With Australia Day just around the corner, leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au has released its ‘Aussie bucket list’ destination research which reveals one of our most iconic natural landmarks, Uluru has taken out the crown of Australia’s number one bucket list destination.
According to the survey, of 4100+ Australians, the top 10 Aussie bucket list destinations that people have not yet visited, but which they intend too, are:
1. Uluru, NT
2. Great Barrier Reef, QLD
3. The Kimberley, WA
4. The Whitsundays, QLD
5. Kakadu National Park, NT
6. Margaret River Region, WA
7. Lord Howe Island, NSW
8. Wineglass Bay , TAS
9. Great Ocean Road, VIC
10. Kangaroo Island, SA
lastminute.com.au spokesperson, Louise Ryan says having personally travelled to the Uluru, she can vouch for the fact that it’s raw beauty and outback glow make it a top bucket list destination.
“Is there anything more Australian than wanting to visit Uluru? Its rich red desert sands, champagne worthy sunsets, not to mention its incredible spiritual presence; it’s an outback journey every Aussie should make.
“However, it’s important to also note that the other contenders on the bucket list really highlight the diversity we have on our own doorstep and how lucky we are to live in Australia.
“Whether you are after a beach escape, food and wine indulgence, outback adventure, good old fashion road trip, or tropical paradise, our island home has it covered for bucket list travellers.
“The research also showed Aussie’s plan to visit their favourite bucket list destinations ‘someday’. At lastminute.com.au we are all about living every last minute, so we are urging Aussie’s to stop waiting for someday and book their bucket list trip in 2015”.
Go all out this Australia Day and plan a 2015 Aussie bucket list holiday:
1. Uluru, NT: Ride a camel, sip champagne while watching The Rock’s sunset glow, explore the mystical Kata Tjuta, a visit to Uluru is all about adventure and outback escapism. Ayers Rock Resort has a variety of accommodation options from budget to luxury on offer.
2. Great Barrier Reef, QLD: This world heritage listed destination is home to thousands of tropical fish, turtles and dolphins. Opt to stay at one of the tropical North’s main towns, Port Douglasor Cairns for easy access to the reef.
3. The Kimberley, WA: The location to many of the scenes of Baz Lurhman’s romantic outback film, Australia, The Kimberley is home to incredible water holes, a crocodile or two, breathtaking gorges and of course the aqua coastal waters of the Indian Ocean. Stay in coastal Broome or outback Kununurra.
4. The Whitsundays, QLD: If your idea of a bucket list holiday equals tropical cocktails by the pool, picnics on secluded beaches and sunsets to die for, then The Whitsundays is the perfect place for you. Stay at world famous Hamilton Island or one of the regions smaller island resorts, such as Daydream Island.
5. Kakadu National Park: Ditch the big city smoke and head for Kakadu in 2015, Australia’s largest national park. Just a few hours from Darwin lies croc-spotting adventures, incredible indigienous history and outback waterfalls and swim holes (safe from the crocs!). Get into the local wildlife spirit and stay at the croc shaped Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel.
6. Margaret River Region, WA: Got wine on your mind? Margaret River is the perfect bucket list destination for food and wine enthusiasts, with hundreds of world class wineries and resturants in this little pocket of the world. The best part is that this is one of the few Australian wine regions which meets the ocean. Meaning you can spend your mornings at the beach and afternoons wine tasting and feasting on local produce. Bliss!
7. Lord Howe Island, NSW: This tiny little island only ever allows 400 visitors on it at a time, making you feel like you have the place to yourself. Spend your days hiking, scuba diving, fishing, paddleboarding or just relaxing on the beach with a good book.
8.Wineglass Bay, TAS: Located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, this little piece of paradise has been named one of the top ten beaches in the world. Soak up the deserted beaches, colourful rocks, and delicious local seafood (hint, don’t miss the local regions oysters!). Stay at Coles Bay.
9. Great Ocean Road, VIC: Aussies love a good old fashioned road trip and the Great Ocean Road is well-known as one of the best. Wind through the long coastal roads, stop off at cute seaside villages and rise early to see the beautiful 12 Apostles at sunrise. Stay along the way at any of the cute B&B's, guesthouses or boutique hotels.
10. Kangaroo Island, SA: Nestled off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is the perfect destination to disconnect and get back to nature and enjoy the ‘real Australia’. Home to plenty of local wildlife, from sea lions, to penguins, echidnas and koalas, Kangaroo Island has a range of budget, mid range and luxury accommodation options on offer.
* Results based on to lastminute.com.au’s 2015 Travel & Lifestyle Report, which surveyed 4100+ Australians.
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