Australia. It’s brilliant. It’s beautiful. And absolutely huge. Finding 101 things to do in any other country would require some barrel scraping, but when it comes to Australia the challenge is getting everything down to a shortlist. From the uber cool Melbourne and stunningly scenic Sydney to the mesmerising landscapes of the Outback, this gigantic island continent is fizzing with more incredible sights and experiences than you can shake a didgeridoo at.
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The Ultimate Australia Bucket List
Things to Do in Melbourne and Victoria
1. Drive the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 151 mile stretch of outrageously picturesque tarmac generally agreed to be one of the best road trips in the world, and certainly the best in Australia.
2. Explore the graffiti alleys of Melbourne
The street art of Melbourne is world-class, an explosion of colour and talent that offers a genuinely jaw-dropping experience when encountered for the first time.
3. Have a BBQ on Ninety Mile Beach
A BBQ on the beach is a classic Australian experience, so you might as well combine that with a trip to the longest uninterrupted beach in the country and the third longest in the world.
4. Shop at the Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market provides the best and most atmospheric shopping experience in Melbourne, and has been a staple of the city’s culture for more than a century.
5. Check out the Shrine of Remembrance
This strikingly handsome war memorial is well worth a visit and from the top of its steps you can catch a spectacular view of Melbourne.
6. Wee on the 35th floor of the Sofitel
You could pay 20 bucks to get a view of Melbourne from the Eureka Tower, the city’s highest skyscraper, or you could just use the 35th floor public toilet in the Sofitel hotel…
7. Get some nature in the Dandenong Ranges
Located a few miles east of Melbourne, these gentle mountain ranges cloaked in rainforest make for a perfect day trip from the city. Bring a picnic.
8. Visit the set of Neighbours
If you’ve grown up entranced with the myriad plotlines of the most famous street in Australia, you’re going to really love this. You’ll get to meet some of the main cast, too
9. Soak up Melbourne’s coffee culture
Melbourne is to coffee is what Bordeaux is to wine. The city is world famous for its café culture and the Australians take their coffee as seriously as they do their sport.
10. See the penguins at St Kilda Pier
Head to St Kilda Pier at sunset for one of the most rewarding wildlife experiences the country has to offer – hundreds of tiny penguins coming home to roost.