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The Best Australian Day Trips Across 4 States
Australia is such a vast country; there are landscapes, activities, and climates to suit every individual. Day tours are a great way to see a destination like Australia because you can set up camp in one area and explore the sites as you wish. If you’re heading to Oz and looking for some inspiration, see below for our top 4 day trips that will keep you occupied from Melbourne to Perth.
After you take in the sites of New South Wales capital, make plans to head away from the bustle and muscles of Bondi beach. The Blue Mountains is home to indigenous rock carvings, scenic waterways, waterfalls, wildlife and breathtaking views. The Hunter Valley can also be visited in a day where food and wine lovers will find many gourmet offerings in this region that’s acclaimed for its crisp Semillon. Once you get there, wine tasting, interactive winery tours, helicopter flights and hot air ballooning are popular activities. Best to hire a minibus in Sydney that comes with a designated driver to get to and explore the Hunter Valley!
If you’re a thrill seeker or have some young’uns to keep occupied, head to the Gold Coast for a beach setting or day at one of several major theme parks. For a more relaxing day out, you might like to visit the historical town of Ipswich and take in the heritage buildings, antique shops, and Queens Park before having a long lunch in one of the artisan coffee shops, breweries, restaurants or cafes.
A day trip out to the Dandenongs is well worth it. The scenic drive will provide with some stunning views, especially if you are around for the autumn foliage. There are many trails and walks on offer including the 1000 steps for those who want to really get their cardio in for the day. Otherwise, check out some of the farm gate produce or take a ride on the historic steam train, Puffing Billy. As Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong is another stellar location to visit. With a central business district that is very close to the serene waterfront, here you’ll find shark proof ocean pools, a working carousel and fine dining and casual eateries. In the warm weather the water park in Geelong, Adventure Park, is a fine way to spend a day whether relaxing in a luxurious cabana or experiencing zero gravity weightlessness in their new tornado waterslide.
The laid-back vibe of Perth can make it hard to want to do much of anything, but it’s well worth your time seeing some of the sites. Rottnest Island has the clearest turquoise beaches with white sand as well as the Henrietta shipwreck, Wadjemup lighthouse and a historical train to tour around in. You can also make your way inland to the Pinnacles Desert and try your hand at sandboarding or cruise around in a 4WD across the sand dunes. You might also want to take in the sites of native wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park just to top off your time around Perth.
Spending longer in Australia? Check out this 2-week itinerary.
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