If there’s one, thin silver lining to the overseas travel bans, it’s that limits on holiday options mean more Australian destinations are being given their chance to shine.
No longer competing for our attention with the glittering cities, unique landmarks and spectacular beaches beyond our own shores, interest in domestic destinations and tourist sites is surging — in places where travel is allowed, from people who are able to travel — as we head into summer holiday season.
To provide inspiration to people who will be holidaying locally this year and into next, Webjet has asked its customers to share their favourite undiscovered destinations.
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About 2000 Aussies shared their favourites in Webjet’s “Show us your Australia” campaign, and it’s unearthed some true little-known gems that are worthy of more people’s attention.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little less obvious and unique for your upcoming trip, these are the eight winning locations and landmarks in the campaign, for a little inspiration.
State border restrictions mean not all destinations are accessible to all holiday-makers, make sure to check where you can currently travel and what you’ll need to get there in this state-by-state guide.
ORMISTON GORGE, NT
About 135km west of Alice Springs, in the West MacDonnell Ranges, this site is famous for its magnificent red rock walls and swimming spot potential. There are also excellent walking tracks and as the spot is a haven for local wildlife, including red kangaroos, you’re bound to be delighted by something you see along your way.
MAGIC ROCK, VIC
The relatively little-known rock formation along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is a unique wonder. The top-heavy rock can be spotted off the coast around Warrnambool and is often missed by people driving down the famous stretch of road.
LINCOLN’S ROCK, NSW
Popular with locals but unknown to visitors, Lincoln’s Rock at Wentworth Falls, in the NSW Blue Mountains, is cliff edge that provides jaw-dropping views of the forest-covered Jamison Valley.
BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER ESTATE, TAS
A magnificent lavender farm in Nabowla, in the state’s northeast, Bridestowe Lavender Estate is said to be the largest commercial plantation of common lavender anywhere in the world.
BLUFF KNOLL, STIRLING RANGES, WA
Few sunrises are as spectacular as the one seen from the summit of Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges. At 1095m, it’s the highest peak in southern Western Australia, but the 3km hike to the summit is considered to be achievable for pretty much anyone.
BLUFF FALLS, VIC
Located close to the small town of Cudgewa in the state’s northeast, Bluff Falls is said to be a lovely location to walk and enjoy the natural wonders of rural Victoria — including some truly remarkable waterfalls.
A quaint fishing town along the west coast of Tasmania, about a four-hour drive from Hobart, this laid-back spot combines breathtaking beauty with compelling history — nearby Sarah Island was a one of Australia’s most notorious penal settlements.
FLINDERS RANGES, SA
Probably one of the better known destinations on the list, South Australia’s Flinders Ranges is beloved for its ancient fossils, wide salt lakes and the Cornish pasties from the local bakery.
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