Australian Backpacker Bucket List! 20 experiences you have to try

By life@scape
Sep 09, 2022
What comes to mind when you think of the land down under? Your first thoughts might be the iconic landmarks of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a drive down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria or a visit to Queensland’s the Great Barrier Reef. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Here are 20 (must-do) bucket list experiences for anyone exploring Australia:


Discover the Whitsunday Islands
Stunning crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and incredible coral formations – need we say more?

Drive through one of the oldest rainforests in the world
The Daintree Rainforest is estimated to be a whopping 110 million years old, so it’s home to some incredible flora and fauna. 

Have fun at a theme park
Whether it’s Sea World, Warner Brothers Movie World or Wet n Wild Water World, you’re sure to have a blast at one of the Gold Coast’s many theme parks.

New South Wales

Say hello to the Three Sisters
Around two hours’ drive from Sydney CBD, the Blue Mountains is known for its hiking trails, spectacular views and of course the famous sandstone peaks of the Three Sisters. 

Climb Mount Kosciuszko
Begin your day with a climb of Australia’s tallest mountain – Mount Kosciuszko. 

Go for a dip at Bondi Beach
Of course, you can’t come to NSW without visiting the iconic Bondi Beach. Just remember to slip, slop, slap!


Meander through laneways
There’s nothing quite like Melbourne’s graffiti-filled laneways, packed with whole in the wall cafes!

Meet some cute locals
This dynamic city is also home to little penguins, which you can see at sunset each day on Phillip Island.

Make the 12 Apostles a pit stop
If you’re visiting Victoria you’re bound to end up on the Great Ocean Road at some point, so make sure one of your stops is the 12 Apostles (limestone rock stacks that rise out of the water).

South Australia

Take a trip to Kangaroo Island
If you want to meet a kangaroo, one of the best places to do so is none other than Kangaroo Island, just off the mainland of South Australia.

Stop by Adelaide Botanic Gardens
With 51-hectares to explore make a day of visiting the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The gardens date back to 1857 and are a great place to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city.


Discover Australia’s convict past
Learn about Australia’s convict past by visiting the historic town of Port Arthur, which had a reputation for having the worst British prisoners!

Get close to nature
If you’re looking for beautiful natural sights, such as spectacular granite mountains which meet white sandy beaches and secluded bays, then a visit to the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania is a must.

See the Southern Lights
You might have heard of the Northern Lights, but did you know Tasmania has its very own Southern Lights called the Aurora Australis? You can visit aurora-service.net, which provides a forecast of when you’re likely to see them.

Western Australia

Camel back ride on Cable Beach
Sit on the back of a camel and watch the sunset on Cable Beach – a massive bucket list tick!

Swim with Whale Sharks
Once you’re done getting to know the animals on land, make your next bucket list tick a meeting with the local whale sharks at the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

See a strawberry milkshake coloured lake
Apart from amazing wildlife, Western Australia also has some pretty incredible natural wonders – even a Pink Lake, located in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

Northern Territory

Take the scenic route
Forget flying – the Gahn is a scenic train ride, which will take you between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin.

Have a wow moment at Uluru
Standing in front of the sandstone rock formation of Uluru will truly be a once in a lifetime experience.

Get up and close with a croc
This one is for the thrill seekers. The Crocosaurus Cove Cage of Death will get you face to face with a 5 metre + crocodile.


Enjoy exploring amazing Australia!