There’s nothing like our Great Southern Land for sheer size and variety. From snow sports in winter to trekking thousand-year-old forests, you can holiday all your life at home and never do the same thing twice. Here are a couple of ideas for your next break:
Check out snowboarding at Mt Buller for a winter blast! The mix of terrains suits all skill levels, and the nightlife is among Australia’s best. Even if you’ve never been before, there are beginner slopes and 4 magic carpets. For experienced freeriders, check out the black diamond runs at Fannys Finish or Fast One.
Or try whitewater rafting in the pristine wilderness of the Franklin River. Glide through deep quiet gorges and hang on for white-knuckle rides into the notorious Cauldron. Get flipped out of the raft and pummelled by the wild water. (For this one it’s best to go with a guide who can read the river.)
Diving Ningaloo Reef, WA - less crowded than the Barrier Reef, with spectacular dives in the pristine waters off the Western Australian coast north of Perth. See beautiful coral fish, over 180 species of coral, huge rays and whale sharks.
Or try the amazing Kuranda Scenic Railway tour in Far North Queensland for an unforgettable trip through world heritage listed rainforest. Travel past the majestic Barron Gorge and the amazing Stony Creek Falls. Watch beautiful tropical birds, butterflies and wildlife like nowhere else in the world.
For eating out, there’s nothing better than Melbourne – famous for awesome cafes, coffee and gourmet nosh. Try The Rose Hotel for great pool and parma, the Collins Quarter for an after-work vibe, or The Cricketers Arms, Melbourne’s best-kept secret, for great food.
There’s nowhere like Sydney for a rockin’ club scene. Some of the hottest clubs around are on the CBD fringe or close by. Try GoodGod Small Club in Liverpool Street for the ultimate in indie hangouts. Or for something more mainstream, Chinese Laundry is one of Sydney’s biggest and most respected clubs. Then there’s QBar at The Exchange hotel in Darlinghurst for Funk and House.
Australia’s pretty safe, really, plus we have Medicare so why would you need travel insurance? Well, if you can’t get on the run because of avalanches, and you have cancellation insurance, you’re going to be better off than someone winging it. Or if the airline loses your board, you can get it replaced. If you’re late getting back due to high river levels and you miss your connecting flight, your policy may provide cover. If your rented campervan has an argument with the pavement and you’re up for a $3000 excess – all these situations, plus more, may be covered with our Domestic Travel Insurance policy.
For more travel hints on where to go and what to see, check out OTI’s Travel Blog.