Everyone knows that the best time to take holidays is when it’s actually not holidays at all. It’s when things are quiet and still, and the tourists have all gone home and you can be free roam and well… be a tourist.
It sounds counterintuitive but I know you’re sitting at home, wishing you were somewhere else, and we’re on the same page here.
So this is the time where you really need to take a day (or weekend) trip. But where to? These places of course!
The Hawkesbury River
Did someone say delicious!? What a beautiful little community to immerse yourself in for a little while! There are so many amazing restaurants, water activities (because duh it’s about a billion degrees up in here) and just a place to rest and be, that’s only a quick trip down the freeway. Awesome.
Ok so I hadn’t heard of this particular place either, but now that I have, I just am going to make it my mission to get there. Broughton Island is a teeny tiny island just off the coast of Port Stephens. There’s amazing wildlife (penguins!) and only 30 camping spots available. It’s super secluded and very eco-conscious (take all your rubbish with you people) and is only accessible by boat. There are numerous private charters that will get you there, and heaps of day trips to satisfy the curious folk amongst us.
The Bay Area
Island life not your thing? Sure I get it. But why not head to the bay anyway and explore a world of wonder (yes you read that right). Tourists flock here in the summer so why can’t we do the same? Picnics, nature walks, uncharted territory, dunes, ocean, lakes, you name it, it’s got it.
Yes look I know what you’re thinking, it’s not technically a day trip but… it is kind of overseas right!? The best thing to do in Stockton is to do a tour de pub or a pub crawl on bikes (as safely as possible of course). And you can tell all of your mates that you went on an overseas holiday. What a time to be alive.
So it’s 4 hours away so it could be a bit of a push for some to make a weekend trip of it but you never know. Set amongst the hinterland of the mid north coast, Bellingen is an absolute paradise. Luscious rivers, national parks, mountains, amazing food, coffee and the best darn alcoholic ginger beer on the planet what more could you want?!