Whether you are visiting Australia for the first time or have made a new years resolution to see more of our beautiful country this year we have selected the hottest Aussie destinations to head to in 2015.
8. Arnhem Land, NT
If you need a break from the rat race and a total change of scenery the answer to escaping the madness of city life is Arnhem Land. This spectacular natural landscape is one of Australia's last unspoiled wilderness areas. Arnhem land is home to the Yolngu people, who have lived there for around 60,000 years and to this day maintain close spiritual ties to this region.
This beautiful and diverse land boasts lush rainforests, savannah woodlands, remote islands and cascading waterfalls. You will find an abundance of wildlife including saltwater crocodiles, dugongs, migratory birds and nesting turtles. Arnhem land is a favourite with fishermen who travel from all over the world in hopes of catching the famous barramundi.
7. Adelaide, SA
Adelaide used to be thought of as simply an appropriate stopover before making your way to South Australia's tourism hotspots like the magnificent Flinders Ranges, fauna-filled Kangaroo Island, or the many wine regions.
But Adelaide has now achieved its own top tourist destination status due to its transformation from just a city of churches to a cultural hub filled with boutique bars, renowned restaurants, trendy food trucks, and world-class cultural events including the Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide. At Bits of Australia we love all the fresh food and coffee available at the Adelaide Central Market.
6. Palm Cove, QLD
Flight centre has rated Palm Cove in the top ten travel spots for 2015 because of its beach access, long promenade full of restaurants and being kid-friendly. Palm Cove is a relaxing little village by the seaside located in Tropical North Queensland. From Great Barrier Reef trips to divine day spas, Palm Cove is a little slice of paradise just waiting to be discovered. To get you in the relaxing mood required for this seaside village pop in your suitcase one of our Palm Tree eye rest pillows
5. The Kimberley, WA
If the rugged outback combined with pure white sand and crystal clear ocean sounds like your cup of tea head to the unique Kimberley region in Western Australia. 4WD your way across 423,000 kilometres of wild terrain and you will witness jaw-dropping gorges, spectacular waterways and majestic ancient mountain ranges. Travelling through the Kimberley is a true adventure which will leave you feeling like you are all but cut off from the civilised world and fully immersed in nature. Visiting the Kimberley's is high on our to do list here at Bits of Australia
4. Coober Pedy, SA
Coober Pedy celebrates its centenary this April making it the perfect Australian destination to visit in 2015. This South Australian gem has been named the 'Opal Capital of the World' and certainly lives up to the name with more opal on display at its local retailers than anywhere else in the world. The centenary celebrations will include an array of exciting events highlighting the unique history of Coober Pedy such as the Centenary Street Party & Multicultural Festival. Tell us who has the best opals as we will be looking to add these to our product range this year!
3. Melbourne, VIC
Melbourne is a city that is sometimes overlooked by tourists coming to Australia. It doesn't have Brisbane's balmy weather, Sydney's iconic darling harbour, or Darwin's crocodiles. But if you did skip Melbourne during a trip down under, boy would you be missing out (note we are Melbournians so may be a little bias!). There are many good reasons why Melbourne has been voted the world's most liveable city four years in a row.
With the grand, elegant architecture of its heritage buildings, the vibrant street art scattered around the city, the plethora of top museums, and numerous long standing band venues, Melbourne proudly claims its title as Australia's cultural capital. Always be prepared to experience four seasons in one day.
February is the perfect month to visit this cosmopolitan city with some world class events taking place. On February 14 the ICC Cricket World Cup begins with a blockbuster match between England and Australia. The Swann round of the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place on Phillip Island on the weekend of 20 February. The island is just 2 hours drive from Melbourne and is also home to a colony of adorable Fairy Penguins.
On Saturday 21 February the city of Melbourne enters party mode for Australia's most celebrated cultural event - White Night Melbourne. Enjoy more then 80 free events that showcase music, food, film, art and light shows, and feature local, national and international artists.
From 27 February - 1 March the Australian International Air Show will pay tribute to the Anzacs and the heroes of military aviation. That very same weekend the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival commences. More than 2 mouth-watering weeks of celebrating the best food and wine Melbourne has to offer and the chance to learn from some of Australia and the world's most talented chefs.
2. Lord Howe Island, NSW
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise situated about 600 kilometres from the north coast of NSW. This volcanic remnant sitting in the middle of the Tasman sea is one of the most beautiful and untouched islands you will come across in Australia. Watersports lovers will be in heaven as Lord Howe Island is not only an ideal place to go snorkelling and scuba but also surfing, diving, kite surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding! Hikers and walkers will also be in their element trekking through the island's lush natural forest and climbing up one of the world's best hikes - Mt Gower.
1. Tasman Peninsula, TAS
Lonely Planet has named Tasmania as one of the top ten regions in the world to visit in 2015 and we totally agree with them. They mentioned that in 2015 the second stretch of the Three Capes Track will be opened. The second stage of Tasmania’s coastal bush walk goes along the Tasman Peninsula taking in Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Huay and gives you access to the stunning sea cliffs of Tasman National Park.
Wherever you choose to travel in Australia in 2015 we are sure that its natural beauty, welcoming people and diverse range of tourist attractions will provide you with hundreds of stunning photos, a ton of smiles and one of your most memorable holidays yet.