Do you find yourself daydreaming of golden beaches and beachside bistros with seafood menus long enough to chase away the midyear blues? Chances are that you are probably in need of a holiday, pronto. Luckily for you, Australia has all of the above and then some. Think endless beaches, spectacular sea views and off-the-road adventures — all of which can be explored on four wheels.
Say what you like but there is absolutely nothing like spending your weekends with a flat white in hand while winding your way around a weekend market in one of Australias vibrant neighbourhoods. Not only is it the perfect antidote to a big night out but it is also a great place to score a bargain, pick up a one-of-a-kind trinket and taste fresh pickings from a farmers garden.
You never quite know what’s in store when you wander off Melbourne’s grid of city streets into the maze of gothic laneways behind them. Even the locals find surprises here, where the venues for food, fashion and art are small, quirky and sometimes hidden. Discover a late-night jazz bar or watch the world go by from a tiny trattoria, browse the boutiques and check out urban art. You can unlock the city’s real secrets in these distinctively Melbourne streets.
Camping is probably the best way to immerse yourself in Australia’s natural splendour. But while we all love the romantic notion of sleeping beneath the stars, not all of us enjoy ‘roughing it’. If you’re used to travelling in style, the idea of lugging heavy supplies, pitching a tent or cooking tinned food over a campfire can be less than appealing. Enter glamping, or glamour camping, which lets you commune with nature in the comfort of a luxury tent. We’re talking fresh linen, private bathrooms, spa treatments and gourmet meals prepared for you. You can glamp in some of Australia’s wildest and most remote places – from the Red Centre to the Kimberley and Kakadu.