Bucket List: Top 100 Must Do’s in Australia


UPDATE: I have since come and gone from living in Australia, and thankfully did manage to make it through a good chunk of my original bucket list! Australia is such a huge country, it would be really tough to make it through all these, but hey worth a shot!


Australia Bucket List

Climb The Sydney Harbor Bridge

Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef ✓ 

One hell(icopter) of a view 🚁

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Swim with Whale Sharks

Cage Dive with Great White Sharks

Drive the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Camel Ride on Cable Beach, WA

Witness Christmas Island’s Red Crab Migration

Mitchell Falls, WA

See penguins on Phillip Island

Wine Tour through Hunter Valley, NSW

“Cage of Death” Crocodile Encounter, Darwin City

Hug a Koala ✓

I'd say I now have all the koalaifications to be a true Australian🐨

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See the Sydney Zoo ✓

I ❤️ Sydney

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Visit the Sydney Aquarium ✓

Try Kangaroo Meat ✓


See Sydney Opera House

I never get tired of this beauty #operahouse

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Play didgeridoo ✓

Visit the Blue Mountains, NSW ✓

Finally made it out to see The Blue Mountains, and they did not disappoint!

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Visit Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens ✓ 

Bondi Beach, Sydney ✓

Can't get enough of the sea and the sun☀️

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Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, Sydney ✓

#bonditocoogee checked off the bucket list ✔️

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Manly Beach, Sydney ✓

#manlybeach was beautiful today, so dang hot, but beautiful 🌞

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Skydive (sorry mom & dad!)

Eat of piece of Vegemite ✓

Go surfing✓

Sail the Whitsundays

Attend an Australian BBQ ✓

Jenolan Caves, NSW

Sydney Tower at Sunset ✓

Sunset from the sydney tower eye — another #bucketlist item checked off✔️✔️

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Ride the Manly Ferry + have a drink at the Wharf Bar ✓

Darling Harbour Fireworks show, Sydney ✓

Icebergs at Bondi, Sydney ✓ 

Bondi Icebergs, I have fallen in love with you 😍

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Snorkel at Shelly Beach, Sydney ✓

George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney

Go to a Rugby Game ✓

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

See Uluru ✓

Hike Kings Canyon ✓

St. Kilda, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne ✓

Melbourne Aquarium

Port Campbell National Park, Victoria

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Street Art: Hosier Lane

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, Melbourne

Tamborine Mountain, Victoria

SkyPoint Climb, Melbourne

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Melbourne

Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, Perth

Hillary’s Boat Harbour/Sorrento Quay Marina, Perth

Whiteman Park/Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Barrack Street Jetty/Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Lake Monger, Perth

The Pinnacles – 200 km north of Perth

Perth Zoo

His Majesty’s Theater, Perth

Rottnest Island, Perth

The Aquarium of Western Australia

Cohunu Koala, Perth

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

Port Beach, Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Hike Tomaree Mountain ✓

See the Dolphins in Port Stevens ✓

Ride Camels at Stockton Sandunes ✓

Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

Brisbane Lookout

XXXX Brewery Tour, Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

Mt Cootha, Brisbane

Story Bridge, Brisbane

Kangaroo Island, Adelaide

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Central Markets

Henley Beach, Adelaide

Grange Beach, Adelaide

West Beach, Adelaide

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Hazards Beach, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania✓

Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Estate, Tasmania

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Tulip Farm, Table Cape, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

Maria Island Painted Cliffs, Tasmania

West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tasmania

Mount Wellington, Tasmania✓

See the Southern Aurora Australis, Tasmania

Tahune Forest airwalk, Tasmania

Visit Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

Trinity Beach, Cairns

Esplanade Boardwalk, Cairns ✓

Cairns Botanical Gardens

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Fitzroy Island, Cairns

Green Island, Cairns

Cairns Night Markets ✓

Daintree Rainforest, Cairns ✓

Bungee Jump at Cairns (again, sorry Mom & Dad!) ✓

Why live life on the edge when you can jump off😜 #bungyjump

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Palm Cove, Queensland ✓

Helicopter Ride over Great Barrier Reef

Visit Royal National Park ✓

Not the worst place to have a picnic lunch 🧀🍞🍷

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Drive on the left side of the road ✓

I knew I was born to drive a convertible 😎 best way to #seeaustralia

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Western Plains Taronga Zoo in Dubbo ✓

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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