As Australia goes through different phases of recovery, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave traces of uncertainty, Aussies are starting to scratch that travel itch, from dreaming, to planning, to actually packing their bags and sneaking in a quick (and safe) getaway.

Expedia data reveals the appetite for travel continues to rise, with search results indicating Aussies are wasting no time in researching where they want to escape to.

But the big question remains top of mind: where can I safely travel to and what options do I have? International and some state borders remain closed, with select regional travel allowed. With so many great adventures and hidden gems right here in our backyard, it’s a great opportunity to get behind local businesses, particularly for those regions that were hit twice as hard following the summer bushfires.

At Expedia we’re committed to supporting local tourism growth, and helping Aussies explore our big beautiful backyard with great value and helpful tips. Here are our top tips on how you can get involved:

Hit the road

The beauty of Australia is there are many regional destinations just a few hours’ drive away from our major cities. The road trip is a perfect getaway that’s close to home, but still feels like a holiday. Whether it’s a big day out with the family or hitting the road with some friends, hop in the car, sign up for an activity or tour somewhere new and support the local tour companies and guides.

  • Looking for a great family activity? Head to Port Stephens, just over two hours from Sydney where you can hop on a Whale Watching Cruise. From mid-May to early November, this is a great spot to see spectacular Humpback whales and if you’re lucky a few dolphins.
  • Grab your friends and treat yourselves to a beautiful day trip to McLaren Vale. Enjoy the beautiful wine and produce this region has to offer, with a full day tour departing from Adelaide, including a guided winery tour, wine tasting at four wineries and a delicious lunch.

Stay in a local B&B

Before you start researching the most popular hotel in town, why not opt for a bed and breakfast? These humble little establishments offer a personal and homey experience. Often owned and run by locals, this also makes them the perfect tour guide to offer restaurant or sightseeing recommendations.

  • Couples seeking a romantic getaway in wine country, will love staying at Barossa House. The perfect base to explore the wider region, Barossa House is just five minutes’ drive from a range of wineries and local attractions including Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop.
  • Escape Sydney with a trip down to Kangaroo Valley, where The Laurels B&B is the perfect quick getaway. Built in 1919, the Laurel’s B&B features a cosy wood fire, period furniture, spacious verandas and an established garden complete with vegetable patch and chicken coop.

Indulge in a home away from home

There’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal, but when you’re on the road or on holidays, sometimes it’s difficult to recreate that feeling. If you love the comfort of a home-feel and plenty of space, Expedia now offers holiday rentals for Aussies looking for alternative accommodation types.

  • Feel miles away from home at this peaceful retreat in Tuross Head. It’s the perfect getaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle and be one with nature, as you enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors.
  • Whether it’s a special occasion or seeking a family retreat, the Montville Rustic Remingtons Lodge is situated on the Blackall Range escarpment, offering stunning views over the hinterland and the coast. Perfect for large families or groups, the property can sleep up to 8 guests.

Keep it local

Support local businesses within the region and make the effort to grab your road trip snacks or travel needs from the local market or grocery store. Find local markets and details through the tourism website of the regional town, they’re often held on a particular day each week or month. Here are some of Australia’s top local markets to check out:

  • Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market is a thriving food and culture hub. With over 70 traders, the market offers a huge range of fresh food, smallgoods and health goods. It also houses some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries.
  • Open every Sunday, the Noosa Farmers Market is packed with seasonal produce all locally produced. The market offers fresh organic fruit and veg, herbs, nuts and seeds, cheese, freshly baked bread and even homemade skin care products.

As the situation continues to evolve, Expedia recommends travellers to always check local travel advisories before booking and embarking on any trips. For the most up-to-date advice and information, please visit the Expedia FAQ page.

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