Australia

Things to do in Australia

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has sandstone and water vistas merge to form a spectacular landscape. Relics of Aboriginal life are preserved with artifacts including rock paintings, middens and cave art. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the finest in the world. The gardens feature a global selection of plantings and specific Australian gardens. In addition to the landscape features, the Observatory offers nighttime tours of constellations and the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, a whimsical, child-scaled area that invites kids to explore their natural surroundings. The Sydney Opera House, arguably the most recognizable icon of Australia, holds six auditoriums where dance, concerts, opera and theater are staged. A bar and restaurant are attached nearby, so visitors can take a break and enjoy the view of the Harbor Bridge.

St. Kilda Foreshore features lively promenades. The breakwater near the pier was built in the ‘50s as a safe harbor for boats competing in the Olympic Games. Today, it is home to a colony of penguins that have, incredibly, chosen the city’s most crowded suburb in which to reside. Bondi Beach is quintessential Sydney, and one of the best things to do in Australia. Its bright blue waters and perfect waves are ideal for local surfers and beachgoers looking to cool off. Finally, head up to Mark’s Park for a view of the beach from the cliffs nearby.

Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, the Aussie duo behind this young, hip women’s wear label, first made their name with jeans (in particular, the low-rise variety so popular in the early 2000’s).

Just over a mile from the city center, Bike Hire rents road, mountain, and tandem bikes by the hour.

A modest dirt road leads to this winery, where vintner Richard McIntyre's earthy Shiraz and wood-fired pizzas (served only on weekends) have a cult following.

Mick and Paula Woodney purchased the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery in 2011 with the goal of returning the old-timey candy shop to its roots.

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Cullen Wines Estate’s winemaker and managing director Vanya Cullen's parents founded the property in 1971. These days, the winery’s top releases are world-class, particularly the vibrant Diana Madeline Cabernet-based blend.

Halfway up the coast is Apsley Gorge, where Brian Franklin, Tasmania's most committed Burgundian, makes a gorgeous Pinot Noir in a repurposed fish factory. (In season, Franklin, a former abalone diver, will catch and grill you a fresh seafood feast to blo

What Lies Beneath: Well, just about all of the 3,500-person population of Coober Pedy, an opal-mining town in South Australia.

Brace Yourself: Australia’s Gold Coast is a little off the map for most people, but if you are in the neighborhood, head for this: the fastest, tallest thrill ride in the Southern Hemisphere (and at 100 mph, the fourth fastest in the world).

The stalls here are piled with ruby-red lychees, hairy rambutans, and spiky durian.

The winery has made a name for itself with its rich Chardonnays.

This 29,000-acre national park on Australia’s southeast coast has Spotted Gum and Eucalyptus forests, lake, 27 miles of undeveloped coastline, and an aboriginal area that includes a sacred lagoon, home to a mythical serpent.

Clean lines and simple designs layer on each other, forming the complex and feminine looks that are the hallmark of Scanlan & Theodore.