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 and New Zealand 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 local escapes. Which is why we've teamed up with them for a range of Intrepid Retreats: Urban List Editor's Picks.
From an ancient rainforest to pristine coastlines, we’re rounded up five 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.
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.
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.
Embrace The Great Outdoors In Wanaka
Everyone knows New Zealand’s South Island is packed with some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. So it can be a little tough knowing where to start… which is where we come in. Pencil in three glorious nights in Wanaka in your diary—trust us, you won’t regret it. The Otago region is famous for it’s award-winning wine scene, adventure activities and all round beauty, all of which you’ll get to experience on your trip. You’ll cycle part of the Central Otago Rail Trail (the oldest rail trail in the country), sip your way around the best vineyards and distilleries and for those who dare, go bungee jumping at Kawarau Bridge. To book and live your best life, head here.
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