Hidden gems of Australia

Australians love to travel overseas and who can blame them? But we have plenty of natural splendour right in our backyards. With such a large and amazingly diverse land, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to domestic holidays. Whether you’re after a coastal trip or a more rural country retreat, Australia has got you covered. Check out these amazing hidden gems of Australia for your next getaway.

Best coastal holiday: Jervis Bay, NSW

Located just three hours south of Sydney, Jervis Bay is home to some of the most stunning beaches Australia has to offer. Whether you’re after a relaxing beach break filled with diving and snorkelling or you’re keen to spot the local dolphin pod and whale watching come winter, Jervis Bay has it all for the water lover. 

Jervis Bay attractions

The number one must see attraction in Jervis Bay is the stunning Hyams Beach. Hyams Beach has the whitest sand in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Not only is the sand composed of pure quartz but the water is exceptionally clear making it one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and one of the true gems of Australia. Hyams beach has a grand total of 112 residents so finding a place to set up your towel won’t be a problem.

Rated number two for things to do in Jervis Bay, is Booderee National Park. The park offers an abundance of activities for the nature lover with a variety of bush trails amongst native bushland framed against views of the bay.

Jervis Bay accommodation

Jervis Bay has somewhere to stay for everyone, whether you’re after a homestay AirBnB has plenty of options, or check into Dolphin Shores the number one rated hotel on trip advisor with an average rating of 4.5 stars. If you’re looking to stay a bit closer to nature there are several camping grounds to pitch a tent in.

Jervis Bay restaurants

The number one rated restaurant in Jervis Bay is the Stonegrill Steakhouse with an average rating of 4.5 stars from 799 reviews. The Quarters Huskisson is the place to be for those looking for a well stocked bar and extensive cocktail menu, it is rated the number two restaurant in Jervis Bay as well.

Things to do in Jervis Bay 

Jervis Bay is home to the largest population of bottle-nose dolphins in Australia.The best way to get up and close to these majestic creatures is via a Dolphin Watch Cruise. The cruises operate 365 days a year and last for an hour and a half, giving you ample time to catch a glimpse of the local dolphins.

Best nature holiday: Broome, WA 

Hidden away in the top left corner of Western Australia, Broome is home to some of the most spectacular sights to be seen in the whole of Australia. If you’re after a holiday to getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, look no further than Broome where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, tropical climate and even see Australia’s best dinosaur tracks.

Broome attractions

Described as Western Australia’s most famous beach and one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Cable Beach is the place to be for all your beach activities. One of the most unique things you can do at Cable Beach is go on a camel tour where you can watch the sunset in style.

Gantheaume Point is located just ten minutes outside of the city centre of Broome and offers up some stunning contrasts of the red cliffs against the turquoise ocean. Head off from Gantheaume for kayak tours, fishing charters and whale watching cruises.

Broome accommodation

Check into Broome’s number one rated hotel, the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa for a relaxing stay or check out the Ramada Resort by Wyndham Eco Beach which has a 4 and a half star rating on tripadvisor.

Broome restaurants

If Japaense food tickles your fancy, Zensai, the number one ranked restaurant in Broome with an average rating of 4.5 stars will be sure to please. Or head to Matso’s Broome Brewery for brewery tour and tasting session of some locally made beers.

Things to do in Broome

The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is home to not only some of the biggest crocodiles on display in the country but also to native Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, lizards, cassowaries and emus. Daily tours give you the opportunity to catch a crocodile feeding session and is only closed on Christmas Day.

Catch a flic at the world’s oldest outdoor picture garden, Sun Pictures. Running since 1916, Sun Pictures is a must do for any cinema fan, you can lounge back in a deck chair or bring a blanket if you want to lie back underneath the stars.

Best food & wine holiday: Tanunda, SA

No trip to the Barossa Valley could ever be complete without a visit to Tanunda, home to some of the best food and wine experiences Australia has to offer. Whether you’re just looking to indulge in the delicacies on offer, interested in learning how to brew your very own beverages, or wanting to enjoy the countryside, Tanunda has got you covered.

Best food in Tanunda

FermentAsian delivers an exciting range of Vietnamese-influenced cuisine made from ingredients grown in the family’s vegetable garden, making it easy to see why it’s ranked number one of the best restaurants in Tanunda on Tripadvisor. Or head to Harvest Kitchen for an eclectic mix of dining options that see it ranked number two on Tripadvisor with an average rating of 4.5 stars.

Best wine tour in Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda boasts a large range of wines and a variety of different experiences in which you can enjoy them. With an average rating of 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor the impressive Chateau and surrounding estate should be first on your wine tour itinerary. Langmeil Winery is a family friendly winery and offers free tastings without appointment, making it the number one ranked activity for things to do in Tanunda.

Tanunda accommodation

For the best value check into the Barossa Weintal Hotel the number one ranked hotel in Tanunda. Or if you’re keen to get closer to nature try camping in some of the powered or unpowered sites at Discovery Parks which has a range of facilities designed for children as well. 

Things to do in Tanunda

Besides partaking in all of the amazing food and wine on offer, you might like to learn how to go about making your own delicious treats. Head into the number one ranked class in the Barossa Valley, Casa Carboni Italian Cooking School, for a class on turning the local produce into your very own culinary masterpieces. Or gain a new perspective on the Barossa Valley by taking a hot air balloon adventure and watching the sun rise.

Best outback holiday: Longreach, QLD 

Dubbed the Gateway to the Outback, Longreach is a throwback to a different time, where you can slip into the shoes of Australia’s early pioneers with an exciting stagecoach ride, or just sit back and enjoy the wide open spaces and limitless skies of the outback. 

Longreach restaurants

Ranked number one on Tripadvisor is Harry’s Restaurant and Redford Bar. With an average rating of 4.5, the bar is open for breakfast and dinner year round. Or for a quick bite, head to the Merino Bakery for some locally made pastries and treats that are so good the bakery is ranked number one in longreach for quick bites.

Accommodation in Longreach

For a rustic yet luxurious outback getaway, head to Saltbush Retreat to stay in one of their self contained cabins which see them ranked number one for specialty lodging in longreach.

Or if you’re looking for more rustic accommodation, the Longreach Tourist Park has plenty of camping options that will allow you to fully enjoy the starry nights free from any noise and light pollution.

Things to do in Longreach 

Take a walk through the QANTAS Founders Museum, the number one ranked activity for Longreach. You can explore the interactive exhibits and replica aircraft while learning about the history of one of Australia’s most iconic companies. Or visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre which has had over one million visitors since it was opened by Queen Elixabeth the second in 1988. The centre documents the history of the outback, starting 40,000 years ago through to the present day.

For more amazing holidays to take within Australia check out our interactive, Travel the world without leaving Australia to make the most out of our beautiful country!

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