WHERE TO NEXT?

With its un­par­al­leled grasp of global travel trends, Ex­pe­dia re­veals the Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions at­tract­ing some se­ri­ous at­ten­tion.

Australian Traveller - - Weekends | Crown Towers Perth -

BRUNSWICK HEADS

Si­t­u­ated at the mouth of Brunswick River, Brunswick Heads is get­ting no­ticed for all the right rea­sons: gor­geous scenery, de­lec­ta­ble cafes and restau­rants, and that chilled Aus­tralian coastal town vibe. Against the stun­ning back­drop of Mt Chinco­gan and Mt Warn­ing, Brunswick Heads is only 15 min­utes from the beau­ti­ful, but of­ten crowded, By­ron Bay, and a short drive from The Farm By­ron Bay, which you have to have lunch at when in the area.

DAR­WIN

A trip to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory's cap­i­tal sits some­where be­tween an Aussie city break and an Asian hol­i­day, with­out the crowds or the chaos. A per­fect gate­way to the Kakadu Na­tional Park, Dar­win also has a blos­som­ing foodie scene, and com­bined with jaw-drop­ping sun­sets at Mindil Beach, you can forge some last­ing mem­o­ries with a week­end in Dar­win.

HO­BART

Ho­bart may be Aus­tralia's sec­ond-old­est cap­i­tal city, but no two vis­its will be the same with what seems to be a con­stant stream of new luxe ho­tels like MACq 01 Ho­tel, and gourmet cof­fee, brew­ing and dining of­fer­ings pop­ping up con­tin­u­osly Per­fectly bal­anc­ing the buzzing art, mu­sic and fes­ti­val scene, in­clud­ing the must-visit Mona, is Ho­bart's sur­round­ings, such as the stun­ning, rugged coast­line of Bruny Is­land.

SUN­SHINE COAST

There’s more to the Sun­shine Coast than iconic Noosa Main Beach. From Noosa Na­tional Park and its spec­tac­u­lar beaches and walks, to the calm­ing wa­ters of Noosa River, and local farm­ers’ markets in the eclec­tic towns dot­ted up and down the coast, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. And if you go be­yond Noosa’s stylish Hast­ings Street you’ll find the lush green Hin­ter­land and its cap­ti­vat­ing artis­tic com­mu­ni­ties of Maleny and Montville.

BUSSELTON

Busselton, with its fa­mous 1.8-Kilome­tre jŒetty as a fo­cal point, is an ideal gate­way to the Mar­garet River re­gion, known for its winer­ies, craft brew­eries and friendly lo­cals. A cos­mopoli­tan beach town, there’s no short­age of places to stay, from five-star to fam­ily-friendly and there are end­less things to do, in­clud­ing whale watch­ing from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber. Just out­side the town is the world’s only pris­tine tu­art for­est, which is well worth a visit.

CANBERRA

Of­ten over­looed for Sydney and Mel­bourne, don’t un­der­es­ti­mate Canberra. Home to us­tralia’s par­lia­ment, top-notch ho­tels like East Ho­tel and QT Canberra, and trendy restau­rants also call the city home, making it an ideal weeend get­away. Patisseœ Cafe, in Civic and Manuka, is renowned for its FreaShakes, while wine-lovers are well catered for with 33 cel­lar doors within a 30-minute drive of the city. You should also exšplore the Tid­bin­billa Na­ture Re­serve and stay at the Ja­mala Wildlife Lodge at the Na­tional & “Aquar­ium.

THE FLEURIEU PENIN­SULA

Only 45 min­utes from Ade­laide, the Fleurieu Penin­sula is South Aus­tralia at its best and Vic­tor Har­bor is the per­fect base from which to ešplore the area. With pop­u­lar eater­ies, and a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, Vic­tor Har­bor is dom­i­nated by Gran­ite Is­land, which is Œjust off­shore con­nected by a cause­way and ser­viced by a horse­drawn tram ser­vice. Head over to Gran­ite Is­land for whale watch­ing, plus it’s a great place to spot fairy pen­guins ar­riv­ing home at dusk.

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