Top five Australian Travel Destinations August 23, 2021 – Posted in: Tips, Travel – Tags: Australia, travel
We, like you, love to travel! Although the current climate doesn’t allow us too, we can still look forward to the day when travel is back on the agenda! If you’re patiently awaiting your next local adventure, check out our top five Australian travel destinations to help you decide.
1. Noosa (Queensland)
Deciding between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast is common for Australians seeking a sun fueled beach getaway. For this blogger, it’s the Sunshine Coast hands down (kids have been to Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild).
Known for its national park, heavy surf culture, great beaches, walking trails, food, boutique shopping and gorgeous weather, Noosa is not one to miss. Just a 90-minute drive from Brisbane, Noosa is the perfect holiday spot. For those looking to fly in, Sunshine Coast airport (MCY) is 30 minutes away. There’s plenty of accommodation options available, great restaurants and plenty of things to do to keep the kids entertained. I highly recommend jet skiing in Noosaville and you might just find yourself swimming with dolphins.
Noosa is undoubtedly a hidden gem on Australia’s Sunshine Coast and one our our favourite travel spots.
You can also pack lite! A carry-on luggage case is all you need given you’ll be in your togs spending most of your day at the beach.
2. Byron Bay (New South Wales)
The coastal town of Byron Bay, located in the far-northeastern corner of the state of New South Wales comes in at number two. With its numerous beaches, unspoilt hinterland, and relaxed lifestyle, it’s easy to see why Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination. The weather is beautiful all year round, with backpackers, surfers and families able to enjoy outdoor activities from January right through to December.
Beyond Byron, the region has many wonderful seaside villages, quaint bush towns and large regional centres, all with their own unique character.
Despite being one of the most beautiful states in Australia, Tasmania is still one of Australia’s least explored regions.
It’s vast expanses of wilderness (much of Tasmania’s land mass lies in national parks and World Heritage Areas), sparkling lakes, wild rivers, beautiful walking trials and quiet, picturesque towns make Tasmania a great place to visit.
Of course there is plenty of things to see and do in Hobart and Launceston, but I highly recommend Coles Bay. Coles Bay sits at the foot of the granite mountains known as the Hazards and on the edge of the world-renowned Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. It’s about 2.5 hour drive from both Hobart and Launceston on the east coast of Tasmania. If you enjoy rock-climbing, hiking or bushwalking, Tassie is for you.
Golfers – check out Barnbougle and Lost Farm. Bring plenty of balls!
4. Hamilton Island (Queensland)
Fourth on the list of Australia’s best travel destinations is Hamilton island. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday spots. Surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life, Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach.
If you’re thinking there is a theme here, you’re right! You just can’t beat a holiday at the beach and Australia has some of the best in the world.
Whether its experiencing it by water or the air, the Great Barrier Reef is something everyone needs to see up close.
5. Northern Territory
While you could argue that Sydney and Melbourne should be on the list, if you want something different, check out the Northern Territory.
NT is known around the world for its iconic natural treasures, ancient Aboriginal culture, dramatic landscapes, colourful characters and opportunity for adventure. There is so much to see and do. Adults and kids alike will love it. It’s relaxing, warm (yes, you can tell I enjoy a warmer climate), unique and wonderful.
From Uluru, to Kakado to Kings Canyon, the Northern Territory has something for everyone. So grab your backpack and explore!
There it is, Bags Only’s top 5 Australian travel destinations. Fingers crossed we can dust off the luggage (or purchase new luggage!), hit the skies and enjoy a well earned break!