A New Aussie ‘Rite of Passage’ – Top 10 Experiences for Young People

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For so long, taking a gap year and travelling overseas has been a rite of passage for young Aussies entering adulthood. Travel gives us a chance to experience certain things that our hometown simply can’t provide, and it’s a void that many have found hard to fill with the rise of COVID-19.

However, just because international borders are set to remain closed doesn’t mean that the traditional coming of age trip can’t happen! Australia has a multitude of places to see and people to meet, and a big lap is the perfect way to do it all.

If you’re thinking of an Aussie escapade, then read on below for our Top 10 experiences for young people in Australia.

1. Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston, TAS

Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of beautiful scenery with a wide variety of walking trails to choose from! After departing Launceston, the tour makes a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. The tour continues into the mountains and arrives at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with about 5 hours of possible walking time.

Take a break and enjoy lunch by a quiet stream and watch wombats in their natural habitat before returning home via the Ashgrove Cheese Factory!

2. Cage of Death Crocosaurus Cove, NT

Come face to face with the deadly giant saltwater crocodile on this once in a lifetime adventure. Crocosaurus Cove is an incredible wildlife park, home to the world’s biggest collection of Australian reptiles and aquatic creatures, with a huge 200,000-litre freshwater aquarium full of incredible underwater life!

Get up close and personal with the biggest reptile on earth, as the Cage of Death suspends you over these prehistoric beasts before plunging you deep into the enclosure to get a closer look!

3. Mt. Wellington Bike Tour from Hobart, TAS

Head from Hobart’s waterfront to the summit of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington for breathtaking views of Southern Tasmania. The highlight? A stunning panoramical view over the city of Hobart.

After soaking in the vistas, we are ready for Tasmania’s ultimate downhill bicycle ride, starting at 1272 m above sea level. On the 21km guided ride down, you’ll see landscapes contrasting from sub-alpine and mountain rainforests to the lively Hobart waterfront. An optional off-road section is available for the daredevils.

4. Melbourne Craft Beer Lovers Tour, VIC

Calling all beer fanatics! Looking for the perfect beer tour in Melbourne? You got it. This thirst-quenching beer odyssey will take you through the best of the best on the Melbourne brew scene, from its largest brewery to those craft beers that only the true Melbourne locals know about.

On top of all that, you’ll learn all about the history behind Melbourne’s favourite tipple, giving you all the local know-how to become the biggest Melbourne beer buff in town.

5. Fraser Island Wilderness Camping 3 Days 2 Nights 4WD Adventure, QLD

Go swimming, fishing, shark-spotting and more on this adventure departing from Noosa or Rainbow Beach! Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and a true bucket-list destination for Australians and visitors alike. It’s known for its stunning lakes, creeks, beaches, and abundant wildlife.

On this all-inclusive, 3 day, 2 night tour, you will get to experience the very best of this famous island with the help of a knowledgeable local tour guide. Throughout your journey, you will see and do plenty, from bathing in the island’s natural “Champagne Pools” to learning about the island’s history and rich culture, plus much more.

6. Skydive Great Ocean Road, VIC

Skydiving over the Great Ocean Road is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Tandem skydive from the Barwon Heads drop zone near Geelong, exiting the plane from up to 14,000 feet for an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall.

Imagine the adrenaline rush when free falling for 60 seconds, exceeding the speed of 220km/ph. Your instructor will pull the cord and you will get to enjoy spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road followed by a smooth landing. Once you’ve thanked your instructor and kissed the ground, it’s time to pick up your belongings, DVD, and photos!

7. Jet Boat Sydney Harbour – 30 Minute Shark Attack Thrill Ride, NSW

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you zoom around Sydney Harbour on a high-speed jet boat taking in the city’s most iconic sights!

Your jet boat will be put through its paces as you reach speeds of up to 85kph while skimming the surface of crystal clear waters. Feel the water spray as do fishtail turns and 360 degree spins that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping!

8. Gold Coast Tandem Parasailing, QLD

If you are looking to take your adventure to the highest hights, look no further than Gold Coast Watersports parasailing.

Enjoy 360° views ranging from the Surfers Paradise skyline to South Stradbroke and the mountains of the Gold Coast hinterland, including Springbrook and Tambourine Mountains. There is plenty to see in the water as well, as schools of fish, pelicans and other water birds are in abundance on the Broadwater. You may spot bottle-nosed dolphins, sea turtles, even the odd dugong!

9. Mystical Blue Mountains Sunset Tour, NSW

Now is your chance to visit one of the most spectacular National Parks in Australia, The Blue Mountains. Seeing this world heritage listed spot is made even more special by the sunset and late afternoon light. Get ready for stunning views, wildlife sightings and some epic photographs!

You will be taken to some lesser-known spots from which to enjoy these incredible views over the Blue Mountains. Your guide will regale you with stories of the landmarks before letting you enjoy the sunset for some fantastic, undisturbed scenery.

10. Taste the Barossa Premium Tour, SA

Visit 4 world class wineries in our uniquely branded buses for a fantastic small group touring experience.

This tasting tour offers you the perfect opportunity to experience the exquisite and stunning wineries in the Barossa Valley region. The day starts off at Château Yaldara: home to what is undoubtedly some of the finest Shirazes as well as magnificent and well-preserved period architecture. You will also enjoy lunch at the renowned Peter Lehmann winery, one of South Australia’s finest!

Join the Camping Australia group on Travello to get inspired and unlock some great discounts on experiences all over Australia, including the ones listed above!

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