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The Ultimate Australian Bucket List

By Ellie Schneider - 05 Jan 2015

We’ve got Weet-Bix, Ja’mie and Trent from Punchy, and it’s no secret that we live in the greatest place on earth. So to celebrate our golden country, we’ve rounded up 50 of the best things do in Australia to knock off your bucket list.

  1. Watch the sun set (while riding a camel) over Cable Beach.
  2. Find The Big Mango, or something equally as big.
  3. Drink Milo through a Tim Tam.
  4. Check out the latest exhibition at MONA, then eat your way through the Salamanca markets.
  5. Learn to surf at Torquay, Seal Rocks or Byron Bay.
  6. Convince an American that we do ride kangaroos to work.
  7. Feast on Australia’s best pizzas with a six-pack of stubbies.
  8. Spot whales on the Bondi to Bronte cliff walk.
  9. Hang out beneath the palms on Fraser Island.
  10. Road trip down the Great Ocean Road.
  11. Take your tastebuds to the streets with our guide to Melbourne’s best food trucks.
  12. Sail the Whitsundays.
  13. Dine at three-hatted restaurants, Attica, Vue de Monde, Momofuku Seiobo, Quay and Esquire.
  14. Get your cheese on at the Queen Victoria Markets.
  15. Pitch your tent at the base of Ayers Rock.
  16. Enjoy high tea at the Lilianfels (then walk it off) in the Blue Mountains.
  17. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for sweeping views across the Sydney’s CBD.
  18. Get rescued by the lifeguards at Bondi Beach.
  19. Drink and be merry at Brisbane’s best rooftop bars.
  20. Cool down with a scoop of Messina gelato.
  21. Discover the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef.
  22. Run a sausage sizzle at Bunnings.
  23. Devour a big Aussie brekkie at Top Paddock, The Grounds and Jak + Hill.
  24. Get yourself a gig as an extra on Home and Away.
  25. Shop till you drop in Melbourne. Head here for our top tips.
  26. Track down an orange Sunnyboy.
  27. Dance with the world’s smallest penguins at Phillip Island.
  28. Climb Mount Kosciuszko.
  29. Catch a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
  30. See Sydney in all its sparkling glory at Vivid.
  31. Eat a Vegemite and cheese sandwich.
  32. Get your meat on with Sydney’s greatest food challenges.
  33. Marvel at the natural spectaculars of The Kimberley in WA.
  34. Enjoy fresh fish ‘n’ chips and a potato scallop from grease-stained paper.
  35. Aquire a Southern Cross tattoo.
  36. Nab a seat at the Australian Open.
  37. Enjoy a night of outdoor cinema at Tropfest.
  38. Wine and dine at the Barossa Valley.  
  39. Strut your budgy smuggler down Ninety Mile Beach.
  40. Grow a beard and rent a fixie in Brunswick.  
  41. Do as the fabulous do at Sydney’s Mardi Gras.
  42. Take a gourmet road trip through NSW.
  43. Wear a paper crown obtained from a bon bon on Christmas Day.
  44. Indulge your senses at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
  45. Dive with the Great Whites at Port Lincoln.
  46. Hug a koala!
  47. Swim at Sydney’s best-kept secret beaches.
  48. Catch a game at the MCG.
  49. Take a hot air balloon flight over the Hunter Valley.
  50. Throw a shrimp (ahem, prawn) on the barbie.

Image credit: Top Walls

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