After a year filled with restrictions and altered plans, the Christmas holidays are definitely a welcomed respite. Some intrepid travellers may be heading interstate (restrictions permitted) for a well-deserved break, while others may be staying on their home soil. If you’re sticking to exploring your home state, we’ve got you covered with these destinations, which are perfect for daytrips.
Tasmania – Tasman National Park
A short hour-an-a-half drive from Hobart, Tasman National Park is perfect for those adventurous travellers. Hang-gliding across Pirates Bay, abseiling, rock climbing or kayaking are all on the cards when visiting this exceptional national park. For those who aren’t interested in thrillseeking, enjoy a calming bushwalk – you might run into some friendly wildlife that call this sanctuary home.
Victoria – Wilsons Promontory
Those who visit Wilsons Promontory will not be exposed to an array of pristine beaches, nature and wildlife. Known as Victoria’s largest coastal area, Wilsons Prom is perfect for a relaxing Christmas stay. Bushwalking in this neck of the woods is a must, so be sure to pack your hiking boots and explore this land on foot.
South Australia – Eyre Peninsula
Boasting fun for the entire family, the Eyre Peninsula offers kilometres of magnificent coastline to enjoy. Gaze at the remarkable views at Gawler Ranges National Park, spend the day harvesting on the Oyster Farm Tour or head out for a morning surf – Eyre Peninsula is the place to cool down this holiday period.
Western Australia – Margaret River
Known globally for its astounding wines, Margaret River is the perfect location to toast to the holiday season. For a new and exciting experience, visit the Lake Cave to explore wonders below the surface. Celebrating the holiday season while surrounded by fossils and stalactites will make sure this Christmas is one you’ll always remember.
Northern Territory – Kings Canyon
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than gazing upon the glorious sunrise at Kings Canyon? Home to the Luritja people for over 20,000 years, Kings Canyon is a sight to behold. Head over the phenomenal canyon via helicopter or set out on a four-hour hike – Kings Canyon is a must see on your next visit to the Top End.
Queensland – Fraser Island
Stretching 123 kilometres, Fraser Island is ready to be explored! There are many activities on offer – take a swim at the Champagne Pools, bathe in Lake Mackenzie, sightsee at the Pinnacles or jump in your four-wheel drive and cross the vast beaches. Hot tip: Fraser Island is strictly four-wheel drive territory, as roads are sand tracks!
New South Wales – Hunter Valley
A short two-hour drive from Sydney, Hunter Valley is infamous for its longstanding vineyard history. Foodies will be amazed at the array of restaurants on offer and phenomenal drops produced in this infamous wine region. Children will love a visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo, as they’ll be able to closely interact with the native fauna. Thrillseekers and romantics will thoroughly enjoy the views from the hot-air balloon, overlooking the spectacular vineyards.
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