After months of being cooped up, Australians are eager to get out and about, breathe in that fresh air and start holidaying once again. We know that road trips within our own shores will be our favoured travel method in the 20/21 summer period and beyond, with RV travel presenting us with the most desirable option in today's pandemic-altered travel climate! Newcomers to RV travel are emerging across the nation, all keen to shake off that cabin fever and experience our awe-inspiring country whilst having control of their own environment.
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While Australia’s stunning East Coast undeniably offers some of the nation’s top tourist spots, the underrated West boasts a plethora of incredible locations that ought to be added to your Aussie travel bucket list for 2020!
The largest of Australia’s six states, Western Australia (WA) comprises a third of the country offering so much more than just arid Outback. You’ll find an unparalleled coastline, national parks, wildlife experiences, exquisite wine and food regions and an exciting and ever-sunny urban capital, the city of Perth. A vast state with so much to offer makes picking just ten must-sees no mean feat, though hopefully the following list provides a solid place to start. The two towns kicking off our list recently made it into Australian travel website Wotif’s annual awards top ten places to visit, which is the first time that two WA locations have made the cut!
With its rolling mountain ranges and spectacular coastline, from Torndirrup National Park's surf-pummelled cliffs to Middleton Beach's white sands and the calm waters of King George Sound, Albany in the state’s South West claimed Wotif’s seventh spot. Known as a little slice of Europe in WA, Albany is the western state’s oldest European settlement, shown through its unique heritage architecture and fascinating museums. Situated on the traditional lands of the Minang Noongar and Wagyl Kaip peoples, Albany is rich in Aboriginal history too, with evidence of habitation dating back over 18,000 years, which makes taking a trip to the award-winning National Anzac Centre a must! As well as being an incredible destination for history buffs, Albany offers lots for families too. Hire bikes and cycle to Emu Point, take a dip at the hidden gem that is Waterfall Beach, take a killer whale boat cruise or have the "best fish and chips in WA" at the award-winning Ocean & Paddock!
Walk along the stunning coastline! Photo via @visitalbanywa
2. Margaret River
WA’s premium wine region took spot nine on Wotif’s list and we can certainly appreciate why. Margaret River is the renowned surfing location and wine region of WA's South West with over 135 wineries, making up 3% of Australia's grape production. However, there is more to the beautiful region than simply great wine and surf. Along with fantastic local produce, art galleries, and impressive coastlines, visitors can explore underground caves, hike untouched trails, and bike through towering forests. A few standout activities for us include hiring SUPs and cruising the turquoise waters of Prevelly or Meelup Beach, taking a dip at the famous Injidup Natural Spa or combining two great past times - wine tasting and cycling - by taking a Sip’n Cycle Winery Tour. An awesome one for the kids (big and small) involves hanging about in the treetops at Forest Adventures South West.
Immerse yourself in the magic of the natural spas. Photo via @margaretriver
3. Swan Valley
While we’re on the topic of wine; just north of Perth lies the picturesque landscape famed for being Western Australia’s oldest wine region, with a 32km loop full of food and wine to indulge in! Blending rich Indigenous history with strong European roots, the Swan Valley not only offers an abundance of wineries but also walking trails like no other, historic buildings and some of the finest foods in the state. A few tips from us; take a relaxing boat cruise along the blue waters of the Swan River from the CBD right through to the Swan Valley, or sample some decadent delights from Windarra Honey, Margaret River Chocolate Company or Mondo Nougat! Fun child-friendly activities include hand-feeding roos at the Caversham Wildlife Park, navigating a challenging maze, or playing mini-golf at the Maze, as well as plummeting down an inflatable slide at Outback Splash!
Take a walk through the vines. Photo via @westernaustralia
4. Rottnest Island
A trip to WA wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Rottnest Island; a picturesque island with a laid-back atmosphere, stunning scenery including the world’s most pristine beaches and bays and some incredible marine life. One of the main attractions of this sunny little island are the quirky little marsupials, the quokkas! If you’re wondering how to get around Rottnest Island, bikes are the transport of choice and can be hired or brought along with you by ferry for a small fee. The island is only 11km long and 4.5km wide making it easy to explore with a number of great trails to follow. As well as relaxing, swimming or snorkelling at one of Rottnest’s beaches, or exploring the island on foot or two wheels, you can climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse for the ultimate views across the whole island. From September to May explore the world beneath the waves on the Underwater Explorer!
Float in crystal clear waters. Photo via @rottnestaustralia
5. The Kimberley
A region full of natural wonders not to be missed. The Kimberley, which is located in the northernmost part of Western Australia, consists of small country towns, dramatic coastlines, and World Heritage Sites such as sandstone gorges and incredible waterfalls. We could write an extensive list of places to see in The Kimberley but we’ll narrow it down to a few favourites. Firstly, Broome with its camel-riding on Cable Beach, Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, Roebuck Bay, and SSJG Heritage Centre is known as one of Australia’s top tourist destinations for good reason! If exploring waterfalls is a must, you really are spoilt for choice in The Kimberley. Marvel at Mitchell Falls in the Mitchell River National Park or Fortescue Falls in WA’s second-largest national park, Karijini. Take a boat ride or seaplane ride along the wonder that is Horizontal Falls and for the adventurers among us, four-wheel-drive along the Kimberley's Gibb River Road or stay at remote wilderness camp Kooljaman run by the local Bardi people, amidst the rugged red cliffs, white sands and pristine waters of Cape Leveque.
Appreciate The Kimberley's rugged beauty. Photo via @thekimberleyaustralia
6. Ningaloo Reef
There is nowhere quite as spectacular in Australia as Ningaloo Reef. The lesser-known and therefore quieter but equally as impressive as its Eastern counterpart, (the Great Barrier Reef) Ningaloo is a World Heritage Site that will leave you awestruck. A breathtaking 300km stretch of unspoiled underwater paradise renowned for its amazing shark diving, snorkelling with Manta Rays and turtles or swimming at Turquoise Bay. A 13-hour drive (or 90-minute flight) from Perth, Exmouth is the closest town and main gateway to the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. Exmouth is also home to the amazing Cape Range National Park and Charles Knife Canyon where hiking, camping, and scenery appreciating are second to none. A bit further South is Coral Bay where the Ningaloo Reef is closest from the shore, just 500 meters away, and is a small, laidback location where exploring the reef, quad bike trekking, fishing, boat tripping, diving and enjoying a meal and a beer at Bill’s alfresco bar make it a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike.
See the reef a stone’s throw from the shore. Photo via @visitningaloo
A dynamic and sun-soaked metropolis set on the banks of the picturesque and winding Swan River, Perth is renowned for its water sports, awesome beaches, gourmet eateries, quirky galleries, and hip boutiques. One of the most isolated capital cities on the planet yet often voted as one of the most liveable, Perth exudes a relaxed, natural charm. Choose from one of many family-friendly sheltered inlets or beaches such as Como and Cottesloe, or for the keen surfer, the best breaks can be found at Trigg Point and Scarborough. There are many picturesque suburbs to explore by foot or bike and delicious places to fuel up along the way. Nature lovers will delight in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, being a tranquil escape from the CBD and one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. Here you'll find stunning city views atop Mount Eliza and walking trails aplenty, including the Lotterywest Federation Walkway suspended in a canopy of Eucalyptus trees.
Take in incredible city views from Kings Park. Photo via @cityofperth
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The 2019 Kings Park and Botanic Garden Festival is kicking off on Sunday! The Festival is packed with events and activities for garden gurus, wellness devotees, keen conservationists, culture cravers, families and wildflower enthusiasts. Dozens of free guided walks, outdoor exhibitions, acoustic musicians and roving performers, science talks and other activities will take place, against a backdrop of colourful wildflowers. With Instagrammable spots around every corner, iconic WA species including kangaroo paws, waxes, Qualup bells and carpets of pink everlastings are just some of the 3,000 plant species growing in Kings Park. The Kings Park Festival runs from 1 – 30 September. Learn more at @kingsparkandbotanicgarden 📷 @danniexdough
If you like the relaxed vibe of Perth, then you’ll undoubtedly love the laid-back artistically inclined historic port town of Fremantle. A short drive from Perth city where so much local goodness can be found, from eclectic pieces of art, jewellery, and fashion to delicious organic foods and locally brewed beer. Check out what local producers have to offer at the Fremantle Markets or take a walk down Fremantle’s legendary ‘Cappuccino Strip’ where you can sip wine whilst watching street performers or enjoy live music from the towns many restaurants, cafes, and pubs. A trip to the fascinating Fremantle prison, one of Western Australia’s most significant cultural attractions, is a must, as is the Western Australian Museum’s Shipwreck Galleries. The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is another favourite with delicious seafood restaurants aplenty, and of course the Little Creatures brewery, the birthplace of their world-famous craft beer.
Browse the famous markets. Photo via @visitfremantle
Another of WA’s spectacular destinations is Esperance, on the Southern Ocean coastline, approximately 720km from the state capital Perth. A great way to check out this beautiful region is to take a road trip from Albany through to Esperance, which is 483 km of beautiful beaches and wonderful national parks. When in Esperance, the Great Ocean Drive provides an awesome winding Cliffside route to all the best beaches in the area and another of WA’s fascinating museums, The Esperance Museum, is a great place to learn about the area’s rich history. National Parks, Cape Range, and the further out, more rugged Cape Arid, are incredible, with the first being home to stunning white sand beaches such as Cape Le Grand Beach and Lucky Bay, where friendly kangaroos hop along the shoreline. If time permits, we suggest taking a short scenic flight or one hour cruise to Middle Island, where you can see the extraordinary bubble-gum pink Lake Hillier, juxtaposed against the deepest blue ocean.
Don’t be tempted to take a sip! Photo via @westernaustralia
10. Pinnacles and Cervantes
Rounding out our list we've chosen another natural phenomenon, to be found in the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Roughly 200km north of Perth, the 4ft limestone formations of the Pinnacles present an almost other-worldly landscape to explore. As well as walking on the moonscape that is the Pinnacles, we recommend surfing giant sand dunes and just outside of the desert, taking a trip to the sandy beaches of Hangover Bay and pristine waters of Jurien Bay Marine Park. Spending time in the town of Cervantes is also a must, ensuring that you sample the area’s famous seafood delicacy of lobster, and journey to the Thirsty Point Lookout that offers panoramic views of the ocean and sand dunes below. Head slightly north to Jurien Bay where you can get up close with sea lions!
Wake up and walk on the moon. Photo via @westernaustralia
We hope our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. There are many benefits to having your accommodation and wheels all in one, and to make your journey a little easier, pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next WA adventure.
Not too long from now you just might get to travel outside again. When that happens why not consider the oldest state in Australia.
Named by Captain James Cook himself in 1770 the state contains some of the best flora, fauna and fun the country has to offer. We’ll skip over the obvious ones, such as Byron Bay, Snowy Mountains and the Hunter Valley. So, here are ten of the best places we can recommend you plant a foot or a tent once lockdown ends.
1. Mungo National Park
Mungo National Park is a world heritage listed wonder located in the middle of NSW just north of the also fabulous Mildura. Its rich in Aboriginal history and is perfect for a walk, picnic or a little bit of camping. It also happens to be the home of the Mungo Lady and Mungo Man. If you’re into Indigenous history the park is home to some of the oldest human remains ever found in the country.
2. Kangaroo Valley
300kms south of Sydney and filled with kangaroos, if you place yourself in the right place and right time, kangaroo valley is has all there is to do. Kayaking, camping, music and food is just the beginning. There are some b&b’s and camping spots are on hand to make your adventure as comfortable as you care to make it. Bendeela is a popular spot for camping on the green banks of the Kangaroo River where even a little bit of fishing is on offer to help you pass the time while the odd bare nose wombat passes by.
3. Warrumbungle National Park
Have you ever heard of a Dark Sky Park? You have now. Warrumbungle National Park. Is Australia’s only Dark Sky Park – that means it’s a park located far enough away from a cities lights to be dark enough that more stars that can be seen from most other packs. It was designated in 2016 by the international Dark Sky Association and is now famously the best place to see the Milky Way.
4. Morton National Park
With 11 plus walking trails, cycling, waterfalls and Grand Canyon style lookouts Morton National Park is a one stop shop for any type of outdoor enthusiast. It has something for the young and old with gentle walking trails and scenic waterfalls or even mountain biking for those who are happy to go with the larger bumps. There’s tonnes of camping nearby so no need to fork out for a hotel if you’d like to stay in the great outdoors. It does cost a whopping $4 per car per day, which means someone in the car will have to forgo their midmorning coffee or hot chocolate, but I we’re sure you’ll find it worth it.
5. Lord Howe Island
Although currently closed Lord Howe Island is a paradise in waiting for when lockdown ends. Consisting of over 2000kms of coastline and countless kangaroo’s the island has the feel of a resort in the surrounding of national park. There’s swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and for the vitamin-d deficient, sunbathing. Camping is not permitted unless you’re a resident of the island as a way to help maintain its pristine surrounding as a way to maintain its World Heritage listing, but there are plenty of fantastic places to stay that’ll make it hard for you to leave.
6. Outback NSW
Yes, Outback is a place. To get your taste of the Australian outback you simply need to go to Outback, the very large region of the state in the upper left quadrant of the state. Full of indigenous history you can trek into the region through its rugged 4x4 trails. Home to not one but three national parks you’ll see big red kangaroos and emus racing across the rich and rugged landscape. The skies are mostly crystal clear making it perfect for camping out under the stars. The best gateway to get there is through Dubbo, east of Sydney.
7. Bouddi National Park
A little-known gem located near Gosford and south of Sydney, is Bouddi National Park; it’s 1,532 hectare park with a temperate rainforest (also known as a moss forest), the ocean tucked below steep cliffs, walking trail, fishing, and whale watching. It’s perfect for camping on a weekend or weekend getaway. The icing on the cake? Its only 90mins from Sydney!
8. Birubi Beach
Just north of Newcastle is Birubi Beach – a great place to holiday, especially with kids. Home to some massive expansive sand dunes that will keep them occupied for days. Teenagers can sandboard. Adults can ride camels. Those who prefer the smell of petrol, there’s 4WD Safaris or even quad bikes. The ocean is only a few footprints in the sand away so learning to surf is option for the those looking to push their heart rate through the roof. The road there can lead you a million directions but regardless you’ll always end up in the right place.
9. Booderee National Park
From beaches to birdwatching this gold nugget of s destination hidden in the Jervis Bay region of NSW has everything you’re probably looking for with a host of outdoor activities. Like most campgrounds in coastal Australia there’s fishing, swimming, snorkelling, but at Booderee there’s boating. On the surface you’d think boating and camping went almost hand in hand, but in reality, finding a great place to camp with a better place to float your boat is much harder than expected. Its recently invested $750,000 to redesign and update the wharf making it not only vastly better than what is currently there, but most importantly, safer.
10. Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Just 180 km from Sydney is one of NSW greatest national parks. There’s no shortage of luscious greenery and gorgeous, not to mention cute, Australian animals. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Massive sandstone cliffs line the horizon above the trails that wind in-between the forests below. The fire trails can be accessed by walkers, but cyclists will get the most out of them with a mountain bikes. It’s got same great fishing for those who love trout and if you are there in the summer months canyoning is both possible and popular.
We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next NSW adventure.
With Victoria being the last Australian state to begin rolling back its Coronavirus restrictions, VIC residents are now starting to plan and look forward to having the freedom to hit the road, camp, hike, and explore the amazing state they call home.
Victoria is home to one of the most liveable cities in the world, so it comes as no surprise that the popular state is brimming with sights to see and places to discover. Although the climate is not as tropical as Queensland, it still has some of Australia’s best beaches, particularly along The Great Ocean Road and Mornington Peninsula. Victoria has Australian Heritage Listed parks across the state with heaps of native wildlife to see. Here are just some of the amazing places we included in our top ten list in Victoria.
Kicking off our list is VIC's vibrant capital city, Melbourne, which has earned The Economist Intelligence Unit's title of world's most liveable city numerous times, and for good reason! An exciting, dynamic city that Scrubba is lucky to call home, Melbourne is renowned for its iconic architecture, sporting events, shops and abundance of restaurants and cafes to dine in and take away from. The best way to get around Melbourne is by the well-connected public transport services such as the iconic trams (free within certain sections of CBD) and trains or by car, bike and on foot. Start your day at the iconic Flinders Street Station then stroll directly across the road to Federation Square and visit the various galleries, followed by a short walk to the famous street art laneways, full of colour and character, for a spot of brunch at one of the many laneway cafes. After hitting the shops, from high-end to high-street, wander along the Yarra River on the Southbank Promenade and stop for a cocktail, delicious snack, and live music. During Summer months, the Queen Vic Night Market offers the perfect opportunity to experience street foods from different cultures, and all year round the market offers live entertainment and fashion, art, homewares, and grocery stalls - a great place to support small business. Melbourne is also home to a number of world-renowned annual sporting events and leagues from AFL, Forumla1, Grad Slam tennis, and cricket.
Urban beauty at its finest. Photo via @visitmelbourne
2. The Great Ocean Road
A trip to Victoria is not complete without a drive along one of the world’s most famous coastal roads. The Great Ocean Road is 200km from Melbourne and stretches from Torquay - famous for its world-class surf beaches - all the way to Warrnambool. It usually takes four hours to travel to the end of The Great Ocean Road, but it is worth stopping off at some awesome spots along the way. Campgrounds can be tricky to find on the route, however, we highly recommend staying at Port Campbell National Park, and the best towns to stop at along the way are Apollo Bay, Lorne, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the stunning waterfalls in the Otway National Park. When visiting attractions such as the 12 Apostles, we recommend arriving before sunrise to not only beat the crowds but to also get the opportunity to capture some great scenic shots.
Always worth the drive! Photo via @visitgreatoceanroad
The Great Ocean road leads us to our next unmissable destination, the third-largest national park in Victoria, the magnificent Grampians National Park. Located along the western districts close to Halls Gap, the national park is home to beautiful waterfalls, panoramic lookouts, rock formations and colourful spring wildflowers. The Grampians is also referred to as Gariwerd, it is full of rich indigenous culture, seen in ancient rock art along the 144km stretch of walking trails. We recommend checking out some of the lookout walks that lead to beautiful McKenzie Falls, the Pinnacle and the great camping spots at the Balconies. Before you leave the area, make sure you get involved in activities such as horse riding, kayaking, overnight hiking and abseiling.
Admire the parks spectacular horizon at sunset. Photo via @thegrampians
4. The Murray
The Murray River region is situated along the border of New South Wales and is home to Australia’s longest river, the Murray River, and towns such as Mildura and Echuca Moama. This outdoor-focused region is popular for its incredible fruit growing areas, wine, cultural festivals and its peaceful scenery ranging from red sand dunes, river red gum trees and sandy riverbanks. Those wishing to escape Melbourne’s unpredictable weather will love the region's milder winter and consistently warm summers. If you enjoy water sports, the season runs all year round with water skiing competitions taking place in Mildura! Our top must-sees and must-dos include a visit to the Trentham Estate Winery, a trip along river in a historic paddle steamer, taking snaps at the highly 'Instagrammable' cactus gardens in Strathmerton and perhaps a round of golf at one of forty golfing venues designed by elite pro golfers. Stay in the region's amazing accommodation options from quirky BnB's to free campgrounds that require no bookings situated along the river. Murray Sunset National Park is a great camping option or if you’re after a unique experience book one of the many luxury houseboats that features outdoor spas and hammocks. Now that sounds like a relaxing place to visit once restrictions are fully lifted!
Swim or relax along the sandy bank on the Murray River. Photo via @visitthemurray
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As we all navigate these unchartered waters, the most important thing is we stay safe. We know now isn't the right time to travel, but we can still provide you with the inspiration to dream of your next visit to the Murray region. You can also support our beautiful region by buying online some of the delicious, fresh produce we’re famous for or purchasing a gift voucher to use in the future from one of our many accommodation providers, attractions, restaurants and cafes. If you were planning to travel to the Murray region soon, you can help our tourism operators and give yourself something to look forward to by postponing your booking rather than cancelling. Postponing your booking is a huge help to our tourism operators during this very challenging time and they will be extremely grateful for your support. As soon as we can all travel again and you’re looking for somewhere to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect, we’ll be ready to welcome you back to the Murray region with open arms and share our hidden gems with you. In the meantime, sit back and relax as we inspire you with images of our remarkable region of endless adventures, colourful culinary trails, scenic golf greens, breathtaking natural landscapes and a fascinating history – all threaded along a legendary river. 📸@nomadasaurus 📍@echuca_moama
The third-largest city in VIC’s regional North-West, Ballarat is a family-friendly area that has been voted multiple times as Australia’s best major tourism attraction. Ballarat is accessible via a ninety-minute drive from Melbourne or trip on the V line train from Melbourne CBD's Southern Cross Station. This area is not just known for its gold but for its historic buildings, museums, and natural environment. The number one tourist attraction in the area is Sovereign Hill; take a step back into the 1850s to learn about gold mining and daily life. Perhaps even try on some historical period costumes for an old-fashioned photograph to cherish. Next on the list, and free to enter with your Sovereign Hill ticket, is The Gold Museum where you can check out some gold replicas and temporary exhibitions. If you’re looking to end the day with a light walk or an older style tram ride, we suggest visiting the lovely Lake Wendouree. There are stacks of nice view points, not to mention plenty of swans and a massive playground to keep the kids entertained.
Roam around Australia’s best tourist attraction. Photo via @sovereignhill
6. Daylesford and Macedon Ranges
A small country town in the Macedon ranges, Daylesford is famous for its natural mineral spring spas, fine dining, galleries, and boutique cottages. It is only around an hour away from Melbourne and would be the perfect location for a day trip or a weekend away. To unwind and relax in the countryside, we highly recommend the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, it features a couple of heated mineral baths, a salt bath, steam room, and a few beauty pampering options. Next stop we recommend checking out a couple of wineries and restaurants. One place we are sure to venture to once the restrictions have been lifted is Cafe La Trattoria to try their lavender champagne. Take in the history of the Macedon Ranges and explore the Convent Gallery in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, where even none art lovers will appreciate the breathtaking space and surroundings.
A stunning experience. Photo via @daylesfordmacedonranges
7. Dandenong Ranges and The Yarra Valley
Our next destination is the wine capital of Victoria, just an hour East of Melbourne, and a region full of bushwalk tracks, lush gardens, and beautiful parks full of trees. In the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, you have over 160 wineries to choose from. These cellar doors specialise in cool climate wines like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and some lesser-known varieties. One must-see winery is the TarraWarra Estate in Yarra Glen, this estate boasts a stunning location with interesting architecture that holds a contemporary art gallery and a restaurant. For the best views in the area head to the Mount Dandenong Observatory to see the forest scenery or ride a hot air balloon at sunrise along the Yarra Valley to view the skyscrapers from a distance, as well as the Yarra River, flora, fauna, and grapevines. This region is the perfect weekender away from our busy city!
Take a peaceful flight over the Yarra Valley. Photo via @yarravalley
Heading south of the Yarra Valley, you will find the southerly point of mainland Australia located along the Gippsland. A few hours drive from the city, Gippsland encompasses some great natural environments with pristine lakes, national parks, limestone caves, coastal villages, and countryside towns. This stunning area stretches from the Victorian Alps all the way to Bass Strait, where you can visit natural beauty at Wilsons Promontory National Park. The best things to see at the Prom are Squeaky beach, wildlife, Vereker Outlook, and the southern point at Mount Oberon. Campsites are generally booked out well in advance and its best to pre-book. One of the best seaside towns to visit is Lakes Entrance, which is home to Australia’s largest inland lake system. Gippsland has suffered a lot in recent times, with the terrible 19/20 bushfire season, and current COVID19 pandemic so now that travel restrictions are easing, let's plan our next day trip!
Dreamy views at Squeaky Beach. Photo via @visitgippsland
9. Phillip Island
Phillip Island is situated two hours off Victoria's Southern Coast and is a popular island day trip or weekend getaway spot for Melbournians. A 140km journey from the CBD, the island is famous for its wildlife, particularly for its native penguin population. One of the best experiences is the Penguin Parade Night Tour, whereby you can watch Fairy Penguins walk up along the beach at night to feed their chicks. Penguins can also be seen resting in little dugouts at The Nobbies Viewpoint Walking Trail. The Nobbies also has an Ocean Discovery Centre where you can book tours to Antarctic Journey, Koala Reserve, and many other special attractions.
Take a stroll through The Nobbies. Photo via @phillipisland
10. Mornington Peninsula
After completing a visit to Philip Island, exploring the Mornington Peninsula is a must! Only a ninety-minute drive from Melbourne, this area is known for its stunning coastlines, seaside towns, and wineries. At Arthurs Seat, you can go on a chairlift to see views that include the calmer side of Port Phillip Bay and the back beaches of Bass Strait. Cape Schanck is another beautiful town that has a national park and the second lighthouse built in Victoria. The next place not to miss is the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs which also features saunas, bathhouses, cave pool, and a walking trail. The hot springs offer twilight sessions in the warmer months to help you unwind after a busy day of exploring!
See the picturesque views from up high. Photo via @officialmorningtonpeninsula
We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next VIC adventure.
Lockdown restrictions and social distancing have become the new norm of today and has us dreaming about all the places we cannot go to. At the moment, COVID19 cases are declining and within the next couple of months we may see interstate domestic travel reopen state borders. With no overseas travel in mind till at least another 12 months, Tasmania is a state that should be added to your domestic travel bucket list.
The smallest state out of the six states, Tasmania is 240 km off mainland Australia. Our largest island has simply so much to explore with shorter driving distance between towns and there is a large chunk of places that have remained untouched. Tassie is the state for those looking to explore the natural beauty of Australia with 40% of the land mass being made up of national parks and nature reserves, including some world heritage listed sites. This state also has small and vibrant cities, plenty of hiking trails, famous beaches, lakes and even snow capped mountains that remind us of a mini New Zealand. While we are all teaming up to do our part to flatten the curve, we’ve put together a list of 10 beautiful spots to visit in Tasmania when it is of course safe to do so.
Launceston is known as the second biggest city in the heart of Northern Tasmania that offers an abundance of culture including culinary food and wine, museums and boutiques. A fifteen minute walk from the city centre will take you towards the South Esk river that runs along the natural beauty of the Cataract Gorge. To find the best view of the Gorge, we suggest walking across the main bridge or taking a ride on the world's longest single span chairlift. Launceston is also reasonably close to a few countryside areas and is a great place to drive around and spend the day at places like Bridestowe Lavender farm. This lavender farm is the biggest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere which is best to see at full peak between the hotter seasons of December and January. Take a stroll through the many rows of violet fields to capture the most aesthetically pleasing insta shot or check out the gift shop to pick up pretty much anything lavender scented from ice-cream, skincare and honey. It seems like a dream place for lavender lovers!
2. Tamar Valley
The Tamar Valley is one of the many wine growing regions in Tasmania that produces cool climate wines, cheeses and other dairy products on the market. The valley is located on both sides of the Tamar River that flows from Launceston to Bass Strait. If you're interested in arts or writing, we highly suggest booking a trip in September to see the Tamar Writers festival, it is a biennale festival that occurs over three days. The most convenient way to see any of the thirty wineries is by car so you can get across each side of the river. One cellar door that is on our list is Clover Hills Winery, they specialise in sparkling wines such as pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. Enjoy some wine tastings with artisan cheeses, relaxing outdoors on a bean bag cushion. Now that sounds like a place to visit once the restrictions ease!
Take a sip and admire the views. Pic via @tamarvalleytasmania
3. Bay of Fires
Another natural beauty not to miss is Bay of Fires, a scenic coastline stretched across 30km from Binalong bay to Eddystone Point. This bay is home to some pretty unique natural granite formations that consist of orange and reddish tones caused by a natural reaction from lichens. These rocks can be seen anyway along the bay with their forms varying and some even have moss growing over them. A common misconception is that the name originated from the famous rocks but instead it was named after an explorer who discovered the area due to the Indigenous Australians lighting fires on the sand. Bay of Fires has more than just beaches. Make sure you check out the many walks, waterfalls, oyster farms and even see a lagoon.
Gaze at the sunset. Pic via@bayoffirestasmania
Strahan is a small harbour town situated along the rugged west coast of Tasmania. It is a little less accessible than the other areas on our list as it does take around four to five hours to get to from the city of Hobart but it shouldn’t be overlooked on your road trip. Strahan is the only town located along the enormous Macquarie Harbour with Hogarth falls only a short distance from the town centre. The walking track is twenty minutes each way and has safe walking paths suitable for a family outing. A few standout activities include the steamship train, yacht charters, seeing the oldest pine mill in the world, sand dunes and chances to 4WD off road. Last but not least, you will need to dedicate a whole day going on a river cruise along the famous Gordan River. The all day cruise passes also passes along a convict island and UNESCO world heritage listed Franklin-Gorden national park.
Cruise along the famous Gordan River. Pic via @strahanvillage
5. Freycinet National Park
Another spectacular Tasmanian destination is Freycinet National Park, which is located along the east coastline of the Island. It’s home to Wineglass bay, one of the top rated beaches in the world thanks to the clear blue coastline, white sandy beach and the pink granite mountains that surround this place. The small fee is worth it when you get to see this stunning park in its glory. The best way to see Wineglass bay is taking a scenic drive or alternatively choosing a few hikes to accomplish. We suggest going early to beat the crowds and see the magnificent sunrise. If staying in the national park is on your bucket list, you can only stay at Freycinet Park Lodge which offers chalets that overlooks Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountain ranges. A popular place to stay outside of the park is a small town called Coles Bay that has a few shops and cafes to venture to.
Walk along the stunning coastline. Pic via @freycinetnp
A firm place on our list, the charming capital is home to many cultural and natural activities. Hobart is often known as one of the quieter capital cities although unlike other cities, it is surrounded by the breathtaking views of Mount Wellington. One of the best free activities to do in Mount Wellington is to capture photos of the bay, city waterfront and the hills. Make sure to pack a jacket and beanie as it is very windy and can get to 5℃ even when the CBD below is 25℃. Don’t fret if you forgot your jacket as there is an indoor observation deck. If you're lucky to be visiting on a Saturday you should check out the world renowned Salamanca Market along the stretch of historical buildings in the CBD. With over 300 stalls, it is a great place to mingle with the locals, pick up an authentic souvenir, support local farmers, artists and of course the delicious food stalls. If you're an art fanatic or have never been to a gallery, MONA in short for the Museum of Old and New Art is the largest public funded gallery in the Southern Hemisphere. Having only begun in 2011, this gallery has come up in conversation as not only one of the best Australian galleries but also the very best in the world. Mona is only twenty minutes away with car and scenic ferry options. Not only does the artwork push boundaries, the architecture of the building is also a wonder in itself. Underground with three levels of art in a cave sounds like an experience not to forget.
See the city from above at Mount Wellington. Pic via @hobartandbeyond
A trip to Tasmania isn't complete till you take a ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island; an island that is renowned for its wildlife, southern lights, seafood and handmade treats. For many travelers the Northern Lights in Norway are on top of many bucket lists, but little do people know that there are Southern lights. The Southern aurora lights can be seen throughout the winter months and Bruny Island is one of the prime locations to witness this.
One of your first stops needs to climb the many stairs to the insta famous “The Neck Lookout”. This lookout point has land connecting both the North and South of the Island with two beaches surrounding each side. From above, you may be lucky enough to spot penguins waddling along the beach or even spot a native albino wallabies. While on the island make sure to eat at a few local businesses such as Get Shucked Oysters (they even offer a drive thru service), Bruny Chocolate Factory, Bruny Cheese and Beer Company and the Bruny Berry Farm.
See rare glowy blue waters along the coastline. Pic via @brunyislandau
8. Cradle Mountain- St Clair National Park
For a wilderness escape with views that make you feel like your in New Zealand, surround yourself in one of Australia’s hidden gems. Cradle mountain is nestled in Tasmania and is 1000 metres above sea level. This area has snowy cold weather all year round even in the typically hot Australian summer. Due to the chilliness, we would recommend booking a lodge in the world heritage listed Cradle-Lake Clair National Park. The best way to venture out is by going on short walks such as the enchanted walk or the waterfalls walk, just outside your doorstep. The enchanted walk only takes about twenty minutes and is perfect for seeing wild animals and native flora such as wombats, wallabies, moss trees and glistening streams. No cars are allowed to travel around Cradle mountain with the exception of the daily shuttle buses. Due to the lack of cars, this area is very quiet and offers you a peaceful trip. A unique dining experience can be found at Devils cradle, which is a sanctuary for Tasmanian devils where you can learn more about these animals
Visit the picturesque snow capped mountains. Pic via @cradlemountainhotel
9. Port Arthur
The Port Arthur Historic Site is located along the Tasman Peninsula and will take you back to 19th century colonial history. Port Arthur is an open air museum that spans across forty hectares with plenty of space to roam around and explore the history of this convict penal settlement. It’s hard to think that such a picturesque and seemingly peaceful area would be home to thousands of the worst criminals. This heritage listed location has more than thirty buildings that include an old penitentiary, church, insane asylum and the hospital. The entry ticket you pay is quite generous including a forty minute walking guided tour, twenty-five minute harbour cruise to the Isle of the dead and access to all the exhibitions on offer. If you don’t mind getting spooked, you can take their lantern- lit haunted night ghost tour! Explore the early history of Australia. Pic via @portarthurtassie
10. Tasman Peninsula
After completing a visit to Port Arthur you should definitely explore the rest of the Tasman Peninsula.The easiest way to get around the peninsula is by car, allowing you to easily visit a few places in one day. You should check out a few lookout areas such as the Tasman Arch, Devils kitchen, Remarkable Caves and Waterfall Bay. These places are known for their interesting rock and cliff formations caused by sea erosion.The Peninsula has some adventurous walking tracks at Cape Hauy. This 8.8k walking trail starts at Tasman Bay National Park and ends at Fortescue Bay. If visiting both the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur, we suggest to stay in a camping spot located a part of the Coral Mines Historic reserve as it runs along the Saltwater River.
Hike along the Cape Hauy track to view this wonderful natural element. Pic via @tasmanpeninsula
We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next TAS adventure.