We may not know when we will be able to travel over-seas, but while we’re all stuck on this amazing island for the foreseeable future, make sure you tick off all these destinations in Australia.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
One of the great natural wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef, is a must see. There are so many different ways you can see and experience the world’s largest coral reef system from boat tours, diving tours and helicopter rides. Cairns is the closest city to the best parts of the reef and you can stay at Park Regis City Quays or Park Regis Piermonde, which are both perfectly located to the best attractions in Cairns.
2. Cataract Gorge
Located in the city of Launceston, Cataract Gorge has plenty to keep you busy and active. You can take a ride on the world’s longest chairlift ride and take in the amazing views as you float over the rushing waters of the basin. If you’re not up for the chair lift you can always explore on foot, on a boat tour or by kayaking down the river. There is also an outdoor pool and plenty of cafes for when you need a break. You can’t go past Leisure Inn Penny Royal when you’re looking for accommodation with its convenient location right next to Cataract Gorge.
3. Wine Country
Enjoy a magical experience and see the oldest wineries of Australia in Hunter Valley from a hot air balloon. The unforgettable experience starts at sunrise and takes in picturesque views of the Hunter Valley country side, including the wine regions Pokolbin, Lovedale and Rothbury. The early start means you can spend the rest of your day exploring the wineries on foot. When it comes time to finally get into bed, the Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is in the heart of wine country and is ideally located to most of the attractions in the area.
4. Eureka Skydeck
Ride the quickest elevator in the southern hemisphere to the highest viewing deck in the world, the Eureka Skydeck. The viewing deck is in the world’s tallest residential tower, the Eureka Tower where you can see amazing views of Melbourne. For thrill seekers you can walk along the glass floor suspended 300m above Melbourne.
5. Great Ocean Road
Visit one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives and enjoy amazing ocean views along the Great Ocean Road. Only an hour and a half drive from Melbourne city, you’ll want to start your trip early to take in all the sights. The 12 Apostles are a must see along the scenic drive, though there are only 8 Apostles left, they are still an amazing natural wonder to be seen. The Park Regis Griffin Suites in Melbourne have great accommodation options from hotel rooms to one and two bedroom suites.
6. Taronga Zoo
One of Sydney’s most famous attractions, Taronga Zoo is just a short ferry ride from the city. Enjoy views of the iconic city while you explore the zoo and its 4,000 animals, including native Australian wildlife and endangered exotic species. There are regular shows you can watch where sea lions will impress you with their skills and tricks. The Park Regis City Centre is located near public transport, which is the most scenic way to travel to the zoo.
7. Hyde Park
Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park and has numerous fountains, statues and monuments as well as the ANZAC Memorial for you to explore. There are beautiful themed gardens with in the park and is a popular spot for picnics. At night the park is quite magical, with the Avenue of Fig Trees lit up with large, round lamps along the walkway under an archway of fig trees.
8. Wentworth Falls
Visit one of the most stunning waterfalls in the area, Wentworth Falls waterfall where you can enjoy stunning views from the lookouts and go for long or short hikes. The waterfall is made of three tiers and can be accessed via multiple hiking tracks, which offer options for different levels of difficulty. The Leisure Inn Spires is conveniently located only a short drive from Wentworth Falls.
9. Streets Beach
Take a dip in Australia’s only inner city, man-made beach in Brisbane. Streets Beach is free and is a must visit with tropical plants and sandy beaches surrounding the sparkling blue lagoon. You can momentarily forget that you’re in the heart of a busy city! Brisbane is known for its amazing warm weather and you will enjoy cooling down in the iconic beach or you can visit neighbouring aquatic spaces – the Boat Pool and Aquativity. For the best accommodation make sure you check out the Park Regis North Quay, located near Brisbane’s entertainment district.
10. Rainforest Skyrail
Enjoy a truly unique experience as you glide over the world’s oldest tropical rainforest in a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You’ll be left in awe by the amazing views of the jungle canopy and panoramic views of Barron Gorge and Barron Falls. For the most convenient accommodation you can stay at the Park Regis City Quays or Park Regis Piermonde in Cairns City, which is just a 15 minute drive from the Rainforest Skyrail.