24 Jun 2015
Australian getaways Mid-winter is typically a time we start thinking about a holiday. The shorter days and cooler temperatures often have us dreaming of getting away from it all and taking some time out – preferably somewhere warm.
The fall of the Aussie dollar in the last couple of years means staying local has become a more popular choice – with Australian residents taking nearly 6,000 more domestic trips in 2014 than in 2012*.
So if a holiday is an important part of your lifestyle planning, what does Australia have to offer? We investigated some options for the traveller looking for something a bit different.
For the foodie If giving your palate a strenuous work out sounds like your idea of heaven, then a ‘Food Safari’ trip could be ideal. From seafood to cheese, Wagyu beef to wine, Australia certainly has a lot to offer.
Food safaris tend to be arranged through specialist tour companies where you can sample gourmet delights of your chosen region. Dining in celebrated restaurants, as well as meeting local farmers, artisans and growers of locally made produce, are all part of the experience. Some tours include cooking lessons, so you can even release your inner Matt Moran.
For more inspiration, Australian Traveller magazine lists Australia’s 10 greatest gourmet holidays.
The great outdoors The diverse landscape of Australia offers endless possibilities for those that enjoy being out and about. A popular option is a walking holiday – usually kept to smaller groups and ranging from four days up to up to two and a half weeks in length. It really just depends where you want to go and how long you want to walk for!
Joining a group can take away the stress of having to figure out where you are going, and minimises the risk of getting lost or stranded – especially if you are heading outback. Plus you get the benefit of knowledgeable guides who can provide interesting insights into the history of the places you are walking through, enriching the entire experience.
And if you want to add some luxury to your trekking adventure, look at glamping holidays – essentially luxury camping – featuring all the comforts of home in a canvas under the stars.
For more inspiration, Australian Geographic Outdoor selected the top 18 campaign spots across the country.
For those with sea legs
A sailing holiday can be something exciting and different, especially if you are used to vacationing on dry land. There are plenty of options, whether you are an experienced sailor or a novice.
You can even be part of a flotilla – a group of boats all sailing together – so help is always close at hand if being on the high seas alone makes you a little nervous.
Together with your Financial Adviser, you can work towards achieving your future financial goals, whether it’s a trip to the Whitsundays or owning your own boat.
Hitting the road
Many people hire, or indeed own, a campervan. It is an ideal way to travel around the country without paying for accommodation, and with the option of self-catering to boot. Many camping and caravan sites are situated in stunning locations.
There are options for those who want isolation and tranquillity, as well as full resort style amenities – such as swimming pools and club houses. A great resource is www.campsaustraliawide.com. Wherever your destination, you are bound to find somewhere to pitch up for the night here.
While the skiing season in Australia might not be as long as Europe, it’s still very popular. Running from June to September, the New South Wales and Victorian Snowy Mountains become a hub of downhill activity.
Many Australian’s never get to experience snow and it can be a very unique and unforgettable experience. If you are over 65, check the prices at your resort, many offer discounts with up to 50% off lift passes.
So whether you are chasing the sunshine or after the big chill – staying domestic has plenty to offer. Speak to us if you need help budgeting for your next holiday.