Two women swimming in the calm Glen Helen Gorge next to red cliffs © Tourism NT/Mitchell Cox

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A freshwater gorge runs through red rock cliffs on either side in the West MacDonnell Ranges © Tourism NT/Mel Brautigam

West MacDonnell Ranges, NT © Tourism NT/Mel Brautigam

The Rubik’s Cube shaped d’Arenberg Cube restaurant sits behind green grapevines in McLaren Vale © d'Arenberg Pty Ltd

d’Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale, South Australia © d'Arenberg Pty Ltd

Two people walk into the ocean at sunset at Tathra Beach in New South Wales © Destination NSW

Tathra Beach, Tathra, New South Wales © Destination NSW 

A wide, calm river runs through the bright green Daintree Rainforest © Tourism and Events Queensland

Daintree River, Daintree National Park, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Aerial view of a green forest and blue ocean separated by a stretch of golden sand in Gippsland © Visit Victoria

Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, Victoria © Visit Victoria

The rugged Mount Barney sits behind a valley covered in mist in Queensland’s Scenic Rim © Tourism and Events Queensland

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Man and dog walk along orange lichen-covered rocks on Tasmania’s Flinders Island © Tourism Australia

Flinders Island, Tasmania © Tourism Australia

Small girl picks produce and puts it in a basket in Gundaroo, New South Wales © VisitCanberra

Cork Street, Gundaroo, New South Wales © VisitCanberra

The inside of the architecturally interesting Ovolo Nishi building in Canberra shows long wooden boards leading down a staircase © VisitCanberra

Ovolo Nishi Building, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Aerial view of a cray fishing boat speeding through blue ocean water in the Abrolhos Islands © Tourism Western Australia

Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia 

Aerial image of a magazine on a table with travel items © Australian Traveller

Australian Traveller 100 Ways to Holiday Here This Year magazine © Australian Traveller