7 Unique Travel Experiences in Australia
Featured destinations: Australia
Published 24 June 2016
Planning your next holiday to Australia? You won’t be disappointed. Few places on earth offer as much variety as this vast, sun-scorched country, and no other company takes you there like Round the World Experts.
We’ve all seen the photos a dozen times – Sydney’s sweeping harbour with its iconic bridge and curved Opera House, the deep blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef teeming with every underwater creature imaginable, and of course, the magnificent Uluru set in the arid Red Centre. Undoubtedly Australia’s highlights should be included on any itinerary, however if you delve a little deeper Australia offers some truly unique ways to experience these unmissable sights. As an Aussie company, Round the World Experts knows Australia like no one else. Here are our top 7 unique travel experiences Down Under…
1. Seaplane over Sydney Harbour & private picnic, New South Wales
Sydney’s beautifully scenic harbour features high on many travel bucket lists, and for good reason. For the best views in town, take to the skies in a chartered sea plane. Soar high above Sydney’s pristine waterfront and admire the world-famous sights from a bird’s-eye perspective. Continue your flight over Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches before gliding to your very own secluded patch of sand, only accessible by seaplane or boat. Powdered silica and turquoise waters set the scene for your day, while you could be excused for wondering if you are the only people on the planet as you tuck into your delicious picnic complete with Australian wine.
Ready to take to the skies? Add this trip to your next holiday – speak to an Expert today. Upgrade to this package on our Sydney, Rock, Rainforest and Beach Journey.
2. Colonial Tramcar dining experience in Melbourne, Victoria
Experience fine dining like never before, aboard one of Melbourne’s beautifully decorated historical tramcars. These chic, burgundy restaurants on wheels offer a delightfully innovative approach to dining – cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne and soak up views of Victoria’s cosmopolitan capital, all while savouring the flavours of an exquisite seasonal menu with quality Australian wines. Thoughtfully designed, each tramcar is adorned with plush velvet and finished with beautiful brass fittings creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Enjoy this unique and unforgettable experience on our Gourmet Australia Journey.
3. Hot air balloon experience over Queensland’s Hinterland, Queensland
Although Queensland is best known for its stunning coastline, the region’s Hinterland is just as rich in natural beauty and extraordinary experiences, and is within easy reach of some of the region’s major cities and towns, including Brisbane. If you’ve ever dreamt of taking a hot air balloon ride, Queensland’s hinterland is the perfect place to experience the romance and wonder of a motor-less flight. Queensland’s urban landscape gives way to farmlands, vineyards, quaint villages and sprawling national parks, so you’ll be treated to spectacular views and jaw-dropping vistas. Back on the ground, your experience continues at O’Reilly’s historic Grand Homestead, a boutique vineyard dedicated to fine food and wine where you’ll enjoy a Champagne breakfast before a stroll around the picturesque vineyard and a Cellar Door experience.
Sound like your perfect morning? Speak to one of our travel consultants today about adding this fabulous experience to our Queensland Coastal Self Drive Journey.
4. Bush tucker tour, Uluru, Red Centre
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s most striking natural landmarks and holds huge importance in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality. Ever since the Dreamtime (creation of the Earth) indigenous people have used plants and natural ingredients for nutrition and medicine. On this fascinating tour through Australia’s remote outback, led by an experienced Aboriginal guide, you’ll learn how the local people lived in such a hot desert climate, surviving on a variety of bush plants and animals. Taste a selection of bush foods, try your hand at grinding native seeds and learn about Aboriginal life in the desert.
Add this exciting bush tucker experience to our Northern Territory in Depth Journey.
5. Great Barrier Reefsleep, Queensland
For an unforgettable experience, spend the night sleeping beneath the stars, 40 nautical miles from shore, at the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. During the day sail to the Reefworld pontoon at Hardy Reef, where you can explore the kaleidoscopic underwater world that lies just beneath the surface of the clear water. Come 3pm, the other guests will depart the pontoon, so this magnificent part of the world is all yours – and yours alone – to enjoy. Soak up the unique solitude and tranquillity of the Great Barrier Reef and watch as the underwater world comes to life when the sun sinks behind the horizon. Being so far from shore and any man-made lights means the night sky showcases a plethora of glittering stars – a sight that will take your breath away. Choose to sleep under the stars in a ‘swag’ or alternatively retire to a double bedroom.
If you wish to spend the night beneath a blanket of stars, upgrade your experience on our Sydney, Rock and Reef Journey.
6. Swim with whale sharks from Exmouth, Western Australia
Experience a unique ocean experience and swim with the largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark, from the town of Exmouth in Western Australia. There are only a handful of destinations in the world where you can don your swimwear and get up close and personal to these majestic gentle giants… and what an experience it is. Duck beneath the water and marvel at the sheer size and magnificent grace of these beautiful beasts. Plus, there’s so much more to discover, including the Ningaloo coral gardens, dolphins, turtles, huge schools of fish, dugongs and sunfish.
Upgrade your whale shark experience to a swim with these gentle giants on our Coral Coast Journey.
7. d'Arenberg Winery: Scenic Flight, Wine Making Class and Degustation, South Australia
South Australia… Australia’s tastiest state is packed full of superb wineries, delectable eateries and spectacular scenery – with so much to discover there’s no doubt it’ll be love at first bite, sip and flavour. This experience transports you back to 1930s nostalgia with a classic open cockpit flight in a beautiful WACO biplane as you soar high over the stunning McLaren Vale and spectacular coastline. Touchdown at d’Arenberg winery for a hands on, interactive wine blending experience. Try your hand at winemaking, and bottle up a sample of your favourite blend to take away with you! Complete your day with a leisurely degustation at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, where Head Chef Peter Reschke creates innovative cuisine from seasonal local produce to complement the award-winning d’Arenberg wines.
Sample all d’Arenberg has to offer – add this experience to our South Australia in Depth Journey.