By Topdeck Travel on 26 April 2017
Australia - beautiful, diverse, rich in culture and endless natural wonders to discover. With so much on our doorstep, it’s no surprise that more Australians are choosing to holiday at home. We are finally relishing in and exploring the attractions that were previously taken for granted by the same group of travellers.
To give you some wander lusting inspiration from the bush to the beach, Topdeck Travel uncovers the reasons Australia is the must-do destination for young people and why you should opt for a staycation this year.
We often think our greatest adventures as those away from home. But more and more Australians are realising their most Insta-worthy pics are right in their own backyard. Stretching their legs on a weekend hike along the coastal cliff faces on the east coast, taking a dive in the world’s biggest barrier reef in Far North Queensland, visiting the 12 Apostles or seeing the spiritual Uluru – one thing they’ll never be is bored!
Kings Canyon National Park, Northern Territory (photo: Josh Quarmby)
If you are a little low on annual leave then why not make the most of a short trip teamed with a few public holidays to keep even more holiday time up your sleeve. Not only is Australia full of vast experiences, it’s also literally on your doorstep which cuts out the travelling time!
What’s more, you can maximise your long weekends by getting your friends together and exploring a new city in just a few short days. Head to the top-end for a four-day short tour of some of Australia’s most notable icons or explore a new city and amongst trying out the local restaurants, shop up a storm.
Another bonus of a domestic trip? You don’t have to fight jet-lag, carry heavy luggage, exchange money or learn a new language, g’day mate will do just fine!
Florence Falls - Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory (photo: Josh Quarmby)
As you are familiar with the custom, language and way of life, all you need do is relax and marvel at the beauty of your own country’s landscape and history.
Explore the beautiful Blue Mountains, discover and enjoy the sweeping views of Mt Gambier or count the Apostles with your friends. There really is a diverse range of landmarks and monuments that everyone should see in their lifetime.
The best part about it? Nothing gets lost in translation! You can lose track of time and simply just enjoy the moment.
Viewing your home land through a different lens can put into perspective how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful and interesting country. Explore what you once took for granted; the great red Rock, our native animals and even the weather!
As Australians, we should celebrate that people from all over the world are travelling across oceans to experience what we can explore on the daily (if you didn’t have a job that is).
Teewah Beach, Noosa, Queensland (photo: Josh Quarmby)
Whilst you might laugh at your pop’s stories on trekking Australia at 80km/ hour in an old caravan, you will learn to relate with their stories by making your own memories of your trip! You are fellow travellers of Australia, and like a secret club you can connect with their own stories on a deeper level – because now you have memories of your own.