We ask Lee for her ultimate bucket list experiences – most of which she’s already ticked off!
The term ‘bucket list’ was coined in the hit 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman about two men determined to get the most out of life with a wish list of things they want to see or do before they ‘kick the bucket’, but you’d be mad to wait until things get that dire.
From seeing the Southern Lights to singing onstage at the Sydney Opera House, Lee Atkinson, author of The Definitive Bucket List: Travel Experiences in Australia and New Zealand, has put together 11 great I’ve-always-wanted-to-do-that adventures that prove you’re never too old to try something new and there’s always a first time for everything.
See the Southern Lights, Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve near Mt Cook National Park and Lake Tekapo is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest dark sky reserve, and when conditions are right – clear skies, no moon and strong solar activity – the high altitude offers spectacular aurora viewing.
Sleep underground, Coober Pedy, South Australia
The Desert Cave Hotel is dug into the hillside in the main street of Coober Pedy. As long as you’re not claustrophobic, a good night’s sleep is pretty much guaranteed – rooms are very quiet and pitch black when you turn off the light.
Climb the Harbour Bridge (Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland)
Sydney BridgeClimb leads guided tours onto, and over, the upper arches of Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is an easy walk, just lots of steps – so you do need to have decent knees – and you’re always attached to a safety line. If you can’t make it to Sydney, you can also climb the Story Bridge in Brisbane and the Auckland Harbour Bridge – bungy jumping off the edge is entirely optional.
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