If you’ve dreamed of taking an Australian holiday escape, now is the time to #HolidayHereThisYear!
Whether it’s a city escape, bush bashing trip or perhaps you have an empty esky ready to fill with delicious fresh produce, make this the year you support the communities recently impacted by bushfires, flooding and now COVID.
Many of these destinations are an easy drive from their local capital city, perfect for a weekend escape. Or spend a few days or more and really dig into the best each region has on show. Let’s all band together to help book them out while creating unforgettable memories across this beautiful country.
Along the NSW South Coast, about a two hours’ drive from Sydney, you’ll find a place where nature, food, and wildlife meet. This is Shoalhaven.
A must-do experience in the region is heading to Jim Wild’s Oyster Shack. Order these freshly shucked by the dozen and add a touch of ground pepper and lemon for a decadent treat (though Jim will tell you they’re best with tabasco sauce!).
If you prefer your food with a view, take a long lunch at Mountain Ridge Winery. After exploring the cellar door and art gallery, order a pizza from their on-site restaurant and enjoy the sweeping views of the valley from your perch in the Coolangatta Mountain.
With stretches of picturesque white sand beach, it’s also a great place to go for a swim, try your hand at surfing or head out into the bay to go whale watching!
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East Gippsland, VIC
Blessed with natural beauty, East Gippsland is a wonderful place to experience an idyllic holiday. The region will charm you with its waterfront villages, scenic country landscapes and impressive beaches.
The Gippsland Lakes are immense. Thought to be Australia’s largest inland waterways, covering more than 400 square kilometres, the region is a favourite among locals for its sailing, fishing, canoeing or boating. While you are exploring the lakes, watch out for the endangered Burrunan dolphins frolicking in the water or even whales!
Extend your stay in the region by visiting Great Alpine Road and High Country. Experience charming villages, mountain views, and a great adventure when you hike, camp or 4X4 through the rugged alpine landscapes along the Great Alpine Road.
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Sunshine Coast, QLD
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect location for a quick escape year-round. Located just 90-minutes north of Brisbane, there’s so much to do. From exploring Noosa’s thriving food scene to visiting the heritage-listed Fraser Island with its white-sand beaches and historic shipwrecks.
Make sure you find your way into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Glass House Mountains are a natural playground filled with walking tracks, scenic lookouts, and plenty of places for climbing enthusiasts to play!
Support local artisans at Eumundi Market. This well-known market opens twice weekly hosting stalls from local artisans stocking fashion, art, homewares and fashion!
For those seeking a more rugged Queensland adventure, consider traversing Queensland’s Gulf Country, a vast region in top north Queensland dotted with geological wonders, historic mining towns, some of the countries best stargazing and legendary fishing spots.
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Adelaide Hills, SA
A leafy-haven, just 20 minutes from the city centre, the Adelaide Hills are one of the most beautiful areas of Australia. When asking a local what to do, there’s one answer that will quickly emerge popular: eat and drink!
Dishing up world-class dining with fresh South Australian produce, you’ll be wowed at what the region dishes up. Be sure to add a glass of local wine – there are more than 60 wineries in the region – to your meal or go straight to a cellar door – like Bird in Hand – to meet the characters behind the bottle.
While there, pamper yourself with a visit to the home of world-famous skin-care range Jurlique just minutes from Mount Barker. The biodynamic farm is open to the public to go behind the scenes and learn about what goes into making their indulgent products.
Hungry for more? Lying off the mainland of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is still open for business! This island is known not only for its fresh produce but also as a wildlife protection area where you can see koalas, penguins, seals, and more!
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