Ah, it’s the busiest time of the year again. People are rushing to buy last minute tickets to their holiday destinations, but it looks like you haven’t planned for something in a while.
Whether you’ll be spending the holidays in the comforts of your own home with your family and friends or you’ll be out there in the bustling city nightlife with other strangers, we’re pretty certain you’ll be having a great holiday.
You’ll definitely be having travel plans next year, so why not plan for your dream getaway trip for the next holidays? Know where to go? Here’s a good idea: to travel to Australia next year.
It’s the perfect place where you can go to beaches, have fun on road trips, treks and mountain climbs, go on a wine tasting session at the most prestigious grape wineries in the world, and so much more.
If you’re planning to prepare for a holiday escape to Australia, here are some of the best locations where you can spend Christmas and New Years’ Eve (or during any time of the year, quite honestly).
Barossa Valley, Southern Australia
One of the best grape wine producers in the world is found in Barossa Valley and has been standing since the early 1800s. It is home to wineries that offer different wine specialties, but what they’re most known for is shiraz, a medium to full-bodied dark grape wine with hints of chocolate and spices. Every place you hop around in Barossa, you’ll get to meet the people making the most famous wines and they’ll take you on a journey on how the wines are made by the locals.
Barossa Valley is the perfect holiday getaway region if you want to go on an unforgettable wine tasting and pairing session (with food courses or artisanal cheeses) while enjoying the sight of lush grape vineyards and the warm weather with a hint of a breeze, especially during the holidays.
Darwin, Northern Territory
If you’re in for a laidback holiday by the beach while watching one of the best sunsets in Australia, then head for Darwin in the North. You might find the city life quite normal, but the main attractions are the beaches, the beautiful sunset, and the people you’re with. You can enjoy a beer while walking on the sand or gather ‘round with other folks while enjoying the warm weather lingering on your skin.
Darwin is also a few miles away from one of Australia’s best wildlife parks and islands like Kakadu National Park and Tiwi Islands. So while you’re in Darwin, don’t forget to add those on your travel bucket list as well.
Noosa Shire, Southern Queensland
Noosa is located in Sunshine Coast, and if you think Sunshine Coast is all about the beautiful white-sand beaches, think again. It’s an island haven if you’re looking for a little bit of everything for your next vacation.
Given of its glorious blue beaches and beautiful sunset, it’s also a place where you can have a taste of distinctive beers from different special breweries, a place where you can taste freshly harvested crayfish or even by some of their locally made handcrafts inspired from their indigenous history or simply just enjoy the lively, tropical atmosphere in the southern region.
Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
The Eyre Peninsula is one of the most underrated regions in Australia, therefore making it a prime destination for those who seek unforgettable and adventurous wildlife or living-by-the-sea experience.
Get to swim with the sharks (inside a steel cage, of course) or dive with the sea lions or sea creatures that swim near the coastline depending on the season, feast on the freshest catch straight to your plate, and enjoy the sight of the rugged, laid-back attraction.
Check out their website here for more details. Better prepare for a good amount of money because it’s gonna get a bit expensive, but totally worth spending for.
Saffire Freycinet, East Tasmania
Tasmania is another underrated place in Australia. Other than their tourist attraction Wineglass Bay (which was, by the way, named because of the blood that sheds once whale operations were established on that island), the best thing to do when you’re in Freycinet is going on a long road trip. 167 km will bring you to many stunning beaches, national parks, and quite a memorable view of the scenery when you’re taking long walks in this island.
To know more about the activities you can do here, check out East Coast Tasmania’s official website.
Mount Hotham, Victoria
If you happen to be spending the holidays in Melbourne CBD and you want to go somewhere distant, relaxing, and happens to be snowy, head to Mount Hotham. It’s a 4-hour drive from Melbourne and has the most popular (+ child-friendly!) ski resorts in Australia.
Port Douglas, Queensland
Port Douglas is nearest to the home of the world’s largest coral reef system, The Great Barrier Reef, as well as the 140 million-year-old Daintree Forest which is only slightly bigger than the Amazon rainforest.
Aside from sightseeing across the beach and enjoying a marvelous view of the sunset, don’t forget to go on an adventure that’s unlike your typically spent holiday. Exciting activities like scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, or trailing across the prehistoric rainforest will surely get your adrenaline running for the next holiday.