10 things to didgeri-do in Oz!

Are you thinking about heading to the land down under either on a gap year or on a career break? As the sixth largest country in the world, there is a wealth of things to do and see in Australia. Read on to see our top 10 Oz experiences…

1. Party scene, Sydney
Cockle Bay is a lively area lined with pubs and bars, plus one of the city’s best clubs. With dance floors on three levels, the Cockle Bay Wharf is the largest club in Sydney. Its waterside location makes it a seriously stylish dance spot to let your hair down!

2. 4×4 driving, Fraser Island
Explore Fraser Island by going on a 4×4 adventure. Fraser Island is a unique part of the Fraser Coast region, and its unusual formation of sand and rainforest make it a special source of adventure for visitors to explore. Aussie Trax 4×4 Rentals is the largest and longest established 4WD adventure tour operator for Fraser Island self-drive experiences.

3. Diving, Barrier Reef
Australia has much to offer the diving enthusiast, whether novice or highly experienced…or somewhere in between! So, if you fancy a spot of diving in one of the best diving locations in the world, make sure you head to the Great Barrier Reef.

4. Sunrise, Uluru
Also known as Ayers Rock, is a large rock formation in the Northern Territory in central Australia. Located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru is probably Australia’s most recognisable natural icons. Experience the incredible changing colours of the entire desert landscape and the spectacular sight of Uluru at sunrise.

5. Surfing, Byron Bay
Escape the hustle & bustle of the city by joining a surf camp. Byron Bay offers a diverse range of waves perfect for surfing beginners to experts. These fun and exciting surf camps cater from complete beginners to intermediate and advanced surfers. If you like the sound of exploring the scenic surrounding beaches of Byron Bay, get in contact with the Byron Bay Surf School.

6. Bungee jumping, Cairns
Are you looking for the ultimate thrill? Why not try bungee jumping in the tropical paradise of Cairns. Nestled on the coast of far North Queensland it is renowned for its tourism attractions like the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest. The weather never gets too cold to bungee jump in Cairns, allowing thrill seekers to bungee all year round!

7. Outback life, Kroombit
Kroombit is located on Lochenbar Station, a 10,000 acre cattle operation that was once part of the now protected Kroombit Tops National Park. Kroombit offers guests a genuine Australian Outback farm experience not to be missed! Visit Kroombit to get back to nature and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Australian bush.

8. Rainforest, Cape Tribulation
The Daintree Cape Tribulation coast is where the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest meet. From long deserted beaches to a range of guided rainforest walks, Daintree Rainforest is a great place to relax and unwind.

9. Spot wildlife, Kakadu
Kakadu National Park is open to visitors every day of the year and can be reached using local tour buses or you can plan your own itinerary on a self-guided tour. The seasons of Kakadu provide a different experience. Apparently, Kakadu is one of the few places in Australia where there have been limited, if any, extinctions of plants or animals over the last 200 years!

10. Neighbours, Melbourne
No trip to Oz would be complete without a visit to one of the most famous streets on TV. ‘Ramsey Street’ (real name ‘Pin Oak Court’) is where all the action happens in the popular Australian soap Neighbours which has more than 120 million viewers worldwide! You may be lucky enough to catch the cast and crew filming…so don’t forget your camera!

Finally, don’t forget your travel insurance!
If after reading this blog you like the sound of visiting the land down under, make sure you take out holiday insurance as soon as you book your trip. If you’re backpacking around Australia you would be better off buying a backpacker travel insurance policy.

You can purchase great value backpacker travel insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a 2-month trip to Oz, will cost you just £18.93* – a small price to pay to really enjoy your adventure down under all the more!

*Premium £18.93 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 35 taking out a Standard Backpacker 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months in Australia. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (August 2009) and are subject to change.