Australia has some incredible spots that are often forgotten.
When planning a holiday, it’s easy to overlook the beauty of our own backyard because the prospect of a getaway can seem more glamorous the further away from home it may be.
Cosy Australian Retreats
While it’s exciting to pack your bags and jet-set to an overseas destination, Australia has some incredible spots that are often forgotten. We have hand-picked some of our favourite locations and best-kept secrets for an indulgent retreat without the hassle of a long-haul journey.
In summer you can expect this sleepy town to be overrun by day-trippers and holiday-makers, however the colder months present a window of opportunity for solace in peace and quiet. Our tip is to head down to this slice of paradise in winter, when you can embrace scenic beach walks, eat locally made sourdough bread, visit the plethora of nearby wineries and get to know the handful of local eateries and boutiques without the hefty crowds.
Our tip: if you love seafood as much as we do, seek out Harry the mussel man. Ask one of the locals and they’ll be able to tell you where Harry will be selling the finest mussels on the peninsula, which is often down at the Flinders pier.
“The colder months present a window of opportunity for solace in peace and quiet.”
Playing host to one of Australia’s greatest arts and culture festivals is Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. Taking place for about two weeks in June, Dark Mofo is a festival that explores mythology, contemporary art, human nature and ancient traditions. The festival is hosted by Mona, which we suggest checking out at any time of year. Festival-goers flock from all over the world to witness and partake in the array of large-scale public art, entertainment, food, music and ceremonies to celebrate the winter solstice.
Our tip: set aside a Saturday morning to visit the Salamanca markets to sample Tassie’s finest foods.
Lennox Head, New South Wales
Close enough to Byron Bay to pop into town for dinner, yet far enough to feel removed from the hustle and bustle. Lennox head is a coastal town that is renowned for its great waves and surf culture. A trip to Lennox Head allows for relaxation and exploration of the local environment. One of our favourite spots is Lake Ainsworth, or ‘Tea Tree Lake’, that is said to have healing properties that rejuvenate the body and mind. This fresh water lake is best at sunset when the orange sun meets its own reflection across the tranquil water.
Our tip: take a picnic with delicious local produce, a bottle of wine and a warm blanket, then sit back and enjoy the scenery.