Six holiday destinations that are secretly awesome.
London, Paris and Rome are nice, obviously. But there are a whole heap of surprising, undiscovered places you’ve probably never even thought about visiting – and guess what? They’ll probably end up becoming your new favourites.
I’ve come up with a list of my top six suggestions of places you should maybe, probably, DEFINITELY visit this year – as soon as possible.
Each one of these places are special to me, and they are places I either keep coming back to, or plan on going back to as soon as annual leave/money allows.
I’m sure you’ll be just as hooked.
1. Griffith, NSW.
Full disclosure – Griffith is my hometown, so maybe I’m a little biased.
Growing up, I couldn’t wait to leave, but now I’ve left I see what an awesome little place it really is.
It’s 600-odd km from Sydney in the Riverina district. The population is super multicultural, so there’s the most delish Italian food you can get outside of Italy. It’s a wine region, so there are cellar doors galore. And once a year, they even have an event called The Festival of the Sausage (I’m not making that up).
Plus, you can still get a cider at the pub for like $5, so that in itself is a reason to go.
2. Canberra, ACT.
Our nation’s capital gets a bad rap – and I have to admit that I used to be one of those people who would scoff at it.
But now, I have a close friend AND my sister living there, so I’m a frequent visitor, and a big fan.
It’s like a cute country-town/city hybrid. There’s Cockington Green and Questacon. There’s wineries nearby, plus loads of cool bars and restaurants.
There’s more to ‘berra than just pollies in blue ties, people.
3. Mount Gambier, SA.
A few years ago my partner insisted on swinging into town while we were en route to Adelaide, and I was sceptical. I thought it was going to be just a little country town in the middle of nowhere.
But you guys, Gamby is awesome. They have this crazy turquoise blue lake. They have all these weird sinkholes with gardens in the middle. Plus the people are really nice. I’d love to go back next time I’m up that way and if you get the chance, definitely pay it a visit.