With Euro summers and road trips across the US off the cards for the foreseeable future, we’re turning our attention to our beautiful backyard and all the epic experiences we have on our doorstep.
You know, those incredible sites and jaw-dropping locations that you've been putting on the backburner in favour of using your annual leave and hard-earned cash on an OS escape? Well now is the time to see just how bloody gorgeous Australia is.
But where to start? While the folks at Intrepid Travel might have been your go-to for off the grid international adventures, they’re also curators of magical Aussie escapes.
From the rugged red centre to pristine coastlines, we’re rounded up seven bucket list-worthy adventures you need to book this year. Go on, you deserve it.
Zen Out In Byron Bay
A place where gorgeous beaches meet lush hinterland and a vibing village that boasts a banging foodie scene—Byron Bay should absolutely be next on your holiday hit list. Over four incredible days achieve peak zen mode, with a mix of yoga and meditation classes, rainforest hikes and beach strolls. You’ll then stretch your stomach with loads of local produce at regional farms, a not-for-profit restaurant and B-Corp farm. So you’ll feel good whilst stuffing your face. And at night you’ll bliss out at a stunning homestead looking over the sprawling hinterland. Keen? Of course you are. Head here to book.
Go Green In The Daintree
Believed to be one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, Daintree is a truly magical place. Spanning 95 km, the region starts at Mossman Gorge, (an hour's drive north of Cairns), and runs all the way to Cape Tribulation. In this epic five-day sojourn, you’ll journey into the heart of the land the Kuku Yalanji people have called home for 50,000 years, into the complex ecosystem of the forest and deserted white-sand beaches. Dreamy right? You’ll learn about hunting native plants from a First Nations guide, encounter crocodiles and colourful birds on a cruise through mangrove thickets and walk under heavy green canopy in Mossman Gorge. Gather your gang and get booking.
Marvel At Rugged Australia In The Kimberley
This truly stunning region is absolutely one for the bucket list—and what better time to tick it off than now? This six-day tour kicks off in Broome and will take you on a spiritual journey to one of Australia's greatest wilderness regions. Hitting the open (and sparse) road, you’ll spend a lot of time picking your jaw up off the floor as you explore natural landscapes and places of cultural importance, like croc spotting on a wildlife cruise through Geikie Gorge, learning about the legend of Jandamarra on a tour of Tunnel Creek or bushwalking to Manning Falls. You’ll also catch the sunset along Broome Beach, go underground in the historic caves of Tunnel Creek and you’ll go full Australian camping overnight at a working cattle station. Join the adventure here.
Eat And Drink Your Way Through The Yarra Valley
Everyone deserves a long weekend in the vineyards right? You might have tackled Margaret River and the Barossa, but Yarra Valley is where you’ll want to beeline for your next tipple-filled adventure. Taking place over three drool-worthy days, you’ll explore the flavours of food and nature of the Yarra. With historic accommodation in the heart of Healesville as your unpack-once hub, get away from it all in rolling hills dotted with farms and vineyards. Immerse yourself in the outdoors with a ride along historic trails, sample the drops of a boutique vineyard, learn the secrets behind world-class gin, and even help support the future of Australian wine. Grab your boozy pals and book here.
Go Island Hopping In The Whitsundays
Forget the Greek Islands, Australia is home to a cluster of pristine islands that rival the white sand beaches of the Med. We’re talking about the Whitsundays of course. Located in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is home to 74 islands all boasting palm-fringed beaches, azure waters and hidden waterfalls. But with so many islands, it can be tough knowing where to start. Enter Intrepid and this dreamy six-day escape where you’ll travel from the coastal town of Airlie Beach to the luxurious Paradise Cove, with two nights spent on an authentic 100-year-old Tall ship thrown in for good measure. You’ll also hike on South Molle Island, swim in the Coral Sea and have access to your own private beach. Yep, this getaway is a no-brainer. Get booking here.
Discover The Natural Beauty Of Arnhem Land
At the northernmost section of the Northern Territory lies the Top End, one of Australia’s greatest gems and absolutely worthy of your bucket list adventure list. Here the tropics meet the outback, where sandstone escarpments are decorated with ancient First Nations rock art, and the national parks are bursting with plunging waterfalls, monsoon forests and breathtaking waterholes. There’s so much to see, tackling it solo can be a little intimidating. In this amazing five-day adventure you’ll get to scope out Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk National Park and Litchfield National Park and includes exclusive access to Arnhem Land. On the trip you’ll get to spend time with the Traditional Owners of Wulna Country, take a croc-filled cruise along the East Alligator River, check out the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and swim in the breathtaking locations that will make everyone on your gram jealous. Start the holiday dreaming here.
Glamp Under The Stars In Tasmania
When we talk about incredible sights that have to be seen IRL, Tasmania’s Bay Of Fires is absolutely one of them. While you might have already tackled the likes of Hobart, this getaway will let you experience the coastal beauty and remote wild of Australia’s island state. On this four-day escape, cruise east of Launceston, past sleepy towns and rolling, sheep-filled fields to the seclusion and solitude of a glamping retreat hidden among the beauty of the Bay of Fires. You’ll start each day with a yoga session (you don’t need to be a pro) and end it by swapping stories over the campfire after dinners of expertly crafted local produce. In the middle of it all, you can hike to secluded beaches rimmed with red-ringed rocks and visit local producers to sample Tasmania’s famous harvest. It’s pure heaven. To get on board, head here.
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