Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and while there are a lot of different ways to visit Down Under, if you are going to come all this way you should make an effort to see as much of the ‘real Australia’ as you can. The following takes a brief look at a few of the key elements to any authentic Australian holiday.
Considering that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for tens of thousands of years and that the Outback is considered their spiritual home, if you want to check out what the ‘real Australia’ is all about, you simply have to head into the Outback. Whether you fly into Alice Springs and do a day trip to Uluru, or you head out on a tour into Kakadu National Park for a week long adventure, nothing on earth can compare to the beauty of the Australian Outback. If you are looking to pick up some genuine Australian souvenirs, the Aboriginal art out here cannot be beat.
Unless you have been living under a rock you will likely have heard about the incredibly beautiful beaches that Australia is blessed with. So if you are planning on coming to visit and want to have anything like a real Australian experience, you need to check out as many beaches as you can while you are here. Whether you spend the day at Bells Beach or the weekend at a Port Macquarie resort on the beach, you are sure to be blown away by the beaches down here.
In 1788, after Aboriginal people had lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years, the British Empire began sending convicts and established a prison colony that would evolve into what is now known as modern day Australia. So if you want to check out the real Australia you need to see some of the convict history down here, and there is no better place to do so than in Tasmania. Whether you wander around historic Hobart, built primarily by convict labour, or you hike down the Tasman Peninsula, where convicts once existed in a living hell, Australia’s convict history is an integral part of its identity, so be sure to check it out while you are here.
Over the years Australia has become well known as a top class wine producing nation. If you want to have a real Australian experience, you need to be incorporating a visit to at least one of the many wine regions down here. The Barossa and Hunter Valley areas in particular produce some of the world’s best wines, and both have easy options for touring and wine tasting, so check out some of Australia’s tastiest qualities and enjoy some of the world class wines down here.
Australians love their sport, so to have a true Aussie experience you need to get out to at least a couple of sporting events while you are here. Whether you go to a cricket Test Match, an Aussie Rules game or a local amateur netball tournament, if you are even mildly interested in sport, getting out to a sporting event in Australia is something you will never forget.