where2travel Staff Recommendations for Australia Travel

Are you looking to explore your own country during this time, but you are not sure where to go, what to do, or what to see? We have asked some of our where2travel team members to share their favourite Australia getaways and experiences with you. To make sure you don't miss out on your Travel Designer's travels, we have also included their own where2travel Facebook pages below to please follow and share. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to helping you explore more of our beautiful country. Don't hesitate to contact us, we are still available during lockdown from Mondays to Fridays 10 am - 4 pm on email. We are also available for Zoom chats.

Kym's Top Pick - South Gippsland, Victoria

With International borders closed and state borders unpredictable the urge to travel got the better of me, so I jumped in the car and headed off to regional Victoria, Meeniyan in South Gippsland. Only a 2-hour easy drive from Melbourne - I was there in a flash. Meeniyan is a sweet little town, there is beautiful accommodation to enjoy, a couple of fantastic restaurants, an art gallery and it is a great base to explore all the things that gorgeous South Gippsland has to offer.

It is right on the rail trail - a beautiful place to walk or ride a bike in nature, where you can see koalas, kangaroos, cows, and birds a-plenty. Wilson’s Prom is only an hour’s drive away, and the beautiful beaches of Venus and Waratah Bay are only a 20-minute drive. For the gourmet traveller there are great wineries, a cidery, and even a gin distillery close by, as well as many places to indulge in the local produce, straight from the farm to your plate – delicious!

My favourite dining establishment is Moo’s at Meeniyan, great coffee, local wines, and food – and the service is second to none. For those of you who enjoy a bit of retail therapy, there are lots of lovely shops and galleries among the little towns in this region.

Tempted to visit this region once restrictions have eased and to support local travel and businesses? Contact us for more info.

Kym Lewis - Store Manager
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Laura's Top Pick - Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place for your next sunny beach getaway. Only a 2 hour flight from Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast has many beautiful beaches and places to explore.

A highlight on my last trip was the Eumundi Markets, they are a must visit. Running on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, this Open-air market is the perfect place to taste some delicious food, browse locally made arts and crafts, and listen to live music.

We also spent the afternoon at Hastings St in Noosa Heads, we took our time visiting the boutique shops, had a delicious lunch at a beachfront restaurant and finished off the day swimming at the beautiful blue waters of Main Beach.

Another great spot is Mooloolaba, you can enjoy fresh seafood on the picnic tables by the beach or visit the Sea Life Aquarium to get up close to sharks, exotic fish and even a colony of Little Blue Penguins.

There are many more places to explore while on the Sunshine Coast, and I would love to help you plan your next trip there.

Laura Gillingham- Travel Designer
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Lingling's Top Pick - King Island

Fancy visiting a beautiful and rugged island located between Victoria and Tasmania’s northwest coast? Then King Island is your place. The island is 64 km from north to south and 26 km
from east to west, which makes it easy to explore everything this island has to offer.

Covered with many different landscapes, rugged coastlines, beautiful beaches, offshore shipwrecks, rolling paddocks filled with beef cattle, many conservation areas with great walks and wildlife reflecting this Bass Strait Island location.

You will love the friendly locals, a slower-paced lifestyle, awesome locally produced food including King Island Cheeses, scenic views, and lunch at the licensed clubhouse! King Island also has two new golf courses in Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham, which are ranked among the best in the world.

My highlight of this trip was visiting the ‘Little Fairy Penguins’ a couple of times around Grassy Harbour. Nearby farms also offer bespoke tours and cooking classes, and there are some spectacular accommodation options in this area.

Lingling Yang - Travel Designer
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Simone's Top Pick - Karijini National Park

I have to say that Karijini is one of my favourite Australian National Parks, and I have been to many of them.

Karijini National Park is in Western Australia’s Pilbara Region near Tom Price, south of Port Hedland. The rock formations have been carved out for over 2 billion years and make the most spectacular landscape I have ever seen. If you love walking trails, there are plenty on offer here for all age and fitness levels.

Within Dales Gorge, you will find a beautiful swimming hole at Fortescue Falls or you can take a dip in the spring-fed Fern Pool. At the other end of the gorge is Circular Pool, surrounded by the high cliff walls and does not get much sunlight. A swim in here is certainly invigorating!

Hancock Gorge is like descending into another world. Walking between the walls of multi layered rocks (known as the Spider Walk), following the flow of water, then dropping down into Kermit’s Pool, named for its striking green hue. Make sure you have your camera ready for this stunning waterhole.

In the heart of the park, you will find Karijini Eco Resort that provides a range of accommodation options - from camp sites to deluxe eco-tents with full facilities. There is also an open-air restaurant.

There are so many wonderful trails to explore and I recommend travelling between June and September to see the colourful wild flowers blooming across the landscape.

Simone Sultana - Travel Designer
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Fiona's Top Pick - Horizontal Falls

Our day began with an early morning flight from Broome, flying over Cape Leveque and the Buccaneer Archipelago before landing on Cockatoo Island. We then transferred to a small boat with a guided cruise through Yampi Sound to Talbot Bay, including the Horizontal Falls.

The Horizontal Falls were spectacular. The falls are formed when water pours horizontally through two narrow gorges, about 300 metres apart when tides of up to 10 metres regularly occur. The seaward gap is about 20 metres in width, while the landward one is about 10 metres. The natural phenomenon is created as seawater builds up faster on one side of the gaps than the other, creating a waterfall up to 4 metres. With each change of the tide, the direction of the falls reverses.
After returning to Cockatoo Island, we then returned to Broome flying over the Horizontal Falls on the journey back.

Fiona Provis
Travel Designer
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Liz's Top Pick - Phillip Island

Just under 2 hour’s drive from Melbourne is the natural paradise of Phillip Island. We did a last-minute holiday in July to this activity-rich destination for a week and absolutely loved it. Its beautiful coastline was a magnet for our family. Plenty of surfing and fantastic coastal walks, particularly at Cape Woolamai, Pyramid Rock to Berry’s Beach, and even along the lovely beaches around Cowes.  

We even managed to pick up some old surfboards and spent the morning ‘sand boarding’ at what is affectionately called Spew Hill. Great fun. We especially loved our whale watching cruise - what majestic creatures they are! And an added bonus was seeing the bossy pelicans being fed at San Remo and our visit to the lovely San Remo Bakery.

A highlight for all of us (we are all kids at heart) was the Phillip Island Go Karts. What a view and what a thrill. A must for any competitive family! Lunch at Phillip Island Winery was another fabulous afternoon for us all – cold outside but the lovely fire burning inside kept us warm. We didn’t get to the fairy penguins as they were already booked out, but the coastline surrounding Nobbies is spectacular as well. We will definitely go back.

Liz Haynes
Travel Designer
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James's Top Pick - The Red Centre

The Red Centre is an amazing place to visit, and I think it should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Ayers Rock has excellent tours and experiences to suit everyone. The highlight on a recent trip was a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Uluru is the largest sandstone monolith in the world measuring 348 metres high and 9.4 kilometres in circumference, while Kata Tjuta is made up of 36 giant domes spread over more than 20 kilometres and what an amazing experience to see both by air. From above you will see breathtaking views giving it a different perspective from what you see from the land. The pilot is very experienced, super knowledgeable of the area and we listened to some great commentary. I recommend everyone to book a scenic flight when exploring the area. It is an experience that you will never forget.

James Jang
Travel Designer
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