Destinations

All that glitters in Victoria

Today, Victoria’s once-prosperous goldfields bear riches of a very different nature. Expect splendid Georgian and Victorian architecture, history by the bucketful, and some of the state’s most sought-after gourmet goodies and boutique wines, all in the heart of Victoria’s rugged bushland. Ballarat An hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne, the streets of Ballarat epitomise … Continued

Queensland’s inland delights

While most tourists flock to Queensland’s idyllic coasts in winter, there are just as many fantastic inland sights to explore. Emerald to Alpha Emerald is the mecca of industry in Queensland; a trading point for coal, gemstones, cotton, wheat, cattle, maize, sorghum, sunflowers and more. Spend the afternoon at Lake Maraboon, Queensland’s second largest lake, … Continued

The Outback Intro Loop

Plunge into New South Wales’s formidable desert backyard and discover a region that is as rich in natural beauty as it is in character. The Outback Intro Loop is your ticket to a world far removed from the state’s well-trodden shoreline drives and Sydney’s icons. On the contrary, there will be times when the road … Continued

Discover Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

Drink in undisturbed stretches of wild, outback vistas on the self-drive experience of a lifetime: Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. Home to some of Australia’s richest biodiversity, Mother Nature steals the show in this region – and has done so for a not-to-be-sneezed-at 2.7 billion years. Ancient granite outcrops bend all preconceptions of physics, and thousands of … Continued

Natural masterpieces on the Outback Way

The Red Centre isn’t just an Australian treasure; it’s a global one. One of nature’s genuine masterworks, it’s our continent’s throbbing heart. Vibrant Indigenous cultures have thrived here for millennia – and remained unknown to outsiders until the 19th century, when white explorers began their fruitless search for a long-gone inland sea. Modern conveniences have … Continued

Unwind in the Southern Highlands

If you’re after a slow, chilled out winter weekend away, the Southern Highlands is a magical part of New South Wales to spend some time unwinding. This scenic south-east region is easy to reach within 90 minutes of Sydney and under two hours from Canberra. The area boasts fertile ground that produces exquisite cool-climate wines. … Continued

Strike gold in Western Australia

Look no further than these brilliant Western Australian locations for a true-blue taste of the Goldfields. Laverton Laverton is nestled in nearly inhospitable soils in the Northern Goldfields, on the fringe of the Great Victoria Desert. About as remote as the Golden Outback gets, this far-flung patch of civilisation once epitomised Australia’s Wild West, but … Continued

Explore the Capricorn Way

Whisk the family away this winter to discover the geological mysteries and star-studded skies of Queensland’s Capricorn Way. The Capricorn Way is an iconic road trip; it will all at once teach you about Australia’s past, present and future. Prepare for fairly mild temperatures, ranging from around 10ºC at night to around 25ºC during the … Continued

Victoria’s Goldfields: the bucket list

The gold rush saw all manner of mismatched people come together in a patchwork community with one common goal. This quirky spirit still characterises the Goldfields, and locals are all too willing to share with you the compelling, off-kilter experiences that will stay with you long after you leave. 1. Drive a train at Castlemaine … Continued

Driving Tasmania’s Heritage Highway

If you have less than a week to explore the quiet beauty of Australia’s southernmost state, it’s still possible to cover quite a bit of ground. Just as its name suggests, Tasmania’s Heritage Highway is the ultimate way to see its central historic sights, while still having the potential to dip in and out of … Continued

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