Australia… Even the name beckons to adventure. That enormous rock floating at the bottom of the globe. What images does the call of adventure in Australia elicit?

Perhaps the red and raw sunburnt earth, devoid of life yet full of magic? Or maybe the pearly, pristine sands softly squeaking between the toes of bronzed beach-bums? Could it be that glorious feeling of Nirvana experienced between last-drinks and kick-ons with the lads as a jocular Turk serves you that 3 A.M. kebab?

Australia’s best adventures are all that and more. We get hung up on Australia’s outdoor activities—lost in the fantasy of its wilderness—however, everywhere in Australia, adventure is only around the corner. It’s inescapable.

So, whether it’s your first sample of our national treasure ‘Vegemite’, or your first encounter with our scaly locals, you better get ready. Bring your boots, broad-brimmed hat, and enough sunscreen for your soft, uninitiated skin, because we’re going Down Under!

These are the 17 best adventures to be had in Australia! From the fantastically stupid to the stupidly fantastic, I hope you’ve been practising your slang, cause things are about to get a little weird.

Flock of emus on an adventure in Australia at Nambung National Park
And wonderful. | Photo: mcography (Shutterstock)

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Weird, wonderful, and wild is the name of the game! There are a lot of exhilarating things to do in Australia, but if it doesn’t feel like a uniquely Australian travel experience, then it ain’t on the list.

Some men may like their Vegemite lightly dispersed over a balancing layer of butter, but in Australia, we call those men ‘Granny’ and put spiders in their lacey undergarments! For the real Aussie adventure, you gotta lay it on thick.

1. Vanlife and the Great Australian Dream

Long before solar-power panels and proverbial van-sions, there was a simple sub-breed of Australian. They’d endlessly roam the Australian coastlines living in beat-up Kombi vans and subsisting on government handouts. And thus, a great Australian tradition was born—travelling by way of vanlife.

These days, it’s a dream shared by many, from the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed backpacker clan right through to the wizened grey nomads living out their twilight years in nomadic bliss. Some of the best Australian vacations occur from the back of a van:

  • Banging to sunset on the West Coast.
  • Banging to sunrise on the East Coast.
  • Banging.
A van parked under a lone tree while adventuring through Australia's outdoors
Oh, good—we found shade to bang under! | Photo: Pics by Nick (Shutterstock)

Truly, you haven’t experienced an Australia adventure until you’ve banged in all six states (plus Northern Territory) in the back of a van. Just like our ancestors before us (may they forever live in our hearts suckling from the teats of obscene welfare payments), it’s the Great Australian Dream.

Lest we forget.

Vans are plentiful in Oz, however, good deals can be more scarce. Generally, if you’re in a rush, you’re either gonna find a barely-running backpacker-mobile or an over-valued and unconverted tradie van.

Instead, for the short impromptu road trip, van rental is the way to go! Rego, papers, and all the annoying stuff is already done for you. She’ll already be kitted out for the outback adventures; just buckle up and Bob’s your uncle!

There are heaps of rental services in Australia, but I recommend Wicked Campers every time. I grew up watching happy campers float in and out of my hometown in these things. Many grand adventures and sordid afterparties have occurred in Wicked’s campervans over their two decades of history.

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2. Crossing the Continent: A Rite of Passage

Van or not, driving right across the big mama-bo-jama is the absolute classic Australian adventure! And what an adventure—have you seen how big it is? Start on one side, aim for the other, and anything that happens in between is the adventure!

There are no shortage of spectacular drives in Australia. Linking any number of them to make your own transcontinental trip across that hunk of landmass is a damn sure-fire adventure! You just gotta choose your route.

Eyre Highway, Nullarbor Plain, 90 Mile Straight sign - Australia's longest straight Road
Oh, gee willikers, lemme just contain my excitement.

You can follow the Great Ocean Road through Victoria before embarking on the quintessential crossing of the Nullarbor Plain for the full coastal gravitas. Or, you could cut up to the Oodnadatta Track in northern South Australia for the rural greatest hits. Follow this up with a further diversion to Alice Springs, Uluru, and Australia’s crimson centre.

It doesn’t how you do it, just so long as you do it! You can’t say you’ve travelled Australia until you’ve driven six days in a straight line through the Outback with only the roadkill for company.

3. Gone Walkabout – Australia’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

If you really wanna get wacky, ditch the car! That’s when you really start to lose your mind. The roadkill even starts to talk back after awhile!

From the first men to the swagmen, going bush and just… losing yourself… is a time-honoured Aussie adventure. As my cuz said following his 57-day trek along southwest Australia’s Bibbulmun Track:

“When you’re out there bushwalking, you bushwalk. You wake up and bushwalk, and while you bushwalk, you talk about bushwalking. At night, before sleeping, you reflect on the day’s bushwalking and plan tomorrow’s bushwalk.

…And then you dream about bushwalking.”

Archived photo of swagmen on a hiking adventure in Australia
Gone bushwalkin’. | Photo: Aussie~Mobs (Flickr)

As long as you’ve got the right backpacking gear for the job, then there are limitless opportunities for bushwalking in Australia. Little walks, big walks, juicy walks, and the real sluggers that’ll send you loopy:

HikeLengthWhere?Deetz
Bibbulmun Track1003 kilometresSouthwest Western Australia (Perth to Albany)Most people aren’t as insane as my cousin and prefer to tackle this behemoth in sections. Each section ends with a campsite ready for hikers! Packed into that 1000 kilometres of madness is some of the best examples of Australian bushland that you’ll find on the continent.
Larapinta Trail223 kilometresNorthen Territory (Alice Springs to Mount Sonder)Another of the greats, the Larapinta Trail follows the West MacDonnell Ranges offering insane samples of central Australia’s arid landscape. It also intersects with numerous sacred Aboriginal sites offering insight into the cultural history of the landscape.
Overland Track89 kilometresTasmania (Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park)Mmm, Tassie. Tassie is a goddamn gem. The Overland Track is a fantastic example of that beauty, however, it’s also crazy popular and generally a good idea to book in advance.
Kings Canyon Rim Walk6 kilometre circuitNothern Territory (Watarrka National Park)I gotta throw at least one day hike at you, and this is one of the most popular in Australia! It’s a worthy sidetrip for anyone visiting Uluru to see some more of Australia’s outdoors that just boggles the mind.

4. Get Outdoors – Exploring Australia’s National Parks

I just got done writing the roundup of Australia’s best national parks. That just means that now I’m loaded up on all kinds of random trivia on Oz’s nature! (No doubt to the ecstatic delight of last week’s Tinder date.)

Like… did you know that the Greater Blue Mountains Area—incorporating seven national parks and one conservation area—is roughly one-third the size of Belgium?

Or that one of the oldest ever examples of a ritual burial was discovered buried on the barren shores of NSW’s Lake Mungo? (He was holding his dick; apparently that counts as ritualistic. I just call that bedtime.)

Fun fact: Uluru is actually the world’s largest singular rock formation! | Photo: Eddie Yip (Flickr)

Anyway, enough deliciously nerdy trivia that’s guaranteed to catch you some spunky sheila’s (or cuddly bloke’s) eye down at the pub! One magical image and you’re already sold on the irreverent majesty of Australia’s outdoor playgrounds. You can read the full roundup for more tasty tidbits, but here are my top picks by state:

  • NSW – Blue Mountains National Park
  • QLD – Daintree Rainforest
  • VIC – The Grampians (bonus points for calling them ‘Gramps’)
  • SA – Simpson Desert
  • NT – Kakadu National Park
  • WA – Nambung National Park
  • TAS – Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
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5. Mad Max, Eat Your Heart Out – The Best Australian 4×4 Trips

There are countless beautiful areas in Australia that you won’t be able to access without a little more torque in your fork. There’s also no shortage of unsealed roads out back that you’ll simply just not be forked with unless you’re packing off-road capabilities!

Heading out bushbashing in a 4WD is another classic thing Australians do for fun. Now, while they usually do so very high or very drunk (or very both), they’re trained professionals in the art of insanity. Instead, you’ll be revving up sober with plenty of water, prep, and sexy, sexy insurance.

4WD crossing a river on the Gibb River Road - Best Australian 4x4 trips
I mean, you could try this in a van… | Photo: AustralianCamera (Shutterstock)

And once you’re out there, what do you find? It’s a theme park, man.

From deep-cut cavernous gorges to the rolling red dunes of the desert expanses. The national parks, the spaces between, and the entirety of Western Australia—welcome to the Thunderdome.

The Gibb River Road is an essential 4×4 adventure in Australia’s unreal Kimberly Region exploring some of the best assets of the Outback. It’s popular and thus busy.

Instead, the Canning Stock Route is a meaty challenge for anyone looking for something really remote to sink their teeth into. The Victorian High Country is another winner and a significantly shorter drive presenting something very different to the sights of the Outback.

6. Really Going Down Under – Scuba Activities in Australia’s Waters

Man, we’re six entries in and we still haven’t talked about the beaches…

That’s because beaches aren’t an adventure! You sit there, get a sandy bum, and perv on other sandy bums. No, the real adventure is what lies beneath.

Ever heard of the Great Barrier Reef—the world’s longest stretch of coral reef? At roughly 2300 kilometres long, it traces nearly the entire length of Queensland’s eastern coast: it’s a whole other world down there.

Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef with a grouper - adventure tourism in Australia
Oi bruz, lend us a durry?

There are spectacular diving territories to explore right down the Queensland coastline. Anyone visiting Cairns, Townsville, or Port Douglas is going to be inundated with a multitude of killer scuba sites to play in. It’s not just about Queensland’s tropical azure blues either!

Ningaloo Reef over on the west side of Australia is a golden opportunity to dive with whale sharks. Or better yet, get off the mainland to Christmas Island or Lord Howe Island for something really untouched.

Although already a magnificent diving destination, realistically, Australia is also one of the best places for a liveaboard trip in the world. Massive regions of gorgeous dive territories and endless lengths of coastline to trail just means that living on-site at the dive site is the perfect adventure vacation in Australia.

Either way, going diving (or snorkelling if you’re the lame kind of person that always reads the terms and conditions) is one hell of an exhilarating thing to do in Australia’s waters!

Seriously, a liveaboard is totes the way to go. Eat, sleep, dive, repeat is the name of the game! And Australia is just such a damn delicious destination for it.

Don’t miss out: get yourself booked on a liveaboard trip and go see just how unfathomably gorgeous the Great Barrier Reef really is! You won’t regret it.

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7. Grommet to Grouse – Livin’ the Surfie Life

Ok, I lied: there are definitely adventures in Australia to be had on those heavenly strips of sand. A beloved recreational activity in Australia for locals and foreigners alike, surfing is an adventurous things to do for all skill levels! The real adventure, however, is livin’ the life.

Much like those barmy bushwalkers and their penchant for pedestrianism, surfies live, breathe, and sleep-carve the waves! Wake up (probably in a van), surf, big breakfast, snooze, surf, a joint, another snooze, an arvo surf… The only difference is that surfies get a root wayyy more often than there bushwalking brethren.

Adventurous traveller in Australia stacking while surfing on the east coast
Sometimes… | Photo: Mike Baird (Flickr)

A surfing holiday around Australia’s gnarliest breaks is one of the best Australian trips you can take. The hedonistic east coast experience—Cairns, the Gold Coast, or the tried-and-true backpacker haven Byron Bay—is perfect for anyone looking to mix their surf-lifestyle with the booze-and-babes of coastal life.

However, for the true carvers hunting the sickest swell, head over to the Margaret River area on the west coast. The waves just get bigger and the tides wilder (provided you don’t mind sharing the water with a few great whites).

8. Party Like a Feral!

Outdoors, shmoutbloors—not all Australian adventures have to take place under the sweltering sun! Ozzies have rightfully earned something of an international reputation for sticking just about anything in their mouths. (Not like that; get your mind outta the gutter, mate!)

There will always be clubs, pubs, and trashbags littering the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast as you backpack Australia’s east coast tourist trail. But the real parties don’t happen in neon-swathed city-dens. They take place outside—in Australia’s outdoors shmoutbloors!

Yes, I’m talking ’bout doofs, kay? Those wonderful bass-induced hippy throwdowns of psy, dub, glitch, and bud.

A dog at a pstrance party in Australia's outdoors
Doof-doof-doof-doof… | Source: Marek Prokes (Shutterstock)

Rainbow Serpent is probably the biggest festival in this style, but it’s hella mainstream and trash-vibes. Head to Queensland for the real stellar opportunities for a solid dugga beneath the Milky Way. From multi-stage madness down to grimy one-stage fun and even Oz’s regional burns, things are gonna get weird!

Even without doofs, follow the alternative trail in Australia for a bit and you’ll quickly stumble upon some ragers. The ferals know how to get loose, and amongst them, Ozzies are some of the loosest cannons. There are plenty of more traditional music festivals in Australia too which are well worth checking out (the Byron Bay Bluesfest jumps to mind), however…

You haven’t partied in Oz until you’ve doofed.

9. Shouting Out Australia’s Best Adventures for the Indoors Lovers

What are you doing outside getting fresh air and being a sunkissed, vivacious soul! Don’t you know that we have air-con in Australia?

The concrete jungle still offers the adventure-seeking traveller in Australia a chance for exploration. They may not be heart-pounding, or jaw-dropping, or even titty-titillating, but these little smatterings of Aussie culture offer an adventure in of themselves:

Famous laneway in Melbourne filled with Australians enjoying recreational activities
Melbourne things.
  • Melbourne’s Laneways – Melbourne is Sydney if Sydney was cool and nothing projects that more than it’s laneways. Winding alleyways of intoxicating street art, velvety jazz lounges, and chic hole-in-the-walls are a defining feature of Melbourne. Yeah, sure, it’s a bit wanky, but that’s the point of travelling to Melbourne.
  • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) – Hobart is Melbourne if Melbourne didn’t try so hard to be a cool Sydney. While it’s already a hive of more low-key cultural goodness, the MONA amplifies this through insane exhibitions that put the other capitals’ galleries to shame. It’s been described as a “subversive adult Disneyland”, and that fits it to a tee.
  • Breweries, Wineries, and Booze – Australians drink a lot: never offer an Australian a non-alcoholic beverage unless you’re willing to wear it. All over the country, you’re going to find fantastic breweries—garage, craft, and big-time—as well as some world-renowned wine regions.
    As an Australian that doesn’t drink (shh, don’t tell anyone—they’ll deport me), I ain’t no expert. That said, I do know that every time my parents go to Mudgee or the Hunter Valley, they come back with about 40 bottles of wine.
  • Aboriginal Ceremonies – Often, Aboriginal performances of traditional ceremonies (eg. dances or smoking ceremonies) will pop up at events. They are definitely always worth hunting out for an insight into the first Australians’ culture. Sidenote: I saw a performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre once and that was absolutely phenomenal.

10. Shouting Out Australia’s Best Adventures for the Outdoors Lovers

Annnd now we’re going the opposite direction! Get out of the stuffy air-conned galleries you nerd! There’s hectic shit to do:

An Australian adventurer highlining in the Blue Mountains
I just peed a little.
  • Skydiving – I’m not sure that there’s really a wrong place to skydive in Australia. Still, I betcha didn’t know you could skydive over Uluru! You’re capped at a maximum of 12,000 feet, but what’s a few thousand feet when you’re skydiving above the scarlet sands of Central Australia?
  • Bungee Jumping – Stay in Cairns for this. Cairns is more-or-less the Queenstown of Australia with all the delicious adventure travel offerings.
  • Abseiling – I mean, anywhere there’s a big-ass cliff you can do this! The Blue Mountains are perfect for it though. Combine your Australian abseiling adventure with a spot of canyoning and rock climbing for something truly memorable.
  • White Water Rafting – Both the Tully River and the Barron River are very respectable choices. They’re year-round hotspots for rafting with a wide selection of rapids available. It’s also close to Cairns; so, yeah, pretty much just go to Cairns. Cairns is one of the best places for adventure travel in Australia.

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11. Meet the Traditional Custodians of the Land

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Aboriginals? These guys were the OG Aussie adventurists carving trails across the monolithic landscape long before the Poms showed up and started lopping trees, building fences, and just being all-round buttholes.

You may meet some Aboriginal people in your travels around Australia. Sadly, there aren’t as many as there used to be. Through a dark, twisted, and typically colonial past, much of the history and traditions of the Aboriginal peoples have been lost. Still, despite dwindling populations, their culture lives on.

And so it bloody well should. | Photo: ArliftAtoz2205 (Shutterstock)

So for a grand Australian adventure tour, just pay attention! All around the continent you’ll find traces of the deeply-rooted mysticism that define the mythology of Australia’s Dreaming and creation stories. Carvings, paintings, tools, communities, and sacred places dedicated to the celestial spirits that birthed this ancient land.

Hell, if you happen to take an actual tour and learn a thing or two from one of the ancestral guardians of Oz, that’s even better! You can even take it one step further and go volunteer on a rural Aboriginal community. You wouldn’t be the first traveller I’ve met to do so.

Whatever you do though, just be cool about it. You’re looking at the oldest living civilisation on the planet.

12. The Aurora Australis

This one is an entry from my own personal bucket list for Australia. I haven’t made it to Tasmania yet, but you should definitely travel to Tasmania. Tassie is bombastic: it’s a mind-warping Australia adventure all by itself!

But then, all the way down at the bottom of that verdant little isle, there’s an even more grandiose journey waiting. The Aurora Australis. The southern lights.

The Aurora Australis (southern lights) as seen from an adventure in southern Tasmania
A moment of to reflect. | Photo: Jamen Percy (WikiCommons)

There are numerous places in Tasmania to see the southern lights from, however, for the proper adventure, you’ve gotta get to the bottom. Down at the southern strip of Southwest National Park, there are beaches and cliff lines perfect for viewing the show.

It’ll take some effort to reach, but the drive down from Hobart combined with the trek to the spectral cinema is one of the most unmissable road trips in Tasmania. You’re at the southernmost point of one the southernmost habitable places on Earth. And even then, it’s really only semi-habitable.

But that’s the adventure, right?

13. Riding the Horizontal Falls

This one is a special something. In a country of marvels sculpted by the Gods—devasting sandstone behemoths dominating the skyline, dramatic coastlines fringed by limestone guardians, and the granite-like pecs of Hugh Jackman—the Horizontal Falls were still dubbed by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”.

Endearingly nicknamed ‘The Horries’ (because Australians have a natural aversion to excess syllables), the surge of tumultuous water is caused by breaks in the surrounding McLarty Ranges forming seaward gorges. Located in Western Australia’s majestic Kimberly region, you could call these currents ‘rapids’, but it wouldn’t quite do the fearsome beasts justice.

Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay - an adventure in Western Australia
Ok, so they might look pretty chill here but trust me! They get fearsome. | Photo: robert mcgillivray (Shutterstock)

The seawater builds up to five-metre high walls of crashing whitewater horizontally-pitched waterfalls bursting through the gorges. When the tides change, the direction reverses and whirlpools form.

Surfs up? Strewth.

You’ve got a few options for visiting Horizontal Falls. A cruise around or a plane above is the safe and boring method. However, this is an article about the maddest and baddest adventures in Australia: of course I’m going to tell you to ride the wave.

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14. Australia’s Most Beautiful Train Ride – Catching the Ghan

The Ghanderived from the original nickname ‘The Afghan Express’—is one of the most famous train rides in the world. There’s been a lot of talk of vans, 4WDs, and walkabouts, but another option for crossing the centre is by way of Ghan.

The Ghan - Australia's most beautiful train journey - in Central Australia
Legit though, imagine crossing this, unmapped, on a camel, far from home. | Photo: Roderick Eime (Flickr)

Taking its name from the Afghani cameleers that helped colonise Australia’s unforgiving centre, this once-unreliable-now-luxury locomotive runs the transcontinental journey from Adelaide to Darwin (south-to-north or vice versa) right across the big heaping middle! You get a choice of Gold Class, Platinum, and the esteemed Chairman’s Carriage complete with a personal hospitality assistant… That should give you an idea of just how fancy we’re talking!

No, an Indian sleeper carriage this certainly is not. It’s riding in the absolute lap of luxury right through one of the sparsest and most inhospitable regions on the planet. Maybe it’s not quite as cool as a camel crossing, but it’s a spectacular journey in Australia all the same.

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15. Pub Nights and Piss-Ups

Ah, the ol’ local. Nowhere is quite as focal to the Australian experience as the pub. Everyone has a local. You can love it or hate itprobably bothbut everyone has a local.

And in rural buttfuck-nowhere Oz, the local pub is king.

This may not look like much, but when you’ve been driving through empty terrain for six consecutive hours without meeting a single soul, there is no more welcoming sight than this.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities for bevvies wi’ da boiz (and girls but alliteration) during your adventures across Australia. But the real adventure is to do it somewhere way out back. Somewhere everyone in town knows your name.

Miners, farmers, coppers, candlestick makers all down at the pub. Wasted. With youthe only foreigner in town.

Now that’s a truly Australian adventure!

For a few gems of old-school Aussie pubs and houses of heathenry, check out:

  • Prairie Hotel, South Australia – A 140-year-old outback powerhouse famed for its ‘feral mixed grill’ featuring a wide assortment of kangaroo, emu, and camel meat (amongst other delights).
  • The Pub with No Beer, New South Wales – While the name may seem like a counter-intuitive marketing technique, it worked! Inspiring a classic Australian country tune of the same name, The Pub with No Beer is now a famous watering hole to get a good feed and, yes, duh, a cold one.
  • The Birdsville Hotel, Queensland – If you’re taking a road trip through proper rural Queensland, on the outskirts of the Simpson Desert, is a 130-year-old establishment that drips with everything an old-school Aussie pub should.

16. Parabolic Bliss: Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Y’know, maybe this is a bit overplayed. Compared to a few other entries on this list, scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge seems kinda smallscale. But then, the other day I caught the train running across it; as I spied the bridge in the tailing rear-view, I sighed. I legitimately sighed looking at a bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is kind of special. Looking at it and sighing like a twit is one thing: climbing it is even better.

Sigh. | Photo: Bernard Sprigg. NZ (Flickr)

BridgeClimb is the only company taking visitors to Sydney up to dazzling heights, and they’ve been doing it for yonks now. Taking you up, down, and even back again (if you like), it’s safe, family-friendly, and a total blast! The only downside is that everyone has to wear the same ugly jumpsuit killing your photo-ops.

And the view from the top? A total yum-fest. Sydney is kind of like Van Gogh: he paints a bloody beautiful picture but man… you wouldn’t want to live with the crazy bastard.

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17. Find a Funkin’ Platypus

Alright, ladies. This is it. The Holy Grail of Australia’s adventures: find the goddamn elusive beast!

Platypuses (yes, I did have to Google that pluralisation) are basically unicorns in a country where our wildlife doesn’t look so much like majestic creatures as they do majestic creatures wearing Halloween costumes.

A platypus on an aquatic adventure in Australia
One day, Wilfred the Wombat put on a duck mask, learnt how to swim, and the rest is history. | Photo: Martin Pelanek (Shutterstock)

Super rare and hard to find? Check.

Super weird looking? Check-check. (A water-based mammal with webbed feet, a duck’s bill, and venomous spineswhy not, God?)

HOWEVER, you gotta do this legit. None of the zoos, animal tourism, and yukky shit. Just when you’re out there venturing through Australia’s bushland, find one in the wild. For real.

Perhaps it’s more apt to say that a platypus finds you?

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Have a Crackin’ Adventure in Australia… But Stay Safe!

Now that you’re totally ready to go do some hectic shit, I’m going to have to mother you for a sec. Sorry, but I just love your face so damn much!

The Australian wilderness is not to be trifled with. It’s to be enjoyed, soaked up, and gazed lovingly at, however, always do so with your sensibility cap on. Always be prepared.

There’s a lot of desolate space, not much water, a sun that’ll fry you like an egg, plus 66 venomous species of animals. And of the animals that aren’t venomous, most of them can still smoke ya.

An extremely muscular kangaroo giving the stink-eye to some tourists in Australia
Wot, mate? I’ll smash ya, bruh. | Photo: A Life Beneath Stars (Shutterstock)

Step 1: Know What to Pack for an Adventure in Australia’s Outdoors

Standard packing list for Australia travels aside, there are a few things you should never be heading into the Outback without:

  1. Water – And plenty of it. You know that whole adage of laying out your packing for any trip and then halving it? Yeah, do the opposite: however much water you think you’ll need, double it.
  2. Plan for breakdowns – Tools, motor oil, EXTRA FUEL, a good-quality spare tire (or two), and probably a cuddly teddy bear in case you end up spending a long, lonely night or two out there. I strongly recommend doing some research on packing for an Outback road trip.
  3. Sun protection – You ever wondered why the stereotypical Aussie has sandy-blonde multi-toned hair? It’s because the sun’s so goddamn strong it turns it blonde… I used to be a brunette!
    Always pack big floppy hat, a big-ass bottle of sunscreen, and a little battery-powered handheld fan if you’re feeling cheeky. Whatever you do though, remember to slip, slop, slap!

As for actually getting out there into our magnanimous nature camping, hiking, and being an all-round badass? Just remember to pack your camping gear and whatever else you usually take on the adventure! For more inspiration, you can check out some of our excellent gear roundups on the topic.

Step 2: Know How to Stay Safe in Australia

Apart from occasionally getting rolled by some two-bit eshay in a derro train station, Australia is pretty damn safe! At least, in the urban-crime area it is.

We do have all those venemous animals though. And crocs. And cataclysmic fire seasons…

A bushfire-razed piece of land in the Australian countryside
After the blaze.

But truthfully, even that ain’t so bad (‘cept for the fires). The actual stats for snake and spider bites are very low, and usually whenever a tourist carks it, it’s because they were doing something stupid. So don’t be stupid: key yourself in on how to keep safe in Australia’s Outback regions!

But as a few bonus tips (because I really do like to mother you)…

  • Always wade into a body of water—don’t dive. Even then, there are plenty of places you shouldn’t be swimming, particularly in northern areas. Crocodiles are something to worry about.
  • For the rest of our infamous fauna, just keep a healthy distance and let them do them. And just in case, do your reading on encountering snakes and responding to bites.
  • And bang your boots upside before putting them on! That’s a snake and spider thing too.
  • Beach safety is also mega-important. Don’t be risky, don’t be over-confident, and don’t swim alone, drunk, or just generally if you’re just not very good at it.
  • Fires are a weird one. I’d always argue mankind has a god-given right to light a fire under the stars, however, you’ll find they’re banned in a lot of places around Australia. If you are lighting a campfire, make damn sure well you know what you’re doing. We take our bushfires very seriously.
  • Sandstone cliffs can and do suddenly give way underfoot. Be wary near ledges.
  • And, of course, always tell someone where you’re going. Your mum, the barmaid at your local, or even the cops. The popo will often supply you with a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) for any long treks or adventures in Australia’s wilderness.
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Step 3: Get Insured!

Always have travel insurance. Whether it’s an adventure in Australia, Argentina, or Antarctica, always cover yo’ ass with a top-notch travel insurance provider.

A yowie might snatch ya, a dropbear might drop ya, or a bogan might… well… be a bogan in your vicinity. One way or another, it always pays to be insured!

Shoutout from Will – The OG Broke Backpacker: Have fun on your backpacking adventure, but please do get insurance—take it from someone who has racked up tens of thousands of bucks on an insurance claim before, you need it. As a wise man once said, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you shouldn’t be travelling! 

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Australia Calls and so Does Adventure!

Coooeeeee! Hear that? She’s calling.

So pick up the damn phone, you drongo! Adventure in Australia has never looked so scrumptious. The birds are singing, people are always happy to see a new face roll into town, and all in all, she’s a pretty special place to be.

It took me a long time of travelling to appreciate that. That nowhere else in the world do the gum trees grow quite so big and beautiful and the animals so strange and sublime.

There’s a reason that it seems everyone in the world dreams of travelling to Australia. The warm weather and wonderfully high wages certainly help. But really, it’s because it’s a dream.

It’s a dream that down at the bottom of the planet, there’s a big, beautiful bubble. A bubble where the conflicts don’t go. A bubble where people still smile and greet each other in the street (and will even chuck ya a ciggie despite how crushingly expensive they are).

So whether it’s an exploration of Australia’s outdoors, a sample of it’s quirky indoors, or a complete loss of self in the Outback, soak up the Aussie adventures. She’s a true beaut: there’s nowhere else in the world with quite so much serenity.

Milky Way over the Pinnacles Desert on an Outback Australian adventure
How’s the serenity?

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