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Australian Adventures

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Australia is massive. It's a huge continent filled with mountains, deserts, rainforests, beaches, thick bush, islands, salt lakes, rivers and waterholes. Across all these environments, there is adventure waiting for you – the key is knowing where to go and what to do. It's nearly impossible to see and explore it all so we've compiled a list of adventures you can't miss. Take a look, it's worthwhile trying to fit as many of these experiences into your trip as possible.

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Get to the top of Mount Kosciuszko

Depending on the season there are different ways to do this. In winter you'll find a pair of skis or snowboard are the best way to go. Thredbo Ski Resort has chair lifts that will get you all the way to the top; from there it's a fun ride down. In the warmer months, you can hike all the way to the top, or if you're after a more extreme adventure you can take a downhill mountain bike to the top and speed your way down.

Great Barrier Reef

There are a million ways to explore one of the seven natural wonder of the world. Tours are the best way to go. They'll take you to small islands and reefs all up and down the huge stretch.

Learn to surf

Surfing is a national pastime. It's the perfect place to suit up, strap on a leg rope and get out past the breakers. Lessons can range from one-on-one to group classes and they'll teach you the basics. Already know how to surf? Bring a plank, tie it to the roof of your campervan and set off on a surfing safari.

Swimming with dolphins

This experience must be on a lot of people's bucket lists. There's nothing quite like swimming with these amazing creatures. Our pick is Monkey Mia Beach in WA where the dolphins are plentiful and super friendly.

Ride a horse through the Snowy Mountains

The Man from Snowy River is story that has formed part of Australia's identity. Get back to basics and explore the iconic region on a noble steed. Snowy River Horseback Adventures run guided tours from two to five days.

MONA

You might not think a visit to an art gallery would be very adventurous – then again you've probably never been to MONA. Even getting to this ground breaking Tasmania art gallery is an adventure. Go during the MONA FOMA or DARK MOFO festival and the adventure spreads throughout the whole of Hobart.

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Camp at a Music Festival

These are a huge part of summer in Australia and they range in taste and crowd to cover all genres and ages. From the infamous Bush Doofs that pump out twisted and frantic 'Psy Trance' to more relaxed folk festivals, you'll find a festival to suit your needs. Roll up in a campervan and you'll have everything you need.

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Swim with whale sharks

These gentle giants of the ocean can be found at Ningaloo Reef in WA. Tours will take you out to the reef and talk you through the amazing experience. For those who are a little scared you can also just go for the glass bottom boat option and stay dry.

Explore Melbourne

Some of the best adventures can happen inside big cities. Melbourne is filled with back alleys, hidden bars and restaurants and rooftops waiting to be explored. Find a local and get them to show you the way. If you can't find a Melbournian, just get as lost as possible then ask for advice.

Kakadu

Hire a campervan and set out to explore Kakadu. It's filled with waterholes, waterfalls, caves and open plains. If you want to up the adventure jump aboard a helicopter or plane and explore from the air. This place is made for adventure.

Fraser Island

You'll need to go for the 4WD option to explore this sand island but it's worth it. Camp amongst beautiful bush, swim in impossibly clear water, wet a line off the beach. While it is quite civilised now there is still plenty of adventures to be had on this island. At certain times of the year whale watching in Harvey Bay is also an amazing experience.