HOLIDAYS may not be a top priority for most during a tough year, but taking time out can provide a huge boost to wellbeing.
From conception of the idea, to planning and arrival at your destination, there is nothing like a holiday to lift the spirits.
While international travel is off the cards at the moment, almost any travel experience a person could dream of can be found in Australia.
Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said planning a local holiday may be just the antidote for people suffering from the COVID-19 blues.
"For those that have the means to do so, summer offers the perfect opportunity for getting out and enjoying our country's best offerings," Phillipa said.
Below is a list of ten amazing ways to get away from the day to day routine in Australia:
Walk the coastline: Australia boasts 35,877km of stunning coastline, with coastal walks to be found in every corner of the country. A coastal walk is a great way to experience views of white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and spectacular cliff faces. Walks range from easy to challenging and from short to walks that take several days to complete.
Go on an epic road trip: From the vastness of the outback, to the picturesque coast, Australia is a great place to explore on four wheels. Road trippers can either just jump in the car for a spontaneous adventure, or start planning a journey. Local visitor centres can offer great tips about hidden gems, picnic spots and spectacular lookouts.
Explore on a camel's back: Camels are inextricably linked to the history of the Australian outback and are a great way to explore the roads less trodden. Day tours or multi-day treks are available throughout the outback, or trekkers can head towards coastlines in places like Broome and Port Stephens.
Fall in love with train travel: Long scenic journeys, the sound of the whistle and engine - some people just can't resist the nostalgia of a good train journey. Australia offers spectacular journeys along picturesque rail lines, which often stretch across borders and connect famous cities.
Connect with Australia's First Peoples: There's no better way to connect with Australia than to connect with the culture of its First Peoples. Discover Aboriginal Experiences offers a wide range of insightful journeys - from one-hour tours, to multi-day experiences. Adding an Indigenous experience to an itinerary will leave any traveller feeling a deeper sense of connection to Australia's natural environment and culture.
Pink lake wonders: From the South Australian outback to Western Australia's coastline, Australia boasts some extraordinary pink lakes. These lakes may resemble strawberry milkshakes, but are actually among the world's saltiest bodies of water.
Go underground: From cenotes to caves, Australia offers some of the most spectacular subterranean experiences in the world. Explore Australia's only underground town, sunken gardens or glow worm tunnels. If you fancy a bit of cave diving, explore the underwater cenotes of Mount Gambier.
Take a scenic flight: Scenic flights offer the chance to experience a bird's eye view of some of Australia's most stunning landmarks and attractions. Choose from a range of short, day-long and sunset tours, or book a charter flight.
Tour your favourite sporting ground: Whether your game is footy, cricket or even racing, sport stadiums across Australia offer a great chance to immerse yourself in the nation's sporting heritage.
Forage for native ingredients: Learn all about traditional Aboriginal methods of gathering and preparation, identify seasonal bush foods and sample some tasty bush food-inspired recipes.
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