Need a trip away, but you're too late (and unorganised) to plan a trip overseas? Check out some of our favourite holiday destinations on the back of your doorstep at home!
Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. It’s home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and a huge, diverse range of bird species too. (Actually, Kangaroo Island often called Australia’s ‘Galapagos...’ so there you go); plus it’s surrounded by beautiful wineries making it a killer foodie destination. It’s the place to getaway to if you really want to disconnect and get back to nature. In fact, the place has no street lights, no chain restaurants and half of the island is still native bushland. So if disconnecting is your goal you’ll feel right at home. Head to Seal Bay, located on the Island’s south coast to gawk at a beach littered with Australian sea lions or stay mainland and go nuts shopping for local Aussie designers.
We have to say that Byron Bay is not only a must visit destination in Australia for backpackers, but it’s one for Aussies too. And if you haven’t been, you have to get there - stat. (Although preferably not during peak season because everything will be super expensive/there’ll probably be no place for you to stay.) Anyway, known for its beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites Byron Bay is a coastal town located in the south east of NSW. It’s super chill, a tad hippy and filled with the most delicious food and coffee that'll make you never want to leave. We recommend driving 10 minutes out of Byron town to ‘The Farm’ co-op on the edge of the highway. There you’ll find an outpost of Bronte’s famous Three Blue Ducks restaurant, where all their ingredients are sourced from the farm. Or stay and nom raw treats at Naked Treaties, or sip on whiskey, a bunch of juices and eat at The Roadhouse restaurant – seriously foodies rejoice! You'll legit be in heaven.
Broome is a beach resort town in Western Australia’s Kimberley Region. Think pristine white sandy beaches and temps that are hot all year round. Why travel overseas when there’s a teensy bit of paradise here back home? Seriously. Along the Indian coastline you’ll find Cable Beach, where you can literally jump on a camel and go for a ride at sunrise or sunset. Or head to Gantheaume Point nearby, which will not only = the perfect Instagram moment, but will also lead you to dinosaur tracks visible during low tide. Or book a day at the Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane the ultimate day spa and relax to the max while you’re there.
Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a little on the pricier side of things, although if you can afford it – you won’t regret it. Plus it’s a kick ass wedding/honeymoon destination too. Anyway, think lush, tropical gardens, white beaches, pristine coral and marine life – basically, everything that non-Aussies envision Australia to be. It’s a highly sought after destination and you won’t get bored. Take on the water sports, lay on the famous Whitehaven beach, or just chill with a cocktail or three and eat. You can't go wrong.
Images: Australian Traveller, hamiltonisland.com.au, Pinterest; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi.
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