I’d be able to fund my Aussie travel ’til the end of time if I had a buck for every time I’ve heard someone say ‘I wish I could see as much of Australia as you have’.
‘But you CAN,’ I generally reply.
Yes, I get that slow travelling to obscure parts of OZ in an el cheapo 1983 camper trailer like I do these days isn’t for everyone. But what I DON’T get is why people think that’s the only way to do it. Or that it’s the only way I’VE done it!
So I stick to my original reply.
Yes, that’s right. You CAN see a LOT of Australia. And you don’t need an expensive rig, a massive overdraft or a year off work to do it.
All you need is a week (or two) and my easy-as-pie 3-step plan to see Australia month by month!
- Choose a region you haven’t been to yet.
- Find cheap flights, borrow the old man’s caravan, hop in the car, or outsource the driving and take a tour.
- Just GO!
Then next time you’ve got a week (or two) off, do it all again.
Little by little is how I saw a LOT of Australia before I started the slow travel/el cheapo camper trailer thing.
And here’s where you get lucky.
Because my See Australia Month-by-Month Travel Teasers are my HOT picks for some COOL places to go whatever time of year you get a break. Look and see which Travel Teasers take your fancy – then take the links for a LOT more information!
You CAN get started on seeing Australia – do it right here with Part 1: January to June!
January: Summer Highs and Lows
#1 Mt Kosciuszko, NSW
Beat the summer heat, climb a ‘Seven Summits’ peak AND visit Australia’s highest public loo! All this and more makes Kosciuszko National Park the coolest summer holiday destination in OZ – you don’t need snow to explore the Alpine Region in summer where the average maximum temperature is around 22°C!
And what better way to start the year than to see Australia from its highest point?
#2 North Coast, New South Wales
But if summer isn’t summer for you without a beach or two or 22, you’ll find a LOT more than that on the New South Wales North Coast.
If surfing/backpacker mecca Byron Bay is too crowded, head south to Ballina for the same great beaches and stunning coastline – and when you’re sick of all that sand, head for the hinterland with hippy-inspired markets, produce and pristine rainforests.
February: Cool Summer Hot Spots
See out summer’s hottest month in Australia’s coolest state. Tasmania puts the ‘wild’ back into ‘wilderness’ with a side order of World Heritage convict sites, an extravaganza of natural produce and (arguably) Australia’s best art museum!
BUT … don’t make the mistake of thinking you can see it all in a week – pick two or three highlights and put the rest back on the list for next time!
#4 Limestone Coast, South Australia
Or find one of the mainland’s coolest coastal hot spots where a wild and rugged coastline scattered with brilliant beaches and jewel-like lakes meets an intriguing blend of volcanoes, caves and sink holes.
Tired of coastal activities like swimming, fishing and checking out lighthouses? No problem! Head inland for the caves, lakes and hiking trails, then wrap it up with some of the finest seafood in OZ!
March: Island Paradise
How DO you decide which tropical island paradise to pick??
#5 Lord Howe Island
If you’re up for cruises to the world’s highest volcanic stack or round the island; hiking some of Australia’s most scenic trails; snorkelling Australia’s southernmost tropical reef; or cycling to a semi-deserted beach for the day, then you’re probably going to love Lord Howe Island.
#6 Norfolk Island
But if a unique culture with its own language and delightful local cuisine with a fascinating background of World Heritage listed historic sites all laid out on a spectacularly scenic Pacific Island location interests you more, then you’ll probably love Norfolk Island.
But if you can’t decide then go for both! And no, the Island tourism boards are NOT paying me!!
April: High Country
#7 Atherton Tableland, Far North Queensland
Sweeping panoramas to Queensland’s highest mountain, magnificent rainforests, volcanic lakes and more waterfalls than you can poke a stick at are a good start.
But add fantastic local produce, charming small towns, bakeries, cafes and markets to the mix and there’s enough things to do and see without even thinking about Cairns, only an hour or so away!
#8 Bright and Mt Buffalo National Park, Victoria
On the western edge of the Victorian High Country, spend your days climbing Mt Buffalo’s Horn, touring its historic chalet, picnicking by its lakes or hiking its many walks before returning to the stunning autumn colours AND the fine collection of eateries in Bright.
It’s a great base from which to explore other parts of the Victorian Alpine Region – but don’t forget your winter woollies!
May: The River and The Rim
#9 Scenic Rim, Queensland
Just an hour west of the Gold Coast and an hour south-west of Brisbane and you’re in the Scenic Rim wonderland – an amazing array of natural attractions scattered with interesting villages and eateries surrounded by staggering views. So if you’re up for a holiday involving action, adventure, relaxation, fresh produce, fishing, hiking or sightseeing, then this is the place for you!
#10 The River Murray Riverland
From its headwaters in the Australian Alps, the Murray River flows for 2500 km (1560 miles) through three states.
Don’t have time to explore the whole thing? Pick out some highlights like the historic paddlesteamers at the port of Echuca (Vic); where the Darling meets the Murray to form Australia’s largest river system at Wentworth (NSW); or the Murray Mouth where the river meets the Great Southern Ocean at Goolwa (SA).
June: The Territory
#11 Darwin, Northern Territory
Australia’s northernmost – and therefore hottest – capital city is an unusual blend of diverse cultures, deadly wildlife and lush tropical scenery. But if it’s hotter, that means a LOT more reasons to relax with a drink, right?!
Take a sightseeing break for the Darwin Museum, World War II memorabilia, a cruise on the harbour, the Mindil Beach markets and a whole lot of fine regional produce involving seafood. And see Australia’s largest predators up REAL close on a Jumping Crocs Cruise!
#12 Uluru and Central Australia
If you haven’t been to Uluru, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) or Kings Canyon, June is the time to do it! But when you’re done with those Big Ticket items, head back to Alice Springs for the Alice Springs Desert Park, Standley Chasm and Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, then head out to the spectacular gorges of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, around the Mereenie loop, south to Rainbow Valley or along the Larapinta Trail.
If you’ve got the time, take a Road Trip from Adelaide to Darwin and see it all in one go!
Well, that’s how to see Australia month by month for the first six months of the year! Want the last half of the year? Click HERE for Part Two: July to December for more HOT Aussie Travel Teasers!
PS – Here’s a hint about where to go in the second half of the year!!
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