A local's guide to the wonders of Australia


When it comes to bucket list getaways, there’s nothing quite like the land down under. From the iconic Gold Coast glitter strip to the world-renowned wine-producing region north of Adelaide, here’s a local's guide to some of the best bucket-list experiences to add to your once-in-a-lifetime Aussie adventure.

Fairy floss skies in Broadbeach

The white sandy beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast stretch for about 70 kilometres and are a paradise for lovers of the sun, sand and sea. With plenty of room for everyone, wander along the beach until you find your perfect vantage point to watch the sun rise or set over the expansive Pacific Ocean. What can you see in the clouds?

The d'Arenberg Cube

More than a cellar door, this quirky cube-shaped building sits in the heart of the award-winning McLaren Vale and is well worth a drive from Adelaide. With five unique levels to explore, d’Arenberg blends contemporary art with cooking masterclasses, a la carte or degustation dining and wine tasting with panoramic views over the many vineyards.

Take a walk on the wild side

A must-do day trip from Melbourne, Phillip Island is an island sanctuary featuring idyllic beaches, captivating coastlines, family fun activities and world-class events. See the iconic Little Penguins return to their burrows on sunset, watch inquisitive seals play at sea, go in search of whales or be in awe of natural scenery on a coastal walk – all you need is a curious spirit, and the world is your oyster! 

Step back in time

All aboard Puffing Billy, Australia’s premier preserved steam railway. Step back in time with a majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges whilst savouring a delicious lunch in the heritage dining carriages.

There is so much to see and do in this great country; the magic is all around, you just have to know where to look! Start planning your bucket list adventure with Avani Hotels & Resorts in Australia.