Australia Day Tours, Attractions & Excursions

‘Down Under’ has a wealth of experiences for international travelers to enjoy. Tours of Australia can take you from the golden beaches along the expansive coast to the wild outback and buzzing cities! Discover the ancient land, urban wonder and vast landscapes under the guidance of local!

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Destinations in Australia

Australia is a land of plenty, with a variety of diverse experiences to indulge in. Encounter one of Australia’s most popular attractions with a visit to the Phillip Island penguins, or go back in history and visit Port Arthur or Sovereign Hill.

If you are a fan of the wild, then the vast, remote interior of the country is the perfect place for you to visit. The area is full of flourishing wildlife, despite the arid conditions.

If you prefer a city experience, then the cultural diversity, amazing food and expansive laneways in Melbourne offer a great way to experience the “coffee capital of the world”. A Melbourne city tour will bring you up close and personal with this vibrant city. 

The beachy city of Brisbane boasts iconic coastlines framed by a large, urban sprawl. Sydney features the world-renowned Sydney Opera House, and Perth is loved as a large isolated city surrounded by nature.

If you love the ocean, then Australia is the perfect place to visit. The Gold Coast is celebrated as a surfer’s paradise and the Great Barrier Reef is home to breathtakingly beautiful coral. Regardless of how high your expectations are, chances are that Australia will meet them!

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Popular Australia Tours

All major cities in Australia, and the spots in between, welcome tourists from around the world. Australia’s rich tourism is reflected in the number of guided experiences that they offer travelers while touring Australia.   

A Brisbane city tour is one way to enjoy the best of the city with plenty of Brisbane foodie experiences to enjoy. In particular, the XXXX Brewery tour in Brisbane is known to attract several travelers looking to enjoy the lifestyle and culture of living in the area. 

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But Brisbane is just the tip of a very large iceberg! Melbourne day tours offer a Great Ocean Road tour, as well as Puffing Billy steam train and Phillip Island. In addition, a Perth day tour also gives travelers the opportunity to travel to Rottnest Island and visit the best sightseeing spots.

Australia has a wide variety of tours, experiences, and attractions to discover and explore. Booking a tour is a great way to ensure that you enjoy the perks of the country with the help and guidance of a local who can share the best knowledge of the region. 

Australia has a fascinating history, strongly linked to the UK (which offers fascinating tours as well). This makes a visit to Australia an enriching, exciting and interesting experience. The country offers a wide variety of different experiences catered to specific preferences. Booking a tour in Australia will make sure that your needs are met, and your travels remain unforgettable.

FAQs

Traveling to a new country can be intimidating at times, even with a guided tour. Here are a few frequently asked questions about Australian tours. 

How Large Is Australia?

Australia is larger than many people initially expect. It is, in fact, the 6th-largest country in the world by area and has plenty of beauty spots just waiting to be explored!

How Much Does A Trip To Australia Cost?

An average night accommodation along Australia’s east coast (in a hostel) will cost approximately USD $20. From there, you can choose to do as many or as few Australian tour options that you want, keeping within your own budget.

What Do You Experience In Australia?

There is a wide variety of different experiences available in Australia. Overall, you can expect to experience a mild to warm climate, plenty of water sports along the coast and an abundance of wildlife inland.

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Melbourne city lights at night with bokkeh

Set on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, next to the meandering Yarra River, Eureka Skydeck 88 offers the most breathtaking views of Melbourne, Australia. The observation deck allows you to see the whole of Melbourne and its surroundings. ...

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A trip up to Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne is a real must-do while visiting Melbourne. It offers a stunningly fresh perspective on the city, as well as stellar views. Highly recommended.
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  • Stunning views of Melbourne and its surroundings
  • Indoor and outdoor observation decks
  • Gain a new perspective on the city
  • Thrilling elevator ride
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  • Can be dampened by cloudy weather
  • The Edge Experience costs extra
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Sydney Opera House lit up in the evening

A Sydney Harbour Cruise is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the city. Many of Sydney’s best-known sights and attractions lie right on the water’s edge, allowing you to soak them up from the comfort of a cruise boat. Popular sights include the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. ...

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These Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruises offer a wide variety of experiences, each with their own unique charm. Seeing Sydney from the water is a real must-do while visiting the city, and a harbour cruise is a great way to do so.
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  • See Sydney’s main water-side sights and landmarks
  • Learn about the city’s heritage
  • Take in some beautiful views
  • A variety of enticing options
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  • Some cruises aren’t wheelchair accessible
  • Pay extra for guaranteed window seats
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Witness first hand the production of Australia’s number one beer while you learn about the XXXX Brewery’s fascinating history. Enjoy a fresh beer tasting at the end of the tour! ...

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This tour is popular and a great experience for anyone who likes a cold beer.
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  • Informative local guides
  • A detailed tour packed with information
  • Delicious beer tasting
  • Immersive way to experience the Brewery
  • Free cancellation
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  • Packaging lines are not in operation on weekends
  • The tour is not recommended for children under 5 years old
  • Bags can’t be taken inside
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Sydney Opera House in the harbor

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most sought after Australian attractions you’ll find. Whether you’re viewing it from the river or walking its corridors, nothing can prepare you for a visit to one of the world’s most iconic buildings. ...

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For first-timers to Sydney, a visit to the Sydney Opera House should be number one on your list of things to do. As mainstream sites go, the opera house is one that does not disappoint. It’s neither overcrowded with tourists nor a let-down.
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  • Meals can be included
  • Multiple Options
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Sleeping Koala Bear

On the shores of Sydney Harbor, in the suburb of Mosman, you can find Taronga Zoo. Covering 69-acre and hosting over 4000 animals, this “zoo” is known as one of the “most famous wildlife parks and sanctuaries across Australia”. ...

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What a great experience awaits those who get to the opportunity to visit Taronga Zoo, Sydney. In every sense of the definition, this is more a sanctuary than a zoo. The animals are well taken care of, the park is in pristine condition, and the staff work to keep it that way.
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  • Over 4000 animals to see
  • Authentic habitats and enclosures
  • Can get an up-close and personal with the animals
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  • Very large so you may not see everything
  • Transportation to the venue can be difficult
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cascade brewery

The Cascade Brewery in Hobart, Tasmania, was established in 1824, making it the oldest operating brewery in Australia. If you’re touring Australia, and Tasmania is on your itinerary, then a trip to the Cascade Brewery restaurant and brewhouse production environment is a must-do activity. ...

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Whether or not you enjoy beer, this is a must-do activity. The brewhouse itself is a historical landmark and the tour is a very special experience.
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  • Discover Australia’s oldest brewery
  • A great historical experience
  • Drinks are included in the cost
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  • Not accessible for people under 16 years old
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A mother koala and her child at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Located around 12km (7.5 miles) from central Brisbane, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. It’s home to over 130 koalas, each with their own name and distinct personality. The best bit? You get to cuddle these friendly koalas, as well as other Aussie animals! ...

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A visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an incredible experience for travelers of all ages. There are few places on Earth where you can really, deeply connect with a range of Australian animals. Lone Pine is one of them. Highly recommended.
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  • An incredible range of Australian wildlife
  • The ability to connect with the animals on a personal level
  • Cuddle with some adorable animals
  • Learn about conservation and habitat protection
  • Watch a series of daily shows and talks
  • Support a morally outstanding sanctuary
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  • Bad weather can dampen the experience
  • Koala photos and kangaroo food cost extra
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Puffing Billy cutting through the forest

Puffing Billy is one of Australia’s most well-known and beloved railways. Located in the Dandenong Ranges, near Melbourne, this 3 foot, Victorian-era coach has been departing from its base of operations at Belgrave Station for the past 100 years. ...

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A trip on the Puffing Billy railway is a journey into Australia’s colonial past. From the tea and scones to the old Victorian-era carriages, you are guaranteed an authentic blast from the past like never before. With the variety on offer and the regular daily schedule, there’s no shortage of opportunity here.
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  • Authentic themed tour
  • Scenic mountain views
  • Transportation to and from Melbourne
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  • Prices can be on the higher end
  • Does not offer the full railway trip
  • Food is not provided
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movie world tickets australia

If you’re looking for the ultimate family day trip from Brisbane, then Movie World is it! The theme park has some of the craziest rides in the Southern Hemisphere and fun, kid-friendly attractions. Movie World tickets offer a great bang for your buck, promising a day full of memories in exchange. ...

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Movie World theme park is a great day out for the whole family. Although it’s a bit of a drive to get there from Brisbane, the fun to be had is worth the effort.
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  • Great family activity
  • Meet superheroes and enjoy themed rides
  • Save time and money by booking tickets online
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  • Some rides have height restrictions
  • There is no transport provided between theme worlds
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Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge at sunset

Nothing offers gorgeous views of Sydney quite like the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. The 134-meter tall bridge stands boldly between the center of Sydney and the North Shore. It’s suspended over the water, with breathtaking vistas extending out in every direction, including the Sydney Opera House close by. ...

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a truly unique experience. The views are spectacular and the climb is really enjoyable.
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  • Amazing views
  • Informative and entertaining commentary
  • Sense of achievement
  • Good exercise
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  • Only accessible for physically fit and able people
  • Can be hindered by bad weather
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