2015 has well and truly arrived and now you’ve made your resolutions it’s time to start ticking off those once in a lifetime travel experiences from your Australian travel bucket list. Travelling in a camper gives you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and offers a flexible and free means of exploring. Pull up wherever you choose amid some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll ever encounter. If there’s one thing for sure, 2015 is the time to treat yourself to an adventure and start living the life you dreamed of.
1. Discover the absolute beauty of Tasmania
Tasmania is the talk of the town and was recently named by travel bible, Lonely Planet as one of the top regions to visit for 2015. It doesn’t matter which chunk of the island you decide to explore, you will be rewarded with unparalleled nature encounters, premium food and wine experiences and warm hospitality served up by the charismatic locals. If you’re looking for somewhere cultured and quirky and natural and charming, you will no doubt fall head over heels in love with Australia’s pure island state.
2. Be stunned by the beauty of the Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Stop dreaming about driving this magnificent convoluted road and take a call to action. Now is the time to get out there and encounter what is arguably the most beautiful coastal journey on the globe. Haunting shadows of the 12 Apostles rising above the ocean will momentarily take your breath away. Visit looming lighthouses and charming ports, encounter raw hinterland with rainforests and plunging waterfalls or dine in the quaint villages dotted along the coastline. As you pass by the iconic limestone cliffs, you will find you are enjoying a self-drive adventure like no other.
3. Drive through rolling vineyards of the Barossa Valley, South Australia
Never before has Australia received so much international attention for its food and wine scene and 2015 is the time to get out there and experience it first-hand. The Barossa Valley, nestled in the picturesque state of Adelaide, can offer you a true paddock to plate experience and some of the best wine that Australia has on offer. And, what better way to enjoy it all than in the comfort of your camper? With 750 grape growing families in the area you will encounter a food and wine experience that is lovingly crafted by those who have lived in the area for up to six generations. Sample semillion, shiraz and Riesling and find out why Australia is becoming known as one of the finest food and wine destinations on this planet.
4. Visit a beautiful and remote part of Australia at Kakadu National Park, NT
Don’t be put off by Kakadu’s remote location in the Northern Territory, this World Heritage listed destination is truly a natural wonder of
Australia. Spread over almost 20,000 square kilometres, the landscapes of Kakadu National Park are home to iconic Australian wildlife and plants and over a third of the nation’s bird species. Witness plunging waterfalls, aboriginal rock art and perhaps the most beautiful sunset you ever did have the chance to encounter.
5. See why Australia’s most famous city has earned its name in Sydney, NSW
If you haven’t yet visited the country’s most famous metropolis, then it’s well time that you did. Sydney is more popular than ever and is home to Australia’s most iconic tourist experiences that everyone must see at least once. Pick up your motorhome from our central Sydney office before heading to Circular Quay where you can experience an iconic ferry ride past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Visit Bondi Beach with its laidback surf-town vibe and keep an eye out for the life-guards filming their annual series of Bondi Rescue. From Sydney, you can easily venture south to Victoria, or north to Queensland.
6. Encounter one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in The Whitsundays, QLD
This year is the time for you to experience something magical; the beauty of The Whitsundays in sultry Queensland. Home of the Great Barrier Reef – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, pristine tropical beaches and some of the best snorkelling in the world, every Australian should encounter this region at least once. Park up your motorhome at vibrant Airlie Beach and get ready for the holiday of a lifetime. Bask in the sun at Whitehaven Beach – home to perhaps the whitest sand in the world – or take a once in a lifetime helicopter ride over Heart Reef. This breathtaking experience is simply a must for everyone’s bucket list and is an experience that will never be forgotten.
7. Become part of Australia’s hip and happening urban scene in Melbourne, VIC
If you’re looking for the ultimate cutting edge and uber-chic experience, Melbourne should be number one on your Australian travel bucket list. Victoria’s cultured capital is crammed with charming hidden alleyways, world-class street art, unbeatable shopping and arguably the most laidback and urban café culture to be found on the planet. Marvel at iconic architecture at Flinders Street Station or simply allow yourself to ride this culinary rollercoaster, sampling cuisine from the country’s top restaurants. Wander along the Yarra River, be overwhelmed by the cool vibe of sea-side St Kilda or get lost in one of the cities fantastic flea markets. Whether you’re passing by or parking up for a while, multicultural Melbourne has something for everyone.
8. Enjoy a first-hand experience of Australia’s most iconic and sacred site at Uluru, NT
Everyone can identify what is arguably Australia’s most iconic international icon, but have you visited yet? Uluru is truly a bucket-list experience and is the perfect addition to an outback motorhome adventure in Australia. Experience the Land Down Under’s most sacred indigenous site and be overwhelmed by the beauty of the sun setting over the fiery red earth. Every Australian should visit Uluru at least once in their lifetime so why not this year?
9. Drink wine, surf and relax in Margaret River, WA
Perhaps one of the most chilled out towns in Western Australia, Margaret River has something to offer everyone and more than deserves a spot in the top 10. The relaxed vibe of the town itself warrants a visit offering boutique stores and a local tavern famous for attracting the country’s top music acts. Just a stone’s throw from the heart of the town you will stumble across the country’s finest surf beaches and wine region. Drive through rolling vineyards and and discover the true hidden gem of WA.
10. See past the politics and discover the cultured and refined capital of Australia in Canberra, ACT
Often missed from Australian travel itineraries, Canberra has a thriving art and culture scene and is more than just the home of parliament. Learn about the nation’s fierce and loyal past at the Australian War Memorial, or visit the National Gallery of Australia. Canberra is the scenic capital and a must experience for all Australians in 2015.
That’s it from us! What’s on your bucket list this year?