2022 is shaping up to be a huge year for Aussie travel, and we know it's overwhelming to decide between so many travel destinations. After almost two years of locked down borders and stay-at-home orders, Australians are more ready than ever to get out travelling and making memories.
When it comes to travel experiences, Australia really has it all! Across the country there is an incredible variety of landscapes and climates. From red deserts to ancient tropical rainforests, to world-famous beaches, to picturesque snow-capped mountains, there is something for everyone. Whether you want to travel near or far, we’ve got you covered!
We’ve picked our top destination for each state and territory for you to add to your next travel itinerary. A few of these spots are weather-dependent (hint: Aussie Ski trip!). Read on for the Where, What and When of Aussie travel destinations by state.
The Cairns region is the perfect location for a scenic Aussie road trip. Boasting a warm year-round climate, this is one of our favourite Aussie travel destinations. This region has so much variety! From tropical rainforest, to soft Sandy beaches, to coral reef, to bustling nightlife.
Start your road trip in Cairns city and enjoy a relaxing swim at the croc-free lagoon, before heading inland to explore the Atherton Tablelands – think ancient rainforest, abundant waterfalls and scenic views for days! Head back in to Cairns and drive the Great Barrier Reef Highway up to Port Douglas to enjoy the relaxed coastal vibe, tons of fantastic restaurants and cafes, and join in on yoga at Four Mile Beach. We think you can see all there is to see in a one week road trip, but to really soak it in, take up to 2 weeks.
The best time to visit this region are the cooler months surrounding winter – this is outside the rainy season and the temperature sits at a comfortable daily average of around 23 degrees Celsius.
Travel Tip: Pack light! Road trips usually involve limited storage space. Our Bits & Pieces Cosmetic Case is a great size to fit all your essentials without going overboard.
New South Wales
If you’re like us and enjoy a good mix of relaxing beach days and jam-packed outdoor adventure, our Aussie travel destination for NSW will knock your socks off! Tuncurry is the smaller twin town to Forster in coastal New South Wales. The towns are around a three and half hour drive from Sydney, and you’ll want to spend at least a long weekend here.
This coastal town offers beautiful sandy beaches accompanied by a friendly, small-town vibe that’s hard to come by these days. Wallis Lake is your first port of call if you’d like to enjoy a relaxing day fishing. The huge variety of fish makes this spot a massive draw for locals and tourists alike.
If action and adventure are more your scene, the southern end of Nine Mile Beach has perfect access for four-wheel-drives. Bring along your furry friend too – dogs are allowed off-leash north of the 4wd-access track!
Outside of the car, stretch your legs along the Bicentennial trail. This paved walking track will take you through lush rainforest, to breathtaking views over the ocean. Don’t leave your camera at home for this one!
When you’re ready to cool off with a swim, the Tuncurry Rock Pools will be calling your name. With beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters fed from Lake Wallis, this is an optimal spot for a dip on a hot day.
We could go on-and-on about the countless ways to take advantage of the outdoors in Tuncurry, but we’ll let you experience it for yourself. Don’t forget to stop in at one of the many fish and chip shops for a classic Aussie holiday feast.
To enjoy the best of the outdoors in the warmer days, we recommend visiting Tuncurry in the Summer months from January onwards. Being on the coast, the heat here this time of year is extremely pleasant in a makes-you-crave-an-ice-cream kind of way.
Travel Tip: Midnight Crusade’s 90mL Fill Me Up Travel Bottles will be your best friend here. They’re the perfect size to carry sunscreen, aloe vera and moisturiser without taking up your whole bag. This way, you can bring your necessities around to all your activities!
Mount Buller is located about an hour’s drive from Mansfield shire. In high country Victoria, you’ll experience a warm welcome and friendly hospitality. Heading south-east into the beautiful mountain ranges, your view of the countryside and rolling hills will soon morph into snow-capped mountains. You’ll want to keep warm for this one!
It’s time for a ski trip! Mount Buller is not only beautiful, it’s also one of the great places in Australia that offers winter sports like skiing and snowboarding! For a country famous for its beaches and warm climate, there really is no beating a ski holiday in Australia!
Plan your winter holiday somewhere from late June-early October to take advantage of the peak of snow season.
Travel Tip: You’ll want to pack a lot for your trip to this Aussie travel destination. Our Let Me Take More packing cubes will be your best friend for this trip! Our Pack it All luggage scales are another must have for making sure all your winter gear meets your airline’s requirements.
Get back to nature and appreciate the simple things on your trip to Tasmania in 2022. In our opinion, Tassie is one of the most underrated Aussie travel destinations! The capital city, Hobart, is a great spot to base yourself to experience the variety that Tasmania has to offer.
There is so much on offer in Hobart. Every Saturday morning you’ll find the Salamanca market bustling with over 220 stallholders. Or, take a stroll around Hobart’s botanical gardens.
About a 1.5 hour drive north-west will see you land at Mount Field National Park, where you can enjoy the walking trails and waterfalls.
Or, head an hour and a half south-east and try out kayaking around the Tasman peninsula. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the 200m high sea cliffs – the highest in Australia! You might even be lucky enough to spot some Australian fur seals.
Thanks to its proximity to the Antarctic, Tasmania can keep pretty cool, even in Summer. The warmer months from December to February are the best time to visit Hobart.
Travel Tip: Our Behind it All Backpack is the perfect buddy for all of your adventures around the Hobart region - don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and camera!
Reward yourself for making it through the first ¼ of the year with a trip to the Barossa Valley. The landscape of this region is truly a stand-out, and is enough reason to visit in itself. Enjoy views of the picturesque, rolling hills and 19th-century stone cottages and churches. All of this is just a one hour drive from Adelaide!
The Barossa Valley is world-renowned for producing some of the best new-world reds, and it’s no secret why. With a rich, seven generation wine heritage, there is truly something for everyone. This Aussie travel destination hosts an incredible catalogue, with something for everyone. In fact, more than 150 wineries call this region home, including big names such as Penfolds and St Hugo’s. Pack your most flowery dress and book your Barossa Valley wine tour.
Take advantage of cooling temperatures by visiting between April and May.
Tip: You’ll want to keep your hands free to taste and sample wines. Our Everything Travel Wallet includes a long handbag strap for just this reason. Bonus, it’s big enough to fit your phone and lip-gloss, to keep them easily accessible for touch ups and selfies throughout the day.
It was hard to just pick one top Aussie travel destination for the largest state in Australia. There’s so much to see and do! After narrowing it down, we’ve decided that your trip to WA absolutely can’t miss a day trip over to Rottnest Island.
This island off the coast of Perth is home to the friendly little marsupials known as Quokkas. With no natural predators, these guys are not shy and are known to approach tourists so frequently that it’s almost impossible to visit without getting the famous quokka selfie.
Rottnest is also home to over 60 (!!) beaches. With pure white sand and clear blue waters, the beaches here are perfect for all of your favourite beach activities. Swimming, snorkelling, surfing, or just relaxing on the sand are all on offer here.
The best time for travel to Rottnest is August-December. We chose this timeframe because it’s leading into the warmer months, but before the full extent of Summer hits. This way you’ll be able to get the most out of the warm weather.
Travel Tip: Keep it cute and casual on your trip over to Rottnest Island. Our Everyday Tote Bag is a great size to carry all of your essentials around on your island day trip. The tote style makes it super easy to access your camera for a last-minute photo-op, or your towel at the beach.