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You haven’t really seen Australia unless you have ticked all of these unique experiences off the list. What are you waiting for?

1. Sleep with Koalas

Magnetic Island YHA Backpackers - Koala Sanctuary

Magnetic Island YHA in Queensland has all the facilities of an island resort; it is also Australia’s only hostel with resident koalas and other Aussie wildlife in its boutique wildlife park. During your stay you can hold a koala or a crocodile, or join a conducted tour in the nearby environments.

It’s the perfect place to get away from the city and take lots of Instagram-worthy photos with the adorable Aussie wildlife!

2. Watch the Penguin Parade

Phillip Island in Victoria has some of the best surf spots in the country; it is also home to the Phillip Island Nature Park, in which little penguins come ashore in groups, attracting visitors from all over the world. Take a waddle on the wild side and see wild penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.

Phillip Island Penguins

3. Sand Dunes Adventure

Gorgeous beaches, lush bushland, and a sand-boarding hotspot – they are just 2.5 hours away from Sydney, in the beautiful Port Stephens. The Stockton Sand Dunes guarantee an action-packed adventure with sand-boarding and quad biking options.

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4. Swim with Sea Lions 

Port Lincoln in South Australia is an adventure paradise – you can go shark cage diving, swim with tuna, or surf in the rough sea. However, swimming with sea lions is definitely the top pick, as the experience of getting close and personal with these puppy-like creatures is truly unique and unforgettable.

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5. Visit the Outback 

From the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s vast Red Centre, to Darwin and World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in the tropical Top End, the Northern Territory is a must-do to get the Outback experience.

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