With every New Year comes an opportunity to re-assess your diary and lay out goals – whether personal, professional or travel-related – for the year ahead.
And while you might think you have your heart and mind set on foreign soils, there is plenty to experience and adore in Australia too.
Travel experts recommended to FEMAIL the eight Aussie destinations to add to your travel bucket list for 2019 – and explained just why they are worth visiting.
From pristine national parks to farms, mountains and crystal clear waters, here’s where you should be using your annual leave for in the next 12 months.
Just 75 minutes from Brisbane on the sub-tropical Moreton Island lies the pristine waters, white sandy beaches and untouched National Parks of Tangalooma.
Once there, you can enjoy snorkelling in one of the most picturesque destinations in Australia – the Tangalooma Wrecks – exploring the ageless coral-crusted surfaces and floating among a myriad of tropical fish.
It’s not just underwater activities that are plentiful here, either. Once you’re done in the sea, you can try sand tobogganing, parasailing or quad biking.
There are many drawcards to Gantheaume Point, but travel experts say the principal appeal is the beautiful red cliffs, which create an incredible fringe backdrop to camp against beneath stars.
The curious can head down to where the Indian Ocean meets the sand at low-tide to catch glimpses of dinosaur footprints embedded in the intricate plain.
The Northern Territory has become increasingly popular with intrepid travellers in recent years – and for good reason.
There is so much to see.
Many travellers are drawn to Katherine Gorge’s ancient sandstone architecture and winding maze-like lake.
Wading through 13 of its prehistoric gorges is an experience that a photo can’t do justice – and one the experts say is best done during the dry season.
Imagine breaking through the clouds and taking the first glance of a sunrise before the rest of the country.
This is just one of the things you can enjoy from the summit of Mount Wellington in Tasmania.
Take yourself, your bike or 4WD up to the top, where you will be rewarded with incomparable views
For those living in Sydney who fancy an adventure close by, Hatter’s Hideout and Lodge near the Blue Mountains will allow you to rent a cave.
Described as a ‘natural sandstone cathedral’, the cave sits 20 metres high, wide and deep, and can be set up for campfires, barbecues and camping.
A true bushland retreat – but not too far from the city.
Safari through the monumental Outback of Australia and camp out in a swag at one of the Flinders Ranges’ farms or working cattle stations.
This is a true blue adventure-packed trip, ideally suited to those who don’t mind roughing it.
Immerse yourself in the region by exploring, wildlife spotting and fossil hunting via foot, 4WD or air.
A golf enthusiast’s dream, this Links course, running from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia, boasts 18 holes spanning 1,365 kilometres.
Each hole can be played in each passing town or road house along the highway, and includes a green and tee as well as an outback-style natural terrain fairway.
The second Tasmanian hot spot to make the list, Thalia Haven is a venue like no other.
Imagine a 130-acre wooded peninsula, as well as unprecedented views of Great Oyster Bay, you can soak up the scenery from an outdoor tub and truly get away from it all for a weekend.