When you travel in Australia, you’ll go on a tour. It’s one of the things that is going to happen if you want to see all there is to see to this beautiful country. Some places you can’t reach on your own and you will need the help of a touring company. The big question is, which tours in Australia should you pick from the 100’s that are available? These are some of the ones you shouldn’t miss.
Where to do which tours in Australia?
Here is a short list of what the not to miss tours in Australia are per state.
Victoria: Great Ocean Road, Philip Island
Queensland: Cape Tribulation & Daintree, Whitsundays, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef
Western Australia: Pinnacles, Rottnest Island, Whale Sharks, Monkey Mia, Bungle Bungle
South Australia: Kangaroo Island
Great Ocean Road
This tour starts in Melbourne and goes al along the Great Ocean Road, a scenic drive that is 240 km (149 miles). It is one of the most beautiful coastal rides in the world. During this tour you will make dozens of stops to soak in the wildlife and rugged coastal line. Highlights of this trip are the lighthouse at Cape Otway, and the world famous Twelve Apostles rock formations. A definite must see when you are in or around Melbourne.
This island is only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and has one of the cutest parades on earth. Here you’ll be able to spot penguins, wallabies and beautiful nature. Fun fact, the Hemsworth brothers that I’ve been crushing on for forever were actually born and raised on Phillip Island.
Cape Tribulation & Daintree
This tour will take you from the city of Cairns to the place where two world heritage sites meet. The tour to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Forest will take you to both these sites. Your tour usually starts at Cape Tribulation, which is a small village in the Daintree rain forest. From there you will go on a boat trip over the Daintree river and spot some crocodiles. Go for a walk through one of the oldest rain forests in the world. If you’re lucky you might even spot a cassowary, this is an ancient looking bird with a big blue head. It is said that they are a direct decent from the dinosaurs and only live in a few places in Australia.
Sailing the Whitsundays is one of my favourite tours in Australia. These tours are often 2 or 3 days long and depart from Airlie beach. During this tour you will explore a couple of the Whitsunday islands. A definite stop is Whitehaven Beach, where you can find some of the finest sand in the world. You’ll also be able to go snorkeling or diving, spot wildlife such as dolphins, sharks, turtles, eagles and whales. For the best experience I would recommend to go on a tour with 20 or less people on it.
This was one of my first tours in Australia when I visited for the first time. This tour departs from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach and you can chose a day tour or a multi-day tour, I went for the later on. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and can be explored by 4WD. The landscape varies and you’ll find lots of beaches, mangroves but also rain forests. During the tour you can opt to drive the 4WD yourself or get a driver. A highlight of this trip for me was spotting wild dingo’s, dolphins, wales and seeing the milky way at night for the very first time!
Great Barrier Reef
This tour can be taken from Port Douglas or Cairns for the best views of the reef. The trips are mostly one day, but you can also opt for an overnight on board. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and stretches over 2300 kilometers (1429 miles). During the boat tour you’ll be able to snorkel or dive at different spots, spot wildlife and enjoy the gorgeous underwater sights.
The pinnacles are one of Western Australia’s most iconic sights and a must see for nature lovers and therefore a must on this list of tours in Australia. The pinnacles are limestone formations within Nambung National Park near the town of Cervantes. They are a true unique and fascinating sight as they have formed itself from seashells over millions of years. A tour often includes another sight such as a wildlife park or another natural attraction in Nambung National Park when going for a full day tour.
This is probably the only tour that isn’t really a tour. All you need is a ferry ticket and a rental bike (or go with the public transport on the island). It is a must do activity though, so worth the mention! On Rottnest Island you can find the happiest animals in the world, Quokas. The island is an hours ferry ride from Perth and can be ridden around by bike in a day. Not only has the island these very cute animals, there are also gorgeous beaches and a chance of spotting whales and dolphins!
Whale Shark Tour
This tour is a must when you find yourself in Western Australia. Your best buy will be from Exmouth where there is an easy access to the Ningaloo Reef. This is where the whale sharks usually arrive in early March and don’t leave until August and sometimes can still be spotted in October. These gentle giants are gorgeous and worth a visit.
This is the famous spot where dolphins come onto the beach for their daily feeding. They get fed twice a day, once very early in the morning and often a second time around midday. The whole experience is guided by experts that have worked with these animals since they first started coming around. Didn’t get good shots of the dolphins when I went but the pelican on the beach was a bit of a poser.
The Bungle Bungle Range exists of rock formations that look like Martian beehives that have grown up out of the landscape. These beehives can get up to 300 meters (980 feet) high! They can be found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and is part of the Purnululu National Park.
This island is just southwest of Adelaide off the coast of Southern Australia and a must on your list of tours in Australia. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves and home to native wildlife such as koalas, sea lions and a diverse bird species. On the west side of the island is also a park that is home to several penguin colonies and gorgeous coastal rock formations. Kangaroo Island is said to be a mini Australia, where you can find all sorts of flora and fauna.