We might be back at work or school, but that won’t stop us from daydreaming
about our next escape. With international travel still off the cards,
we’re keeping our daydreams firmly on Australian soil. So where are we
planning these gorgeous getaways?
We’ve handpicked a crop of cracking Aussie spots that will have you wondering
how soon you can jet off on holidays again.
Port Fairy, Victoria
Nestled along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is a charming little fishing town
called Port Fairy. Could it get any cuter?! The last destination on Victoria’s
famed Shipwreck Coast, Port Fairy isn’t like other seaside towns. With its wide
streets, nineteenth century cottages, old stone churches, and great big Norfolk
pines, this is a destination that transports you to a different time.
The town has a bustling art scene culminating in the Port Fairy Folk Festival,
as well as offering adventures both on land and at sea.
Meet the native animals, stroll the historical streets, explore the crafty stores,
and indulge in fabulous food and wine, then rest your head in one of the local,
sustainable homes in the area.
Try the minimalist Sommarhus Port Fairy, with its chooks (and their tasty eggs),
herb garden, and cosy couches. Laze the afternoon away on their back deck,
turn on the record player, and unwind in their private outdoor shower.
Byron Bay Hinterland
Since lockdown restrictions lifted, Byron Bay has been the #1 place to visit.
But not everyone wants to be smothered in crowds on their holiday, and that’s
why the hinterland is such a magical place. With the option to explore during the
day, you can retire to a peaceful sanctuary where the only sounds you’ll hear
are the birds chirping and trees rustling. Byron Bay’s Hinterland is full
of stunning waterfalls and walks, historic villages, and even an ancient
volcano -- Wollumbin (Mount Warning) -- the perfect place to catch sunrise.
Swap Byron Bay’s busy streets for a trip to nearby towns like Nimbin,
Mullumbimby, and Bangalow, and enjoy fresh market produce, cafe scenes,
and artistic stores. For the perfect place to rest your head at the end of the day,
book yourself into Blackbird Byron.
A boutique hideaway in the lush hills of the hinterland, Blackbird was once a
banana farm and has used its old hardwood timber to build elements of the
retreat, along with other recycled and salvaged materials. The pavilions are
serviced by rainwater and solar power, boast unmatched views of their natural
surroundings, and even offer a chlorine-free magnesium salt pool.
Mudgee, New South Wales
The contemporary country town of Mudgee has become another popular
post-COVID spot, just 3.5 hours from Sydney. Nestled in a valley over the Blue
Mountains, the Mudgee Region is known for its well-crafted wines, local produce
(we’re talking cheese, chocolate, olives, and more!) as well as it's wonderful
outdoor adventures. Whether you fancy a wine tour, a day hiking through
National Parks, or a platter of tasty produce collected from local artisan markets,
this region packs a punch, while still holding on to its country roots.
Escape the main streets and rest your head in the heavenly Strikes
Mudgee, renowned for stunning views across the valley. Recline on the patio and soak
in the view, snuggle up by the fireplace, and sleep soundly in their cloud-like beds.
Lettes Bay Village, Tasmania
When people say ‘remote escape’, this is the place they’re talking about.
If you’ve ever dreamt of writing a book in solitude, getting back to small
community roots, or just removing yourself completely from city life, then take a
trip to Captains Rest in Lettes Bay Village. Just outside of Strahan, Tasmania,
Captains Rest is a historically listed waterfront cottage with its own jetty
and carefully curated interiors.
From the main living area, the clawfoot bath and the bedroom, you can soak up
views of the bay, the surrounding mountains and the uninterrupted sky.
Everything has been considered, from the pantry basics and picnic amenities,
to the wood heater and firewood.
Chat to the local fisherman and sort out dinner, wander through the forest,
row your own boat around the bay, and when the day turns to night,
you can recline knowing that The Natural Bedding Company has your back
(literally) while you sleep on an eco-friendly pillow.
Tropical North Queensland
Have you ever wanted to live in a treehouse in the middle of a rainforest?
Well, when you head north to Queensland’s stunning rainforest territory,
your dream can become a reality. Eco-friendly escapes are the perfect way to fill
your soul and enjoy a much-needed break from the rat race. Whether it’s
switching off and reading a good book, swimming in crystal clear lakes,
or venturing to old world villages and cafes for something homemade and
delicious - when you go north, you might not want to come back.
There are an abundance of beautiful spots to rest your head, but one divine
place is the Canopy Treehouses, set in 100 acres of ancient rainforest located
on the Cairns Highlands that is strictly for the private use of guests
(yes please!). This eco-retreat offers luxury accommodation balanced with
sustainability, from its reusable energy sources and biodegradable products,
to the option for guests to offset the carbon impact of their travel. Suited for
families, couples, friends, or solo adventurers, this is one place you’ll want to
add to the Aussie bucket list.
Lusting after an escape but can’t quite leave the big smoke?
Then let the escape come to you. At Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore experience,
be immersed in the sheer beauty of Sydney Harbour and the zoo’s surroundings.
Meet some of Sydney's most exciting wildlife by day, then
explore the zoo on a night safari with passionate guides, and unwind in
safari-style tents, all against the backdrop of Sydney’s glittering skyline.
While we don’t like to brag, this might be the best sleep you’ve ever had,
thanks to The Natural Bedding Company’s eco-friendly mattresses.
Hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and utterly luxurious, this city escape just got a whole
lot more heavenly.