This campaign was launched by Tourism Australia in January 2020, as part of a national bushfire recovery effort to encourage Australian’s to see their own backyard, whether it was for a weekend away or a longer journey. It was tapping into the idea that a lot of Australians wanted to assist communities impacted by the horrific bushfires experienced over the summer and promoted ideas to visit areas impacted directly or indirectly and spend in the shops, restaurants, hotels, caravan parks – anywhere and everywhere.
Now more than ever you are probably looking for a little distraction from the overload of doom and gloom gripping the world. Yes we need to hear and heed advice that is coming out daily if not hourly from the experts, but for our sanity we also all need to unplug ourselves from this constant feed and just breathe, relax and chill.
In an effort to put a bit of joy and wanderlust back into your day I have selected a few of my favourite posts for you to read. They show what I think are the best of what this wonderful country has to offer and places, people and encounters that will stay with me forever. They are in no particular order of preference but if you’re in need of a laugh, some majestic scenery, amazing wildlife encounters and all the reasons to be optimistic about future travel in Australia then click away.
In the November issue of Liquid Life & Leisure Magazine online, you can find some real ways to help communities doing it tough in rural areas around Australia. The current drought has been named as the worst on record for the Murray Darling Basin, Australia’s biggest river system. In some places drought conditions have been affecting them for more than 3 years. I think sometimes we take for granted where the food in our supermarkets comes from and only pay attention when prices go up and we find out the reasons why.
The wet, windy and wild weather we have been experiencing lately in South Australia has been whipping up some huge waves along the coastline and for as far as the eye can see. The white peaks and troughs of waves are visible to the horizon in fact. The conditions have reminded me of a trip we did to the east coast a while ago during winter where I saw the biggest surf I’ve ever seen in this country.
Pick any day of any season and you will find people out in the surf somewhere along the coastline of Australia. The continent is known as having some of the best waves in the world and therefore some of the best surfers in the world. If you’re looking for some of the top surf regions there are plenty of recognized ones to choose from including 80 in New South Wales, 25 in Queensland, 30 in South Australia, 9 in Tasmania, 30 in Victoria and 33 in Western Australia.
The May / June edition of On The Road magazine has my story on the South West Rocks region of New South Wales and a number of places to visit while you’re there. One site I found surprising was Trial Bay Gaol.