You can sip a strangely-named cocktail in a funky bar, or explore the legendary Outback -on a horse or by four-wheel drive, or you could do both, and on the same day! This is Australia, in a nutshell, and the variety of things to do in this beautiful country has to be seen to be believed. We have some of the top treats for tourists listed here, be sure to check them out!
Harness Your Horse and Scale the Snowy Mountains
Nestled in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, Snowy Wilderness is a sanctuary for wild horses, called brumbies in this part of the world. They have remained in their natural state, many years after their sires and mares played such a pivotal part in colonials staking land claims, and you are invited to witness their majesty and beauty at this privately-owned refuge at your own convenience.
You can’t ride the brumbies, no matter how gifted a horseman or woman you may be as they are nothing like Aussie favourite, Winx, but you can observe them from the saddle of a mountain-fit horse as you take part in a guided tour over the 3 000 hectare property.
Mix with the Lords and Ladies of Horse Racing at Melbourne Cup Day
On the first Tuesday of November each day, one of the most popular racing and social events in all of Australia occurs: the Melbourne Cup Day. Live sports betting is part of the fun as over 100 000 racegoers descend on the Flemington Racecourse, and the horse race itself is televised to more than 650 million people around the world. Australians will stop whatever they are doing just before 15h00 on Melbourne Cup Day in order to make sure they can catch the race on TV, internet or even the radio.
Take a Ride on a Mechanical Dolphin in Byron Bay
The German-made Seabob Cayago F7 lets you swim, splash, and dive like a dolphin -with a cruising speed of 22 kilometers per hour above water, and 14 kilometers per hour below!
Take in a Concert in the Vines at Hunter Valley
Just two hours’ drive from the city of Sydney, you will find a wine district playing host to the stars. The Hunter Valley is famous for its award-winning Semillon grapes, but, recently, it has also started to garner a reputation as a big-time concert destination for huge international acts like Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, and Elton John.
Rockabilly and Cowpunk Abound at Tamworth
Frequently rated as one of the Top Ten Country Music Festivals in the world, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, held in northern New South Wales, caters to far more than just one genre of music. You can fall in love with folk music, revel in rock ‘n’ roll, break it down with the blues, ratchet it up with rockabilly swing, and catch some cowpunk while you are at it! The festival stretches over two weeks over Australia Day, the 26th of January.
Take in the Trinket Markets in Hobart
The Salamanca sandstone buildings that make up the historical dockside precinct of Hobart have now become romantic restaurants, bubbling boutiques, great galleries, and pretty pubs! The best time to visit this strip is between 8h30 and 15h00 on any Saturday, because that’s when the Salamanca Market comes to town. Around 300 stallholders gather to deliver lovely leatherwork, splendid secondhand books, jazzy jewellery made from forks and spoons, terrific Turkish kebabs and so much more.