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Essential Australian experiences for list-tickers

Seriously big: Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) in Port Stephens, NSW. Credit: Destination NSW

Many of us love a good story, or caption, to go along with our holiday snaps.

You can search out Australia’s biggest this or longest that. The tallest, the oldest, the widest.

So, for all those list tickers among us, we’ve put together this collection of noteworthy attractions to inspire your next BIG4 break.

Happy list ticking!

Kakadu National Park in NT earns a spot on the list.

Ancient history

Australia’s oldest national park

That honour goes to Royal National Park, just 30km south of Sydney. It was formally proclaimed in 1879, making it the second-oldest national park behind the United States’ famous Yellowstone. The park blends beautiful beaches and bushland with incredible sandstone rock formations, swimming holes, Aboriginal artefacts, and a wealth of other goodies.

Book now: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park or Ingenia Holidays Nepean River.

Royal National Park, near Sydney, is Australia's oldest national park.

Australia’s oldest pub

Knock back a cold one at the Bush Inn and you can say that you’ve had a drink in the oldest continually licensed hotel in Australia. Spotted in the southeast Tasmanian town of New Norfolk, the Bush Inn has a history dating 200-plus years. It’s a fascinating past that includes talk of ghosts and famous guests, which can be retraced through memorabilia or by having a quiet chat with the bartender.

Visit on a daytrip: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Historical: The walls of the Bush Inn could certainly tell a story or 200. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett

Australia’s oldest art gallery

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is not only the oldest gallery in Australia but arguably it is the best. World-class collections of diverse works beam from the walls and halls of two centrally located sites – NVG International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Works from some of the most revered artists help to cement NVG’s reputation as one of Melbourne’s premier visitor attractions.

Book now: BIG4 parks in Melbourne.

World-class collections adorn the walls of NGV.

Australia’s oldest museum

With a past that is almost nudging two centuries, the Australian Museum has built up quite the collection. Millions of absorbing, quirky, and fascinating objects covering all manner of topics can be viewed within these walls. The Australian Museum might be old but it’s certainly not stuffy: interactive exhibits, kids’ activities, talks, and performances all help to create a captivating experience.

Book now: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park or Ingenia Holidays Nepean River.


Australia’s oldest golf course

Grace the fairways of picturesque Ratho Farm and you can proudly state that you’ve played a round at Australia’s first golf course. Planted in the Tasmanian central highlands town of Bothwell, an hour’s drive from Hobart, this Scottish-style course features the likes of square putting greens and fairway-roaming sheep.

Visit on a daytrip: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Square putting greens and fairway-roaming sheep are among the quirks of Ratho Farm. Credit: Tourism Tasmania

Great heights

Australia’s tallest building

‘Tallest building’ lists often prove contentious: to include the spire or not. Sans spire, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower is regarded as the tallest building in Australia at 297m high. From its dedicated viewing deck, gob-smacking views are on show day and night, while ‘The Edge’ provides a thrilling and unique experience.

Meanwhile, on the Gold Coast, the spire-displaying Q1 Building lays claim to Australia’s tallest building at a height of 322.5m. Its observation deck reveals glittering vistas that meld sparkling coastline with sprawling hinterland, while the SkyPoint Climb is a must for thrillseekers.

Book now: BIG4 parks in Melbourne or the Gold Coast.

Australia’s tallest mountain

The tallest peak on mainland Australia is 2228m-high Mt Kosciuszko, and it’s ripe for the climbing. A few walking tracks lead to its summit where views of the iconic Australian Alps and Bogong Peaks are gifted. Along the way, these paths reveal abundant natural beauty as well as info detailing Aboriginal heritage relevant to these parts. Be sure to pack the camera.

Mt Kosciuszko might be tough to spell, but excellent views emerge from its summit.

Australia’s tallest tree

If you’re peering skywards at a towering chunk of wood known as Centurion, then you’re likely looking up at the tallest tree in Australia. At 100m in height, this aptly named mountain ash is the world’s tallest flowering plant and makes for an astonishing sight. Spy this big beast near the town of Geeveston, south of Hobart in Tasmania’s alluring Huon Valley.

Visit on a daytrip: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

The Huon Valley is picturesque and filled with charm. Credit: Tahune Adventures Tasmania

Australia’s tallest waterfall

This is another category that can be controversial, but most 'waterfallians' (yes, that’s a made-up word) agree the winner is a Queenslander. Wallaman Falls, spotted in Girringun National Park in Tropical North Queensland, plunges 268m, making it the nation’s highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall. Better still, it is surrounded by dazzling rainforest that forms part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics of Australia area.

Visit on a daytrip: BIG4 Rollingstone Beach Front Resort.

The nation's highest permanent single-drop waterfall: Wallaman Falls.

Going big

Australia’s biggest national park

Natural, cultural, and historical gems abound at Kakadu National Park, which covers a mammoth area of almost 20,000 sq m. To put that in perspective, that’s half the size of Switzerland. Within this World Heritage wonder marvel at the likes of stunning waterfalls and wetlands, towering gorges, a huge assortment of plant life and wildlife, and Aboriginal rock art dated at up to 50,000 years old. Amazing.

Book now: BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park.

Stunning waterfalls, towering gorges, rich Aboriginal history, and more: Kakadu National Park is breathtaking.

Australia’s largest sand dunes

Do you really want to impress visitors during slide night? Then head to the Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) and go sandboarding down the longest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. Moving sand dunes, you say? Yes, these 32km-long sand dunes shift with winds and changing weather. Anyway, enjoy the thrill of navigating sand dunes that rise upwards of 30m. It all happens within the Port Stephens region on New South Wales’ magnificent North Coast.

Book now: BIG4 parks in Port Stephens.

Worimi Conservation Lands make for an incredible sight. Credit: Destination NSW

Australia’s largest lake

Time to be controversial again. Lake Eyre in South Australia receives the gong for the largest lake in Australia, but there is a catch. This is only true when it is full, and that isn’t very often. You see, this a salt lake where floodwaters only cover it roughly once every eight years. However, regardless of whether it is filled with water or not, Lake Eyre makes for an incredible sight.

Visit on a daytrip: Organised tours available at BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort.

Whether full or not, SA's Lake Eyre is a special place. Credit: SATC

Make a point

Most easterly point of mainland Australia

And the award goes too…Cape Byron, New South Wales. Notable for the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, this area makes for essential viewing when visiting Byron Bay, which is just a stone’s throw away. Witness an array of spectacular, dramatic coastal views that contrast with memorable hinterland vistas.

Book now: Byron Holiday Park.

Iconic: Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Most southerly point of mainland Australia

Much-loved Wilsons Promontory National Park marks the southern tip of the mainland but a visit here rewards in so many ways. Wilsons Prom mixes breathtaking coastline and beaches with rugged rock formations and rainforest. Keep a look out for cute wombats!

Visit on a daytrip: BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park.

Keep an eye out for local wildlife while enjoying the stunning beaches and beautiful vistas of Wilsons Prom, in VIC.

Most northerly point of mainland Australia

The winner here is Cape York Peninsula, located at the top of Queensland. To demonstrate just how far away this spot is, consider this: if you reach Cape York Peninsula, you are closer to Port Moresby than you are to Port Douglas!


Most westerly point of mainland Australia

You can’t go any further west on the Australian mainland than Steep Point. Located in the World Heritage-listed area of Shark Bay in Western Australia, Steep Point is highly regarded for its game-fishing opportunities, amazing scenery, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Visit when touring…the Coral Coast region.

Go west: Steep Point is steeped with breathtaking coastline.

What other attractions or experiences would you add to this list? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

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