From city hot spots to beautiful wine regions, discover 10 captivating destinations that will inspire your next holiday.
When Australia covers a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres and has a wealth of beautiful destinations including coastal towns and chic cities, it can be rather daunting to know where to begin your holiday. Discover this year’s must do destinations and let this list inspire and assist you during your planning process to create your ultimate Australian holiday.
A 90 minute drive south of Melbourne is the picturesque Phillip Island, home to one of the largest little penguin colonies in Australia. At sunset watch the famous Penguin Parade make their way up the beach as the colony returns home after a day of fishing. Or take to the water on a boat tour and explore the rugged coastline and see Australian fur seals up close.
9. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay is a sandy remote beach located in the beautiful Freycinet National Park. Considered one of the top ten beaches in the world, there are a number of ways to experience this beautiful beach including by water, air or even taking the short yet steep track to the Wineglass Bay lookout which provides spectacular views of the coastline.
Go west along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Birregurra, population 700, to sample country kitchen delights. Its home to the three-hatted restaurant Brae, the pride of chef and restauranteur Dan Hunter, who put another Victorian country town, Dunkeld, near the Grampians, on the map for his fare at the Royal Mail Hotel.
7. Adelaide, South Australia
Immerse yourself in Adelaide’s new small bar scene peppered along the restored laneways of Vardon Avenue and Ebenezer Place. Bars like Mother Vine are offering up a chic experience that is becoming synonymous with this beautiful city. It’s no wonder it was ranked ninth on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 – top 10 cities list.
With a wave of sleek newcomers to Canberra’s hotel scene, stay in style in the national capital. Hot spots include NewActon, the city’s arts and culture precinct, home to the uniquely designed Hotel Hotel and the slick QT Hotel. Or why not try out the luxurious Avenue Hotel located in the heart of Canberra’s CBD.
The jewel of Australia’s east coast, the Great Barrier Reef, now has a new gem with the opening of One&Only Hayman Island. The perfect blend of whales, wallabies and the luxury of a private island resort, relax in Hayman Island’s luxurious seaside surrounds.
The upmarket suburb of Double Bay has been blessed with a fresh wave of new hotel and restaurant openings including the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. With stunning views from their rooftop pool and lounge, the property has inspired a wash of new restaurants and bars around it including Sake, Fish Face and Casablanca. If you are looking to stay out of the city with a short ferry ride to Sydney Harbour’s iconic attractions, try Double Bay for a chic, cosmopolitan experience.
Brisbane lights up each weekend with the new Eat Street Markets on Hamilton Wharf. Strewn with shipping containers, you can mix it up with the locals and eat around the world, from Mexico to New York via Singapore and, of course taste the best of Australia. The markets run every Friday and Saturday night from 4 – 10 pm.
2. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island offers visitors diverse experiences to enjoy including gourmet food and wine, native wildlife, beautiful beaches and rugged rock formations. The island also happens to be the home of the only known colony of pure Ligurian bees left in the world. Visitors can tour the Island Beehive factory, one of the largest organic honey producers, and learn more about these unique bees.
The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline. One of the most fascinating places on earth, the reef’s ecosystem comprises of reefs, tropical fish, dolphins, turtles and can be explored many ways including air, boat, and snorkelling or diving. For a unique experience try the Reefsleep where a maximum of 9 guests sleep overnight on the Reefworld pontoon under the stars.
This is just a small taste of the beautiful and culture rich places that are available in Australia. Explore the many more places to go for your holiday ideas and inspiration.