Earlier this year Australian Traveller magazine undertook a rather large project to rank the best travel holidays in the country. With over 12,000 nominations it managed to narrow the shortlist down to 900 options, before finally unveiling the 100 greatest holidays Australia has to offer. While you could be forgiven for assuming Queensland would have taken out the top spot, surprisingly almost every other state in Australia beat the Sunshine State.
1. Cruise the Kimberley, Western Australia
Among the oldest landscapes on Earth, the Kimberley is well-known for its drama in the best possible way. A cruise is a great way to experience the contrast between the waterholes, beaches, bushland and wildlife.
2. Road trip around the East Coast, Tasmania
Coming in above the Great Ocean Road, the east coast of Tasmania is something which has to be seen to be believed. Drive from Hobart to the Bay of Fires, taking in Maria Island, the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay and the seaside town of Bicheno.
3. The Big Lap
A once-in-a-lifetime experience, many Australians dream of circumnavigating our vast country by car. Whether you hug the coastline or head towards the heart of Australia, there’s really no wrong way to do this bucket list journey.
4. Kakadu, Northern Territory
Known for its sense of spirituality, Kakadu is another lifetime highlight holiday. Homage to our heritage, the vast landscapes and sweeping clear skies make dramatic and captivating scenery you’ll never forget.
5. Stay at Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
While the location is a big part of this luxury lodge’s appeal, according to the panel of experts at Australian Traveller, Saffire Freycinet has more than earned its own spot on this list. Calling a voucher to stay here the “ultimate gift certificate”, why not take a look for yourself here?
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6. Eat your way round the Margaret River Region, Western Australia
Combine the gorgeous countryside, spectacular coastline beaches and some of the country’s best chefs and you have a recipe for a wonderful and delicious holiday.
7. Escape to Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
Only two hours from Sydney or Brisbane by plane, this tiny island packs a punch with its pristine beaches, perfect wilderness and amazing snorkelling.
8. Road Trip the Great Ocean Road, Victoria
One of Australia’s most iconic experiences, drive along the wild southwest coast which runs from Torquay to the South Australian border to take in Port Campbell, Lorne, Apollo Bay and the magnificent 12 Apostles.
9. Go gourmet in the Barossa, South Australia
Perfectly combining the contemporary and heritage, country and city and, casual and luxury, the Barossa stands out as a star in this stellar wine state.
10. Stay at qualia, Queensland
Voted the World’s Best Resort in 2012, qualia is the epitome of Australian island luxury. While the prices aren’t low, if you have the opportunity to treat yourself this is the place to do it.
See the full list of the 100 greatest holidays here.
What do you think? Did the experts get it right? What is your idea of the top Australian holiday?