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The best ways to see post-lockdown Australia

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

With the big wide world shut off for the time being, there has quite literally never been a better time to get stuck into our own backyard. Here’s some local trip inspo.

The simple bits:

  • Australia is starting to open up to domestic travel
  • With international travel off the menu for a while, it’s time to hit the road
  • Think about bushfire-affected regions
  • Take an indigenous-led tour or walk
  • Get inspired and driiiiive

With Australia gradually emerging from various states of lockdown, and the worst of the coronavirus crisis seemingly in our collective rear-view mirror, we can think a little more about the bitumen ahead. And, more importantly, about all the wild, weird and wonderful places it can take us.

Because while the big wide world might still be off the menu for the time being, Australia’s plenty big and wide enough to set our wandering hearts aflutter. And in a year that’s seen many of our rural communities devastated by bushfires and countless small businesses hobble through a pandemic, there has quite literally never been a better time to get stuck into our own backyard (as long as we check the latest travel guidelines!)

Whether you’re solo, a couple, besties or a family of four, here are some ideas for local post-lockdown wayfaring.

Blue Mountains, NSW. Pic by Ben Warren.


Get re-acquainted with our National Parks

 Wherever you live in Australia, there’s an 87% chance than you’re no more than a big stick chuck from a National Park of (potentially) global repute. Victoria has the Grampians, QLD boasts the Daintree, the NT has Kakadu, the ACT has Kozi, NSW has the Blue Mountains, SA has Mount Remarkable, and WA has Karijini. And that’s barely scratching the surface. We’ve been stuck inside for a while – a big cuddle from Mother Nature is just what you need.  

More info: Check out Tourism Australia’s round-up of our finest National Parks.


Hit up bushfire-affected regions

The towns worst hit by the 2019/20 bushfires were already doing it tough. Then came the lockdown, and those local businesses and communities lost vital support from the rest of Australia. Now’s our collective chance to help these towns recover by visiting, using their local services, staying in their hotels, eating and drinking in their pubs and spending money in whatever local businesses we can. Go somewhere you’ve never been and help people you’ve never met – that’s our idea of a perfect 2020 getaway.

More info: Empty Esky has a great list of fire-affected businesses.


Embrace the great Australian motel

This unexpected opportunity to get re-acquainted with Australia also gives us an opportunity to get re-acquainted with some of our beloved Australian motels. From Halcyon House in Cabariita and Oberon’s Big Trout Motor Inn, to Coober Pedy’s Underground Motel – there’s no shortage of architectural Australiana in which to rest your weary head. But hurry, they’re not so undiscovered anymore. There’s even a music festival at one of them.

More info: Get inspired by motel photography from Ok Motels.


Approaching Kata Tjuta from the road. Pic by Vladimir Haltakov.


Rediscover Indigenous Australia

Go to Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Go to Karajini. Go to the Tiwi Islands. Heck, take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk around Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Use Indigenous-owned tour operators and let them guide you on a journey into their culture and history. It doesn’t matter where you do it, or where you go – there’s 50,000 years of cultural history right under our feet, and it’s time we took a walk.

More info: Tourism Australia has a massive online resource for Aboriginal travel inspiration.

Manly NSW. Drive there. Now. Pic by Simon Rae.


Just get in the car (and drive)

Honestly, just go. Whichever direction you head, you’ll find beaches, mountains, rolling meadows, rainforests, reefs, world-famous landmarks and cities, and iconic cultural sights and experiences. Australia is one of the most naturally (and culturally) wealthy countries on the face of the earth, and we are all lucky enough to call it our home. Now is the time to remind ourselves of that fact, to embrace it, and to appreciate it all over again.

More info: Australian Traveller has some ideas about the best Australian roadies.


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