Urban Adventures in Australia

At Kathmandu, we believe adventure is everywhere. While we’re all about getting off the beaten track, we’re just as enthusiastic about what’s happening around the corner. Here are a few ideas to add some urban adventure to your weekend.


Darwin

Sunset on Mindil Beach
Sunset on Mindil Beach

Often bypassed en-route toward its more naturally beautiful neighbour (who doesn’t have Kakadu National Park on their bucket list?), Darwin is home to some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery. Its unique Indigenous heritage and close proximity to Asia, make it a diverse cultural experience.

The famous Mindil Beach Sunset Market is one of the top end’s most popular spots on a Thursday and Sunday night. Catch a fire show, shop authentic Aboriginal art and then fill your belly with delicious made-to-order souvlakis, Brazilian barbecue, and melt in your mouth dumplings! For a digestif, simply sit back, relax and savour one of Darwin’s greatest delicacies, its unforgettable sunset.

Melbourne

Image courtesy of Urban Adventures
Image courtesy of Urban Adventures

Melbourne’s flat terrain and scenic bike routes lend themselves perfectly to a day spent cycling through ornate graffiti-covered laneways, hulking sports arenas and the stunning Yarra River. As well as exploring Australia’s undisputed coffee capital, bike tours offer the perfect opportunity to see the sights, and learn the local hotspots from a Melbourne-obsessed tour guide.

This city has been chosen as the world’s most liveable for a bunch of really compelling reasons! Just remember to pack a waterproof jacket; Victoria’s capital is famous for four seasons in one day!

Hobart

Dark Mofo festival. Image courtesy of Francois Fourie
Dark Mofo festival. Image courtesy of Francois Fourie

Tassie’s recent rise in popularity can be attributed to opening of its fantastic Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) in 2001. Sitting at the top of every Tasmanian must-do list, MONA not only houses one of Australia’s most impressive, contemporary art collections, but is situated on the beautiful Berriedale Peninsula.

Spend the extra $20 and get the ferry over for sumptuous bayside views. Even better, visit in June for the museum’s wonderfully subversive winter festival, Dark Mofo.

Perth

The beautiful Perth cityscape. Image courtesy of Urban Adventures.
The beautiful Perth cityscape. Image courtesy of Urban Adventures.

What does Perth have in common with London, Cairo, Tokyo and Amsterdam? They’re all cities built on riverbanks. And while each one of these cities has its own unique character, Perth has undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful cityscapes.

Head to Swan River and spend the afternoon relaxing on Matilda Bay, or catch a ferry to South Perth for a lazy lunch of fish and chips. See some of the city’s highlights, hear about its storied past and end the day with a drink at Rosie O’Grady’s on this awesomely well-rounded walking tour.

Sydney

When Rum ran The Rocks. Image courtesy of Urban Adventures.
When Rum ran The Rocks. Image courtesy of Urban Adventures.

The Harbour Bridge and Opera House may be two of Sydney’s more obvious drawcards, but the Bondi to Bronte walk is arguably the one most beloved by locals. Offering a combination of beaches, parks and spectacular views, the walk extends to must-see Sydney spots, including the Bondi Lifesaving Club, Tamarama Park and Bronte baths.

After a day on your feet, check out the ‘When Rum Ran the Rocks’ tour. This night-time tour combines a pub crawl with a hands-on history lesson, harking back to a time when rum was used as currency throughout the city.

For something fun to try in your nearest city, or a great gift for a friend, check out more Urban Adventure tours!