Australian destinations to dream about, save for or book

We all deserve a break this year! And some extra savings in your pocket can be the ticket to the exciting getaway you deserve.

01 December 2021|2 minute read

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Itching to get away but hesitant about international travel? Don’t stress - there’s plenty of dream destinations to discover in a COVID-safe way right here in our own backyard.

Here are some ideas to help you experience good times, great fun and new horizons.

Stay a day, a night… or longer

Australia is home to some true hidden gems. Here are some of our favourite road trip destinations ideal for a day out, a weekend away – or a whole lot longer.

And of course, as part of the new world we’re living in, make sure to check any travel restrictions that may apply before hitting the road.

Blue Mountains, NSW

Right on the edge of Sydney, you’ll find the world-famous, heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Take the Bells Line Road to Mount Wilson to spot locations where The Great Gatsby was filmed, or book into a boutique hotel and enjoy the mountain views.

You can explore the antique shops of Kurrajong or pick your own fruit at Bilpin’s renowned mountain orchards.

However you plan to spend your time in the Blue Mountains, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to gourmet food, quaint towns, Aussie wildlife, bushwalks and picture-perfect views.

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Just an hour’s drive from the heart of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula can help you swap the hustle and bustle for a relaxing clifftop stroll along the trails of Point Nepean National Park.

Take a walk through the lavender gardens, take a dip in the surf, and feast in style at your pick of Sorrento’s gourmet eateries.

Gold Coast, QLD

Queensland’s Gold Coast is the perfect location to enjoy city life by the beach or reconnect with nature by heading inland to Tambourine Mountain.

Discover ancient forests and experience a bird’s eye view of the world at the Rainforest Skywalk. You can find hidden gorges and waterfalls just off the beaten track.

But if nature walks aren’t your thing, the Gold Coast has a number of luxury hotels, shopping experiences, fine-dining and sights to see.

Darwin, NT

For warm weather and incredible national park and wildlife experiences, Darwin is a great place to visit to explore more of the Northern Territory.

Only an hour’s drive from Darwin, the Adelaide River delivers a taste of the true Top End.

From wetlands and croc tours, to the wide-open horizons that the Territory does best. And the best part is that all of this is right on Darwin’s doorstep!

Hobart, TAS

Hobart is increasingly becoming a hot tourist destination, especially with those from Melbourne and Sydney. You get to witness a fascinating fusion of heritage architecture and culture, nestled in a picturesque natural setting.

Travel north on the Midlands Highway to Bothwell, and head back in time.

With its wealth of heritage-listed cottages and churches, historic whiskey distilleries and one of Australia’s oldest golf courses, Bothwell is a slice of Australiana framed by the breathtaking backdrop of the Central Highlands.

Margaret River, WA

The Margaret River region is a great place to start your exploration of Australia’s west coast.

Experience legendary surf breaks, long coastal trails, award-winning vineyards and even a spot of whale watching. It adds up to make Margaret River part of the perfect road trip.

Barossa Valley, SA

There’s more to the Barossa than world-class vineyards. Dotted with quaint heritage towns, farmers markets and music festivals, there’s plenty to do in the region.

Absorb the history, the picture-perfect scenery and winding country roads, and spoil yourself at the region’s fine dining and accommodation options.

Aussie can help you get there

Whether you’re planning a brief staycation, or a long and leisurely road trip, your home loan savings can open the door to new sounds, sights and experiences – even in a COVID-safe way. Chat to an Aussie Broker about how refinancing could save you money and help you arrive at your destination sooner.

Let the journey begin - bring it on!

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