My Australian bucket list – 9 places to see
When I arrived in Australia as a permanent resident 2 years ago, one of my first actions was to compose my Australian bucket list of places I want to see.
Now, 2 years down the line, I have been able to tick off a few of them as ‘having been there and done that’, but there are plenty more to go.
This is a big country, so completing my Australian bucket list is going to take some time.
Some places on my list are the obvious e.g. Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other jewels around the city.
3 Places on my Australian bucket list I can mark as done
This is a great city and I am lucky to have friends, who migrated from SA many years ago, living there and were also able to show me the sights.
Highlights include being at the Sydney harbour bridge on New Year’s Eve to watch the famous fireworks display at midnight.
Visiting the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the return ferry ride from the city to Manly while enjoying the view of the sea entrance between the Sydney North and South Heads.
Also completed,being a sailor, was to see the exciting start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Dec 2016.
A jewel you won’t want to miss is Frank Gehry’s, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS, Sydney. Different and really cool to say the least. (See pic above)
2) Perth Western Australia
My eldest daughter and her family live near Perth which is a wonderful spacious city.
South of Perth is Freemantle. It has many restored beautiful old buildings and is a delightful town to explore.
Further south is Margret River, Australia’s premium wine growing region. I came looking for surf and found a paradise instead.
3) Road trips by camper van
My wife and I have done two coastal road trips in a camper van, the first was a return trip from Sydney to Brisbane and the second was from Cairns to Brisbane.
Each trip took us about 2 weeks because we stopped at many places of interest.
The speed limit on most Australian major roads varies between 80 and 110 km/hour so it can be slow going if you are in a hurry, but for us cruisers it is great.
As you can see we have already covered many kilometers but have hardly scratched the surface.
Having been a charter sail boat skipper for many years, the Whitsunday Islands was a place I always wanted to see and I was not disappointed.
We did not do any sailing due to poor weather, but it is a stunningly beautiful place to visit.
My still to do Australian bucket list
4) More road trips
There are two on my list to do by camper van i.e.
The road trip from Sydney to Perth that includes a visit to Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road
The road trip from Perth to Darwin which includes the stunning sights of the Kimberley. This is a very long trip so will have to wait until I retire.
5) My short-term plan for the Kimberly
This part of north Western Australia fascinates me. I have seen many stunning aerial photographs of the area and spoken to many people who have travelled there.
So, my short-term plan is to fly to Broome and do a 4wd guided tour as well as a helicopter flight covering the best areas.
6) The Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin
Imagine sitting in comfort and seeing the sights while crossing Australia from Adelaide to Darwin on a luxury train.
I recently took the fast train from Beijing to Shanghai,China that traveled at a speed of +300 kilometers per hour and loved it.
I do not think that the Ghan goes quite so fast and will be able to study the sights at a more leisurely pace.
The Ghan 2,979km train trip takes 3 nights and 4 days via Katherine and Alice Springs, one way.
It’s a bit pricey but you are travelling in luxury, coast to coast, through Australia’s fiery red centre at its dramatic best.
7) Tasmania (Tassie)
On my list is a 6-week camping trip about Tasmania.
An Australian friend recently took his family on such a trip in a 4wd Toyota towing an off-road camper and they can’t stop raving about their wonderful experiences on the island.
Tasmania is a beautiful diverse island that cannot be ignored by me.
A must visit in Tasmania is the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park which is named after its two biggest landmarks – the 1545 metre mountain and Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.
Australia’s National Parks
Finally, my Australian bucket list cannot be complete without including 2 of Australia’s magnificent national parks.
8) The Kalbarri National Park Western Australia with its gorges and formations created by the Murchison River is highly recommended by people who I have met on my travels.
9) The Flinders Chase National Park, located on the West end of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to enjoy the sublime wildlife of long nose fur seals and bird life there.
I’m sure my Australian bucket list will continue to grow as I learn more about this fascinating country.
Hey! I’m on a roll so it’s pointless to stop now.
I have just discovered two more spectacular places to add to this list. Go to the links below and get fired up:-
10) Snorkeling with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef WA
11) The most unique place on earth, Coober Pedy the opal capital of Australia
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