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The Best Things To Do This May

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While the weather may be cooling down in certain parts of Australia, May is looking red-hot when it comes to awesome adventures for every kind of traveller. Whether you’re looking for a hit of culture, a rush of adrenaline or the chance to reconnect with nature, it’s all here waiting for you to discover.

Things To Do In Victoria In May

Discover Melbourne’s Street Art

Melbourne’s laneways are an iconic part of the city’s identity, and this fascinating walking tour provides an in-depth insight into the legendary street art scene. Departing from ACMI, you’ll head to Hosier Lane – an ever-changing hotspot for murals of all sizes and colours – before moving on to other hidden alleys. Led by a local street artist, you’ll see famous works and discover the stories behind the pieces, before finishing up at the ultra-cool Blender Studio.

Hit The Trails on a Mountain Bike

Take a break from the paved cycle routes of the city and challenge yourself to this full-day mountain biking excursion in regional Victoria. The first stop is Wombat State Forest, which is home to 17 kilometres of easy and intermediate tracks. After refuelling at Holgate’s Brewery, it’s onwards to La Larr Ba Gauwa Park; a 34-kilometre network of muddy trails comprising big jumps and sharp corners.

Melbourne Street Art Tour

Get an in-depth look at Melbourne’s street art scene during this walking tour. Led by a street artist, this tour allows a peek into the underground art scene, including a visit to the famous Blender Studios.

Melbourne Bike Day Tour

Travel out of Melbourne to a popular 17 kilometres of hand-built, easy/intermediate single-track located within the Wombat State Forest. Enjoy lunch at a local brewery and continue riding towards Bendigo.

Things To Do In New South Wales In May

Visit the Blue Mountains

Learn about another side of the Blue Mountains – one steeped in ancient Indigenous culture – on a jam-packed excursion to the beautiful region. You’ll check out all the main sites, like the Three Sisters and Echo Point, while also witnessing a traditional smoking ceremony at Katoomba Falls and visiting the Waradah Aboriginal Centre. There’s even time for a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can get up close with a cute and cuddly array of native animals. 

Take a Running Tour of Sydney Harbour

If you start every morning with a jog, you’re going to absolutely love this running tour of Sydney Harbour. Taking in all of the city’s best-known attractions, you’ll end up covering around nine kilometres. The run kicks off early when it’s still nice and cool, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop, have a drink and catch your breath while your super-fit guide fills you in on Sydney’s amazing history. 

Sydney to Blue Mountains Tour

Dive deep into the cultural roots of Australia during this Blue Mountains tour from Sydney, which includes round-trip transport, morning tea and scones, and a two-course lunch.

Sydney Sights Running Tour

This fast-paced running tour takes in central Sydney’s most iconic sites, as well as lesser-known spots. The tour covers around 9 kilometres in the cooler hours of the morning. Refreshing drinks are included.

Things To Do In Queensland In May

Climb the Story Bridge

Look, it’s no Sydney Harbour Bridge, but Brisbane’s famous Story Bridge is just as cool – especially when you’re climbing it. On this two-hour trek you’ll ascend the eastern side of the bridge (as six lanes of traffic zoom past beneath you) until you reach the top platform, which sits at about 80 metres above sea level. From there, you’ll be treated to 360-degree views of the city skyline, Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Parasail on the Gold Coast

For out-of-this-world views of the Goldie and its sparkling coastline, you need to go up – about 120 metres into the sky, to be exact. We’re talking parasailing, and it’s a wonderful (and only mildly terrifying) way to see the city’s stunning sights. After a thorough safety briefing you’ll be harnessed up and let loose, soaring high above the blue waves below. The flight lasts around 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.      

Story Bridge Adventure

Take your adventurous spirit to new heights on a Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure day or night climb. Hear audio commentary about Brisbane’s surroundings and enjoy panoramic views of the Brisbane River, Moreton Bay, the Glass House Mountains, and more.

Gold Coast Parasailing

Soar in the sky 400ft high above the Gold Coasts broad water taking enjoying all the breath-taking views of the beautiful Gold Coast and surrounds.

Things To Do In WA In May

Go Sandboarding

What Western Australia lacks in snowy mountains it makes up for in dunes, and the best way to hit the slopes here is by going sandboarding in Lancelin. Situated about a 90-minute drive from Perth, and often referred to as Australia’s premier sandboarding destination, it boasts a vast dunal area perfect for slipping and sliding. Simply pick up your pre-booked board and head for the soft yellow stuff, where you can spend two fun-filled hours.  

See Optus Stadium

Supporters of the West Coast Eagles AFL team will not hesitate to tell you Optus Stadium is the best sporting arena in the country, but if you want to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, a guided tour of the modern venue is a must-do. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the locker rooms and coaching boxes, admire sporting memorabilia and enjoy spectacular views of Perth and the Swan River from the stadium’s highest point. 

Sandboard Hire in Lancelin

Enjoy the thrill of sliding down the sand dunes by sandboard, and make the most of an incredible array of beautiful pictures opportunities. A safety briefing is included in hire cost.

The Optus Stadium Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Perth’s Optus Stadium, which opened in 2018. See the coaches’ and locker rooms, and admire views of the Swan River and Perth city skyline from the arena’s highest point.

Things To Do In SA In May

Day Trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula

Located just 40 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, the gorgeous Fleurieu Peninsula is a bountiful playground home to boutique vineyards, cute coastal towns and breathtaking landscapes. And on this whirlwind full-day tour of the region you’ll get to experience it all. On the itinerary is a visit to Deep Creek Conservation Park and Rapid Bay Beach – both pristine wilderness areas, plus Victor Harbour Discovery Trail. Best of all, you’ll get to sample plenty of local goodies along the way.

Boat and Barbecue Down the River Torrens

Picture this: you and nine of your mates floating down Adelaide’s River Torrens on a boat with an in-built barbecue grill. Oh, and let’s not forget the beers are flowing, too. Well, you could live out this epic scenario when you hire a Buoy – a donut-shaped boat that you can skipper for a two-hour joy ride. All you need to do is sort out the food, and the rest (including Bluetooth speakers, cutlery, plates and an esky) is included. 

Full-Day Fleurieu Peninsula Tour

The ultimate full-day tour of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Explore the region’s breathtaking landscapes, discover indigenous culture, spot native wildlife, and visit the historic Victor Harbor, while savoring local gourmet produce and boutique wines.

2-Hour BBQ Boat Hire

Skipper along the picturesque riverbank of the Torrens while enjoying an Aussie barbecue or an amazing cheese and meat grazers combined with a local glass of wine.

Things To Do In Tasmania In May

Fly Over the Tasman Peninsula

To really appreciate the dramatic beauty of the Tasman Peninsula, there’s only one way to properly experience it: on a scenic flight. Taking off from Hobart in a seaplane, you’ll head southeast along the coast to the Three Capes for an extraordinary bird’s-eye view that very few people get. A quick pit stop at Port Arthur is also included, and the return route bypasses the rugged sea cliffs and columns of Cape Raoul. 

Taste Tassie Gin

Love a cheeky G&T and keen to sample some of the Apple Isle’s finest spirits? Then there’s no way you can miss the chance to join Tassie’s very first dedicated gin tour. Stopping at three acclaimed distilleries, you’ll get to smell, touch and taste the unique botanicals that make up the many world-class varieties. Wine lovers won’t feel left out either, with a visit to Bangor Vineyard Shed for a delicious lunch and premium wine tasting. 

Three Capes Panorama

This scenic flight departs from Hobart’s iconic waterfront and heads south-east to the spectacular Tasman Peninsula. From here, take in the famous Three Capes from a perspective that not many people get to experience.

Boutique Gin Tour

Visit three Tasmanian gin distilleries and one winery on Tasmania’s first dedicated gin tour. Smell, touch and taste unique botanicals that make up the many varieties of world-class Tasmanian gin.

Things To Do In NT In May

Wander the Darwin Botanic Gardens

Immerse yourself in all the tropical beauty of the Top End on a tour of the Darwin Botanic Gardens. With an expert guide leading the way you’ll have a good crack at covering all 42 hectares of the lush, green gardens. Highlights include seeing Darwin’s largest ornamental fountain, learning all about the seasonal flowering plants and spotting wildlife like snakes, spiders and birds.

Explore Kakadu

There’s no way you could see all of Kakadu in one day, but for a little glimpse of just how special the Top End is, this full-day exploration will do the trick. Your adventure begins at Nourlangie Rock, an incredible desert museum home to a remarkable collection of ancient Aboriginal rock art. After a picnic lunch it’s on to Yellow Water Billabong, where you’ll cruise along the croc-filled waterway, before finishing with a visit to Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.  

Walk Darwin Botanic Gardens

Learn all about the Top End’s tropical flora on this walking tour with a local guide at the beautiful Darwin Botanic Gardens. An ideal tour for travelers who want to experience more than just a walk in the park and learn the stories behind it.

Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour

Experience the natural wonders and ancient cultural heritage of Kakadu — Australia’s largest national park. On this full-day tour from Darwin, cruise along the Yellow Water billabong while spotting crocs basking on the banks.

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