Australia is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth, and between the striking landscape, beautiful animals, thunderous oceans and hypnotic bird calls, your first trip to Australia is something you will never forget. The following offers some helpful tips for trying to fit in as many sights and sounds as possible on your Australian adventure.
Research your options
Australia is a very big place with an enormous amount of sights and sounds to enjoy, and while you are no hope of experiencing all of it, the better you know what is out there, the more chance you are of finding those particularly well hidden gems. By familiarising yourself with where all of those highlights are or will be taking place, it will be far easier to plan your trip, and knowing a little more about them can also make your visit there far more meaningful.
Hit the festivals
If it is sights and sounds that you are after, checking out a few of Australia’s many festivals is an absolute must. The festivals here take place all year round, right across the country, from the massive Festival of Sydney and the Big Day Out to the growing number of food and wine festivals popping up everywhere. By attending the right festivals you will be treated to some of the best music, art and culture the country has to offer, meaning you can save a lot of time trying to find it all yourself.
Follow the locals
Whether you are looking for a good spot to watch the sunset or a place to hear some live music, the locals will always know best, and by following their lead you will often end up being treated to some of the real hidden highlights of the country. The locals will also be a great source of information when it comes to the best ways to see or hear things you have your heart set on already, and they may even be able to help you get there if you are lucky.
Pick your accommodation wisely
If you know which sights and sounds you want to be able to see while you are in Australia, do some research, find out where they are, and choose your hotel, serviced apartments or group accommodation somewhere conveniently located. By basing yourself nearby more than one of these ‘must-see’ areas or events, it will be easy to see more of it without having to be constantly moving around. Make your trip easy on yourself and be strategic with where you set up your base.
Get out into nature
As far as the sights and sounds go, the biggest highlights in Australia are without doubt the flora and fauna, so if you want to see and hear some truly special things, get out to the beaches, National Parks and into the wilderness areas. Doing some hiking is a great way to immerse yourself in it, and will increase your chance of seeing some of those classic Australian animals in the wild, such as koalas, kangaroos, emus and goannas, while also enjoying landscapes of breathtaking beauty.