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Fun things to do in Australia? What are the secret things only locals do?

What are some fun things to do in Australia which tourists rarely experience?

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going to Torquay beach which is close to Geelong, go to a local pub for a chicken parmaggiana whilst putting bets on the races and meeting locals, go to the footy, get some fresh meat and go the parks for a bbq -go the markets to get ur grocery-
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Aussies love their outdoors, and during the daylight saving months (October - March), you will find us just about everywhere!

Spend a day taking a leisurely train trip from Sydney up to the Central Coast for a wander down to Iguana's for a sensational lunch by the water's edge. Take a walk around and just breathe in the fresh air. Or go the other way - take a scenic rail trip from Sydney down to Wollongong and the magical South Coast beaches. Experience beachside cuisine from the local fish & chip / burger corner shop at places like Thirroul, Bulli, or the "Headland" pub.

Friday nights, take a trip up to Warners Bay for free bands by the bay as the sun sets slowly sets over the water. Sit and relax with the locals and enjoy!

Catch a day at the cricket - tests, one dayers or twenty20, there are matches played right through summer around the country. Mingle with the locals and enjoy the atmosphere!

In winter months, the mood changes to local NRL and AFL footy competitions - catch the gladiators of sport as they match it up in a local game, experience the excitement of the NRL State Of Origin or the finals series in September.

Learn local culture - take part in Surfing Lessons (I took my first one this summer at Cronulla Beach - what a hoot!), Cooking Classes, Belly Dancing, Skydiving, Dive Courses, Steam Train Rides, Advanced Driving Courses (check out major motor racing events such as the Australian Grand Prix, Motorcycle Grand Prix, or the Bathurst 1000 Supercar event).

Catch a gig at a local pub, catch a bus or train out of the city centre and experience the magic of shopping where the locals shop, spend the day and have a barbeque and picnic in a park or national park and mix it with the local flora and fauna.

In Sydney on weekends you can catch a train to Sutherland / Loftus Station, and transfer onto a vintage tram which will take you into the Royal National Park. Take a wander down to Audley, set up by the river, hire a row boat and spend the day relaxing, or take a bushwalk and explore nature..

A little further South and you will come across Stanwell Tops, affording spectacular views down the coast over the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive bridge and further down to Wollongong. Grab an ice cream from the ice cream van (which was often manned by Rex Jackson, a former parliamentary minister who was once convicted and jailed for corruption) The area is a popular launch site for hang gliders, so spend a bit of time and learn to fly!

We have a travel guide to Australia which will shortly be undergoing an extensive refurbishment, but can give you a good overview of Australia, as well as some the the things to see and do whilst you are here.

For some interesting and unusual activities and experience, you can also check out .au which has a great range of "off the beaten track" things to do.

Any questions or enquiries, I am only too happy to help!

Matt Halloran
go crabbing during summer!!
Shopping in hidden areas of Melbourne and finding a real bargain, Going into the suburbs and aoof the main and beaten track and better known tourist spots, mingling with the locals on a well known day like Australia Day and or Melbourne Cup ! etc !
In Perth city catch the ferry at Barrack Street jetty over the river to Perth Zoo.
Ride around in the CAT buses (free) to get the layout of the city.
Go to the Subiaco markets
Take a bus trip or hire a car and explore the Swan Valley.
Shop in King Street for those luxury items
Shop in Forest Chase for interesting things
Shop at the Fremantle markets
While there go and have fish and chips at Ciccerellos best in WA.
Catch the Fremantle markets.
Go to the Martime Museum, fabulous new building on Fremantle Wharf.
Travel down to the Margaret river region and sample some of the best wines in the world. Then travel onto to Dunsborough and Yallingup and experience some of the finest beaches in the world.This is a great region to pick up some amazing art. Also renouned for fabulous restaurants.
Travel further a field (This is a big state folks.) and witness the magnificant Dolphins at Monkey Mia.
Continue travelling up to Broome, our Oasis and buy some lovely jewellery, well known for pearls in this area..
Here in the ACT some things that people seem to miss out on are:
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
The Old Bus Depot Markets
Old Parliament House
New Parliament House
Forest Park Riding & Equitation School: $22 per hour trail ride and lessons
Grand Prix Karting:
Adventures Unlimited
Cost: from $170-$400 pp depending upon activity (Ballooning, Rally Driving, Tandem parachuting and Tandem powered hang gliding.
Events in Canberra:
if you're in adelaide in march you CANNOT miss the fringe fesival! the whole city comes alive with shows and 'the garden of unearthly delights' also, if you're into cars get tickets to the clipsal 500. Great atmosphere and if you stick around friday night, also great music! definately worth heading all the way down here for. experience of a lifetime!
I really think, you can't go past hiring a camper van, getting yourself a good Australian Travel book, there is a good range grom Gregory's, their website is :-

They have every Australian city and all of the Australian Country side in their books, and get out, travel from town to town, and talk and mingle with the locals, that is the only way to truelly get the full experience of Australia..
Go to Byron Bay, hang out at the beach hotel on a sunday afternoon, then go down to the beach to watch, or join in, the drum circle, as the sun sets! hit the beach during the day, get a board and a surf lesson, go the the markets on the weekend, and wonder down to Liquid nightclub late in the evening!

there's so much to do in Byron and the local are definitely very friendly!
I loved Byron Bay pretty interesting city it´s similar to a city that we have near Rio de Janerio called Búzios

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