A new year is here, and if you’re like us, it comes with a rejuvenated sense of adventure. Aussies are renowned for exploring all corners of the globe, often before discovering what’s in our own backyard. Here’s some of the best “off the beaten track” destinations around Australia for you to discover this year to make 2018 the ultimate year of adventure.


Coober Pedy

With a population of just over 1600, Coober Pedy is a true Aussie experience. Not only is the town the opal capital of Australia, but it has also played host to iconic films. Remember Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? What about Mad Max? Yep, both were filmed in the alien-like surrounds of Coober Pedy. If you’re after a hotel experience like no other, why not stay underground in a former working opal mine? Here’s some more fun facts about this unique rural town.


Rocky, as it is affectionately known by the locals, is a must see this year. Historic charm, paradise-like islands and a weekly rodeo all resides here in the beef capital of Australia. For nature lovers, head up to Mount Archer National Park for a spectacular view of the surrounding coastline from over 600m above sea level. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, why not take a day trip to paradise AKA Great Keppel Island. We’ll leave you with the below for more inspo. See you in Rocky!


Located in the north-west arm of Western Australia lies the distinct city of Karratha. Take a drive and discover the area’s incredible national parks brimming with untouched beauty, heritage trails and Indigenous history in a 2.5-billion-year old landscape. Fishing charters depart to the Dampier Archipelago daily, while nearby Karijini National Park is the perfect spot to hike, swim and discover at your own pace. Photographers take note; the famous ‘Staircase to the Moon’ will blow your mind (best seen from April to October). After more Karratha tips? Check these out!


You’d be forgiven for thinking the cruisy coastal town of Devonport in Tassie’s north-west was anything but a stopover on the famous Spirit of Tasmania. If you’re looking for an abundance of rugged natural beauty, this is it! With Cradle Mountain an easy day trip away, and great beaches/water activities and fresh produce at your fingertips, you might be staying in Devonport longer than you think. From here it’s only a short trip to Launceston – enjoy these insider tips!


The country music capital of Australia, and for a brief time, home to Australia’s giant Big Mac. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find Tamworth has so much more to offer. Think awesome restaurants, delicious brew pubs and quality accommodation options. With so much to see and do around the city and its surrounds, chuck the North West Slopes on your do to list… ASAP!