Have you been looking for 2016 Holiday Ideas but feel like you have ticked everywhere in Australia off your list?
Unless you are one very lucky individual, chances are there are at least a few destinations in this post you probably haven’t been to!
So to encourage you to plan an escape from reality and to get you into wild Australia, here are some holiday ideas to help you start planning your next trip!
1. Cocos Keeling Islands – Island Territory of Australia
Hidden away off the west coast of Australia are the Cocos Keeling Islands, our very own island territory, complete with tropical weather, azure water, white sand and atmosphere so relaxed its likely you will forget real life exists.
Until now its mostly only been visited by kite surfers, divers and more adventures travellers and its luxury resort free meaning it still hasn’t lost its laid back island charm. The Cocos Keeling Islands are accessible twice a week with Virgin Australia from Perth and their Cocos Keeling Island Visitor Information Website is full of information to help you plan your trip.
2. Arnhem Land – Northern Territory
From Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula to Gove in East Arnhem Land or the Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is still an area of wild places and an opportunity to truly experience and learn about one of Australia’s many Indigenous cultures. With many of the business Indigenous Owned its also a great chance to to choose an ethical holiday which creates employment for people in remote parts of Australia.
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Tip. Don’t forget Arnhem Land is a very special place mostly owned collectively by Indigenous owners so don’t forget to apply for a permit to drive through the area and while remote, camping and accomodation is limited so book ahead. You can visit the official Travel NT site for more information on both east and west Arnhem land.
3. Mornington Wilderness Camp – Western Australia
Mornington Willderness Camp in the Kimberley is owned by the not-for-profit agency Australian Wildlife Conservancy and is accessible off the spectacular Gibb River Road in the Kimberley. The property is one vast landscapes and gorges of grand proportions and it has limited camping and accommodation which mean when you are exploring you will have many of the places to yourself!
Note: I am a huge supporter of the work that this agency does and believe that it is the future of conservation in Australia as it is politically independent and bases its conservation work on sound scientific research from its own and other environmental scientists. It is a great ethical holiday option and supports environmental conservation across their properties.
4. Camping on a Queensland Island
You may have visited hammo before (which I love by the way, its the ultimate adult playground) but have you ever CAMPED on a Whitsunday or Tropical North Queensland island? From Whitehaven beach to Lizard Island, it is possible to put up camp on your own little patch of paradise for just a smidgen of the price of a night in a hotel.
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To plan a trip, start with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife website where you can search for the Island experience that suits you best. Some of the parks are remote and will require you to pre-organise a boat charter or similar but it its worth the trouble to book in this trip because its apparently possible to have some of the more remote camp grounds to yourself!
5. Lake Mungo National Park – New South Wales
This outback NSW park is not only full of dramatic and vast arid landscapes but its also rich in Indigenous history – chances are you have probably heard of ‘Mungo Man and Mungo Lady’. Learn about the park at the information centre, book a guided tour or explore the walks, lookouts and picnic areas on a self drive tour of the park.
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6. Three Capes Track – Tasmania
This brand spanking new multi day hike in Tasmania is 46km, 4 Day 3 Night experience complete with comfortable huts to stay in, manicured walking tracks and some of the most rugged and spectacular coastline in Tasmania. It is designed to be an introduction to overnight hiking for people keen to get outdoors and Parks & Wildlife and in regards to fitness Parks and Wildlife Tasmania says ‘The Three Capes Track has been designed to cater for a broad range of ages and abilities. For many, this will mark their first multi-day walk’.
Now here’s a front row seat, if we’ve ever seen one! Sitting on the Blade at Cape Pillar with @kate_miles_ on Day 3 of the Three Capes Track. This is just one of the many spectacular natural lookouts that can be found along Tassie’s newest track, as walkers traverse some of the highest sea-cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. The 4-day, 46km trek takes hikers on a wild journey from a World Heritage Listed Historic Site, through tall eucalypt forests, and along majestic cliff tops with a bit of peace, quiet and comfort to come home to in the communal cabins each night. It’s the perfect way to switch off, breath in deeply and find yourself at the edge of the world. Thanks for taking us along on your adventure, Kate! #DiscoverTasmania #SeeAustralia #ThreeCapesTrack #TasmanIsland #CapePillar
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To book in your walking holiday and check out the spectacular gallery of photos for inspiration visit the Three Capes Track official website.
7. Glenelg River Canoe Trail – Victoria
We’ve all been on a bushwalk of some sort but have you ever done a canoe trail? In the Lower Glenelg River National Park in western Victoria there is a 75km Canoe Trail complete with designated camp sites for those paddling the river (they have no vehicle access). There is no more unique way to experience a river than being part of it and when you travel so quietly it often gives you a chance to get closer to wildlife than you would on foot!
The trail is managed by Parks Victoria so don’t forget to book in your camp sites before you go at their Park Stay booking site.
8. Snorkel Piccaninnie Ponds – South Australia
According to SA parks when you snorkel Piccaninnie ponds you are swimming in crystal clear water that has slowly filtered through the limestone for 1000’s of years. That’s enough of an invite for me to have added it to my 2016 list!
One of Australia’s best kept secrets. Piccaninnie Pond is rated amongst the world’s clearest water, with visibility of up to 40 meter. It is a fresh water lake near Mount Gambier in southeast Australia and contains rare marine and bird species. It’s a world Ramsar conservation site and is also used by extreme underwater cave divers to reach depths of up to 75 meter in what is known as the Chasm. Access is strictly controlled and a diving permit is required by authorities.
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Don’t forget you need to book in your snorkel or dive before you go, which you can do on the National Parks South Australia website.
There are many other special and remote places you could go to on holidays, what destinations would you suggest for a wild Australian holiday in 2016?
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