Kathmandu has enlisted the help of six Australian travel experts to find their favourite Australian travel destinations.
The travel experts include people from adventurers to celebrities, with the list featuring their favourite summer getaways. The experts include Home and Away star and keen travel photographer Jackson Gallagher, travel photographer Tim Coulson, “The Naked Traveller” Tyson Mayr, travel photographers, Matt and Mia Glastonbury and Neighbours star Zoe Cramond.
The list coincides with a social media campaign launched by Kathmandu that gives readers a chance to win a holiday to New Zealand.
In no particular order, the travel experts called out these amazing locations:
Jackson Gallagher, who stars on Home and Away says his home town of Hepburn Springs in Victoria is the one and only location that has him feeling grounded. Hepburn Springs is located in the middle of Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs and sits just an hour from Melbourne.
“Whether it’s going for a horse ride with my mum out in the bush, or a bike ride along a dirt track with my dad, it’s the perfect escape. Hepburn Springs will always be a favourite spot of mine as it always brings back nostalgic childhood memories and leaves me feeling peaceful and grounded,” he says.
Tim Coulson, a travel photographer, thinks that the New South Wales south coast is the place to visit for incredible scenery, stunning cliff-top walks and huge stretches of beach and coast line.
“Less than an hour south of Sydney, the NSW south-coast is an incredible stretch of coastline which rivals anywhere in the world. The spot really is like no other,” Coulson says.
Tyson Mayr, also known as “The Naked Traveller”, says that his favourite Australian summer travel destination is Jervis Bay in New South Wales, while Neighbours star Zoe Cramond is a huge fan of Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Finally, Matt and Mia Glastonbury, both travel photographers, say that Maria island, which sits as a short ferry ride from Tasmania’s east coast, is the only place to be in summer. The island’s sweeping bays, incredible wildlife and rugged cliffs draw thousands of visitors from around the world.
“It’s the perfect spot for a weekend hiking trip, a camping getaway, or a snorkel at Painted Cliff, Maria Island is a secret Aussie spot that the travel websites don’t often share with you,” the Glastonbury’s say.
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