Australia’s oldest National Park is a spectacular and awe-inspiring experience. The full walk takes one very full day or can be done overnight, but by catching a few from Cronulla to Bundeena some of the best coastline on the east coast can be seen.
3) Melbourne’s Laneways
The Lane ways of Melbourne are almost a cliché, but for anyone visiting Australia’s second largest city it really is a must. Filled with graffiti, cafes, restaurants and soup kitchens they are an experience like none other in Australia. For the best experience find the food lane just north of Flinders Street train station early and watch the lunch time masses.
4) Sunset on a West Coast.
For anyone who doesn’t know Australia is a really big place. I’ve already mentioned the east coast, but the west coast is equally impressive. Consider standing on a beach of white sands, breathing in what is officially among the cleanest air in the world and knowing the closest land is Madagascar. If you stand and watch the sunset on the west coast of Tasmania the closest land is South American again and it really is the cleanest air in the world.
5) Markets – Somewhere
Most Australian cities play host to a range of markets setting everything from knick-knacks to gourmet food. Fresh and organic food markets are making a serious revival here so if you get a chance drop in and checkout the local market. There are so many to choose from but a few that come to mind include;
- The Queen Victoria Markets (Melbourne)
- The Bus Depot or Fyshwick Markets (Canberra)
- Tram Shed Markets (Sydney)
- Boggo Road Markets (Brisbane)
To be honest I am only just getting starts on this list, because there is so much to see, but you get the idea. Australia is an amazing place with a strong culture of getting outside and enjoying life. When you are here you should do the same!