Not all of Australia’s thrills exist outside, and one thing a lot of travelers ultimately enjoy is that the big cities in the country have legal, high-end casinos. Naturally these are major attractions to tourists (particularly from places like the U.S. without many legal gaming opportunities), and they can make for nice little luxurious breaks from the outdoor adventure. To get the most out of casinos like the Crown Melbourne or The Star Sydney though, we recommend taking some time to learn your way around the game of poker.
This is actually easy enough to do. You can read about game variations and how betting works just about anywhere, and there’s a downloadable guide to poker hands by Poker.org that serves as a handy study guide for nailing down more of the basics. From there, you can practice for free with any of a number of apps and hone your skills. Of course, you don’t have to focus on poker at the casinos. But most who know what they’re doing at the table will agree that it’s usually the most fun!
5) Coffee Tasting
Another activity of sorts that has nothing to do with the outdoors is coffee tasting. This may sound bizarre to those who haven’t read up on Australia too much just yet, but the simple fact of the matter is that the coffee scene throughout the country has caught on in a big way, particularly with travelers. Indeed, as an ABC overview of Australia coffee culture put it, the world has gotten “hooked” on it all.
That same overview traces a fascinating history that has led to Australia having some of the best coffee and most pleasant cafés in the world — to the point that other countries are striving to imitate both. For a traveler, the coffee culture is one aspect of Australia that can be enjoyed without preparation or practice. However, there’s also something to be said for knowing your coffee so that you can fully appreciate what you’re getting. Taking the time to learn a bit about the beverage, figure out how to recognize tastes and differences, and so on, will enrich your experience at the Australian cafés.
You can of course be a little bit more spontaneous about a trip to Australia as well, and still have an incredible time. Aim for some of this preparation though, and you’ll be in good shape to enjoy some of the best the country has to offer.