50 Things To Do In Australia

Opera House in Sydney
Opera House in Sydney

From east to the west there are so many places to visit and things to do in Australia that it will take you years to visit all. If you already have your itinerary for traveling around Australia we wrote 50 things you can do for free so that you can save up for some souvenirs shopping.

  1. Bondi Beach – this is Australia’s most famous and busiest beach and in summer you will see hundreds of people coming from all around on this 1 kilometer of sand and enjoyment. The waves can be quite big and you should be careful.
  2. Sydney Coastal Walk – after finishing swimming in Coogee beach take a stroll from Coogee to Bondi and enjoy amazing coastline. There are numbers of café’s and places to have excellent view to the sea.
  3. Opera House – if you haven’t had a photo in front of Sydney opera that is like you haven’t been to Sydney. The tour around cost money but you can always wonder around yourself and admire this world famous building. Get some great harbor views Farm Cove and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.
  4. Walk across Sydney Harbor Bridge – the famous bridge has public walkway and you can easily go across the bridge. If you want to climb the top you will have to pay. Anyhow, the view from the bridge itself is amazing.
  5. Government House – there are free tours of the Government house on weekends and you can see 19th century state rooms. The gardens are opened daily and also are free to walk around.
  6. The Rocks – The Rocks Discovery Museum will take you to a journey around Australia from pre European times with its interesting displays. Really worth visiting while in Sydney and entrance is free.
  7. The Art Gallery of New South Wales – this gallery has the biggest collection of aboriginal art in the world. The entrance is free and guided tours too. You can often see Aboriginal performances.
  8. Sydney Observatory – this is the best place to have a look on the harbor and this is the oldest Australia observatory. You can explore skies, use telescope or you can see the star explodes.
  9. Australian National Maritime Museum – you can explore the museum’s galleries and special exhibitions, Wharf 7, the Maritime Heritage Centre, the marina, the North Wharf and Cape Bowling Green lighthouse.
  10. Royal Botanic Gardens – in the center of Sydney you will find 30 hectares of amazing gardens. It was made back in 1816 and there is amazing collection of local and foreign horticulture.
  11. Adelaide Central Markets – over 130 years this market is operating and you can buy almost everything here from fresh food. The market is opened on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  12. Adelaide Cricket Ground Parkland & Bradman Statue – this is famous cricket ground and cricket lovers have to see it. It is great place to learn something about this popular game and something about career of Sir Donald Bradman.
  13. Adelaide City free bikes – you can get the free bike and drive around the city but only to the city limits. This is great way to see the city and it is free.
  14. Walking path along the length of the metropolitan beaches – Adelaide beaches are beautiful, clean and excellent places to stroll around. You will see loads of people jogging there so you can join them if you are up for some sports.
  15. Free Tour of Haigh’s Chocolates – just 5 minutes away from the city centre of Adelaide you will find this chocolate factory and there is free 20 minutes tour. Listen about the history of the factory, get a peek on what is going on inside the factory and have some taste of chocolate, for free.
  16. Queen Street Mall – if you are up for some shopping in Brisbane this is a place to be. It is a great place to wander around and has some great food places too.
  17. Museum of Brisbane – every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am you can get free tour of the museum and entrance in the museum is always free. The free tour usually lasts an hour.
  18. Brisbane City Hall – this is the place where most of tourists in Brisbane start their visit of the city. The entrance is free and the building itself is quite interesting.
  19. Visit Ashgrove Baptist Church – this is one of the liveliest churches in Australia and you should definitely visit it on Sundays during the masses.
  20. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt.Coot-tha –large area of subtropical flowers, trees and amazing place to spend a day. Completely relaxing space located just 7km from center of Brisbane.
  21. Hit the Beaches – Brisbane has gorgeous sandy beaches from Coolangatta all the way north to Stradbroke Island ideal for swimming, surfing, walks, picnics and more.
  22. Springbrook National Park – Springbrookhas amazing waterfalls, lush green forests, walking trails and spectacular lookouts.
  23. Keep it Bush – everywhere you want to go around National Parks in Gold Coast, the entrance is free. Flora and fauna are impressive everywhere. You can walk under waterfall, swim in the streams and run trough beautiful rainforests.
  24. Muddy’s Playground – In the Cairns Esplanade you’ll find kids paradise with swings and play apparatus, as well as a water park.
  25. Mossman Gorge – this is one of the most visited spots in North Queensland, this is part of Daintree Rainforest. The Mossman River spectacularly flows past gigantic granite boulders producing freshwater swimming spots throughout the Gorge. If you fancy walking there’s a 2.4 km rainforest trail, a suspension bridge across the river and picnic area in the National Park.
  26. Lake Eacham – this is a crater lake which is popular during the hot seasons since thewater is really cold in the lake. This is must see place for the families and it is surrounded by tropical forests. You can swim, ride a canoe and bushwalk. Children will love spotting the friendly bush turkeys which inhabit the rainforest, and there is a 4km walking track which is suitable for all ages as it is flat and paved the entire way.
  27. Rockhampton Art Gallery – this is fabulous art collection which inclues works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Charles Blackman, Grace Cossington Smith and many more.
  28. Rockhampton Zoo – the entrance to the zoo is free and the best time to come is the feeding time around 3pm. The zoo has Australian fauna, elevated walkways through the koala compound and a bird aviary
  29. Kershaw Gardens – this is natural bush gardens stretching along the Bruce Highway. You will also find waterfall and rainforest walks.
  30. Go Fishing – The Fitzroy River goes through the centre of Rockhampton and is one of the best places to catch a barramundi, blue threadfin, king threadfin and gold spot estuary cod. This relaxing thing is for everyone and you will see loads of locals fishing.
  31. Take your photo at The Spire – right trough the center of Rockhampton goes the ‘Tropic of Capricorn’. This is marked by a spire at the Capricorn Tourism Visitor Information Centre.
  32. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets – you will find food from more than 30 countries on this food market. The best time is to come from April to October on Thursdays and Sundays. Just head to Mindil Beach in Darwin and enjoy this amazing market.
  33. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory – this extraordinary museum in Darwin will show you South-East Asia and Australasia art. It includes an excellent exhibition of Aboriginal bark paintings, a collection of stone axes and the Melville Island Pukamani Burial Poles.
  34. Darwin Sunsets – it has been said that Darwin has the most beautiful sunsets in Australia. Head to Darwin harbor and enjoy this rusty red natural beauty. Available every day and completely free.
  35. East Point Reserve – you can swim and surf in the artificial Lake Alexander and there is no worry about jellyfishes, sharks and crocodiles. There is mangrove forest and 1.5km walk through it.
  36. State Square and Parliament House – on Wednesdays you can have free tour of Parliament House from June to the end of September as well as Saturdays Tours leave from the foyer of Parliament House in Melbourne
  37. Free tram around Melbourne – the ride on this tram is 30 minutes and you can drive as much as you want. These trams are gold and burgundy in color and their stops have special marks. This is one of must do things while in Melbourne.
  38. Wander the Narrow Streets and Lanes – Melbourne is full with European narrow streets and lanes and don’t miss Flinders Lane. These small streets are full of café’s and restaurants and you can even find original Italian latte. Maybe you will be tempted by this but walking around is completely free.
  39. NGV International – this is oldest public art museum in Australia. You will find one of the most important art collections and there is everything from Egyptian time up to contemporary art. Roman, Asian, Baroque and Renaissance art are all around this glorious museum in Melbourne.
  40. The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art – this is a place where you will find photography, electronic imaging, video, painting and sculpture as well as new developments in sound.
  41. Queen Victoria Market – On the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, there are around 1000 traders selling everything from fruit and vegetables, fresh produce and delicatessen goods to clothing, plants and pets sold at this market. The market is closed on Mondays, Wednesdays and on public holiday.
  42. Bibbulmun Track – this is 963km walk trail from Albany to Kalamunda. You can hike the trail all way. There are shelters and camping sites on the way. This is Australia only long distance trail.
  43. Federation Walkway – this is wonderful hiking trail from where you can see Kings Park’s botanical gardens and natural bush land. It is only 620m of nice nature hiking and great way to spend hour or two.
  44. Sunset at Cottesloe Beach – this is the great place to watch a sunset over the Indian Ocean. After sunset you can have evening swim or just enjoy the beach and park around it. Wonderful place in Perth.
  45. Black Swan – Lake Monger is a home to wonderful black swans and thousand magnificent waterbirds. This is just 10 minutes of drive from the black swan is national emblem of Western Australia.
  46. Climb the DNA Tower in Kings Park – the tower is 15 meters high and has 101 steps so be prepared for climbing. When you get to the top you will have amazing view of the city skyline, Swan River, Darling Scarp and Indian Ocean. This is the highest point in Kings Park in Perth.
  47. Salamanca Market – every Sunday morning this is the best place to be in the city of Hobart. It’s a fun, vibrant, weird, quirky, crowded mess of people. You will find food, coffee, produce, clothing, arts and crafts, jewelry, books and more. If it is Christmas time, this place is packed full.
  48. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – is settled just next to the city centre of Hobart and it is great palce to stroll around. You will find here many trees, flowers and different kinds of plants.
  49. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – this museum is famous for its huge dinosaur skeleton which greets you up the stairs from the entrance on Macquarie Street. There is also very moving and fascinating section on Tasmania’s convict history, plus changing art exhibitions.
  50. Richmond Village – this is well preserved village from the 19th century. The time forgot this village and that is a reason more to visit it.

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