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Australia’s Best Holiday Spots

With international borders remaining closed for the time being, many Australians are rethinking their holiday plans. The time is perfect to discover the natural beauty of our country.

Whether you discover travel destinations within your state or take a trip across the state border, the options for domestic travel in Australia are endless. We have some of the world’s best beaches, the most untouched bushland, and unique wildlife.

Here are our top ideas for holiday destinations in Australia.

Queensland

Airlie Beach

airlie beach and the whitsunday islands
Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands can be enjoyed all year round

With the Whitsunday Islands just a short sail away and featuring access to the great barrier reef, Airlie Beach has been a popular holiday destination for Queenslanders for years. It features great nightlife, a friendly atmosphere, beachside markets, and stunning natural beauty.

As well as being a town with a bohemian sort of quality, Airlie Beach also offers access to the Great Barrier Reef. Tours out to the reef often include snorkeling and scuba diving for an extra cost.

The best part is, because of our mild Queensland winters, North Queensland can be enjoyed all year round! Unexpected benefits of visiting in winter are cheaper prices, fewer stingers, and less chance of sunburn!

Maleny

If the beach in winter isn’t your thing, a holiday to the hinterland might be just your thing. A cabin in the mountains might be the perfect chance to snuggle in against the cold. The Sunshine Coast hinterland boasts the best of both worlds. It has access to some of the states best walking trails,

Kombi van on the sunshine coast mountaintops

mountains, and waterfalls, and is a short drive to some of the best beaches in the country. Also nearby is the famous Kenilworth Cheese factory, The Eumundi markets, and the gorgeous Kondalilla falls.

The Glasshouse mountains provide the perfect backdrop to a warm fire and a glass of wine on a cold winter evening, and most have well-distinguished hiking trails if you really want to warm your blood.

 

 

Carnarvon Gorge

Set in the deep Central Highlands 8 hours trip from Brisbane, Carnarvon Gorge features diverse landscapes and is rich in native wildlife. Popular with hikers, the national park

Carnarvon Gorge
Beautiful Australian bushland under an azure sky

features an 87km walking trail complete with camping spots. For the less adventurous, there is accommodation nearby and a series of walking trails from beginner to expert.

The towering sandstone cliffs of the gorge are a sight to behold for those looking to take a trip away from the rat race of the city. The area is also home to native animals including platypus, echidna and kangaroos and wallabies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New South Wales

Narooma

unique rock formation with purple sky
Australia Rock at Narooma is one of the nation’s most unique rock formations

The coast south of Sydney is famous for its wide, endlessly long white-sand beaches. Narooma is no different, but it has an added appeal. The nearby Montague island is host to a colony of fur seals, as well as over 90 species of birds. You can take a day trip out to the island and enjoy the sights as well as snorkeling. The mainland also offers many great snorkeling spots, as well as unique rock formations and rock pools teaming with life. The town itself sits upon a hill leading down into the bay and offers breathtaking views.

 

 

Southern Highlands

The Highland plateau just South of Sydney is one of the most interesting regions of NSW. Studded with national parks and waterfalls, rolling green hills, and views of the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley. Oddly enough, the most famous feature of Kangaroo Valley is the wombats! The Bendeela recreation reserve and campgrounds often get

Fitroy falls through the mist
The views from the Fitzroy Falls are awe-inspiring

frequented by the giant mammals in the night. The region also has a range of historic bridges, and walking trails. Fitzroy Falls is a must-see! Also common in the region are lyrebirds and platypus, making it a nature lovers’ dream.

If you are planning on taking a holiday to the Southern Highlands just make sure to pack warm. The temperature is frequently 10 degrees colder than Syndey and surrounds!

 

 

South West Rocks

sunny beach and rocks in summer
South West Rocks is one of the Central Coasts best-kept secrets

The Central Coast of New South Wales features some of the state’s most untouched beaches, so it’s hard to pick just one. The best way to see this part of the state is by road trip. The coast is studded with dozens of headlands, sheltering perfect swimming beaches and rich with local wildlife. The highlight is definitely South West Rocks, a small town 450 kms north of Sydney. Enjoy stunning views from the lighthouse, chat with the friendly locals, and make sure you take a trip to the nearby Hat Head.

 

 

 

Victoria

Thredbo

Kosciuszko winter mountains
Kosciuszko National Park is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored

We are so lucky in Australia to have such a wide variety of landscapes. The ski fields around Mt Kosciuszko are worlds away from the year-round tropical climate in the far north of the country.

Accommodation options include farm stays, bed and breakfasts as well as hotels and camping for the truly brave! Entry to the national park costs $17 per vehicle and lift passes for the ski slopes cost about $150 for an adult. Thredbo experiences the best snowfall from July to August.

 

Lakes Entrance

Seaside entrance to a large inland lake
The entry point to the biggest network of inland lakes in the southern hemisphere, just outside Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is known as the fishing capital of Australia. It is situated about 300km east of Melbourne, in the Gippsland Lakes region.

Famous for being the biggest expanse of inland waterways in the southern hemisphere, the region also hosts the iconic 90 mile beach. A popular holiday destination, the town has a focus on water-related activities but also has a number of panoramic lookouts of the region. Nearby is the Ewing Morass wildlife reserve, a popular nature park.

 

The Grampians

Woman looking out over rocky mountain valley
The rocky peaks of the grampians make for a unique view

Located northwest of Melbourne, the Grampians are a perfect mountain getaway. Studded with cozy bed and breakfasts, stunning walking trails, and rocky mountains, the Grampians look like a world of their own. There are many adventure activities, including rock climbing, abseiling, and quad biking. The region is also host to many wineries that host events such as picnics, wine tours, and chestnut roasting in the autumn!

 

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