Yesterday, much to the delight of trapped New South Wales residents who have spent almost three months in lockdown; premier Gladys Berejiklian finally announced that there is in fact, light at the end of the tunnel. As the state edges closer and closer to its first target of 70% double-doses, the premier has finally confirmed that travel throughout the state will be on the cards sooner than we anticipated for fully-vaccinated individuals. Though we might be getting ahead of ourselves, with the rest of the country also pushing to drive their vaccine numbers up, it's inspired us to revisit our list of Australian travel ideas.
Before anyone comes for us, yes, we know – the future of Australia-wide travel still hangs in the balance. But frankly, when that time does eventually come, (and it will) we do not want to be the ones left behind! Planning is crucial, particularly after the stress of far too many months where our only form of holiday has been through our screens.
Whether revisiting previous destinations that never seem to loose their charm, or making a pact to expand your horizons and travel to a more secluded, untouched destination; Australia has no shortage of options for every type of holiday-goer. If you too are itching to plan your escape from lockdown life, here are 11 Australian travel ideas to have on your radar.
1. Port Stephens
This quintessentially Australian retreat is just a short drive from Sydney. Find Jess Blanch's guide to Port Stephens, here.
A small city it might be, but you're hardly left wanting for a bought of luxury. Find Mia Steiber's guide to Canberra, here.
Whether you find yourself on the west coast of Australia for the surf or the serenity – it's worth visiting this laidback sanctuary. Find Victoria Pearson's guide to Metricup, here.
5. Currumbin Valley
For those of us searching for a little bit of restoration and rejuvenation. Find Jess Blanch's guide to Currumbin Valley and Eden Health Retreat, here.
6. Barossa Valley
Scorching South Australian sun, excellent wine and afternoons spent lazing under red gums. Find Victoria Pearson's guide to the Barossa Valley, here.
From the luxury of United Places Botanic Garden to watching the world go by at City Wine Shop. Find Natalie Petrevski's guide to Melbourne, here.
A necessary stay at Bannisters and some of the best oysters you'll find anywhere. Find Anna Harrison's guide to Mollymook, here.
9. Satellite Island
A secluded secret hideaway in the heart of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel in the south of Tasmania. Find Natalie Petrevski's guide to Satellite Island, here.
Tour the vineyards or stay in all weekend. Find Victoria Pearson's guide to Mudgee, here.
11. Byron Bay
Time to dive in, escape, explore and get washed away. Find Natalie Petrevski's guide to Byron Bay, here. And if you're looking for more details on how to prepare for your stay, you can find a list of all our favourite spas, where the RUSSH team loves to eat, and the best places to stay.