Beach barbecues, catching a wave and visiting the fascinating outback are things that spring to mind when planning an Australian holiday. But there’s so much more to this magical country than the obvious.
Throughout Oz you’ll find an abundance of activities, from exploring the cultural attractions to sampling the exquisite delicacies on offer (not to mention the wine tasting). But there are some offerings you probably didn’t know you could do, here’s our favourite five.
- Post some mail at the Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s biggest draws, and why wouldn’t it be? Surrounded by soft sands and clear waters, the colourful natural wonder is something that needs to be seen to be believed. But aside from the inevitable snorkelling, did you know the reef has its very own postal service? Over at Agincourt Reef you’ll find a mailbox, so take your post cards and pop them in, before you explore the underwater wonders of Oz.
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- Skiing on the Australian Alps
Surfing, barbecuing and diving probably feature on your Australian trip list, but one thing I bet you didn’t know you could do is ski. There are a number of locations where you can enjoy some fun on the slopes, such as New South Wales and Victoria. Although these are the main areas, there are smaller skiing resorts in places like Tasmania. Interestingly, this notoriously hot country actually gets more snow on their Alps than Switzerland.
- Have lunch with a crocodile
For dinner with a difference, why don’t you try dining with some of Australia’s most notorious wild beasts? It’s in the north where you’ll find these fascinating, yet terrifying animals, going about their daily business. There are a number of excursions, such as the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari, which not only takes you on the lookout for crocodiles, but also serves up a delicious Aussie BBQ for you to enjoy, alongside the enigmatic creatures.
- Visit an aeroplane graveyard
If crocodiles don’t give you an overwhelming sense of fear, visit one of Australia’s more eerie areas, which harbours a look reminiscent of ‘Lost’. Head to the Alice Springs Airport and visit the creepy outback graveyard, the final resting place for numerous aeroplanes. It’s also the first large-scale plane graveyard outside the United States, so worth a trip.
- Have a UFO encounter
One thing I bet you never knew you could do in the Land of Oz is have an encounter of the third kind. Well it just so happens that Wycliffe Well, situated in the Northern part of Australia, is the ‘UFO capital of Australia’ – it even has a holiday park if you feel like stopping over. Many people have experienced UFO sightings here, both during the day and night; so if you don’t see one, you’re considered very unlucky indeed. Oh, did we mention it’s also the alien abduction capital of Australia too? We just thought you should know.