We have deemed 2016 to be the year of adventures and with the New Year here, it’s time to start planning the holiday of a lifetime. Here’s our pick of the Top 5 motorhome travel destinations to visit this year. What are you waiting for? You only live once so start planning today.
There’s no doubt that Tasmania is the perfect self-drive holiday destination. The island has recently received a myriad of international accolades for its beautiful wilderness, quirky tours and attractions and world-class food and wine. 2016 is the year to visit with tourism flourishing and a hot foodie scene well established with new restaurants popping up state-wide. If you’re a passionate walker, don’t miss the renowned Three Capes Track, a world-class walking track that opened to the public in late 2015. Hobart’s Mona Foma festival is touted to be better than ever before and is run by the eclectic and controversial Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). While you’re enjoying an extended stay in the state, don’t hesitate to go behind the scenery to discover the true unique heart of Tasmania. We recommend encountering the best of nature and food at Bruny Island, exploring the North West in the charming town of Stanley and discovering off the beaten path producers on the Cradle Coast Tasting Trail. Enjoy!
2. Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria has scenic drives aplenty. As you wind along picturesque country roads you will encounter quaint seaside villages, fine restaurants and art galleries just waiting to be explored. If you’re a fan of getting off the beaten path and encountering hidden gems, this is the holiday destination for you. Don’t miss Arthurs Seat Loop Scenic Drive which will take you to breathtaking Arthurs Seat and beyond into the lush hinterland. On the way along the Peninsula, drink in the finer details of the drive including the imposing cliff-top mansions, dazzling white-sand ocean beaches and picture-perfect seaside villages including Rosebud, Portsea and the ever-popular holiday destination of Sorrento. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the salt water on your face and enjoy the beauty of coastal Australia.
3. Newcastle, New South Wales
Sydney long ago established itself as Australia’s must visit metropolis, but further afield you will discover one of the country’s most cultured hidden gems. The ocean-side city of Newcastle (known as Newie to the locals) is the second oldest city in Australia and has an urban atmosphere, fantastic surf beaches and a buzzing art scene. Back in 2011, the travel bible Lonely Planet names Newcastle among the Top 10 Cities to Visit and since the city has re-surged. Simply watch the surfers with idyllic Fort Scratchely in the background, explore the foodie scene and relax.
4. Darwin, Northern Territory
The Aussie ‘capital of crocs’ is a must-visit for anyone looking to encounter a true-blue Aussie adventure in the Northern Territory in 2016. Here you will find tropical climates, beautiful sunsets and an abundance of activities. Don’t miss a river tour to come face to face with crocs swimming in their natural habitat. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is also a must and as the sun sinks below the Arafura Sea you will witness the beach-side come to life with stalls selling food from all over the world and hand-made crafts. Wander along the palm-lined boulevard and enjoy the tropical climate. The Northern Territory is a unique Australian destination and markedly different to the cities on the East Coast.
5. Airlie Beach, Queensland
2016 is all about coastal and aquatic destinations and there’s no better place to experience the water than at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Airlie Beach is a vibrant holiday destination with resort-style caravan parks and plenty to do and see. Explore the very best of Australia’s coast and take a boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef. Here you can take a diving or snorkeling tour that will showcase the vibrancy of the coral and marine life. For the ultimate viewing opportunity, visit Hill Inlet lookout for dazzling views of famous Whitehaven Beach.