We know Aussies love a good overseas trip, but if closed international borders have you feeling like you’re missing out on world-class holiday experiences, it’s time to think again. We’ve rounded up our favourite Australian locations that offer amazing substitutes for international holiday destinations. Skip the jetlag and find the flavours of world travel at home!
SWAP THE GREEK ISLANDS FOR THE WHITSUNDAYS, QLD
We love Greece for its sparkling blue waters and island-hopping in the sun, which makes Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands the ideal substitute. 74 islands dot around the Great Barrier Reef and tropical Queensland coast, with a huge range of tour and cruise options to bring your adventure to life. Back on dry land you can relax on sun-drenched beaches, explore friendly coastal towns and discover heaps of activities and sights to explore.
SWAP THE GRAND CANYON FOR KINGS CANYON & ULURU, NT
The Grand Canyon is a bucket list destination for many, with its rugged mountain ridges and awe-inspiring scale. So, if iconic natural wonders are what your holiday dreams are made of, look no further than our very own Kings Canyon and Uluru. Located in the heart of the Red Centre, explore the epic landscapes and indigenous history of these incredible landmarks, take a guided tour, or get up early to catch the sunrise on the famous Kings Canyon Rim Walk. A 4.5-hour drive from Alice Springs, the roads to and from Uluru are all sealed for easy travel and well worth the visit!
Nearest G'day Park:
Wintersun Cabin & Caravan Park
SWAP SCOTLAND FOR TASMANIA
If you think whisky, chances are you’ll picture the Scottish Highlands and a nice single malt by the open fire… but did you know that Tasmania produces over two-thirds of all Australian whisky, most in the style of a traditional Scottish malt? And Tassie, like Scotland, boasts incredible mountain wilderness and natural landmarks – so it’s really the next best thing. Warm your belly in the cool climate while exploring the Tasmanian Whisky Trail. Start at either Sullivan’s Corner (20 minutes from Hobart) or Hellyers Road (just over 30 mins from Devonport).
SWAP GERMANY FOR HAHNDORF, SA
Germany is known for old world charm, rolling hills, and hearty food and you’ll find these in spades if you visit SA’s best kept secret – Hahndorf. Australia’s oldest German town, nestled in the picturesque Adelaide Hills just thirty minutes from Adelaide, Hahndorf offers galleries, shops and great food along its charming tree-lined streets, with lovely driving routes and neighbouring villages to explore. German pubs serving traditional fare and beers by the stein will make you feel like you’ve arrived in the heart of the German countryside – so cheers to that!
Nearest G’day Parks:
Discovery – Hahndorf Resort
SWAP CANADA FOR VICTORIA’S ALPINE REGION
Aussies love Canada for its friendly cities and stunning scenery, and those keen on adventure like hitting the snowy mountain slopes on skis or snowboards. The good news for Aussies who can’t get to Whistler, is that Victoria’s High Country boasts some of Australia’s best ski slopes (which double as the best mountain-biking trails through the warmer months). With charming alpine towns, and outdoor adventure activities galore all within hours of Melbourne, country Victoria makes a handy substitute for northern hemisphere fun.