Do some good on your next escape.
The catastrophic bushfire season of 2019-2020 saw hundreds of towns wiped off the map, as many of us watched on from around the country feeling helpless. In a testament to Australia’s people, there’s been an enormous groundswell of support for affected communities.
One of the best ways that you can help out now that the worst is thankfully over is to take part in the #BookThemOut campaign. Visiting affected regions is the best way to help give local businesses and communities and leg up so they can rebuild. With many destinations back up and running, here are five locations to escape to when you’re in need of a break.
- Blue Mountains, NSW
The World-Heritage listed landscapes of the Blue Mountains were hit hard by fires – while towns lower down bore their brunt, the greater mountains escaped relatively unharmed. A great portion of iconic destinations within the mountains remain open, so whether you’re visiting the Three Sisters or taking in the majestic landscape via Scenic World, you’ll be bound to develop a new level of love for nature on a Blue Mountains holiday.
- Kangaroo Island, SA
The sweeping lush greenery that contrasts with the turquoise waters of Kangaroo Island make it an idyllic beach holiday destination. The east of the island will be in rebuild-mode for the foreseeable future, but in the meantime you can fill your days with trips to stunning wineries for indulgent dining experiences and sightseeing at the unrivalled coastal scenery the island has on offer.
- King Valley, VIC
Home to the ‘Prosecco Road,’ many wineries within this region were forced to close their cellar doors during what would’ve been peak season if bushfires hadn’t struck. If you’re looking for a countryside escape where you can dine on, and drink, some of Australia’s finest produce, look no further. The La Dolce Vita Festival is unmissable, so a November trip is the perfect time to embrace all the King Valley has to offer.
- Shoalhaven, NSW
Home to dreamy Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven is the perfect coastal paradise if you’re searching for a calm, beachfront retreat. Teaming with history, surf beaches, rich history and stunning seaside views, you won’t ever find yourself without something to admire about the region. There are a variety of incredibly popular private tours available too, from 4WD excursions to highland sightseeing.
- Bright, VIC
The woodland escape of Bright is an idyllic country escape, with its surrounds holding everything a nature-lover could wish for. You’ll be wowed by the expanses of rolling green hills and waters hidden within the forest, which hide flowing waterfalls and walking paths that will allow you to take in the sights. Make sure to head up to Mount Beauty if you get a chance, and the Red Stag Deer and Emu Farm is the perfect place for a family day out.