Interstate Itinerary: Exploring Australia
Get off the beaten track
At Bathing Shed, we love sharing our favourite local, coastal destinations. Being big beach fans, we thought we’d push ourselves out of our Victorian bayside comfort zones and recommend something new.
From the arid desert of Uluru to the far-away sands of Western Australia, read on for some interstate travel inspiration.
The Red Centre: Uluru - NT
Considered to be the centre of all dreaming by the Indigenous people, Uluru really is a magical holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for a camping adventure or a fine dining experience, there’s something for everyone. Fly into Alice Springs before renting a car (or van for the true blue experience) and heading out to the Uluru/ Kata Tjuta National Park. While the 85-storey height rock formation usually steals the spotlight, the national park also contains the Kata Tjuta rocks as well.
While you’ll be a world away from Victoria’s coastline, it’s clear to see why Uluru entices tourists year after year.
A Coastal Gem: South West Rocks - NSW
Sitting near the mouth of the Macleay River, the sleepy town of South West Rocks awaits your next interstate rendezvous. With picturesque oceans, national parks and Norfolk pine trees South West Rocks is a Mid North Coast gem.
The whole place has a small town feel to it and makes for a good respite from the bustling city or jam-packed Byron Bay a few hours north.
If you’re around on the second Saturday of the month, don’t miss the Beachside Markets to wander the stalls and buy some fresh produce. For history buffs, a tour of the Trial Bay Gaol will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time (1886 to be precise).
Really get into the beach bubble by staying at the Seabreeze Beach Hotel or immerse yourself in nature at one of the many campsites. Snorkelling, fishing and surfing will be the only things on your To Do list.
Paradise Up the Road: Hervey Bay - QLD
Fly into Brisbane, head three and a half hours north by car and you’ll find yourself in the luscious Hervey Bay. Famous for its Humpback whale watching in the middle of the year, Hervey Bay is close to Queensland’s modern capital city while feeling like a foreign tropical paradise.
With golden sands stretching across almost 14 kilometres of beach, the bay is a natural playground for families, couples and solo travellers.
After you’ve enjoyed a day of swimming, snorkelling and whale watching in the cooler months, head to Enzo’s On the Beach for dinner with a sunset view of Scarness beach.
The West Coast Way: Broome - WA
Sometimes our friends on the West Coast can get neglected when it comes to interstate travelling. And while their capital of Perth makes for a fun city trip, consider heading to the Kimberley region of Broome next time you want to explore West.
Sitting on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean, you can walk the stunning Cable Beach or take a trip on a camel for a unique mode of transportation. For any nature documentary fans, head to the Horizontal Waterfalls where famous presenter, David Attenborough declared them ‘one of the greatest wonders of the natural world’.
Another natural wonder is the long-running Broome pearl industry.
Found in the crystal clear coastal waters, you can purchase your very own drop of the ocean at the Willie Creek Pearl Farm. With a number of beautiful accommodation options such as the 4-star Moonlight Bay Suites and the Seashells family apartments, you can explore the serenity of the unique West Coast.