My Aussie ‘Must Visit’ Bucket List
The Australian ‘Must-Visit bucket list can be extremely long as we live in such an amazing country. Whether you have one mentally stored for later, written in a secret diary or better yet, pinned across on an inspiration board, the Aussie bucket list is important as it is the starting point for new adventures, fun and creating lasting memories.
As we begin the New Year, I thought I’d pull together some of my ‘must visit’ destinations in Oz to get you inspired to explore!
Hepburn Springs & Daylesford
For the ultimate ‘girls’ getaway’, you can’t go past Hepburn Springs & Daylesford. This area has no shortage of luxury spas, wonderful wines and lavish delicacies of the food variety. This is the type of destination that will never really be crossed off your bucket list because you will want to keep on going back. There is something truly magical about the energy of these gorgeous little towns and the locals are so welcoming and helpful. Offering a great blend of sophistication and a laid back attitude, the accommodation choices are endless and whether it is for a girls’ getaway or a romantic weekend there is plenty on offer to suit every budget.
Hentley Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most picturesque destinations and is filled with acres of fabulous wineries famous for offering daringly delicious beverages that are sure to satisfy the senses. Forget about just ticking this destination off the bucket list, you’ll be wanting to take the produce home by the truck load. What is the one way you could completely immerse yourself in the whole of the Barossa Valley? Hot air ballooning of course. Get the best seat in the house and experience the 360o spectacular views. Oh and don’t forget to visit Maggie Beer’s for that delicious pate & wine!
Tasmania is nothing short of breathtaking. Take an eco-cruise along Tasmania’s southern coastline and travel up close to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. Perhaps take a scenic flight over Hobart Harbour or Tasmania’s ancient rain forests, rugged mountains and stunning coastline. With art, culture, amazing hiking and natural beauty (not to mention the incredible food & wine), this gorgeous island destination has much to offer and should not be missed.
Drive the Great Ocean Road
Why not hire a car in Melbourne and take a journey along the country’s stunning south-east coastline. Drive through the iconic surf spots of Torquay and Bells Beach, then onto the laid back town of Lorne and the spectacular Twelve Apostles (I dare anyone not to have a tear in their eye when they see these incredible structures for the first time). Finish in Port Fairy (pictured above), my favourite spot, and eat wonderful seafood at the local co-op and spend a few nights at Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel to really finish in style! NB: The coastline is too beautiful to miss so I suggest choosing the passenger seat to take in the view if you get the chance!
We will be introducing more Australian getaways in the near future. Stay tuned for updates – I can’t wait!
Chief Diva, Andrea xo
(photos courtesy of Tasmanian Air Adventure, Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leah)
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