8 exciting experiments to try


From iconic landmarks launching new experiences to all-new attractions, there’s plenty of shiny new things to tempt you Down Under

A a lot can change in a few years, as the multitude of new Australian offerings shows. From tours, accommodation, attractions to exciting new ways to experience the country’s most iconic sights, here’s everything visitors should expect when Australia reopens to the world.

Get a fresh perspective on Canberra

Go beyond daily sightseeing in Australia’s culture-rich capital. The National Museum of Australia’s new In, Above & Behind the Scenes experience takes visitors into the air to gaze at the monument and the city during an early morning hot air balloon flight. With an expert on board, the aerial tour provides insight into the museum’s architecture, history, and hidden stories before landing for a bespoke guided tour of its treasures. As the doors open to visitors, your exclusive experience ends with a Champagne breakfast overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.

Thrill-seeing sights in Sydney

Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of the city’s must-do experiences. For the first time in its history, BridgeClimb allows people to conquer the full width of the historic bridge to see the city from all angles. The new Ultimate route takes climbers from south to north, and back, covering a distance of 3.3 km (two miles). Also new is the ascent of Burrawa, led by an indigenous storyteller who opens up a different perspective on the landscape. Enjoy more dizzying views and jaw-dropping cocktails at the new Bar 83. Officially Sydney’s tallest bar, it sits on the 83rd floor of Sydney Tower (formerly an events space) and offers 360-degree views.

BridgeClimb: New Ultimate route allows climbers to scale the full length of the Sydney Harbor Bridge

New Adventures in the Northern Territory Outback

The wild landscapes of the Red Center are unchanging, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t new ways to experience their eternal beauty. The best way to appreciate the nuances of the land and spot wildlife is on foot. On Australian Walking Holiday’s new Larapinta, Kings Canyon and Uluru in Comfort trek, you’ll walk through unique biomes, desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and visit sacred Aboriginal sites over seven spectacular days. Highlights include walking a 223 km (139 mile) section of the Larapinta Trail, climbing Kings Canyon, and watching the sunrise on a peaceful stroll around the mighty monolith Uluru.

Larapinta Trail: one of Australia’s Great Walks can be comfortably experienced on a guided trek

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Cathy Pinson

Immerse yourself in Queensland art

For a Great Barrier Reef adventure with a difference, snorkel or dive to visit the Museum of Underwater Art, the only underwater art museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Created by underwater sculptor Jason deCaires, MOUA is a series of installations around the Queensland coastline designed to showcase the conservation, restoration and sharing of stories about the reef, including its indigenous heritage. So far there’s the Ocean Siren interactive sculpture at Townsville’s Strand Pier, which changes color based on water temperature, and Coral Greenhouse, a large submerged sculpture at John Brewer Reef. Other facilities are expected to open soon in the waters near Palm and Magnetic Islands.

MOUA: Australia’s only underwater museum is located on the Great Barrier Reef

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Queensland Tourism and Events

It’s not just cricket in South Australia

For cricket fans, the Adelaide Oval is hallowed ground. A visit is one thing, but spending the night on the beloved sports ground is even more exciting. Australia’s first stadium hotel, the Oval, opened in 2020 on the east side of the Oval with its 138 contemporary rooms overlooking the Cathedral and the River Torrens. Surrounded by historic parks, it’s lovely and peaceful (except on match days) just a short walk from Adelaide’s hotspots. Watch the action on the oval while sipping a Clare Valley Riesling at the Bespoke Wine Bar & Kitchen, or browse the state’s wine regions at the Five Regions Restaurant. Each season, a flagship wine estate is honored with a menu inspired by the history of the winemaker, the products and the landscapes of the region.

The Oval: the stadium now offers a boutique hotel offering guests the opportunity to stay in the heart of Adelaide

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Russell Millard

Stroll along Tasmania’s brand new walking tour

Take your time soaking up the rugged beauty of Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast with an expert guide on hand on a new guided full-day walk. Experiential Tasmania’s 5.5-hour hike departs from Freycinet Lodge and begins with a climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. After admiring the breathtaking views of the photogenic park’s clear waters, white sandy beaches and the dramatic granite Hazards mountain range, you’ll take a drive west along the Isthmus Track to Hazards Beach, where you’ll be more than ready to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. A boat will take you back to the lodge.

Wineglass Bay: Take in panoramic views of the bay on Experiential Tasmania’s half-day guided tour

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Get off the grid in Victoria’s coastal wilderness

Koalas huddled in the hollow of a gum tree, whales basking offshore and vast wedge-tailed eagles soaring above it all; the Great Ocean Road is a wildlife paradise. Don’t let it pass your window. Instead, immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Victoria’s iconic Coastal Drive by checking in to a new eco-pod. Luxurious, self-contained and solar-powered, Sky Pods are located in an off-grid wildlife refuge on the coast of Cape Otway. With floor-to-ceiling windows all around, you’ll have mesmerizing views of the Southern Ocean and the surrounding coastal rainforest, where koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and native birds are in abundance.

The Great Ocean Road: discover one of the most scenic road routes in the world

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Visit Victoria

Glide down the Swan River from Perth

Sydney isn’t the only gorgeous waterfront city with a scale bridge. Perth’s Matagarup Ripple Bridge is a striking landmark on the Swan River with its unique arch design and nighttime illuminations. Visitors can climb the suspended pedestrian bridge for sweeping views of the pretty city from its open-air, glass-floored viewing platform. Climbs can be done day or night (there are also full moon climbs), but if you’re looking for an extra thrill, opt for its new zipline experience. You’ll cross the river from a 72m high platform to Burswood Park at speeds of up to 45mph.

Matagarup Zip+Climb: Adventure seekers can zipline across the Swan River or scale the bridge at night
Don’t go small, go to Australia

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