If you’re one of those people who choose to wait until all the holiday madness to settle down before going on your own summer getaway, you’re in luck. We have listed 10 of the hottest Australian travel destinations for 2019 because – well – we’re helpful that way. LOL!
What better way to start our list than with our home city? Queensland’s capital has quickly become one of Australia’s most popular cities. And why not? For the past year alone, 5 new hotels have opened their doors to the growing number of visitors; new restaurants and bars have joined the colourful food and drink scene. Let us not forget of course, day trips to GOMA and the city’s beautiful parks. Oh and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is coming in February, so there’s a lot of things to look forward to in Brisbane and that’s just the start of the year. If you prefer to do a quick road trip and spend the night in Brisbane’s surrounding waterfalls and swimming holes, it is very easy to rent a campervan and drive around.
With 2.9 million visitors last year, there is no doubt that Ballarat in Victoria is a must for your own summer raod trip in 2019. Not only is Ballarat one of the country’s most historic towns, it has an appealing, very hip and vibrant cultural scene.
Yep, we’re still in Victoria and we’re looking at you, Geelong. The state’s second largest city has been completely reborn with craft breweries, posh boutiques, cellar doors and a brand new seafood restaurant by none other than Chef Peter Conistis himself.
4. Adelaide Hills
The wine region has long carved a name for itself in Australia’s tourism scene but 2019 is bound to be better for Adelaide Hills. With Lot 100 in the works, the new space for boutique breweries, you should not leave Adelaide Hills off your itinerary this year.
Another town in Victoria makes our list, this time enticing outdoor enthusiasts. Castlemaine in Victoria is home to the state’s newest mountain bike trails as well as a new hotel in Mitchelton Winery. With the region’s breathtaking views, why wouldn’t you want to experience it riding a mountain bike and enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day?
If you’re thinking of a road trip on the Great Ocean Road this year, make sure you stop by at Forrest and enjoy the charming town. The town is also near Otway National Park’s hiking trails and waterfalls so you’re not going to run out of things to see and do.
The Whitsundays as a holiday destination really shouldn’t be a surprise any more but 2019 is a great way to visit the region. Daydream Island is set to reopen in April this year and with $100 million spent on improvements, it is bound to be spectacular.
This small town in Victoria is not bound to stay hidden for long. Not in 2019. Cruise trips to nearby Wilson’s Promontory will definitely flood the region with visitors. Check out Loch and delight in the town’s galleries, quirky cafes and antique shops before the rest of the country does.
Apart from the Great Barrier Reef, the opening of the new luxe hotel The Riley is another reason travellers have been flocking to Cairns recently. With ocean view rooms and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the sea, can you spell perfect?
The city of Lauceston in Tasmania is about to be one of the coolest in the country. After a decade in Hobart, the biggest contemporary music festival in Tasmina is moving to Lauceston. And MONA FOMA is expected to put on a great show to celebrate it’s new home.
There’s just so many places to go and things to do in Australia this 2019. And we are so excited to hear all about your travel plans. Keep in mind though, that not all places can be pet friendly and if you are going to those places where it’s neither safe nor practical to bring your furry friend along, find a house sitter that can look after them while you’re away.