Craving an overseas trip? Just because international travel is still a while away doesn’t mean you have to miss out on awe-inspiring travel experiences - we’ve got some of the world’s most unique and sought-after holidays right on our doorstep. Whether you were planning a wintery weekender or a sub-Saharan sabbatical, Travellers Choice can help. With top-tier independent advice and access to exclusive deals, our travel agents can take any local trip ’global’. Check out these five Aussie locations to rival any overseas travel spot:
1. Snowy Mountains, NSW
Were you planning to hit the slopes in 2021? Whether you were aiming for Japan, New Zealand or Canada, you can still enjoy a full season of winter sports (or winter wine-drinking) in the high country of New South Wales. Dotted with alpine resorts for all budgets and piste abilities, the Snowy Mountains region will have you laughing off your COVID-related travel woes in no time.
2. Lord Howe Island, NSW
Known as Australia’s answer to Hawaii, Lord Howe Island is an exquisite turquoise-shored jewel off the coast of New South Wales. Similar to Hawaii, you can fish, snorkel, hike, kayak and stand-up paddleboard to your heart’s content - unless you want to relax, of course! In that case, you’ve got a range of luxury accommodations to choose from. The best news is, the whole island is limited to just 400 beds. Exclusive luxury? Absolutely.
3. Lake Mungo/Mungo, NSW
If an adventurous desert escape was on your bucket list this year, you can tick it off at Mungo National Park. Similar to Joshua Tree in California or the Atacama Desert in Chile, Mungo offers otherworldly terrain, gobsmacking sunsets and unlimited ancient cultural experiences. Drive yourself, with routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, or ask us about flights to Mildura and Broken Hill to join an organised tour.
4. Daintree Rainforest, QLD
Rainforest lovers, rejoice - you can still experience a resort-style holiday right here in Australia. The Daintree Rainforest rivals that of South America and Southeast Asia, boasting unique biological diversity and exceptional rainforest integrity. From eco-lodges to five-star havens, if you’re looking for a restful retreat, you’ll find it here.
5. Bright, VIC
If you had your hopes on fresh mountain air and autumnal delights, Bright in Victoria can deliver. Reminiscent of the English countryside, the Canadian Rockies or the New England region of the United States, this part of rural Victoria is nestled in a river valley and cloistered by a charming red and gold forest.
Find your local Travellers Choice agent and start looking forward to your next holiday!