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The Best Things To Do This March

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Autumn is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the change in season than by enjoying the coolest things this great country has to offer. There’s something for everyone in this month’s March round-up of things to do, including interactive art experiences, behind-the-scenes tours, kayaking trips and scenic flights. 

Things To Do In Victoria In March

Take A Ride On Puffing Billy

This is a rite of passage for kids growing up in Melbourne, and there’s just something nostalgic about taking a ride on Australia’s oldest and most famous steam train. Located in the leafy Dandenong Ranges, Puffing Billy still chugs along its original track between Belgrave and Gembrook, snaking through thick temperate rainforest and brushing past towering mountain ash trees. Make sure to breathe in the fresh air as you poke your head out of the pane-less windows.

Immerse Yourself in Artvo

Forget every single thing you know about proper gallery etiquette, because at ArtVo, those rules were made to be broken. This fully immersive art space in the District Docklands features more than 100 enormous 3D paintings across 11 themed zones. From the Taj Mahal to getting your own set of angel wings, the photo opportunities are endless, and there’s even staff on hand to ensure your poses are on point.

Private Dandenong Ranges Tour

Experience this fully restored steam engine, which is Australia’s oldest surviving and most famous steam train. With lush fern gullies brushing past, and Mountain Ash towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

ArtVo Immersive Gallery Experience

Lose yourself in a sea of colour at ArtVo, an interactive art space in The District Docklands, a short distance from the Melbourne CBD. Follow your time at ArtVo with further discovery of Docklands, including the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Things To Do In New South Wales In March

Go Behind-The-Scenes at Sydney Opera House

It’s one of Australia’s most iconic structures, but how much do you really know about the Sydney Opera House? On this access-all-areas tour you’ll learn about the venue’s history, architecture and memorable performances, plus wander the elegant foyers, marvel at the vaulted ceiling and even score a sneak peek of sections normally off-limits to the general public. 

Canyoning in the Illawarra Escarpment

Prepare for thrills and spills on this epic canyoning adventure deep in the Illawarra Escarpment. The trip starts off sedate, with an easy half-hour hike through rainforest to the canyon entrance. This is where the real action takes place, and once you’ve donned protective gear it’s time to take the plunge. The next couple of hours are spent slipping down natural waterslides, abseiling around waterfalls and jumping from rocky platforms.

Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you wander around one of the most recognisable sites in Sydney – and Australia – as led by an expert insider guide.

Sub-Tropical Rainforest Canyoning Adventure

Learn about Australia’s flora and fauna, including water dragons, echidnas, wombats, and swamp wallabies. Trek though the rain forest and go canyoning around waterfalls.

Things To Do In Queensland In March

Abseil the Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Consider this one of the more unusual – and adrenaline-pumping ways – to soak up the sights of Brisbane. Abseiling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs is not for the faint-hearted, but with experienced guides and the right protective gear on, you’ll be ready to rappel down 20-metre-high rock faces in no time. Plus, chances are you’ll be too busy admiring the sparkling Brisbane River and bustling CBD to even notice how sheer the drop is.

Cast a Line on a Fishing Charter

Fancy yourself a bit of a nifty angler? Well, this half-day fishing charter in deep waters off the Gold Coast is the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills with a rod and reel. Accompanied by a crew of helpful salty sea dogs who know the ocean well, you’ll try your luck at catching one of the many local pelagic and bottom-dwelling species, including marlin, tuna and snapper. 

Abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs

This 90-minute experience includes all protective equipment and instruction from an expert. Your guide explains the process of abseiling (aka rappelling) and shows you how to master your descent.

Gold Coast Half-Day Fishing Charter

Enjoy deep sea fishing on a 5-hour charter tour from the Gold Coast. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure for this fishing tour with professional fishing guides.

Things To Do In WA In March

Stargaze at the Pinnacles

By day, the Pinnacles are a truly magnificent sight to behold, but by night, these otherworldly limestone formations transform into a spellbinding backdrop for the ultimate stargazing experience. Your journey to Nambung National Park actually begins with sandboarding at Lancelin Sand Dunes, followed by stops at Nilgen Lookout and Hangover Bay. Once you reach the Pinnacles at dusk, the vast desert landscape – void of any light pollution – becomes the perfect setting for gazing at the sparkling night sky. 

Explore Kings Park on a Segway

Once you Segway, you never go back. That’s exactly what you’ll be thinking after an hour or so riding through Perth’s beautiful Kings Park on the back of one of these two-wheeled machines. As they are super easy to manoeuvre and surprisingly speedy, you’ll be able to hit up all the major landmarks, including the Bell Tower and Elizabeth Quay Bridge, plus the bush trails, open parklands and botanic gardens.

Pinnacles Desert Sunset Stargazing Tour

Admire the Pinnacles at their most magical during a sunset visit, enjoy a sunset dinner in the desert, and stay after-dark for a thrilling stargazing experience.

Kings Park Segway Tour

See the parklands, gardens and city views offered from Perth’s best-known park as you explore on two (motorised) wheels. Safety equipment, Segway instructions, and radio communication to keep in touch with your guide is included.

Things To Do In SA In March

Visit Kangaroo Island

This time last year Kangaroo Island had just endured one of the worst bushfire seasons on record, with almost 50 per cent of the island burnt. Now, it’s time to rediscover what makes this rugged oasis so special. Travelling by either ferry or light plane, this jam-packed itinerary includes a guided walk at Seal Bay Conservation Park, stopovers at the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, and a delightful lunch in Vivonne Bay.

Kayak With Dolphins

Get up close with the cheeky residents of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary on a kayaking expedition through their watery home. Located just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, this protected marine area is home to around 30 resident bottlenose dolphins and almost 400 transient visitors. A highlight is paddling through 10,000 year-old mangrove forest on your way to watch these playful creatures socialise, feed and nurse their young.

Kangaroo Island in a Day Tour

On the island, discover its natural attractions and local animals, from Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay Conservation Park to the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and more. Spot wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, koalas and, of course, kangaroos.

Kayak Tour in Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

Join a guide with more than five years’ experience working with marine life and mammals to paddle through ancient mangrove forest and get up close to resident dolphin pods. No previous kayaking experience is required.

Things To Do In Tasmania In March

Sail the River Derwent

Live out all your Sydney to Hobart dreams as you take to the mighty River Derwent in an ocean-racing yacht. From the comfort of this world-class vessel you can admire the gorgeous views of Hobart, keep an eye out for wildlife and nibble on local gourmet goodies. If you feel like getting involved, you can even help the crew with tasks like trimming the sails or grinding the winch.

Sample Local Whiskies

It doesn’t matter whether you know your single malt from your blended, there’s a tipple to suit your taste buds on this full-day whisky tour. Departing Hobart, this voyage begins by weaving through some of Tassie’s most stunning landscapes on the way to three different distilleries. At each you’ll get the chance to taste the local drops, meet the makers and discover what goes into the distillation process. 

Half-Day Sailing on the Derwent River

A 3-hour sailing trip along the gorgeous River Derwent. Admire the city’s coastal scenery, take in the salty air, and graze on gourmet snacks.

Tasmanian Whisky Distillery Tour

Visit three distilleries in a single day, taste up to a dozen Tasmanian single malt whiskies and spirits, meet the whisky makers and go behind-the-scenes of the distillation process.

Things To Do In NT In March

Soar Over Kakadu

Experience the natural beauty of Kakadu from high above on an unforgettable scenic flight over the world-famous national park. On this two-hour joy ride you’ll glide over gorges, rivers and wetlands, the fixed-wing aircraft sweeping low so that you can take in the glorious views from your seat. As it’s the end of the wet season in March, the countryside will likely be lush and green, and both Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls should be overflowing with water.

Learn About Darwin’s WWII History

For a harrowing but important insight into the bombing of Darwin and the city’s World War II connections, this half-day excursion is a must-do. You’ll visit all the important historical sites, such as the Darwin War Memorial and East Point Military Precinct (Australia’s only wartime battleground), and check out the vehicles and weapons at the Darwin Military Museum. Also included is a small-boat cruise of Darwin Harbour to see the wreck sites of Japan’s devastating February 1942 air raids.  

Kakadu National Park Scenic Flight

See sights that can’t be reached by land as you soar through the skies in your own private fixed-wing aircraft. This experience runs during both the wet and dry seasons.

Bombing of Darwin World War II Tour with Harbour Cruise

Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on this city sightseeing and cruise tour. Hotel pick-up, entrance fees, and on-board cruise commentary are included.

Book one or more of the activities above to have your March holiday plans underway, or explore more things to do around Australia with Webjet. You can also book any flights, hotels and accommodation, and car or motorhome hire at the same time!

Hero image: Sydney Opera House. Image: Photo by Sean Bernstein on Unsplash.

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