The rest of the world may still be off limits, but there’s plenty of Aussie alternatives to your favourite international holiday destinations.
From tropical getaways to wilderness journeys, satisfy your dream holiday right here in our own backyard with these 5 amazing destinations.
The rolling hills of Tuscany are a dream for many Aussie travellers, but you can experience the next best thing right here in the Hunter Valley. Located in New South Wales approximately 3.5 hours from Sydney, the Hunter Valley’s picturesque scenery, gorgeous vineyards and rustic accommodation will have you falling head over heels from the moment you arrive. Prepare to be blown away by the Hunter Valley’s natural beauty and amazing food and wine experiences. Here you can visit many of Australia’s top wineries including Oakvale and Mount Pleasant, take a vineyard tour and enjoy a chef’s tasting menu or gourmet cooking class. For an unforgettable experience, travellers should embark on hot air balloon ride over the Hunter Valley at sunrise
It’s no surprise that Aussies love exploring the tropical islands of Bali. But, there's no need to jet abroad for your next tropical holiday, when Australia has an incredible range of islands right here. Introducing: The Whitsundays. Located off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays has so much to offer Aussie travellers. From the family friendly Hamilton Island, and party central of Airlie beach to the luxury oasis of Hayman Island, there is something for everyone in the beautiful Whitsundays. Travellers can enjoy soaking up the vast landscapes, exploring the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, and spending days sailing from island to island beneath the balmy tropical sun.
Sure Yosemite National Park has a lot to brag about — scenic valleys, hiking trails, fresh mountain air, and spectacular views, but so does the Blue Mountains. Located just a short drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains are a must-visit destination where you can experience the best of Australia’s flora and fauna. Travellers can enjoy exploring the vast hiking trails, visiting the Three Sisters and marvelling at the serenity of Katoomba Falls. A beautiful year-round destination, there are many wonderful places to stay in the Blue Mountains. From rustic bed and breakfasts to gorgeous luxury retreats, the Blue Mountains cater to all. Alternatively, if you want to take a day trip to the Blue Mountains, there are a great range of tours departing Sydney daily.
New York City is a bucket list destination for many Aussie travellers. I mean just googling images of Central Park, is enough to inspire wanderlust. However the city that never sleep comes with a steep price tag, and not to mention, a lot of jet lag. So if you’re looking to experience a city with rich culture, a thriving nightlife scene and fantastic public transport look no further than Melbourne. Victoria’s vibrant capital is the perfect destination for a weekend away, and unlike NYC, it won't cost you an arm and leg. Spend your time shopping up a storm at Bourke Street, exploring the vibrant city streets and artwork of Hosier Lane and be sure to catch some live sport at the MCG.
Adventures junkies don’t need to book a flight to Peru for their next hiking adventure, because Tasmania’s Overland Track is just as incredible. Showcasing 65 kilometres of challenging terrain, the Overland Track is a six-day trek that travels through the spectacular Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Renowned as one of the world’s greatest wilderness bushwalks, the Overland Track encompasses ancient rainforests, scenic meadows and breathtaking eucalyptus forests. In Winter, trekkers can look forward to exploring snowy peaks, frozen lakes and a spectacular alpine scenery.