If you’re looking for a cure for the winter blues, we may have found the antidote(s). From soaking in a natural hot spring on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, pedalling down Mount Lofty in South Australia or grazing on gourmet goodies in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, the secret to beating the chill is all about doing something new or exploring somewhere new. So go on, explore some of the best things to do in July and save your winter hibernation for another time.
Things To Do In Victoria In July
Sleep Over at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Wake to the sound of roaring lions when you camp out at Werribee Open Range Zoo. On the overnight Slumber Safari experience, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the zoo when all other visitors go home. You‘ll join the evening safari and go searching for nocturnal wildlife, toast marshmallows around an open fire and then fall asleep in a luxurious canvas tent.
Soak in the Hot Springs
Is there anything more indulgent than relaxing in a nice hot bath? We don’t think so, which is why this day trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs is a must-do for anyone in need of some R&R. But soaking in the geothermal waters of this award-winning wellness destination isn’t the only thing on your itinerary. You’ll also check out the Brighton Beach boxes, visit Arthurs Seat and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at a local vineyard.
Slumber Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Peninsula Hot Springs Day Tour
Things To Do In New South Wales In July
See Another Side of The Royal Botanic Gardens
There is so much more to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens than lush greenery and flowering blooms, which you can discover on an Aboriginal Heritage Tour of the 30-hectare site. Hosted by an Indigenous guide, you’ll learn all about the Cadigal people – the traditional custodians of the Sydney city area – and their rich culture, forage for bush foods and medicines, and learn the different uses of many plant varieties.
Take Flight in a Seaplane
Do you have a special occasion coming up? If that’s a yes, this is how you’ll want to celebrate: with a seaplane flight over Sydney, followed by a gourmet three-course lunch at the beautiful Cottage Point Inn. Departing Rose Bay, the 20-minute scenic flight allows you to take in breathtaking views of eastern Sydney and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, before touching down right in front of the award-winning waterfront restaurant.
Aboriginal Heritage Tour
Lunch and Seaplane Flight
Things To Do In Queensland In July
Go for a Ride in a Aquaduck
Forget the hop-on hop-off bus. The only way to see the sights of Surfers Paradise is aboard the iconic Aquaduck. You can’t miss this amphibious, dual-purpose craft as it cruises along the Esplanade and past the city’s famous landmarks and attractions. Highlights include marvelling at the Palazzo Versace and the mansions along Millionaire’s Row, as well as checking out the famous surf break.
Cast a Line With an Indigenous Fishing Experience
For thousands of years, the Quandamooka people have called the Stradbroke Island region home, and on this brand-new Indigenous fishing experience you can join a local expert for a day of collecting bait and casting a line in the surf. Flathead, mullet and whiting all frequent these waters, and once you’ve landed a catch you’ll learn how to cook and flavour your fish using traditional methods.
Aquaduck Safari Gold Coast
Indigenous Guided Fishing
Things To Do In SA In July
Roll Down Mount Lofty
Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Adelaide on a downhill bike ride from the summit of Mount Lofty. On this cruisy two-wheel adventure all the tough, sweaty parts have been removed (a 4WD will take you up to the mountain’s peak), so that all you need to do is roll back down, admiring the lovely bush views along the way. Take a break halfway at Cleland Wildlife Park, for morning tea with the native animals.
Explore Seal Island by Boat
See Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, a variety of seabirds and maybe even bottlenose dolphins on this 45-minute boat tour of Seal Island. You’ll board the 37-foot vessel at the Granite Island Causeway in Victor Harbour, cruising past Screwpile Jetty before hitting the throttle and zooming out into the Southern Ocean. The journey there is half the fun as your captain shares information on the region’s whaling history.
Mount Lofty Descent Bike Tour
Seal Island Boat Tour
Things To Do In WA In July
Visit Yanchep National Park
Just 45 minutes’ drive from Perth is Yanchep National Park, a bushland area renowned for its natural cave system and abundance of native wildlife. This half-day exploration of the park allows plenty of time for you to wander along the picturesque walking trails, spot kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras, and head deep into Crystal Cave – a limestone cavern dripping with stalactites and stalagmites.
Join a Street Art Tour
Perth’s laneways, side streets and public spaces have been overtaken by an impressive array of colourful murals and quirky sculptures. Discover more about these incredible pieces – produced by local, international and Indigenous artists – on a two-hour street art tour. Visiting sites like Yagan Square and Wolf Lane, you’ll find out the meanings behind the artworks and discover what techniques were used to create them.
Half-Day Yanchep National Park Tour
Perth Street Art Tour
Things To Do In Tasmania In July
Stroll the Streets of Battery Point
Battery Point is a historic neighbourhood located just south of Hobart’s CBD, and one of the best ways to really uncover its elegant beauty is on a walking tour. For two hours you’ll meander along the winding streets, admiring some of the oldest homes in Tassie and learning about the important figures that shaped its development. You’ll see Parliament House and Arthur Circus, and finish up at Salamanca Place – home of the legendary Saturday markets.
Feast in the Derwent Valley
Eat your way through Tassie’s Derwent Valley on a food and wine-filled day trip that hits up some of the region’s most acclaimed culinary hot spots. First up is tea and scones at the quaint Glen Derwent Tea Rooms, followed by a two-course lunch at the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery with paired wines. Hopefully you’re not feeling full, because then it’s onto a winery and distillery for an afternoon of vino and gin tastings.
Historic Battery Point
Derwent Valley Gourmet Tour
Things To Do In NT In July
See Ancient Rock Art in Kakadu
Kakadu National Park is home to some of the oldest and best-preserved rock art in the world, and you can see it up close on this full-day excursion from Darwin. The main site is Ubirr, where the paintings date back more than 20,000 years and depict scenes of the environment, wildlife and even first interactions with non-Aboriginal people. But that’s not all; you’ll also visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Cahills Crossing.
Get A Head for Darwin’s History on a Heritage Walk
Prepare to pound the pavement when you embark on a walking tour of Darwin that provides a fascinating insight into the heritage and culture of this Top End city. For two and a half hours you’ll visit important sites such as the Star Village (a former open-air cinema that is also one of the only remaining pre-Cyclone Tracy buildings), the Old Town Hall and Parliament House, while a passionate guide fills you in on the history.
Kakadu Wildlife Rock Art Tour
Darwin Heritage Walk
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Hero: Yanchep National Park. Credit: Yanchep National Park North of Perth Western Australia | Flickr