Top things to try in Australia in 2020
From epic surf parks to gourmet escapes, be one of the first to explore Australia's hottest new experiences in 2020. There’s no better time to visit.
Among the many iconic activities that Australia boasts, 2020 brings an abundance of emerging experiences for you to enjoy in true Aussie fashion. Cheer along with the crowd at the ICC T20 World Cup cricket, indulge in one-of-a-kind food and spirits, and experience the Great Barrier Reef like few others have. Get your bucket list ready – here are the best Australian experiences waiting for you to discover.
Sleep in an underwater hotel room on the reef
The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, The Museum of Underwater Art will launch in 2020 on the Great Barrier Reef. Discover art, science, culture and conservation 80 kilometres offshore.
By day or night, the Great Barrier Reef is simply magical. The islands are unforgettable, the beaches are sparkling white and the colourful marine life is abundant. Now, your experience of this incredible underwater world doesn’t have to end when you emerge from the ocean. Reefsuites, Australia’s first underwater accommodation, gives you a front-row seat to the reef’s residents through floor-to-ceiling windows in your fully submerged room. Located among the Whitsunday Islands on the Reefworld pontoon, you’ll experience not only the unforgettable accommodation, but also a dinner under the stars, a private guided snorkelling tour and a semi-submarine tour. This new way of experiencing one of Australia’s most famous natural wonders is a memory you’ll never forget.Show more
Discover the thriving culture of the Tiwi Islands
When to visit
Head to the islands in March 2020 for the 50th anniversary of the Tiwi Islands Football League Grand Final and Art Sale. This major annual event showcases Tiwi culture, local art and exquisite football.
Just under 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Darwin are the Tiwi Islands. Made up of two inhabited islands – Melville and Bathurst Islands – it is one of Australia’s most welcoming and culturally distinct destinations. With its relatively isolated location, the Aboriginal culture of the Tiwi Islands thrives through art, sport and connection to country. On a Sealink - Tiwi by Design tour, a local guide will welcome you into the Tiwi community with a traditional ceremony before sharing the Tiwi culture and history. You’ll even have the chance to create your own piece of Aboriginal art to take home.Show more
Explore Sydney’s hidden corners
If striking white sandy beaches, rustic coastal walks and trendy waterfront dining sound like your picture-perfect holiday, the Bondi to Manly walk is a must for your 2020 hotlist. Explore Sydney's natural beauty on this scenic trail plotted out ready for you to discover the city's most dazzling spots and magnificent wildlife, all on one hike. It's not just breathtaking views and a good day’s exercise you’ll gain from this hike. Discover momentous spots including the 200-year-old Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and surfer's paradise, Manly Beach.
New to 2020, the Bondi to Manly walk kicks-off on the trendy sands of Bondi Beach, and continues for another 80 kilometres curving along the coast, with plenty of spots to take a breather overnight or join in where you please. Take a pitstop at Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat for an elegant evening overlooking the idyllic landscape of Sydney Harbour, before waking up to some of the country’s cutest creatures.
Treat yourself to a gourmet escape
Western Australia is spoiled with sensational produce, from Geraldton lobsters to Manjimup truffles. So it’s no wonder the state celebrates its stunning food and wine with an epic ten-day Gourmet Escape. In November this year, the Western Australia Gourmet Escape expands from the Margaret River region to include Perth and the Swan Valley. The festival draws big names, having in past years included the likes of Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone and Rick Stein, but the program of events includes far more than chef talks. Dine at a gourmet beach BBQ, sip chardonnay at long-table lunches among the vines and indulge in some of the country’s most pristine produce.
Cheer along at a cricket match
Few sports are as important to the Australian way of life as cricket. In 2020, Australia will host one of the most exciting cricket events of the year – the ICC T20 World Cup. The best men’s and women’s teams from around the world will battle it out in capital cities across the country. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, held in February and March of 2020, will be the biggest women’s sporting event ever staged in Australia. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, held in October and November of 2020, will be played across seven cities. Choose to attend the action-packed matches in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.
Learn to ride like a pro
Did somebody say perfect waves? Hop off the plane at Melbourne and within minutes you’ll be surfing more waves than you’ve caught all year at Australia's first wave park, UrbnSurf. Follow in Chris Hemsworth's footsteps and carve your way through unlimited epic barrels on this customised lagoon, serving up the most delicious waves in the state for you to ride. If surfing's new to you, embrace the optimistic Aussie spirit and book yourself a surf lesson for an hour and 45 minutes of expert instruction, which will have you cruising down the lagoon’s white-water in no time. Offering 1,000 waves and 3,600 surfable positions every hour, this pumping park is the ideal place for individuals of all surfing abilities to improve their skills in safe and controlled conditions.Show more
Uncover the cool in Australia's capital city
Canberra may be the hub of the Australian government, but the city doesn’t take itself too seriously. Quirky fine dining, exquisite world-class art and hot air balloon rides are all on the menu in Canberra. Start your trip with a visit to the National Gallery of Australia to see Van Gogh’s famous shades of yellow. For the first time in history the gallery will host the Sunflowers painting from November 2020 to February 2021, as well as other works of art that date back as far as 1640. If there’s any time to soak up the city’s art scene, it’s now.
Next up, delve into the delicious menu of the newly opened David Bowie-inspired, Rebel Rebel. This charismatic restaurant owned by head chef of the well-established and trendy Monster Kitchen, dishes up all-day dining at a fair price for you to enjoy under artistic architecture.Show more
Experience Tasmania's newest adventures
Located just a 55-minute flight off Australia’s South Coast, the island-state of Tasmania is bursting with history, colour, wildlife, and plenty of new experiences to be discovered in 2020.
Start your trip by tucking into some of the juiciest and delicious seafood in Australia on an Oyster Bay Tour — new for 2020. Freycinet Marine Farm, located on the spectacular Freycinet peninsula, is inviting travellers to join them on an authentic oyster farm tasting experience. Wade out into the pristine waters, soak up the wonderfully fresh Tasmanian air and collect high-quality pacific oysters and mussels among the mecca of wildlife that surrounds these waters. The only thing better than eating seafood straight out of the ocean is picking it yourself.Show more
Sip inspired spirits in South Australia
It’s true that South Australia boasts beautiful wine, but the same regions that produce top drops are also known for their unique take on spirits. Just a one-hour drive from Adelaide is the Adelaide Hills Distillery, which has collaborated with Indigenous-owned Something Wild to create Green Ant Gin – made with hand-harvested green ants for pops of lime and coriander flavour. Just twenty minutes away is Ambleside Distillers; relax with a handcrafted cocktail or sign up for a gin blending experience. You'll choose from over 20 botanicals to create your own unique blend. Continue your journey to the Barossa – try the Shiraz Gin at Barossa Distilling Company – and finally to the Clare Valley to follow the famous Riesling Trail.