From the rugged outback to the vibrant cities, Australia has a lot to offer for backpackers. Check out our top tips for backpacking Australia.
The Ultimate Australian Backpacker Bucket List
Australia, the land of stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, sexy surfers and the Hemsworths, is a dream destination for any backpacker seeking adventure and exploration. From pristine beaches to vast deserts, lush rainforests and bustling metropolises, Australia offers diverse experiences that will leave an indelible mark on any traveller. If you’re planning a backpacking trip to the Land Down Under, this ultimate Australian backpacker bucket list will guide you through some of the must-see destinations and unforgettable experiences that await you.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef
No trip to Australia is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders. Dive or snorkel among vibrant coral reefs and encounter an array of marine life, or if you’re feeling like a rock star, take a scenic flight over this awe-inspiring ecosystem. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a beginner, the Great Barrier Reef offers an unforgettable aquatic adventure.
Take a Road Trip on the East Coast
Hit the road and embark on a classic Australian road trip along the East Coast. Start Stoke Beach House in Sydney, surf the famous breaks at Byron Bay, explore the lush rainforests of Queensland, and soak up the tropical vibes of the Whitsunday Islands. Don’t miss the iconic Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, where you can swim in crystal-clear lakes and cruise along sandy highways.
Visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Located in the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) hold immense cultural and spiritual significance for Indigenous Australians. Witness the stunning sunset and sunrise over Uluru, take a guided walk around the base, and learn about the ancient traditions and stories of the local Anangu people. The ethereal beauty of this sacred site is a true bucket-list experience. For a real adventure, get a segway around the big rock. It’ll make for some great gram shots!
Immerse Yourself in Melbourne’s Arts and Culture
Melbourne, known as Australia’s cultural capital, is a vibrant city bursting with creativity and diversity. Stroll along the famous laneways adorned with colourful street art, explore the eclectic neighbourhoods, indulge in world-class cuisine at its countless cafes and restaurants, and immerse yourself in its thriving arts scene. Don’t forget to catch a footy game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or visit the iconic Queen Victoria Market.
Hike the Remarkable Overland Track
Tasmania, Australia’s island state, is a nature lover’s paradise. Embark on the challenging yet rewarding Overland Track, a 65-kilometre trek through the pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Marvel at breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains, ancient rainforests, and alpine meadows, and spot a few wombats along the way.
Get Adventurous in the Outback
Venture into the vast Australian Outback and experience the rugged beauty of this remote region. Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park, marvel at the otherworldly formations of the Bungle Bungles in Western Australia, or camp under the stars in the iconic Red Centre. You’ll find the iconic red dirt in every inch of your clothing for months.
This ultimate Australian backpacker bucket list is just the beginning of what the Land Down Under has to offer. Trying to figure out where to start?! Land your butt in the butter at Stoke Beach House, and we’ll get you in the greenroom throwing a shaka before we send you on your way to get some red dirt under your feet.