5 inspired day trips to consider these holidays
Jill Burns from travel blog Let’s Go Somewhere lets us in on her favourite daytrips from some of Australia’s major centres. There are activities for those who want to keep it simple, and those who want to splurge a little.
Everyone in Sydney knows the iconic Three Sisters in Katoomba, but explore wider and discover Leura as a beautiful alternative. I recommend lunch at Leura Garage and a pop into the retro lolly shop. Work off the carbs at the Wentworth Falls Grand Stairway, then undo that good work again with high tea at the Hydro Majestic. Cap off the day with a tourist-free pink sunset at the Sisters.
So many choices! Daylesford, the Great Ocean Road or the Mornington Peninsula. But if wine and good food is more your flavour, head to the Yarra Valley. The picturesque drive is reason enough, but the region has a lot more to offer. Our staple for lunch is the Tuscan-inspired Stables at Stones of the Yarra Valley. Then complete your afternoon with a tasting at Coldstream Hills or a sparkling at Domaine Chandon before perusing the art at TarraWarra Estate.
Gold Coast, QLD
Byron is no secret from the Gold Coast, only a bit over an hour’s drive away. But I recommend skipping the beaches and taking the inland trail to the Byron Bay Hinterland. The Japanese cafe Doma in Federal is a unique place to start, then on to some cheeky interiors/shoe shopping in Bangalow, then take a quick dip under the Killen Falls in Newrybar. If you’ve still got time, stop in at ceramics gallery Moonrise Studios and next door for a coffee at Punch and Daisy, Mullumbimby before heading home.
All the wine regions are right on your doorstep, so why choose just one? Start early in the Barossa with a tipple at Keller Meister (the cider is fantastic too) or a pinot gris at Pindarie. Stop off for lunch in historic Angaston at the Wanera Wine Bar on the way to Shaw & Smith in the Adelaide Hills (my favourite cellar door). If you’re still hungry, drop in for cheese at Red Poles and get in touch with your black sheep at Hugh Hamilton, then finish off the afternoon at Primo Estate in McLaren Vale. Trifecta.
So you’ve seen MONA and Bruny Island and you’re looking for something new? Wineglass Bay is a 2.5-hour drive through this picturesque state to a visual escape in the Freycinet Peninsula. A brisk 30-minute walk takes you to the iconic lookout, then another 30 minutes downhill to the shimmering blue water and snow-white sands. Reward yourself for your activity by driving back around to Swansea for fish and chips on the beach as you take in The Hazards on the horizon across the bay.