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With its unparalleled grasp of global travel trends, Expedia reveals the Australian destinations attracting some serious attention.
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.
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 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.
There’s more to the Sunshine Coast than iconic Noosa Main Beach. From Noosa National Park and its spectacular beaches and walks, to the calming waters of Noosa River, and local farmers’ markets 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, with its famous 1.8-Kilometre jetty 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.
Often overlooed for Sydney and Melbourne, don’t underestimate Canberra. Home to ustralia’s parliament, top-notch hotels like East Hotel and QT Canberra, and trendy restaurants also call the city home, making it an ideal weeend getaway. Patisse Cafe, in Civic and Manuka, is renowned for its FreaShakes, while wine-lovers are well catered for with 33 cellar doors within a 30-minute drive of the city. You should also explore 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 eplore the area. With popular eateries, and a range of accommodation options, Victor Harbor is dominated by Granite Island, which is just 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 dusk.