With the promise of golden beaches, azure seas and coastal cities, every year backpackers and tourists migrate to Australia either for a vacation or on a working holiday visa. Australia is considered a place of leisure and endless summers; a wild land filled with wildlife and great seas. Australia is exceedingly beautiful, rich in rainforests, deserts, coastlines and remote rocky landscapes.
Australia, though, is a region of strange delights and activities which you can only experience ‘down under.’ Not only do Australians fiercely treasure their sporting capabilities (think Aussie rules football and cricket), but they also allow you to visit, see and pet some of the most exotic animals in the world, walk around the world’s largest single rock (Uluru) and dive with a crocodile – mad, right?
Australia is home to amazing memories to be made and never forgotten – it’s a region that’ll always keep you on your toes and always introduce you to beautiful and iconic vistas and experiences. Here are the top three iconic activities to consider on your trip to Australia.
Visit the Quokkas
Many people fly to the East Coast and will never venture over to the West Coast. This is a shame, as Western Australia not only has a whole host of white-sand beaches, but it’s also home to one of the cutest marsupials alive. Forget kangaroos and koala bears – it’s all about the quokka.
Only found on Rottnest Island (minus Australian zoos), the quokka is crowned the happiest animal alive. Usually the size of a cat, the quokka is a stocky, round eared, and short marsupial which looks like a tiny kangaroo. They happily live on Rottnest Island, and thousands of these tiny creatures can be found hopping around the island, unafraid of humans. They will approach you, however, petting and feeding them is strongly discouraged.
To get to Rottnest Island, you buy tickets for a ferry which leaves from Perth. You pay for accommodation on the island and stay for as long as you wish. Aside from the quokkas, there are plenty of beaches and seas to swim in, seals to see and pink salt lakes to explore. You can rent bikes and cycle around the island, or you can travel via bus.
Manly is notorious for its beaches and sporting atmosphere. For those who love to pander to their adrenaline, Manly is a sure-fire way to sate your competitive streak. To get to Manly, you can hop on a ferry from Sydney – there is also potential to see dolphins – and once you’ve docked, you are free to explore the area.
There is a thriving surfing, skating and scootering culture in Manly. Every morning you will see people jogging across the beach, playing beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, kayaking, or hitting up the Manly Skate Park. Aussies are known for their sporting pride, especially when it comes to water sports or urban tricks on their scooters – after all, some of the best scooter brands are Aussie through and through, such as the Golden Coast’s Apex.
If you own your own sporting equipment, then shipping it to Australia isn’t unheard of – many people will pay extra for their surfboards, skateboards and scooters to be brought overseas. Therefore, if you want to follow in the footsteps of stunt scootering world champion Dante Hutchinson, click here and discover which Aussie Apex scooter is right for you.
The Cage of Death
Many travelers boycott Australia’s Northern Territory, however, there is an experience of a lifetime found in Darwin – the Cage of Death. Darwin hosts Australia’s only crocodile dive, where you can come face-to-face with the world’s largest reptile. Terrifying, but equally exhilarating, the Cage of Death dive has you submerged in the crocodile enclosure for 15-minutes. If that wasn’t enough, the crocodiles are regularly fed to encourage more movement and a close-up encounter.