At a time where Aussies are usually heading to Europe or warmer places abroad, the question bids: Where do or can we go now?

To help Aussies fulfill their overseas dreams without having to leave the country, Expedia has uncovered the top domestic swaps for international favourites. Offering the same, if not better experiences, here is how you can discover the world in your backyard.

Daintree Ecolodge


Ranked as the top booked destination for the July and August period last year. Aussies who were hoping for a tranquil escape in Bali can sub it out for Tropical North Queensland. The beautiful rainforests and coastlines will have Aussies feeling a world away. For the nature lovers and adventure seekers, Aussies won’t be able to spot the difference at the Daintree Ecolodge, located amongst the canopy of the world’s oldest living rainforest.

Calile Hotel

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If Los Angeles was on the travel list, experience the hustle and bustle of a city escape in Brisbane or Gold Coast. From the theme parks to enjoying the highlife at the beachside bars, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Travellers can discover an urban resort, at the beautiful Calile Hotel, where they will find themselves transported to Palm Springs.

Limestone Coast’s underground garden oasis


Ranked in the top five booked destinations amongst Aussies during the July and August period. Holidaymakers can transport themselves to an urban jungle right here in South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Travellers can witness the jaw-dropping natural wonders including the underground garden oasis, enjoy great wine and relax on the sandy-white beaches.

Lord Howe Island. Image by: Zach Sanders


If island hopping in the Philippines was on the bucket list, travellers can discover Australia’s own beautiful islands. Welcoming travellers back from August 3, Lord Howe Island offers breathtaking surroundings, where Aussies can enjoy hikes, snorkeling or simple relaxation. On the other side of the country, Aussies can discover some of the world’s finest beaches at Rottnest Island. Don’t forget to take an obligatory selfie with the famous Quokkas.

Water’s Edge Resort


For the beach lovers, get the Hawaii or Bahamas vibes in Australia’s very own oasis, the Whitsundays. The stretches of white sand, pristine waters and warm weather are perfect for Aussies looking for their sun fix. Quietly nestled in the hillside amongst lush tropical gardens, Water’s Edge Resort is the perfect base and it’s just a stone throw away from the beach.

As the situation continues to evolve, always check travel advisories before booking and embarking on any trips. For the most up-to-date advice and information, visit Health Direct COVID-19 Restriction Checker.