Bucket List: Top 100 Must Do’s in Australia



PROGRESS UPDATE: 29/104 Complete

I am beyond eager for my adventure, so I’ve decided to start compiling my Australian Bucket List – the top 100 things I want to do while I’m there! We’ll see if I am able to get everything done, I do have a year, though 😉

To all my friends who have been to Australia, I would LOVE suggestions on what I should and shouldn’t do while there!

  1. Climb The Sydney Harbor Bridge

  2. Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef ✓ 

    The Great Barrier Reef: From Above and Below

  3. Swim with Whale Sharks

  4. Cage Dive with Great White Sharks

  5. Drive the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

  6. Camel Ride on Cable Beach, WA

  7. Witness Christmas Island’s Red Crab Migration

  8. Mitchell Falls, WA

  9. See penguins on Phillip Island

  10. Wine Tour through Hunter Valley, NSW

  11. “Cage of Death” Crocodile Encounter, Darwin City

  12. Hug a Koala ✓ IMG_4170.jpg

  13. See the Sydney Zoo ✓ IMG_4250.jpg

  14. Visit the Sydney Aquarium ✓IMG_2086.jpg

  15. Try Kangaroo Meat ✓IMG_4174.jpg

  16. Take a Sydney Harbor Dinner Cruise

  17. See Sydney Opera House ✓FullSizeRender.jpg

  18. Play didgeridoo

  19. Visit the Blue Mountains, NSW ✓

  20. Visit Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens ✓ 

  21. Bondi Beach, Sydney ✓IMG_3131.jpg

  22. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, Sydney ✓IMG_3142.jpg

  23. Manly Beach, Sydney ✓IMG_2636.jpg

  24. Go fishing

  25. Skydive (sorry mom & dad!)

  26. Eat of piece of Vegemite ✓dsc_0489

  27. Go surfing

  28. Sail the Whitsundays

  29. Attend an Australian BBQ ✓

  30. Jenolan Caves, NSW

  31. Sydney Tower at Sunset ✓IMG_3201.jpg

  32. Ride the Manly Ferry + have a drink at the Wharf Bar ✓IMG_2632.jpg

  33. Darling Harbour Fireworks show, Sydney

  34. Icebergs at Bondi, Sydney ✓ IMG_3215.jpg

  35. Snorkel at Shelly Beach, Sydney ✓

  36. George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney

  37. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in March

  38. Go to a Rugby Game ✓

  39. Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

  40. The Minyon Falls Flora Reserve, NSW

  41. Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne

  42. Peninsula Hot Springs, Melbourne

  43. Melbourne Aquarium

  44. Port Campbell National Park, Victoria

  45. Melbourne Zoo

  46. SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, Melbourne

  47. Tamborine Mountain, Victoria

  48. SkyPoint Climb, Melbourne

  49. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Melbourne

  50. Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, Perth

  51. Hillary’s Boat Harbour/Sorrento Quay Marina, Perth

  52. Whiteman Park/Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

  53. Barrack Street Jetty/Elizabeth Quay, Perth

  54. Lake Monger, Perth

  55. The Pinnacles – 200 km north of Perth

  56. Perth Zoo

  57. His Majesty’s Theater, Perth

  58. Rottnest Island, Perth

  59. The Aquarium of Western Australia

  60. Cohunu Koala, Perth

  61. Cottesloe Beach, Perth

  62. Port Beach, Perth

  63. Art Gallery of Western Australia

  64. Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

  65. Brisbane Lookout

  66. XXXX Brewery Tour, Brisbane

  67. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

  68. Mt Cootha, Brisbane

  69. Story Bridge, Brisbane

  70. Kangaroo Island, Adelaide

  71. Adelaide Zoo

  72. Adelaide Central Markets

  73. Henley Beach, Adelaide

  74. Grange Beach, Adelaide

  75. West Beach, Adelaide

  76. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

  77. Hazards Beach, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

  78. Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Estate, Tasmania

  79. The Hazards, Tasmania

  80. Bay of Fires, Tasmania

  81. Tulip Farm, Table Cape, Tasmania

  82. Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

  83. Maria Island Painted Cliffs, Tasmania

  84. West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania

  85. Mount Wellington, Tasmania

  86. See the Southern Aurora Australis, Tasmania

  87. Tahune Forest airwalk, Tasmania

  88. Dismal Swamp Forest Slide, Tasmania

  89. Visit Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

  90. Trinity Beach, Cairns

  91. Esplanade Boardwalk, Cairns ✓

  92. Cairns Botanical Gardens

  93. Kuranda Scenic Railway ✓ IMG_5538.jpg

  94. Skyrail Rainforest CablewayIMG_5784.jpg

  95. Fitzroy Island, Cairns

  96. Green Island, Cairns

  97. Cairns Night Markets ✓

  98. Daintree Rainforest, Cairns ✓IMG_5976.jpg

  99. Bungee Jump at Cairns (again, sorry Mom & Dad!) ✓ 14492566_10155274730832166_7769644137534907145_n.jpg

  100. Palm Cove, Queensland ✓IMG_4253.jpg

  101. Helicopter Ride over Great Barrier Reef ✓ The Great Barrier Reef: From Above and Below

  102.  Visit Royal National Park ✓Royal National Park

  103. Drive on the left side of the road ✓ One Chel of an Adventure

  104.  Western Plains Taronga Zoo in Dubbo ✓ 

    Taronga Western Plains Zoo

    If I’m missing any Australia must see’s, please let me know in the comments!!

    xx, Chelsea


23 thoughts on “Bucket List: Top 100 Must Do’s in Australia

    1. I am going to Australia in June but only have a week. We will be in Sydney and since there is so much to see there and hope to drive along coast to Brisbane we don’t think there will be time to do the GBR. Suggestions on must sees while we are in that area? Also- where did you get to hold a koala? I hear many places only let you pet them.


      1. I have a lot of posts on things to do around Sydney you can check out! I loved Royal National Park. Driving up the coast would be a great way to see a lot in a little time — stop in Port Stephens, there is a lot of really cool stuff to do there (I have a couple posts on that as well). You can’t hold a Koala in NSW, so you’d have to do it once you get to Queensland (where Brisbane is!).


  1. Hi Chelsea, if I may add three suggestions to your Bucket List…
    1. Visit Kakadu National Park, NT
    2. Visit (the) Grampians National Park, Victoria
    3. Cross the Nullarbor Plain in a 4WD
    You won’t regret these!
    Kind regards,


  2. We miss u to! U should go on a fishing 🎣 trip! (Charters recommended because we know them) also maybe u can take the kids to! I forgot to ask about the figi trip, but was it good? See ya on Christmas Eve🎁 with the help of FaceTime ( hopefully it doesn’t lag and lose connection) Lots of love❣️😊


  3. Hey! We just started our blog, but we spent a semester in Australia in 2015. It’s such an incredible place! When you drive the Great Ocean Road, make sure you stop and explore the Loch Ard Gorge. And if you can try and go whale watching in Hervey Bay! The Sunshine Coast is a great place for a relaxing beach getaway if your interested too!


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