Australia has such a wide variety of holiday offerings and so many fall in love with “The Land Down Under” that makes having a vacation home here something very special. Even for residents who live here all the time, a vacation home in another region can give you the best of two worlds. Australia is one of the only places where just an hour’s road trip can put you in a completely different landscape. You can go from cityscape to tropical beach paradise, the outback desert, rainforest or mountains. The amazing variety of scenic landscapes is what makes a vacation home idea so great because you can really feel like you have escaped your everyday life when in reality you only had to drive for a couple hours. When it comes to moving to your vacation home or just getting the right vehicle for the varying terrain in Australia, Budget Trucks has got you covered with moving trucks, moving vans, utes, and 4WD vehicles. Here are just five of the many different awesome vacation home cities or regions that Australia has to offer: Mackay in Queensland, the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Margaret River Region in Western Australia, and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Cape Hillsborough National Park Photo Credit: MackayRegion.com
Eungella National Park Platypus Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/eungella
Mackay is a well-known vacation mecca in central Queensland. It is located on the coast of the Coral Sea just south of the Great Barrier Reef and east of the mountains, rainforests, and Pioneer Valley. The city is situated on the Pioneer River too, so you have a host of different possibilities for anyone’s taste in recreation fun. Mackay has a laid back, vacation vibe. The Mackay Harbour marina has shopping and dining options. The Proserpine Region is home to 26 national parks including Eungella National Park, the one closest to Mackay and the one that is famous for being one of the only spots in the world where you might catch a glimpse of the shy Platypus in the wild. As you can see, the variety of options close to this coastal town makes Mackay a great choice for a vacation home location.
Scenic World’s Scenic Skyway Photo Credit: ScenicWorld.com.au
Sydney is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Australia. However, if you are looking for a holiday home getaway, how about the majestic Blue Mountains just 30 minutes away from the big city? There are several mountain towns you can have a vacation home in where you can be right by the mountains, visit Scenic World, horseback riding, the lush green rainforest, scenic waterfalls, winter sports in the winter snow and fresh mountain air the rest of the year. It’s the perfect city escape because you can even make a day trip out of it or an easy long weekend with very little travel time to get where you want to be. A big plus is all of the Christmas in July festivities each winter.
Mornington Peninsula Beach Photo Credit: VisitMelbourne.com
Mornington Peninsula is a foodie destination lined with beaches and filled with camping adventures, rich farmland and relaxing hot springs. It is less than an hour drive south of Melbourne with Phillip Bay on one side and the Bass Strait on the other side. Besides relaxing on the beach and sampling all of the great local food, fishing, boat charters, and visiting the spas and hot springs are all popular activities here. With so many farms and farmer’s markets around, you can always purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare yourself in your Mornington Peninsula vacation home.
Lake Cave Photo Credit: MargaretRiver.com
Margaret River is a well-known wine region in Western Australia. The region is on the coast about 3 hours south of Perth. In addition to all the vineyards and wineries, there are some fabulous beaches and coastline to the east and the forests and national park land to the west. In the nearby Boranup Karri Forest, you can climb high in the Karri Trees, or explore underneath the forest in the large cave system. About 20% of Australia’s wine is produced in this region. In addition to all of the tasty wine, this region is known for good eats. Then, there is the rugged coastline with beaches, surfing, watersports, whale watching and one of the best coastal walks in all of Australia.
The Kangaroos of Kangaroo Island Photo Credit: By Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble – CC BY 2.0 (Wikipedia)
Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By timparkinson – http://www.flickr.com/photos/timparkinson/104101897/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3411524
If you want an island vacation home, then Australia’s 3rd largest island, Kangaroo Island might be the best choice for you. The island does have some amazing beaches, but it also has a variety of other things to do. It takes about 2 hours to get to Kangaroo Island (known as KI to the locals here) from Adelaide or other parts of the mainland. There are passenger and car ferries available. In addition to relaxing on the beach, swimming, or playing water sports, there is rugged and rocky terrain to explore, the lighthouses, and the national park and protected lands. Must see sights include Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Caves and Conservation Park, Seal Bay Conservation Park, and the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Animal lovers will enjoy birdwatching and seeking out the other animals on and around the island including the island’s namesake kangaroos, wallabies, possums, koalas, bird, pelicans, penguins, seals, and sea lions. The island is known as a foodie destination too so enjoy the locally grown and freshly prepared delicacies.