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These Are The Three Aussie Destinations The Whole World Wants To Visit

These Are The Three Aussie Destinations The Whole World Wants To Visit

While many of we hopelessly addicted Australian travellers might be crossing all our limbs for international travel to return, it turns out the rest of the world wishes they could get back in.

In TripAdvisor’s 2021 Traveller’s Choice Awards, Australia made the top 25 lists for both Emerging Travel Destinations and Best National Parks. I mean, of course we did, we’re bloody awesome.

It seems as good an excuse as any to start planning your next holiday and seeing what all the fuss is about.

Shoalhaven, NSW

 

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At number eight on the emerging destinations list (which is amazing when you remember this is worldwide), Shoalhaven might come as a bit of a surprise. If it hasn’t been on your radar though, it’s time to get on board.

Think perfect surfing conditions, clear turquoise waters, beautiful hikes around gorges, forests and coastlines (likeBen’s Walk and Gosangs Tunnel) plus plenty of good food and vineyards. Settling in at Point Perpendicular Lighthouse for the sunset views is a particularly popular activity here.

An added bonus of a trip here is that you’ll actually be giving back to a community that was heavily affected by the 2019/20 bushfires at the same time as experiencing all the delights.

Mudgee, NSW

 

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Also in the top 10 of emerging destinations, is one of my personal favourite wine destinations — Mudgee. Having it’s gold rush-era buildings restore makes this a particularly cute small town, but easy bike rides through the rolling countryside and hikes through Ferntree Gully are what really make this place. Well, that and all the top notch wineries.

If you’re heading there for the weekend, you need to check out our out-of-towners guide to the area, and get to exploring all the reasons people are so desperate for a long weekend here.

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Freycinet Peninsula, TAS

Meanwhile, making it into the most popular list of beautiful national parks around the world, is Tassie‘s honestly breathtaking Freycinet Peninsula.

Known as the “jewel of Tasmania’s coastline”, if there’s one national park that has it all, this is it. White sand beaches, crystal clear and very calm bays, striking red algae-covered rocks and a mountain range with a unique rosy pink hue. Wineglass Bay is definitely the most popular views in the park.

You can camp here — in a tent or caravan — and take your time hiking and sea kayaking to explore this pristine area of the world.

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