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50 things on my Australian Bucket List

Learning about other countries and their culture can be an exciting experience but have you thought about your own country?  Even though I’m well-travelled, there is still plenty more on my Australian bucket list.  What’s on yours?

It’s fun to think about where you want to travel next so I thought I’d follow the bucket list by a fellow blogger and friend Josie, of Josie Wanders.  I’ve gone one step further though – my bucket list is an all Australian Bucket List!

Now my mission is to start ticking them off.  Have you written up your Australian bucket list yet?   Here’s mine:

My travelling life


As a child I inherited a very large case of wanderlust and even though I’m well-travelled there are still so many places I’ve yet to visit.

My childhood years were spent in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and later in the Philippines and in Timika, a very remote areas of Irian Jaya.  Back home in Australia, I’ve lived in remote Cape York, spending a few years in Bamaga at the very tip of Northern Queensland and now I’ve recently clicked over 20 years in Australia’s Northern Territory.

It’s lovely to reflect on the many wonderful places I’ve visited.  Some I will be happy to revisit, so come with me on the journey as we explore my new Australian Bucket List.

These are the things I’ve yet ‘to do’.  In no particular order …

My Australian Bucket List

Things I’ve yet to tick off my Aussie bucket list

Northern Territory

Western Australia

South Australia



  • Drive around Tasmania
  • Take time to paint Wine Glass Bay
  • Stay at the lodge on Cradle Mountain
  • Laze on the beaches of the Bay of Fires
  • Catch a sunrise over Hobart atop of Mount Wellington


New South Wales

Inspirations for your own Aussie Bucket List

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

These are some of the places I’ve visited and done that I highly recommend.  They will make a great start for your own Aussie Bucket List.

Some I have written some posts about, but more will come in due course. If you have any questions, drop me a note below.

Northern Territory


Travel to Cape York

  • Road Trip to Cape York
  • Ride the train up to Kuranda
  • Visit the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Stay in the Daintree Rainforest
  • Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cruise the Whitsunday Islands and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit Mon Repos to watch turtles hatching
  • Go to Fraser Island – stay at the eco-resort at Kingfisher Bay
  • Laze away the days on Great Keppel Island
  • Swim the volcanic craters – Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine on the Atherton Tablelands
  • See the platypus in Eungulla National Park
  • Surf at Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770

New South Wales

  • Visit beautiful Yamba, Ballina and Byron Bay
  • Do the Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Explore the convict historical site of Cockatoo Island
  • Do a Pub Tour through ‘the Rocks’ in Sydney


Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra War Memorial in Canberra
  • Take a tour of Parliament House
  • Lunch at Parliament House as a Minister’s guest
  • Visit Canberra during Floriade

South Australia

  • Tour the Barossa Valley
  • Tour the McLaren Vale wine region
  • Treat yourself to a Degustation at d’Arenburg Winery
  • Sleep underground in Coober Pedy
  • Go to the ‘Tour Down Under’ cycling event (held in January every year)


  • Visited Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart (MONA)
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Take a Peppermint Bay Cruise
  • Salamanca Markets in Hobart

Australia is a big country

Humpback Whale

Australia is a huge island-continent, and often underestimated by travellers. Did you know that it is the sixth largest country in the world, and almost the same size as the US.  You will need to be prepared for long distances.

If you try and see too many places in a short amount of time, you’ll feel rushed and won’t be able to slow down and enjoy what this beautiful country has to offer. When planning your trip, give yourself plenty of time to explore the country.

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My Australian Bucket List to Pin for later


There’s nowhere on earth quite like Australia.  Tropical rainforest, gorgeous golden beaches, stark desert landscapes and snowy alpine peaks and there’s always the laid-back lifestyle that everyone expects.

Australia is renowned for its differences.

If you’re an Aussie, perhaps now is the time to see your own country!  It’s never too late to start your Australian bucket list.  Let us help get you started.