The travel opportunities that lay at our doorstep are often taken for granted. We often talk about summer holidays far away but forget that endless and very unique travel experiences are waiting right at our doorstep.
It's time to (safely) explore the country we're in and support local communities who this year especially have been devastated with bushfires and COVID isolation. And oh how lucky are we - the varied Australian landscape offers a type of experience for everyone.
It’s time to pack your bags and explore our round up of 10 local destinations to spend your summer holidays at.
1. Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Devastated by bushfires early this year, support the local community and explore the breathtaking mountain and valley views, bush walks aplenty and wineries galore.
2. Mount Martha, VIC
Located 68 kilometres south of Melbourne City Centre and on the Mornington Peninsula, this bushland meets coast quiet town is where you will find The Pillars - think crystal clear water, steep cliffs and pebble beaches.
3. Coolum Beach, QLD
A beachside town and coastal suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region, Coolum is laid-back and ideal for families with its patrolled surf beaches, surfing hot-spots and the best fish and chips in town.
4. Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
Located forty minutes South of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers some of the very best in coastal, scenic and culinary experiences in Adelaide. Our tip? The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale - the home of sustainable wine production. This may just be paradise for wine lovers and foodie's.
5. Bruny Island, TAS
Picturesque and peaceful, the island is home to long sandy beaches, coastal heathland, and bush-walks. Spot the island’s abundance of unique wildlife including the White Wallaby.
6. Katherine, NT
Katherine is where the outback meets the tropics. For those who like adventure - explore the Nitmiluk National Park, Mataranka Thermal Pool and Cutta Cutta Caves; Australia’s only tropical limestone cave.
7. Tharwa, ACT
Located 35km south of Canberra, this picturesque, small country village is the perfect place to explore local produce and have a picnic in the surrounding national parks including the Gigerline Nature Reserve.
8. Braidwood, NSW
Perched high in the Southern Tablelands, the town is rich in history. Explore the heritage streets, museums, national parks and old-style pubs in the area.
9. Coral Bay, WA
A marine paradise and ideal family holiday destination, the World Heritage-listed site’s locals are passionate about protecting and sharing their thriving marine sanctuary of whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, coral gardens and over 500 different species of fish.
10. Bundaberg. QLD
After a day of snorkelling you will find fresh produce and local farm-to-table restaurants at every corner of this coastal town. As the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg is a great spot to base yourself and hop out to the surrounding islands.
So, who’s ready to reconnect, recharge and explore the best of Australia?