Spring has arrived, our sun-scorched land of Oz is warming up to a busy tourism season – and so should you! Laced with natural splendour and multi-culture, our great big backyard has so much to put in your next bucket list!

From the white sandy beaches up north to stunning sunset views along the Sydney Harbour. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or urban dweller, there’s plenty to see and do this season. So get get packing and start Squirrelling away towards these Aussie adventures:

 

Relax on Hayman Island

Nested in the north point of the Whitsunday archipelago, Hayman Island sits in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re looking for indulgence and rejuvenation then book yourself into the One&Only Haymans resort. Beautiful villas, fresh seafood, striking beach surroundings, coral reef snorkelling and mountain trails are just some of what’s on offer. To top it off – you can fly directly with Qantas to Hayman Island from Brisbane and Sydney. This is the ultimate relaxation bucket list.

Hayman Island. Credit One&Only Resorts

 

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

If you’re love a great view and some exercise then climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a great match to cap off a visit in the city. Soak up the world around you as your step up to the peak with panoramic views of Sydney and the harbour at 134 metres above sea level. Admission starts at $250pp. We recommend climbing at twilight to catch the sunset and city night light views.

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Ride camels in WA

Cable Beach in Broome Western Australia is famous for its 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The flat beach with gentle rolling waves is perfect for swimming and sunbathing on, and also something unexpected: Camel riding. Yep, you can ride your own camel on a beach tour during sunset! There’s a story for you to bring home…

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Discover lush and green Daintree

Heading up to northern Queensland? Step into Australia’s largest tropical rainforest, Daintree. Noted as one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world, the Daintree spans over 1200 square kilometres boasting wet-tropical and coastal scenery. Take a day to hike or bike through the trails, stay the night in Cairns and experience the region including the almighty Great Barrier Reef.

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Wander down Melbourne’s laneways

Melbourne is known around the world for it’s unique street art and culture, along with some damn good coffee. The city laneway culture offers a feast of colour, ideas and energy. Inner city Melbourne by foot is the best way to explore the al fresco eateries, one-off shops and cosy alley-way cafes. This city is also packed with arcades, public art, stunning monuments and historical buildings, and live music and buskers on every corner.

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Get the birds eye of Canberra

Visited the Capital yet? Or looking for a romantic gesture for that special other? We found something breathtaking in Canberra you can add to the bucket! Float along the nations capital landscape in your own air balloon, taking off at dawn and gently floating for 45 minutes as the sun rises. You can also add a romantic breakfast to complete the splendid morning. After your romantic morning you can explore the city region, stroll into the National Portrait Gallery, stop by the Australian War Memorial, or maybe even snap a selfie with a politician? Just make sure you tag us! #Squirreller

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Up for some big nature? Immerse yourselves in one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. See the twelve Apostles, walk along the very bottom of Australia and explore the local seaside villages. There’s plenty to experience and admire down south, including fine dining and local winemakers – if that’s your thing.

Helicopter ride over the Twelve Apsotles

 

Surfers and SkyPoint

Dying to get back to summer beach vibes? Head to Surfer Paradise on the Gold Coast for a few nights and relax with rolling waves, sunshine and stress-free accomodation. While you’re at ‘the Goldie’ check out the local inland national parks, or if you want an adrenaline rush then hit up Australia’s best theme parks (just up the road). For panoramic views of the coast go up the Q1 tower to SkyPoint. At 225 meters levels high the observation deck gives a full view of the entire Gold Coast and hinterlands region.

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About Lachlan Nicolson

Friendly, curious & ambitious. I love travel, connecting and coffee. What's on your bucket list? Chat to me on twitter @lockyn