With domestic borders opening up and international travel still being a no-go, now is a better time than ever to do some home exploration... Luckily, we live in the perfect place for it! With some of the globe's most sought after destinations, breathtaking landscapes and glamorous cityscapes, Australia has a LOT to offer.
However, be aware, with so many of us itching for a long awaited escape, hotels and flights are filling fast. If you haven't booked by now, get in touch! There is no booking too small, and not only can we source great rates, we earn a commission on local bookings too, so you have your own personal travel advisor to do all the work, at no cost to you! For those of you who know us, you know we just love to chat travel!
Need inspiration? Read on...
The options are so plentiful, that the iconic Australian Traveller Magazine has just released a brand new issue detailing no less than 100 unique ways to explore our country.
From quintessential road trips to the drama and beauty of our beaches and coastline. From Indigenous festivals to the bright lights of our cities; we've taken a few noteworthy excerpts from the Australian Traveller issue and included them in this mail to hopefully get you inspired about traveling locally.
With local travel slowly making a comeback there will no doubt be a flurry of search activity looking for that perfect escape, but we would encourage you to think twice before making that booking online; your money will likely do a full lap of the globe before reaching its final destination, and after fees, conversions & commissions you'd be amazed at just how little is left over for that local business you're trying to support.
So why not support TWO local businesses instead, and book your getaway through your local travel agent? Whilst it seems counter-intuitive to use an agent to book a hotel room a few hours down the road, you'd be surprised at how much value we can add...
Our buying group memberships and trade affiliations, evn with the online biggies such as Expedia and Booking.com allows us to negotiate great rates and / or exclusive extras. We earn a commission for any booking we make, and can often source cheaper rates. So, you get your own personal travel assistant to do all the work for you at no cost to you!
We have experienced many of the properties for ourselves, and can give you a balanced, contextual, expert-driven opinion that's far more trustworthy than anything you'll read on a consumer feedback driven platform - examples below!
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, sitting off the Western Australia coast at Exmouth, is one of Australia's most compelling aquatic propositions. The world's largest fringing coral reef extends 260 kilometres, is visible from space and filled with a staggering rollcall of sea life: roughly 738 species of reef fish, more than 1000 species of marine algae, some 600 species of crustaceans, and 655 species of mollusc.
You can see all of this (and turtles and manta rays) up close on one of the various eco-tours that head out from Exmouth -Sail Ningaloo offers multi-day sailing adventures that allow for plenty of time on and under the water. And, once you're back on dry land, you can get another angle on the sprawling beauty of the reef and its surrounds from the deck in Sal Salis, the luxury safari camp in Cape Range National Park
Plug Into Uluru
Whether it's your first time or your umpcenth time, there has never been a better time to visit Uluru than now Last year's closing of the controversial climb certainly marked a new chapter in the sandstone monolith's age-old history and with it cast light on the myriad ways you can actually experience Australia's spiritual heart.
There's Bruce Munro's mesmeric Field of Light, now extended indefinitely, which you can experience twinkling away at sunrise or see come to life at sunset and paired with an outback dining experience. There are a range of Indigenous experiences to indulge in whilst you are in the area.
There's also sky diving, camels, Segways and Harley Davidsons.There's Opera Australia and exclusive dune-top dinner, Tali Wiru. There's luxury wilderness camp Longitude 131 with privileged views of Uluru afforded from the supreme comfort of your bed.
And of course there's the opportunity to simply pitch a tent and plug right into the living cultural landscape of the Red Centre (Ayers Rock Campground is located 15 kilometres from Uluru, close to the boundaries of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park). And it might just prove life-changing.
See Outback Queensland By Vintage Train
While iconic outback rail journeys The Ghan and the Indian Pacific are both bucket-list items for most Aussies, consider adding the Savannahlander - a 1960s 'silver bullet railmotor that rattles once a week through the Queensland outback - to that list. This colourful rail journey departs Cairns every Wednesday for the wet tropics area of the Kuranda Range and on through the Savannah country until it reaches the old gold-mining town of Forsayth.
With different permutations of the journey available, ranging from day trips to overnighters and longer, guests can mix and match to create their own custom experience. Choose a four-day rail journey to get the most out of this unique experience, adding on side trips to Cobbold Gorge, the Undara Lava Tunnels and Chillagoe-Mungana Caves, nicknamed 'the reef of the outback' for the fascinating fossilised remains of an ancient coral reef.
Stop And Smell The Wildflowers
While the outback has a reputation for being a harsh and unforgiving landscape, the fact is that large swathes of its red and golden sands arc carpeted in colour come spring, when tens of thousands of Australian wildflowers burst into life. Western Australia, the epicentre of native flora, boasts some 12,000 species of wildflowers, 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Head to Wildflower Country, a few hours' drive north of Perth, to see the living kaleidoscope in its full glory. This magnificent colour show is also visible in the Golden Outback (including Wave Rock) and Stirling Range National Park, or Bay of Isles in Esperance.