Thanks to Leo who contacted me with the Tourism Australia list of 100 things people can do for free in our country.
I was delighted with all the ‘hits’ and the comments on my previous blog post about Tourism Australia’s latest glamorous ad, apparently catering to the glamorous potential visitor.
We skinflint locals know that there are plenty of things to do DownUnder that won’t cost anything but the time and trouble (okay, a bit of transport money too) you take to get there.
I love lists, so of course I picked through Tourism Australia’s top 100 freebees, ticking off the ones I’d done. I scored 51.
Here are my top 10 ‘been there, done that’ Australia for tightwads experiences, in no particular order:
1. New Year’s Eve fireworks, Sydney
2. Conservation Hut walks, Blue Mountains, NSW
3. Wineglass Bay walk, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
4. Manly to Spit Bridge walk, Sydney
5. Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
6. Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
7. Do it yourself whale watching*, NSW
8. Spot an elusive platypus in the wild*
9. Art Gallery of New South Wales
10.Uluru Base Walk, Northern Territory
*You need to be in the right place at the right time for these. I’ve sometimes been lucky.
51 seems a fair score, but it still leaves enough free fun to use up what remains of my knee cartilege. 49 adventures to go.
Here are the top 10 on my wish/to-do list:
1. Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
2. Great Ocean Walk, Victoria
3. Santos Tour Down Under, South Australia
4. Kings Canyon, Northern Territory
5. Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular, ACT
6. Inside Australia – Antony Gormley sculptures, Western Australia
7. WOMADelaide – South Australia
8. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT
9. Staircase to the Moon in Broome – Western Australia
10. Melbourne Festival – Victoria
Here again is the link to the full Tourism Australia list.
How many of the 100 have you done? What were the ‘not to be missed’ ones?
Will someone please warn me if these things are better in the brochures than in real life?