2019 Travel Bucket List

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We’ve found the top destinations to visit in 2019 - from stunning beach escapes and adventure capitals to must-see foodie cities hiding in plain sight. Make it your year to travel and plan your visit to these trending destinations.

Foodie favourites

Discover Launceston Alexandra Gorge, Tasmania

Launceston, Australia

Love food, art, design and nature? Then you’ll love Launceston. Surrounded by rolling hills and ancient, fern-wreathed oak trees, this boutique river city located at the head of the pristine Tamar Valley has all you need for the perfect getaway whatever the occasion. With a thriving food and wine scene set amongst elegant Georgian streetscapes, it’s pretty easy to feast all day. And when you need to work it all off head out for a hike at Cataract Gorge, or enjoy a little devil worship at Trowunna Wildlife Park.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Known around the world for being the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown also offers a softer side, with its emerging restaurant scene, internationally renowned golf courses and vibrant new wineries. Find a spot at the edge of Lake Wanaka and drink in the views, take a scenic plane ride over Milford Sounds, ride the Skyline Gondola or head further up the lake at Glenorchy for some stunning wilderness. A popular year round destination, there's a reason Queenstown has such an exciting reputation. 

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Plan your trip to Adelaide Adelaide Hills Winery

Adelaide, Australia

Want to try some of Australia’s best food and wine? Then add Adelaide to your list. With its festivals, beaches, a thriving small bar scene and attractions like the Barossa Valley, the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island close by, the City of Churches is now ideal for a weekend away or longer. Uncover its laneway secrets, marvel at the stunning flora in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, find delicious treats at Adelaide Central Market, visit Glenelg and then taste your way through wineries in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

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City greats

Find out what to do in Auckland Cornwallis Wharf, Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Rich in culture and natural beauty, the harbour city of Auckland is rated the world’s third most liveable city. And it’s easy to see why. Whether you take in the views from Mount Wellington, climb the iconic Sky Tower, sample local wine, or explore the breathtaking landscapes of Waiheke Island, Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island, you’re never more than 30 minutes away from something spectacular in Auckland. 

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Read more about Melbourne Melbourne Yarra River

Melbourne, Australia

Whether it’s your first time venturing to this bay-side capital or you've worn the soles of your sneakers on its cobblestone laneways many times before, Melbourne will almost always have something new to explore. Stroll through the Queen Victoria markets, then escape the crowds with a picnic at the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. Love coffee? Take advantage of Melbourne’s thriving café culture and treat yourself to a pick-me-up while browsing the  unique stores and museums.

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Plan a trip to Sydney Sydney Harbour

Sydney, Australia

A coastal metropolis that hugs its harbour like a proud parent, Australia's biggest city does 'quality lifestyle' better than most. Its enviable climate, laid-back vibe and beachside culture sit comfortably alongside world-class restaurants, a vibrant arts scene and retail hotspots. Soak in the iconic views of Sydney Harbour, The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge located in The Rocks or wander along the waterfront promenade at Circular Quay. 

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Big adventures

Read more about Osaka Japanese Geishas

Osaka, Japan

With its laidback, rambunctious atmosphere and bright neon lights, Osaka is the quirky and fun-loving, third-largest city of Japan. It’s also Japan’s best destination for dining. So grab your chopsticks and tuck into tasty street eats like stuffed omelette pancakes, then hit up the unpretentious, yet welcoming yakitori and udon noodle bars. You can also experience Japan’s fascinating history with a trip to the spectacular 16th century Osaka Castle, a five-layer traditional donjon. With its bustling street life, yummy food and good times, you’ll love every moment in Osaka.

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Learn more about Broome Cable Beach

Broome, Australia

Discover a land before time in Broome. With ancient dinosaur footprints, rich red earth, bright turquoise waters and the fascinating Aboriginal culture, this is a place where you not only see the land, but you feel it too. Watch the camel train along Cable Beach, marvel at the wondrous Staircase to the Moon, see rare snubfin dolphins frolic in Roebuck Bay or discover the coastal wilderness of the Dampier Peninsula or the rugged red gorges of The Kimberley. Broome showcases some of the best Australia has to offer.

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