Travelling abroad is an amazing experience. Visiting Europe or the United States can be an experience of a lifetime, but when you think about Australia’s geographic location and the state of our currency at the moment, it may be challenging to simply pop overseas. One of the best solutions to this problem is to book a staycation.
Quite a lot of travel agencies have reported that more and more Aussies choose to go on active staycation rather than to go across the ocean. If you were thinking about a staycation, you’ve come to the right place. We did a bit of digging around and we’ve come up with this short guide through Australia’s staycation spots. Hopefully, this article will point you in the right direction and help you understand how great an active staycation can be. So, without further ado, let’s dive straight into it.
Check Your Immediate Surroundings
When it comes to a staycation, the location is as important as it is when you are travelling abroad. Australia is incredibly vast (crossing the country means crossing 3 time zones, so you can imagine the jet lag), but there are a lot of things to see at almost every point. What you need to do is research.
Look for what your city has to offer and expand the search a bit. Check out what activities are available, go to Google Maps and see if there is anything nearby that caught your attention. There might be an amazing hiking track or an island right around the corner. If you’re in Sydney there are many islands like Shark or Clark Island you can visit and feel a million miles away from your daily routine. If you’re in Brisbane you should definitely visit Bribie, as one of many destinations you can visit with your family, friends or as a romantic getaway.
Enjoy the Festivities
Aussies are known for festive spirits. Here in the Land Down Under you can run into some kind of festival or outdoor happening throughout the entire year. Some of Australia’s festivals have become world-famous, like Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) or Sydney Summer Festival. These festivals are just some of the more famous events that happen in Australia. There are some other amazing events like Adelaide’s Cheesfest or Stanthorpe’s Apple and Grape Harvest Festival. All of these events are multi-purposeful, as they are family friendly, but they are also a great way to change your surroundings. Do your research and look for the cities you don’t know much about. Use Google to find events that suit your preferences and keep your mind open. There are loads of amazing things to see in a country as festive as Australia. You don’t have to travel that far to experience something unique.
It doesn’t take much to really make a unique experience out of your staycation. You need some planning, organizing, researching, and above all, some determination. Instead of going to some expensive hotel somewhere in Europe, why wouldn’t you go camping on Cockatoo Island? If you’re more into watersports and water activities, there are loads of surf camps and surfing schools all over the coast. You can go scuba diving at The Great Barrier Reef or you can book a six-day rafting trip on Franklin River. If you’re more into hiking or intensive walking, there are lots of great guided tours for you to check out. You could take your whole family on an active walking holiday and experience an adventure of a lifetime.
If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, there are loads of things for you in the Land Down Under. You can find skydiving lessons in almost every bigger city, and there are more and more Tiger Moth flight tours almost everywhere across the country. If that’s not enough, you can always face the great white shark face to face with shark diving tours. If you’re more of a science fiction fan, you should try Flyboarding or Hoverboarding and experience the jetpack propulsion on a beautiful beach. You can visit the Gordon Dam and you can become James Bond for a day, as you bungee jump from 140m. Use your imagination and do the research, you will be blown away by the number of great opportunities you can find.
Best Staycation Locations
You can basically find something interesting in every city in Australia, but naturally, some places provide more experiences than others. Here are some of the best places you should keep in mind when you’re planning your staycation.
- Sydney – One of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, Sydney is always packed with tourists. Trying to sum up the Sydney experience into one sentence is impossible, and it’s best to visit it for yourself to really understand how unique this city really is. There is an abundance of great hotels and activities, so do your research and visit this amazing city as soon as you can.
- Darwin – When it comes to absolutely stunning nature – Darwin is the place to visit. There are tons of beautiful beaches and amazing resorts you should check out. You can relax by the sandy beach after a massage here, or you can take a dive into the Crocosaurus Cove and swim with the giant crocodiles.
- Melbourne – If you’re looking for culture and art, you should think about Melbourne. There are tons of amazing galleries and art venues all across the town, and there are loads of amazing hotels and resorts which can make you feel like you’re on the other side of the planet. There are loads of amazing fine-dining restaurants all over, so you can experience world cuisine just around the corner.
Wrapping It Up
A staycation can be as exciting as travelling abroad and visiting other parts of the world, and in Australia, this is the fact. With so many different things you can do all over the country, it’s almost a shame to miss it. Instead of spending quite a lot of time and money on a trip to Europe, do your research and see if there is anything that you could do in your own town. You would be surprised at the number of amazing things you probably didn’t even know about. So, don’t be afraid to try something new and start planning your staycation right away!