Travelling to different parts of the world is great. Exploring new cultures, learning new languages and tasting new foods are all fabulous. But sometimes, having a holiday at home in Australia is just as good. Whether it’s because of budgetary constraints, timing issues or even just a simple desire to explore more of Australia, an Aussie staycation can be fabulous.
Luckily, we have plenty of wonderful places to visit and a number of awesome activities to try. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at five Aussie staycation ideas for you to try.
This one’s a great option if you’re on a bit of a budget. There is no shortage of fabulous hiking trails and campsites in Australia, so why not grab your boots and get walking? Of course, if you love hiking but don’t fancy roughing it in a tent for a week, you can always stay at a hotel or rent a house near a national park. Or, if you’re on a strict budget, there are also plenty of hikes that you can do in a day, especially if you don’t mind a bit of a drive to get there!
Get away on a boat
Aussies are definitely no strangers to boat parties. For those of us who live on the coast, it’s a staple tradition for celebrating birthdays, engagements, Christmas or even just a sunny Saturday. But to get that relaxed feeling of being cut off from the hustle and bustle of life, why not hire a boat to live on for a few days? It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air and spend some quality time with friends.
There’s no denying that surfing is a huge part of Aussie culture. So whether you’re already a decent surfer or have never touched a surf board in your life, a surfing break could be just what you need!
Many people are put off surfing because they are intimidated or don’t think they’ll be good at it. But don’t let that stop you. There are plenty of surf schools around which are designed specifically for beginners. And, if you’re a woman who would prefer to be taught by women, there are surf school clinics In Australia for women too.
We’re very lucky to have countless fabulous wine regions here in Australia. Whether it’s Mudgee in NSW, the Barossa Valley in SA, Margaret River in WA or any of the other wonderful wine regions, you’re bound to have a great experience as they are built around catering for tourists.
Wine weekends are particularly great options for long weekends around Easter or Australia Day. And remember, they’re not just an opportunity to taste the region’s wine (although that is a BIG plus here), they’re also an opportunity to explore locally made food and support small businesses in the area.
Top tip: Don’t be afraid to ask the staff at each vineyard where they would recommend you go for dinner as they may be able to suggest a local gem that you weren’t aware of.
Hire a holiday home
There are endless websites and companies available today who can hook you up with a fantastic holiday house. So whether you want a cottage in the middle of nowhere in Tasmania, a coastal mansion in Byron Bay or an apartment in the heart of Sydney, you’ll have plenty of options available to you at the click of a button. Remember, even if it’s just a couple of hours away from your home, it’s still nice to get away with family and friends to explore a new area or simply relax in the lap of luxury in your rented accommodation!
Staycations are a great way to save a bit of cash whilst also exploring more of Australia. And luckily, as we tend to get our fair share of decent weather here in Australia, you can get by on a shoestring budget as long as you’re happy to camp. So next time you get a few days off, slap on your sun cream and enjoy a good old fashioned Aussie holiday.