Well, it’s 2019. As we make our way around the sun yet again, there are new places to be explored and the less discovered they are, in our opinion – the better.

This year, we’ve opted to show you some seemingly unknown destinations so you can marvel at the stunning sights before everyone else gets to them!

So, why not finally take that great Australian road trip and hit up any (or preferably all) of these hot spots.

  1. Pebble Beach, Yeppoon, Queensland

Nestled between two steep jagged rock cliffs, this tiny beach is truly something to behold. While there’s absolutely no sight of anything resembling a pebble, this misnamed beach has views to take your breath away. Just a short walk up to either look out on each side will have you peering out at views of the Keppel Island group, Yeppoon and the surrounding Capricorn Coastline. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some of the local whales!

2. Karijini National Park, WA

If natural freshwater swimming holes, beautiful gorges and local flora are your thing, then Karjini National Park is the place for you. As Western Australia’s second largest national park, this wild expanse has some of the best the Australian outback has to offer. Swimming, stunning views, wildflowers, and hiking are just some of the activities you can undertake at Karjini. While it’s a bit of trek from Perth at 1400km, this Western Australian road trip is almost as beautiful and scenic as the park itself. You’ll also find great lodging at one of the local eco-retreats.

3. Robe, SA

“South Australia’s Favourite Seaside Town” – enough said! Robe has a few more of the metropolitan delights than some of the other places on this list, but don’t let that make you think it’s lacking in outdoor wonder. Robe has great fishing, beautiful ocean views, lakes, bushland on top of its heritage listed historic buildings and craft breweries. At just 270 kilometres outside of Adelaide, Robe is worth the trip.

4. Sherbrooke Forest, Vic

Famous for its superb lyrebirds, Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria is a great place for bird lovers and naturalists alike. With a breathtaking hiking trail complete with waterfalls and towering trees, this natural beauty is one of Victoria’s hidden treasures. When you’ve finished hiking, stop for a picnic at O’Donoghue’s picnic ground!

5. Keep River National Park, WA

Straddling the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Keep River National Park is home to some of Australia’s most ancient Aboriginal rock art. The epitome of “the outback”, Keep River is a must see for anyone looking to get a true taste of Australia. Take a hike down the Jenemoom Walk to see some of the rock paintings, but be on the lookout for crocs and keep out of the water!

6. Tasman Peninsula, Tas

The Tasman Peninsula has some of the best sights to see in Tasmania. Towering cliffs (300 metres high!) and breathtaking rock formations truly make this a sight for a traveller’s sore eyes. There’s also no shortage of Aussie wildlife – brushtail possums, wallabies, wombats, bandicoots, Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins and whales are all on the menu (not literally) at the Tasman Peninsula.

7. Bitter Springs, Elsey National Park, NT

Weary traveller? Then look no further than the crystal clear spring-fed thermal pools of Bitter Springs. Nestled in among tropical palms and woodlands, Bitter Springs really does have that “oasis” feeling to it. Whether you’re stopping for the night to camp or just passing through, this beautiful spot in Northern Territory’s Elsey National Park is a perfect rest stop for the tired explorer on that outback road trip.

Our advice –  don’t expect these gems to stay seemingly undiscovered for long. The sooner you begin exploring these Australian hot spots the better. Why not lock in some dates at your local Thrifty car hire location today and set off on that Australian road trip you’ve long been putting off.