Surprising Activities for When You Are Down Under

Most people only think of a few things to do when they go to Australia for a holiday: see the Sydney Opera house and walk along the harbour; go to a petting zoo and catch sight of a kangaroo or see one on safari, maybe go to the zoo or a nature park and check out all the indigenous animals and plants that make Australia so unique and a few other things.

Few people look for truly exciting and different things to do when they are down under. For those of you looking to get off the beaten track a bit, read on.

Here are some suggestions to get you going:

Caught Anything?

While it may not be common knowledge, there are lots of places around Australia that cater to those who would rather spend a quiet evening with a rod and some bait in a backwater or island somewhere. Enter fishing Bathurst Island; an adventure and a peaceful excursion rolled into one. You will have to fly up to Darwin at the northernmost tip of Australia to get to Melville Island, which has great spots to catch any number of fish. You can go up there and then talk to the locals or set up a tour from the beginning to make things smoother.

Health is Wealth

Once the fishing tours Bathurst Island is done, you might want to make a list of all the unusual museums that dominate Australia’s cultural landscape. Forget the cultural and historical museums that you go to all the time; check out the cool Museum of Human Disease in Sydney or Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Queensland. True to the unique oddity of this continent, which grew in isolation for so long, there are plenty of museums that will entice even the most stubborn children.

Industrial Tourism

A recent trend in Australian tourism this marks a departure from the traditional ‘cute Kangaroo’ kind of tourism. More and more people come to Australia to see the industrial mining of natural resources from the land, such as the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia which is one of the biggest open pit gold mines in the world. There are companies that specialize in providing visitors with travel, accommodation and a slice of the action: now you too can go to an active mine and the feel the vibrations of the drill as you press it against the rock face.