Remote Islands, National Parks and Regional Towns: Here Are 20 of the Best Places to Visit in Australia in 2023 & More Trending News


New 12 months, new adventures. It’s time to begin planning journeys to hidden seashores whereas summer season’s nonetheless kicking, metropolis breaks throughout quieter months of the 12 months, and regional desert getaways when the temperature drops down south.

And we get the “I’ll put off travelling around Australia till I’m older” mentality. But sufficient of that. There’s a lot greatness in our personal yard that we should not preserve pushing native journeys additional down the line of must-visit locations.

So, learn on to discover just a few Aussie locations that needs to be added to your 2023 journey bucket checklist. Then go forward and e-book just a few journeys earlier than the alternative passes.



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Tassie’s Bruny Island feels completely distant nevertheless it’s a brief ferry trip from the coast and, together with driving time, is simply 50-minutes from Hobart. The magnificence of this proximity to the metropolis is that, regardless of all the rugged wilderness, you possibly can nonetheless discover luxurious lodging, superb meals and all types of native produce (assume superb cheese and whisky).

But think about Bruny Island a vacation spot for when nature is looking. You’ll discover white wallabies at Inala Nature Reserve, windswept headlands at Cape Bruny Lighthouse and head-clearing watery views at Cloudy Bay. A visit to Bruny Island needs to be a vital addition to any Tasmanian trip alongside the state’s south-eastern coast.

If you are a severe gourmand, you possibly can expertise all the island’s most interesting delights in model with a gourmand tasting and sightseeing day journey from Hobart which incorporates award-winning cheeses, premium wines and beer, freshly shucked oysters, handcrafted fudge and mead, native honey and a lunch at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant with sweeping views of Adventure Bay. Book it now at Concrete Playground Trips.


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This area is ripe for exploring and one of the most photogenic areas in Tassie. There are mountain climbing trails by bushland full of native Australian wildlife in addition to pristine white sand seashores with orange-hued granite boulders that the Bay of Fires is famend for. Come any time of 12 months to take pleasure in the space, staying for just a few days at one of our favorite glamping websites in Australia or just move by whereas highway tripping round Tasmania’s North East area.


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Hobart is booming. Increasingly, Australian travellers and worldwide folks are taking the journey down south to Tasmania’s seaside metropolis. The metropolis’s good meals scene (which has completely remodeled in the previous ten years) attracts guests, in addition to the metropolis’s singular cultural establishment MONA.

This museum is residence to world-class artwork and installations from proprietor/mastermind David Walsh’s personal assortment of works which are something however stuffy. The artwork is served alongside a wonderful choice of locally-focused meals and wine. And then there may be the Mona Foma music and arts pageant.

The dates of this 12 months’s pageant are Friday, February 17–Sunday, February 19, 2023 in Launceston, then the weekend of Friday, February 24–Sunday, February 26, 2023 in Hobart, and each weekends boast cracking lineups.

If you have not secured your tickets, you possibly can nonetheless e-book one of our unique Mona Foma journey packages which incorporates Posh Pit ferry move to the museum, tickets to see Peaches return to the Mona stage on Friday, 24 February, plus two nights in a luxe lodge.


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Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is all the time price travelling down — however discovering locations to cease for just a few nights generally is a a lot tougher activity. The classics of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay are all the time nice choices, however we want the sleepier city of Wye River. The small regional city has its personal beachside caravan park, an absolute stunner of a basic retailer in addition to a lot of seashores for browsing and swimming. Get away from the crowds down right here.

If you are eager to discover this space in model, e-book our Great Ocean Road road-tripping vacation right here (which incorporates automotive rental and lodging so all you want to do is get behind the wheel and take pleasure in the iconic views).


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No matter how fashionable Wilson’s Prom will get, you possibly can all the time discover your personal personal cove or headland. Either keep at a close-by city and then drive to a seaside or mountain climbing path or get even additional off the crushed path by tenting, taking your time to go on lengthy treks that’ll distance you from the hustle of metropolitan civilisation.

It’s arduous to discover extra beautiful surrounds in Victoria, not to mention Australia. You have tree-covered mountains that roll down to small coastal inlets the place you possibly can actually escape the outdoors world.


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This regional Victorian metropolis was booming again in the Gold Rush period and has just lately had one other renaissance of kinds — good eating places, bars, galleries and resorts are the new gold. These treasures, paired with its proximity to Melbourne (it is about an hour and a half drive or practice trip away), assist make Ballarat a good higher journey vacation spot for 2023.


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This may be Australia’s most up-market nationwide park in the nation. Luxury grownup’s solely resorts and eco retreats are scattered throughout the Whitsunday islands. This tropical paradise is the place the wealthy and well-known go to deal with themselves to unique journeys round the Great Barrier Reef and past. But you do not have to break the financial institution to take pleasure in these waters and seashores — a lot of the space is taken into account a nationwide park so you possibly can go tenting proper up on many of the shorelines.

Whitsunday Island, Hook Island and Henning Island all have campsites for many who need to correctly get in contact with nature. Just be sure to e-book your campsite forward of time as a result of numbers are capped.

If you’re right into a extra luxurious keep, you possibly can at present get 20% off the final Whitsundays expertise (assume sundown crusing, scenic flights and a luxurious resort keep) on this unique journey which you’ll be able to e-book now.


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Now off to someplace solely extra distant. Munga Thirri is nation that belongs to the Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi folks, previously generally known as the Simpson Desert National Park. It is the largest nationwide park in Queensland and can also be one of the hardest to discover. This is correct Australian outback territory. You’ll see sand dunes stretching for kilometres (rising as excessive as 90 metres) and expertise some of the finest stargazing in your life.

But, when you’re not an skilled outback traveller with no respectable haul of gear it may be a difficult space for tenting. So, in gentle of that, when you lack the extra hardcore tenting chops it is best to e-book keep someplace like The Birdsville Hotel which is able to organise excursions into the desert.

They’ll take you on scenic flights, present you epic 4WD tracks and enable you to organise different native adventures. Just bear in mind that Munga Thirri is closed for a good chunk of time in summer season due to excessive warmth — so make certain to try the park’s opening instances on the Queensland nationwide parks web site.


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Newcastle has undergone an enormous cultural transformation in the previous 15 years. Sydney’s sister metropolis hasn’t all the time been a getaway vacation spot, however we have now been received over by its newfound appeal.

It has terrific seashores, a powerful road artwork scene that rivals Melbourne (nicely, do not say this round Melburnians), microbreweries, galleries, small bars, cafes aplenty and a number of good boutique resorts together with a flashy new QT that opened in mid-2022. It actually deserves to be added to your 2023 Australia journey bucket checklist.


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Just 11 kilometres lengthy and two kilometres extensive, Lord Howe, is totally explorable inside just a few days. And thanks to customer limits (solely 400 persons are permitted at anyone time), it is one of Australia’s finest islands to go to while you need to get off the mainland.

Prepare to have these lengthy seashores, idyllic diving websites and rugged terrain all to yourselves. It’s additionally only a brief two-hour flight east of Sydney or, when you have the means, you possibly can entry the island by your private yacht.


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You’ll discover some of the most beautiful seashores alongside this half of the south coast together with Bulli and Austinmer. But this is not your common sleepy seaside city. The metropolis of Wollongong has undergone its personal transformation over the previous few years, changing into a hub for nice meals and drink and cultural actions.

After a day of swimming or mountain climbing, both hit up the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre or the Wollongong Art Gallery earlier than eating at some of the wonderful eating places in the space. This little metropolis has rather a lot going for it.

This 12 months, Wollongong can even host the For The Love music pageant on Sunday, February 24 with headliners Charli XCX and Duke Dumont. Concrete Playground has teamed up For The Love on curated one-of-a-kind VIP packages for these wanting the final expertise. Book your bundle right here — it contains two VIP pageant tickets, two nights keep at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, a Grey Goose present pack in your lodge room and late check-out so you possibly can sleep in after the celebration.


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Byron Bay is a basic Australian journey vacation spot, a lot liked for its bohemian seaside tradition and world class yoga and wellness retreats scattered about the area. Nature lovers can even go sea kayaking round some of the most breathtaking seashores or hike inside the nationwide parks.

And the foodies should expertise Byron Bay’s various grassroots consuming and eating scene that’s rising impressively yearly. And who is aware of, you would possibly simply run into one of the Hemsworth brothers when you’re there.

Book a four-day wellness vacation for underneath $400 by Concrete Playground Trips right here (together with lodging, yoga courses and two seperate sea kayaking and snorkelling excursions).


The Basin, Rottnest Island

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If you need to take a selfie with a quokka then Rottnest Island is the solely place to do it. These amusing little mounds of pleasure wander throughout the island, prepared for locals to respectfully cease for a snap.

But that is not the solely purpose to go to this Australian island, positioned only a brief 90-minute ferry trip from Perth. Come to these elements for pristinely saved seashores, shallow shores which are good for snorkelling in and a lot of nice locations to keep for a variety of budgets (from high-end resorts to well-appointed campsites). A visit to Rottnest Island is a should for anybody making their manner to Perth for just a few days.

If you are wanting to get the most out of your subsequent jaunt to Perth, e-book our five-day Perth vacation right here (together with your lodging, a day journey to Rottnest Island and go to to the Pinnacles).


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This distant area in Western Australia is one of Australia’s most spectacular pure landscapes. It’s recognized for its abundance of native wildlife that roams the rugged mountain ranges, dramatic gorges with hidden swimming holes and the semi-arid desert planes. It’s a Tourism Australia advert in every single place you go. It’s additionally one of the finest locations to go to while you need to preserve the summer season dream alive — boasting splendidly heat climate all through the colder months of the 12 months.


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Fun truth: Ningaloo Reef is the solely giant reef in the world you can entry proper off the shore. Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, you do not want to e-book a spot on a big boat that takes you out to the reef with a bunch of different vacationers. Here, you merely park by the seaside and get straight to snorkelling round vibrant coral gardens, dolphins, turtles and manta rays.

You’ll discover the UNESCO heritage-listed surprise 1,200 kilometres north of Perth, from the place it runs north alongside the coast for 260 kilometres, between North West Cape and Red Bluff. Pick a degree to discover by yourself or hit up native guides who will present you the finest elements.


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South Australia is legendary for its many wine areas that pump out case after case of spectacular vino. You’ve obtained McLaren Vale, the Barossa and Clare Valley, however we’re all about the Adelaide Hills in 2023. First off, that is one of the best wine areas to attain — positioned only a 30-minute drive away from the centre of Adelaide.

It’s additionally residence to some of our favorite cellar doorways. We recommend you begin in Woodside, the place you may discover beautiful cellar doorways from Bird in Hand, Petaluma, Barristers Block and Golding Wines. And when you’re there, do not miss Lost in a Forest which serves up woodfired pizzas and pure wine from native label Ochota Barrels in a 130-year-old church.

Get the most out of your journey to this area by reserving our Adelaide Hills escape right here together with two nights’ lodging, transport round native wineries, every day yoga courses and most of your meals.


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Wilpena Pound is the holy grail of the Flinders Ranges National Park, characterised by its dramatic rocky mountains. The whole area is huge and actually distant, positioned a few five-hour drive from Adelaide. But do not let the distance scare you off. There’s a lot to see and do right here.

Go on 4WD treks by the bush, take scenic flights over the mountain ranges and go on guided hikes to see some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock artwork whereas studying of the native Adnyamathanha folks’s wealthy historical past.


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This coastal area in South Australia is foolishly missed by each Aussies and worldwide travellers. It is the state’s personal model of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, and it’d simply give that well-known stretch of coast a run for its cash. Head to Eyre Peninsula to swim with dolphins and sea lions or just loosen up on lengthy sand seashores backed by rugged cliffs as you look out for passing whales. Dreamy stuff.

Then you possibly can hit up any of the native townships to strive Eyre Peninsula’s legendary oysters and freshly caught seafood or head inland to do some vineyard hopping. You’ll rapidly uncover why it is one of our favorite stretches of coast in Australia.


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Kakadu is an unmissable Australian journey vacation spot, however its perceived remoteness appears to put rather a lot of travellers off. Don’t let it. Kakadu is barely a three-hour drive from Darwin and it is nicely and actually price the journey. Once you are there, you could have an infinite pure playground to discover and some genuinely life-changing surroundings and experiences forward of you.

We suggest hiring a 4WD with a pop-top tent or camper for the week and see the place the highway takes you. Organise an itinerary to hidden swimming holes and unbelievable rainwater waterfalls, epic mountain ranges or native wildlife sanctuaries and cultural experiences with the native Indigenous folks to study the historic historical past and dreaming tales of the space.


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Run away to the Northern Territory’s pretty unknown Bremer Island for a brilliant chill tropical island vacation. It’s nicely and actually off the crushed path, so you may be away from the crowds, surrounded solely by well-preserved wilderness.

There aren’t many locations to keep on the island, however we’re huge followers of Banubanu Beach Retreat — a glamping web site positioned proper on the water. Spend your days kayaking alongside the coast or snorkelling in the heat waters earlier than consuming some fresh-caught seafood. It’s a very laid-back place to go to, away from the crowds and influencers.


Feeling impressed to e-book a very distinctive getaway? Head to Concrete Playground Trips to discover a variety of holidays curated by our editorial group. We’ve teamed up with all the finest suppliers of flights, stays and experiences to deliver you a sequence of unforgettable journeys in locations throughout the world.

Top pictures: Sal Salis on Ningaloo Reef

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