When people think of Australia, they usually think of long days at the beach or exploring the wild outdoors, but there’s much more to Australia than just those well-documented aspects. Like everywhere else on earth, Australia also has a thriving, sophisticated side, one that allows the more refined traveller to enjoy. Below, we take a look at some of those destinations and attractions that aren’t your typical “Australia” style activities, but which nonetheless may turn out to be the highlight of your trip to the land down under.
Into Wine Country
Who doesn’t love a drop of wine? No-one, that’s who! If you’re visiting Australia, then you’ll have the opportunity to tour some of the world’s best wine regions. Who needs the South of France when you have the Barossa Valley and Margaret River, located in Western Australia and South Australia, respectively. You can comfortably spend a few days - or, go nuts, two weeks - driving from one stunning vineyard to the next, all the while sample the freshest rieslings the country (and the world) has to offer. An ideal trip for couples looking to mix adventure with, well, wine.
Exploring the Cities
Australia might be mostly outback country, but it’s in the cities where the country comes to life. In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra, you’ll find world-class restaurants, art galleries, museums, and concerts. We mean, just look at Canberra; if you’re into all things stylish, then you will love this art deco hotel. From there you can visit the National Gallery of Australia, Old Parliament House, shop at boutique stores, or take home an antique. In Sydney and Melbourne and beyond, you’ll also have many fine dining options, and even more craft beers - a new addition to sophisticated living - than you can shake a stick at.
Into the Outdoors
Of course, you can’t visit Australia and not spend any time in the outdoors. After all, this is one big and beautiful country, and there’s much to see and do. But if the idea of sleeping on the ground with all those creepy crawlies scurrying around you puts you off, then fear not: there is another way. It’s called glamping! If you don’t know what that is, then you’re in for a treat. It’s a combination of ‘camping’ and ‘glamour.’ So basically, you get to enjoy all the benefits of exploring the outdoors in complete luxury. A nice break from the city life!
Off the Beaten Path
Most people might think to head to Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne on their trip to Australia, but there’s much more to the country than those heavyweights. In places like Perth, Darwin, and Bundaberg, you’ll be able to sink into the sophisticated pleasures of Australian life, all the while exploring zones that are off the beaten tourist path slightly.
So maybe Australia really does have it all! Awesome views, beaches galore, and sophisticated modern living all rolled up into one fantastic albeit gigantic country. A great trip for everyone in your travelling clan!