While most of us have spent the last months largely tucked away safely at home, it seems the wanderlust bug is beginning to bite and many of us are champing at the bit wanting to resume our travels and visiting.
I asked a number of fellow bloggers and travel lovers where they’re likely to head first once the travel reins are lifted. Here’s where they’re heading. It seems a fair few of us are hankering for the beach.
Agnes Water and 1770, Queensland by Jan Wild
Agnes Water and 1770 are co-located as one of the loveliest towns in Australia. Located just north of Hervey Bay, they are also a great meeting place with family who live in Rockhampton, and we are looking forward to meeting up again when travel restrictions are lifted.
1770 is where Captain Cook first set foot on Australian soil and thus has historic interest (albeit controversial). But less controversially, it is located at the southern end of the Barrier Reef and offers beautiful beaches and a laid back vibe.
If you are looking for gourmet eating experiences, then 1770 isn’t for you. But if you are looking for nature in all her glory, friendly service, and a peaceful place to relax, then it definitely is. But we did enjoy a pleasant meal at the pub, and the next morning decent coffee and a decadent vanilla slice.
We stayed in an Airbnb out of town last time, but next time I think we would choose glamping at Agnes Water Glamping, on the beach.
With our domestic travel restrictions hopefully easing in the cooler months, Agnes Water/1770 is a place to put on your bucket list. Who knows, we might see you there.
Jan blogs at https://retiringnotshy.com.au
Bermagui, New South Wales by Rose John
That’s where I’d like to be. But the world is in chaos right now and wishful thinking is what we have instead. So let’s build a vision board of where we’d like to go—and I want to visit Bermagui again. I want to soak my feet in her clear sapphire waters and let the wind blow in my face.
Gretel and Tony run a luxurious bed and breakfast located five minutes away from the town centre. What you realise when you get to Bellbird Cottage is the songs of a thousand birds greeting you as you alight from the car. They are hidden somewhere in the coppice among the leaves, singing to their hearts’ content. Apart from the privacy, large cottage, opulent amenities and delicious homemade breakfast spread, Bellbird offers tranquility and pure relaxation.
Il Passagio, a modern Italian restaurant located on the Fisherman’s Warf whose food is made from locally sourced produce, available from nearby markets. Head there for dinner, settle in a comfortable table by the window overlooking the harbour, watch the moon busily paint the waters with silver hues and pick a dish from their simple yet elegant menu.
Swim in a natural ocean rock pool, washed with clean clear sea water. It’s also a great spot to soak your legs in if swimming isn’t your thing. There’s a viewing platform where you can capture magnificent coastal views and maybe even spot a breaching whale or two.
Bermagui, that virginally beauteous town along the Sapphire Coast is on my mind.
Rose blogs at Travel & Beyond.
You can read more about Rose’s Bermagui adventure here.
Margaret River, Western Australia by Johanna Castro
When all this is over the first place I’ll visit again is Margaret River in South West Australia.
It’s a small town, with a big heart, surrounded by beaches, caves, and wineries. The drive south is always pretty, along winding roads heading south from the coast where we live, down to the deep green of the tall forests which surround Margaret River.
Once there I’ll browse the small shops in the main street (there’s a particularly good independent bookstore) and then head out to one of the many nearby wine estates to taste wine and indulge in a gourmet lunch. Rustico at Hayshed Hill comes to mind, so does Voyager and Leeuwin, or perhaps I might choose something less formal and head to one of the quirky craft breweries nearby.
Depending on the weather I’ll drive to the beach for a walk or swim. Beautiful Redgate, or Prevelly where the White Elephant Cafe hugs the dunes, spectacularly situated right above a perfect swimming beach.
If I have overseas or interstate friends with me then I might add in a cave visit or two. There are some spectacular show caves hidden beneath the limestone cliffs. My favourite, Lake Cave, a stunning crystal chamber deep beneath the earth is entered from the floor of a sunken forest, surrounded by towering karri trees.
Ah, yes so much to see and do in, and near, Margaret River. Right now I’m really missing you.
Coolum Beach, Queensland by Kathy Marris
Prior to lockdown my husband and I were planning a trip up to North Queensland but our hopes were quickly dashed. We live in the far north of New South Wales not far from the Queensland border and as many of you probably know this border is closed to interstate visitors. Hence our lives have been heavily impacted because our daughter lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
The first town I’ll visit after lockdown and the re-opening of the Queensland border will be the Sunshine Coast town of Coolum Beach. Over the years we’ve spent a good amount of time visiting here to see our daughter and her partner.
What’s not to love about Coolum Beach? It has plenty of great surf beaches for the surfers, a long stretch of beach to walk along, a fabulous coastal walking path with gorgeous views from Point Arkwright and Point Perry and the added bonus of a challenging mountain to scale at Mount Coolum.
Plus the small village of Coolum Beach has great facilities with shops, supermarket, plenty of cafes and good restaurants. The balcony at Coolum Surf Club is also a spectacular spot for an afternoon coldie!
Generally we tow our caravan to stay at the Coolum Beach Holiday Park that sits right on the beachfront and is opposite the main centre of town. This is the perfect location for a relaxing beachfront holiday with plenty of things to do and see on the Sunshine Coast.
You can read more about Coolum here.
Kathy blogs at https://www.50shadesofage.com
Vincentia/Huskisson by Debbie Harris
Where is the first place I would travel to within Australia once the travel restrictions are lifted? That’s a hard one to answer! I’m torn because:
- I have my daughter and granddaughter relatively nearby (3-hour drive away) and haven’t seen them for months (it seems like years!)
- my mother, youngest daughter and new grandson are over 1300 kms away (14+ hour drive without any stops)
- and don’t get me started on when I will be able to travel to the UK to see my daughter and granddaughter again.
So, given all that wishful thinking, I will probably choose our family’s go-to beach holiday favourite—Vincentia/Huskisson on the NSW South Coast. It so happens my 89-year-old mother-in-law Ruby lives nearby and she celebrated her birthday, during isolation in April.
Why do we like it so much? It’s beautiful, it’s simple, it has a great shared pathway along the beach, it has the whitest sand in the world, it’s relatively quiet even on the busiest holidays, it brings back childhood memories, we’ve since created our own family memories, we can drive there in 5 hours from home – and did I say it’s beautiful?
There are a few quaint shops, lots of good quality cafes, a bakery, a pub, a book shop and many interesting places around the area. Have you been?
Deb blogs at https://www.debs-world.com
We had a major year of overseas travel planned this year. I was due to leave for England and Ireland next week. Looks like we’ll be doing a lot more local exploration instead.
Where are you heading first?