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THE TOP 20 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

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16. SNOWBOARD OR SKI AT THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS

Home to Australia’s highest peaks, the aptly named ‘Snowies’ are blessed with plenty of snowfall in winter, sunshine in summer, and rugged high-country beauty all year round. Here you can find yourself snowboarding, skiing and partying at music festivals during the main season, while hiking, horse riding or mountain biking are possible off-peak. Whatever your style of adventure, chances are high that you’ll find it in the Snowies.

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17. DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL

TASMANIA

It may be small, but you shouldn’t travel to Australia without hopping over to Tasmania. This island awesome little island hosts mountainous wilderness unparalleled by anywhere else in the country. From Cradle Mountain to Wineglass Bay, Tassie is well-suited to nature lovers, but is also known for quality wine, food, and a quirky arts scene. And make sure to visit MONA in Hobart, arguably Australia’s best known and most controversial art gallery.

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18. EXPLORE

KANGAROO ISLAND

Stunning landscapes, quaint towns, empty beaches, dunes like the Sahara and kangaroos (of course!) - Kangaroo Island has got them all. Just a short trip off the coast of South Australia, this incredible island is a sanctuary for wildlife, with whales, sea lions, koalas and wombats wandering everywhere. It's also known for a thriving gourmet food and wine industry. It doesn't get more Australian than this!

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19. TAKE A SHORT BREAK

IN WINE COUNTRY

Wine aficionados rejoice! Australia is home to some world-class wine regions, including the Hunter Valley (near Sydney), the Barossa Valley (near Adelaide) and the Margaret River (near Perth). And whether you're a wine fan or not, these regions are really beautiful and there's plenty to do, including bike rides through the country, hot air ballooning, craft beer breweries and some top-notch dining.

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20. TAKE A HIKE

IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

If you're in Sydney then it's an absolute must that you go to the stunning Blue Mountains. This region boasts an endless list of possibilities for short breaks, including bush walking, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking and horse riding. And once you’ve spent time exploring you can enjoy one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants in the charming historic towns in the area.

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