Our top Australian destinations to visit in 2024

Is 2024 beckoning you with the call of adventure? If so, Australia is brimming with diverse and breathtaking landscapes and vibrant townships that will make your year. So whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff or a beach lover, we’ve curated a list featuring some of the best travel destinations in Australia and the best places to visit in 2024. Get ready for experiences that captivate the senses and deliver lasting memories.

Launceston, Tasmania

See the stunning views at the Cataract Gorge. Image from Emilie Ristevski

One of Australia’s oldest and most picturesque cities, Launceston offers an enchanting blend of heritage charm and natural wonders. Head to picturesque Cataract Gorge, a spectacular natural rock formation where the South Esk River carves its way through sheer cliffs. You can also hop aboard the Cataract Gorge chairlift to enjoy panoramic views from above. For a cultural fix, explore the city’s elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture. Don’t miss the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, showcasing Tasmania’s rich history and contemporary art scene.

Where to stay

Stay close to things to do in Launceston by settling in at Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston. Built-in 1847, this heritage-listed gem offers the convenience of modern facilities and old-world charm.

Esperance, Western Australia

Kangaroos at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park. Image from Tourism Western Australia.

If your idea of a perfect escape involves pristine beaches and turquoise waters, Esperance in WA is a must-visit. Known for its untouched beauty, Esperance boasts some of the world’s most dazzling white sand beaches. Spend your days lounging at Lucky Bay, where kangaroos often join beachgoers for a sun-soaked experience. Explore the Cape Le Grand National Park, home to rugged coastal cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and scenic hiking trails. Capture the breathtaking views from Frenchman Peak and embrace the serenity of this coastal paradise.

Where to stay

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, across the road from the beach and foreshore and walking distance from town. You won’t be left wondering what to see and do in Esperance in this location. Twilight Bay is only a short drive away on the Great Ocean Drive tourist loop.

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Hahndorf, South Australia

Stop by Beerenberg Farms when visiting Hahndorf! Image Josh Geelen

Step into the charming village of Hahndorf, tucked into the Adelaide Hills, where the streets are lined with cobblestones and historic Germanic architecture. The rich heritage of this dates back to the 19th century when German settlers made it their home. Browse boutique shops and galleries, and re-fuel at cafes and cosy pubs offering traditional German fare. Hahndorf is also a gateway to the surrounding wine regions, providing ample opportunities for wine enthusiasts to explore the Adelaide Hills’ renowned vineyards.

Where to stay

You’ll find plenty of places to stay, including stylish and modern accommodation in the heart of Hahndorf and next to some of the best things to do in Hahndorf.

Forresters Beach, New South Wales

Stroll along Forresters Beach at sunset. Image from Destination Central Coast

If you’re seeking a tranquil coastal retreat, Forresters Beach on NSW’s Central Coast is the perfect escape. This hidden gem offers a serene atmosphere and stunning ocean views, making it an ideal destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. If you’re wondering what to do in Forresters Beach, take a leisurely stroll along the uncrowded beach, feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the calming sound of the waves. Adventure seekers can explore nearby Bouddi National Park, known for its scenic coastal walks and lush landscapes. 

Where to stay

Unwind in beautiful bespoke accommodation at The Quarters, Ascend Hotel Collection, close to the beach, walking trails, shops and cafes.

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