Georgia Rickard shares her picks of the coming year’s top destinations. If you’re not going to any of these in 2015, well, you should…
Everything about this state, to be honest – they don’t come any better. Why Tasmania?
The Kimberley, WA
It’s still the place to go, especially via expedition cruise and/or Broome. Kununurra will explode next. AT’s Kimberley in focus.
High Country, Vic
No doubt about it, this is our next big foodie region, within our next big foodie state. A sublime spot for gourmet cycling from Beechworth to Rutherglen, gourmet alpine hiking or 24 hours in beautiful, bountiful Bright.
The rock is back on the national agenda, and more beautiful than ever – as are its nearby (newly spruced) accommodation offerings. See Uluru any way you like…
NSW’s Central Coast
Firstly, it’s stunning. Secondly, there are two major developments (worth a combined $880 million) happening here, while local luxury lodge Pretty Beach House is set to reopen in April. Want to know five more reasons why the Central Coast is not boring?
No more boring trips to The Mint – Canberra’s restaurant scene is booming. Actually, the entire ACT is heating up; watch this space. See Australian Traveller’s guide to Cool Canberra.
NT’s Top End – all of it
But keep an eye on Arnhem Land specifically. New tours are opening up the region from intrepid travellers only, to the next level of traveller: the early adopters among us.
Adelaide – and Brisbane and Perth – are all graduating to their respective next levels of development. Expect more cool bars and hot events. Also see 5 reasons why Brisbane is the new cool capital and Perth’s Top 5 niche bars.
The Gold Coast, Qld
There’s so much more here than Surfer’s Paradise, particularly if you’re in the mood for a road trip… See Ultimate Escapes – Byron Bay to the Gold Coast
The Dandenongs, Vic
Two words: Shannon Bennett. The next stages of his new development here, Burnham Beeches are set to open soon, and boy are they going to pull the crowds.