5 Under-The-Radar Australian Travel Locations To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

5 Under-The-Radar Australian Travel Locations To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

We really are spoilt for choice!

By Guest Styler | 12th February 2019

Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend getaways and short breaks. Our major cities are large metropolises, but the full picture is revealed when flying above the vast Australian countryside and coastline. Fortunately, those of us living in Australia’s biggest cities aren’t out of the loop, with unlimited travel options close at hand, so here are 5 incredible travel locations to indulge in for people who want to take time out in affordable style. We’ve teamed up with Hotels.com to bring you some of the best travel destinations in Australia that you’ll want to add to your bucket list ASAP!

The Entrance

Somehow, the Central Coast just north of Sydney has retained its charm from years gone by. The Entrance has long been a favourite destination for holidaymakers in New South Wales who would enjoy the fairs, rides and diversions every year. The Entrance itself is a lovely space for a walk along the seashore, a refreshing swim, or simply hanging out on the jetty. Central Coast beaches are an open secret, with amazing surf spots, rugged coastline and golden sands at Avoca, Terrigal and Budgewoi, to name a few great hang-outs.

The Entrance is truly your gateway to all the Central Coast north of Sydney has to offer. Do yourself a favour, take a trip back in time during a lazy weekend by heading up the highway to The Entrance. Enjoy life the subtropical Australian way, like it’s meant to be.

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Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay, Fingal Bay

At least three iconic bays need mention as a launching point for the coastal region north of Newcastle. The short drive from Sydney is soon rewarded as you travel past coastal forests and nearby waterways where wildlife abounds and nature rules. Shoal bay and surrounding bays are a true destination comprised of smallish townships nestled near amazing beaches with towering sand dunes and a huge range of surf breaks to choose from.

If you are a boatie, swimmer or nature lover, you will fit right in at Shoal Bay. Much of the hinterland is comprised of the Tomaree National Park, giving the entire region a magical vibe and a feeling of being a million miles away from care. There are also lots of quality options for coffee, eats and treats that will keep you powered for your entire visit to Shoal Bay.

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People who haven’t visited beyond the suburban reaches of your town are missing out on some of the most impressive scenery in Australia. It’s true the Great Dividing Range stretches from Victoria to Queensland, but many of the most picturesque peaks and visages are in NSW, with Katoomba near the top of the list. We may be famous in Australia for big Prawns and Big Bananas, but when it comes to truly awe inspiring big views, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley is hard to beat.
Sometimes we don’t realise what we have in our own backyard. Katoomba and the Blue Mountains are picturesque any time of the year, while surrounding villages such as Wentworth Falls add a special charm all of their own. So close to the city, yet sometimes covered by snow in winter, Katoomba is a go-to indulgent destination.

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Port Macquarie

I guess it was only a matter of time, but it seems everyone has finally realised that the entire NSW coastline is quite stunning. Port Macquarie, located about 4 hours drive north of Sydney, is often touted as having the best climate in Australia, and at times it would be hard to argue the point. The NSW Coast isn’t all about surf beaches either, and Port Macquarie also boasts the Hastings River and Lake Innes as local features.

The coast is fringed with nature reserve in parts, and water birds are all part of the local action. Port Macquarie has grown to become a major city on the NSW coast, but there are plenty of indulgent nooks and corners to spend great times with your special someone. NSW coastal vacations are on the comeback, and hotels.com is ready with the stopover of your choice.

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Palm Cove, Cairns

There are times when a tropical escape is just the ticket. After all, Cairns is only a short flight from Brisbane, and once you get there everything is laid on. You are right on the beach with the reef and islands in easy reach, and the casino, nightclubs, buffets, restaurants and great bars are scattered throughout the city.

For a one-stop all-enjoyment supplied indulgent travel destination, these locations must be added to your bucket-list! must-do, courtesy of Hotels.com (Australia).

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