Yes, The Opera House! Yes, Dubbo... But Harry, What About The Big Banana?
We love the royals' enthusiasm, but we have a few more places for them to see.
It's official, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are coming! And with the release of the official itinerary today, royal watchers can plan where and when they can see Harry and Meghan in Australia.
Prince Harry -- who established the Invictus Games Foundation in 2014 -- will visit Sydney with his new bride Meghan for the week-long event starting October 20, which means they arrive on Oct 16 to begin meeting us subjects! Get those curtsies ready...
According to the Palace, the loved-up pair will begin their tour with Sydney -- where Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and athletes will bravely scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge to plant the Invictus flag.
The Duke and Duchess will also attend the games' opening and closing ceremonies, fly to Dubbo for the day where they will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and have a good old fashioned barbie, head to Melbourne where they will get on a tram, fly to Fraser Island, as well as meet koalas and conservationists at Taronga Zoo, visit a youth mental health group at Bondi Beach and see a rehearsal of the Bangarra Dance Company.
All very good opportunities to see them, granted, and a good slice of Aussie life for first timer Meghan.
But what we want to know is -- what about the Big Banana? Harry, if you want your bride to really experience Australia, what about Coober Pedy or the Mad Max Museum?
We'll just leave these suggestions here. In case you have any free time.
The Oldest Pub
Hope and Anchor Tavern, Hobart, TAS
This Hobart landmark has been serving cold ones for over 210 years, making it the oldest public bar in the country. It's so traditional, in fact, that we couldn't find a website or Instagram account for the joint so you, Harry and Meghan will just have to hit the old frog and toad and find it yourselves.
The UFO Capital of Australia
Wycliffe Well, NT
If you're looking to make contact with extraterrestrial life forms then head about 400 kilometres north of Alice Springs to the dusty town of Wycliffe Well. 'Believers' are almost guaranteed to spot something out-of-this-world -- or at least, that's according to the holiday park’s brochure. BYO tinfoil hat, guys.
The Big Banana (and other big things)
Coffs Harbour, NSW (plus other locations across the country)
If there's one thing this country does well, it's make big things. Really big things. Like the Coffs Harbour Big Banana. There are so many giant structures dotted across this wide brown land that one could easily base an entire itinerary on visiting them all. The country is your oyster and we mean that literally -- there's actually an enormous oyster in Taree.
The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Okay, okay we admit it -- a wildlife park filled with iconic Aussie flora and fauna is pretty darn touristy but we think it's only fair that Harry and Meghan get to cuddle up with some koalas, roos and cheeky rainbow lorikeets. We're just not sure how the Duke and Duchess would react to being pooped on, which is something the colourful birds often do.
The Mad Max 2 Museum
While we have no idea if the Prince or Meghan have seen any of these iconic, post-apocalyptic Aussie-made films, we're sure they'd still have a lot of fun at the Mad Max 2 museum. It's the country's first and only of its kind, and it's a treasure trove of photographs, life-size characters -- in full costumes might we add -- and a junk yard full original and replica vehicles.
The Lookout Cave Underground Motel
Coober Pedy, SA
Ah, Coober Pedy, where it's so hot people actually live underground. We're not kidding -- more than half the population lives in caves or 'dugouts' to escape the 40-plus degree summer heat. The Outlook Cave Underground Motel offers guests the unique experience of sleeping in hand-carved sandstone rooms dug up to 50 metres deep into the hillside. It isn't quite Kensington Palace, but when in the outback ...
Ferguson Valley, WA
No one really gnomes -- sorry -- knows how this curious site in the shire of Dardanup became fit to bursting with the cheery ornaments, but one thing's for sure: gnomophobics need to steer clear. We happen to think it's a rather cute spot for this royal Gnomeo ... er, we mean Romeo to take his new wife.
Name a more fun place in Australia's capital than Questacon. We'll wait. See! The National Science and Technology Centre cannot be beaten for an enjoyable -- and educational -- family-friendly time. It's kind of like a theme park for nerds and we're all about it. A must-do for the Duke and Duchess is the free-fall slide. Exhilarating.
Feature image: Getty and Instagram/@jon_j96