Before we’re allowed to travel internationally again let’s use this time to explore the underrated, yet beautiful and exciting places in our own backyard. Here’s a list of the 10 experiences that just don’t get as much appreciation as the other more well- known activities and destinations. 

Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney

Koala Sydney

Get up close and personal with the cute and cuddly Koalas and a range of other Australian animals. Opened as a sanctuary for Koalas in 1930, the park has expanded to include kangaroos, emus, and wombats. You can pat, feed or watch the animals in any of the presentations held throughout the day.

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour

Only accessible via a short ferry ride, cockatoo island offers a range of activities. Learn about the history and explore the heritage buildings of the island that was once a convict penal establishment and naval shipyard. There are scenic picnic spots and guided tours you can take part in. 

White Rabbit Gallery

Only a short walk from Central Station, White Rabbit Gallery is a wonderful cultural experience with four levels of art work. With the work of at least 35 artists on show at any one time, you can appreciate and enjoy sculptures, paintings and video art by Chinese and Taiwanese artists. There is also a delicious tea house where you can unwind and sip on some tea or eat some freshly made dumplings. 

Kayaking in Sydney

Sydney Harbour Paddle

Explore the iconic Sydney Harbour and experience it from a totally new view  on a kayak . Paddle across the calm, blue waters before the city wakes up and watch the sunrise over one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. 

For your accommodation be sure to stay at Park Regis City Centre, which is ideally located for easy travel to all these locations. 

Railtrack Riders

Take a ride and explore a Tasmanian rainforest in Derwent Valley via a historic pedal powered rail line. Railtrack Riders is the only one of its kind in all of Australia. There are options of 2, 3 and 4 seater Riders, which allow you to explore at your own pace as you paddle your way through the rainforest.

You won’t be able to go past the Leisure Inn Penny Royal when choosing your accommodation in Tasmania. 

Grampians National Park

Kangaroo in Grampians

A heritage listed park with beautiful hikes and trails where you can cross paths with native birds, kangaroos and wallabies. You can also go fishing or kayaking in the park if you prefer water activities. The region also rich in history and is home to a significant number of ancient Aboriginal rock paintings. 

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight

Hot Air Balloon Yarra Valley

Capture the first rays of sunshine as you float above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon. Enjoy breathtaking views of the scenic landscape, rolling hills, orchards and vineyards as the sunrises.  You will be accompanied by an expert guide to point out iconic sights. The area is home to more than 35 wineries which you’ll have a birds-eye view of as you soar across the dawn sky. 

Degraves Street Melbourne

Degraves Street Melbourne

Melbourne is known for its world- famous laneways and Degraves street is one of the ones you must visit. You will feel as though you have stepped onto a street in Paris when you enter Degraves street, a short narrow laneway that connects Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. It’s dotted with boutique shops, Euro-style restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafes, you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat and shop.

Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne

Established in 1981, Heide Museum of Modern Art has evolved into one of Australia’s most important cultural institutions.  The museum houses modern and contemporary art in three distinct exhibition buildings on an extensive property, which was once a dairy farm. There buildings are surrounded by heritage listed gardens and sculpture park, and there is an onsite café where you can relax and enjoy some coffee. 

The Park Regis Griffin Suites is a great spot to stay in when visiting Melbourne, and is ideal for long and short stays.

Brisbane botanic gardens

Brisbane Lookout Mt. Cootha

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens are spread out over XX hectares and offers a living museum of native and exotic plant collections. There are a number of stunning themed sections to be enjoyed with Japanese garden, a fragrant garden, arid region plants, bamboo grove, waterfalls and a children’s trail for them to play and explore. 

The Park Regis North Quay is only a short walk from the heart of Brisbane and offers a range of spacious hotel rooms or fully furnished studios. It’s the perfect spot for your stay in Brisbane.