Summer is most definitely here and it’s time to get out and about! Whether it’s for a few weeks or just a weekend away, there are plenty of hidden gems to explore around Australia.
It’s almost too overwhelming to pick just one place, so we’ve narrowed it down to five top holiday spots. There’s everything from family-friendly waterparks to richly historical wonderlands – something for everyone!
Barossa Valley, SA
Situated in North-East Adelaide, Barossa Valley is a region full of culture and fun. Celebrating all things Summer, from beautiful fresh produce to music festivals, it’s no surprise Barossa Valley is one of South Australia’s most visited tourist destinations. Wine lovers will also be pleased to know there are a multitude of tours and tastings on offer. Families can also enjoy the new Discovery Parks waterpark which just opened this Summer. It’s suitable for kids of all ages and designed to minimise water wastage.
Just over three hours from Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga is a great add-on to a Melbourne trip. Hire a car and get away for a weekend to visit Glenrowan, explore Lake Hume, or enjoy the unique culinary experiences offered at the Rutherglen Wine Region. Resort style accommodation is also available in the area so you don’t have to rough it in an unappealing hotel. Tourists can also explore some of Victoria’s local history by visiting Beechworth, one of North-East Victoria’s preserved gold rush towns. If travelling further out, check out Corryong – an excellent destination for aspiring county singers and country music lovers. Did you know Corryong is home to the inspiration for Banjo Patterson’s famous poem ‘The Man From Snowy River’?
Along the winding Murray River, you can discover the Echuca Moama region – a popular destination for water activities – including the famous paddle steamer and water skiing. Australia’s oldest and largest inland port has been beautifully restored with an abundance of locations to discover, from the National Holden Motor Museum to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. Great for history buffs! More adventure seeking visitors can book water ski, wakeboarding or barefooting lessons with the iWaterski team, available at Discovery Parks Maidens Inn. Just 10 minutes down the road from here you can also explore the secluded areas of the river on paddle steamer cruises.
Woodman Point, WA
Just minutes from Fremantle, Woodman Point has a range of delightful attractions. Get a nostalgic glimpse of “Freo’s” history by touring the Martitime Museum, Fremantle Prison, and Western Australia’s oldest public building, the Roundhouse. Stroll along the streets to see beautiful Georgian and Victorian-era architecture and make sure to stop by the famous Fremantle markets. For all of the foodies out there, the fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour are a must-try!
Hervey Bay, QLD
If you’re looking for a getaway a little closer to home, experience the majesty of the ocean and settle in for a night in Hervey Bay. The coastal city is famous for Humpback Whale sightings, so start your day with a view of the whales, then get snorkelling in the blue waters, before ending the evening with a stroll along the Esplanade. Hervey Bay is also home to a Go Kart Track to entertain adults and children alike. While you’re there, it’s also worth journeying to Fraser Island for uninterrupted white beaches, sand cliffs and ancient rainforests.
What’s your favourtie Summer holiday destination?