6 Free Things To Do In Australia
1. Explore the majesty of Uluru on the 9.4 kilometre Base Walk. The walk is dotted with interpretive displays, as well as a network of waterholes and lush woodlands – one of the last things you’d expect to see in the stark desert landscape. There are many other ways to see the rock – on a guided walk with a traditional owner, a camel tour, behind the wheel of your car or as the backdrop to an unforgettable alfresco dinner under the starry desert sky. Uluru is a sacred site and the local Aboriginal people ask that you don't embark on the risky climb to the top.
2. The Royal Botanic Gardens are the largest of three major botanical gardens open to the public in Sydney, and one of the oldest botanic gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. Established in 1816, the Garden is where Australia’s first penal colony was established in 1788 when 11 ships, the First Fleet, carrying over 700 convicts, landed here. The beautifully maintained gardens include one of Sydney’s most spectacular vantage points, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, situated on the edge of the gardens. The Chair was carved out of stone for the Governor’s lady, who loved to sit and look a the harbour.
3. Join the flocks of visitors for Australia’s most famous outback race meeting, the Birdsville Races. Raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the combination of the barren landscape, red dust, quirky characters and outback sun means that the event is a horse race like no other. The party doesn’t end when the sun goes down with revellers celebrating their win of the day at the town’s only pub, the Birdsville Hotel.
4. Explore the interactive and informative exhibits at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, ACT. The National Museum of Australia is devoted to telling great stories about Australia and Australians. See objects such as Australian cricket legend Greg Chappell's cricket cap, a preserved thylacine or as it is more commonly known an extinct Tasmanian Tiger and Captain Cook’s magnifier.
5. Do it yourself whale-watching, grab your binoculars and scan the seas at North Head Lookout in Manly and Cape Solander on the southern side of the Botany Bay entrance when the whales are migrating north from the Antarctic in winter. Or hike around the harbour – whales have been spotted on the Federation Cliff Walk, the Bondi to Bronte and the Manly to Spit walk.
6. The magnificent Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay, Western Australia is created by massive tidal movements, among the biggest in the world. The white water ocean banking up against one side of a narrow cliff passage creates the waterfall effect, a sight enhanced even more by the red rock cliffs and turquoise water.