It’s summer once again, there is no better time to just jump in the car and drive, feeling the sunlight streaming through the open windows and knowing you have all weekend – or if you’re lucky all week – to relax and explore. And while we all have our own secret holiday destinations, here are our top picks for the places you should be escaping to.
Australia’s Best Summer Escapes
Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland
As one of Queensland’s biggest island national parks, there is plenty to see and do on Hinchinbrook Island. Spot crabs, sea eagles, green sea turtles, dugongs, estuarine crocodiles and more as you walk through pretty headlands, lush mangrove forests and sandy beaches.
Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia
Be sure to pack your hiking boots when visiting this glorious part of South Australia as we guarantee you’ll quickly clock up the kilometres! As you walk and camp between Hawker and Blinman, you’ll enjoy spectacular vistas of rugged mountain terrain, gorges and natural landmarks. You may even come across the shy yellow-footed rock wallaby.
Located roughly 260 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, the lush forestry of Grampians National Park is an adventurer’s playground, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and abseiling. For those looking to take things at a slower pace, enjoy an early morning summer sunrise before spending the day viewing the abundance of Aboriginal rock art throughout the area.
Broken Hill, New South Wales
Dubbed “the Silver City” thanks to its mining town roots, Broken Hill’s many pubs ooze old-fashioned outback charm. Be sure to stop for a drink and meal at The Palace Hotel, which film fans will recognise from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Johanna Beach, Victoria
A stone’s throw away from the Great Ocean Road and the iconic 12 Apostles, the campsite at Johanna Beach is an easily accessible hideaway popular with surfers and hikers. Curious kangaroos, echidnas and all kinds of birdlife will greet you as you journey along this part of the Shipwreck Coast.
Conto’s Field Campground, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Western Australia
A short drive south of Margaret River, this stunning and secluded campsite offers amazing salmon fishing, plus the chance to cook it back at camp! A postcard-perfect backdrop of yellow limestone cliffs against crystal blue waters and sparkling white sands will truly transport you to a summer paradise.
Streaky Bay, South Australia
South Australia’s cheekily named Streaky Bay is a beautiful coastal port on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula. Nature is right on your doorstep, as are numerous sea lions to swim with. The dolphins might even join you at nearby Baird Bay.
Wooli, New South Wales
Just 685 kilometres north of Sydney, Wooli is a great beach resort town. With glorious river views, rugged coasts, fishing spots and bushland teeming with wildlife, it’s the perfect ocean escape for the whole family.
Secret Valley Escape, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
This exclusive retreat is open to guests with the intention of preserving the Australian Bush. You’ll be tucked away in your own quiet corner of the Kanimbla Valley, with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area literally right outside your front door.
Springs Beach, Queensland
One of the best-kept secrets on the Coral Ocean, fall under the charms of this secluded coastal paradise perfect for romantic getaways. South of Agnes Water in Central Queensland and surrounded by parkland, enjoy swimming, snorkelling or relaxing by the beach – either way you’ll never want to leave!
Source: Yahoo Australia