Best Honeymoon Destinations in Australia

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Australia

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Australia

Our Top Ten Picks

What do you and your partner want out of your honeymoon? That’s the first question you need to ask when looking into honeymoon destinations. Some couples want adventure, some want to find somewhere totally quiet after the drama of the wedding day, while others want pure luxury. One thing remains constant however and that is that every couple wants their honeymoon to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is the trip you’ve been waiting and saving for years and for some wedding couples, it’s the opportunity to really indulge.

Whether you want a walking holiday, a secluded romantic glamping getaway, or over-the-top luxury, you can find your dream trip at one of these honeymoon destinations in Australia.

It comes as no surprise to many to know that some of the best honeymoon destinations are actually right here in Australia. Embrace the opportunity to discover the wonderful romantic escapes hidden away throughout our fabulous country. Indulge in great Australian food and wine in the knowledge that you are helping to support our Aussie tourism, food and wine industries as they battle through Covid. You may find you never need to travel internationally again. (Yeah…we all keep kidding ourselves, don’t we!)

Here are ten of our favourite places to honeymoon in Australia for romance and adventure — and to bring you and your partner closer than ever.

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Coastal Pavilions

Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge

Your room at the gorgeous Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge is shaped like two curved wings; one side houses a king-sized bedroom, the other a cool lounge area.

Inspired by their surrounds, the nine Coastal Pavilions buildings are constructed from oak and ironbark timber and sit beautifully into the landscape, blurring the lines between inside and out. A stunning and luxurious Tasmanian honeymoon option.

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The Frames

The Frames Luxury Riverland Experience

The Frames is the perfect place for a 5 star honeymoon experience. These stunning villas, set on the peaceful banks of the Murray River in South Australia, have been beautifully designed for couples and offer world class luxury and personal hospitality. Your experience at The Frames can be a totally secluded sanctuary for two or you can choose to venture out to include local experiences with gourmet food and wine.
The Frames has elected to review their terms and conditions on a month by month basis and will refund 100% if you are unable to visit due to COVID restrictions.

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Clifftop at Hepburn

Clifftop at Hepburn, near Daylesford Victoria, has won a string of accolades including  Australia’s No.1 Unique Accommodation 2019 and Australia’s Best Holiday Home 2019. The villas are bursting with features such as indoor and outdoor daybeds, stones baths, decks and a newly built European sauna that looks like a wooden insect cocoon clinging to the side of the hill.

Floor-to-ceiling windows frame breathtaking panoramic views that plunge from the site of an old pine forest down a sheer cliff face, unrolling onto native bushland below. A fabulous Victorian honeymoon getaway for any time of year.

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Habitat Noosa

Glass on Glasshouse

The three luxury villas at Glass on Glasshouse in the South East corner of Queensland are great for honeymoon couples that enjoy the latest technology. Think whole of house sound system. 

We love the dramatically decadent freestanding double spa bath with rainshower set on a plinth in the middle of the bathroom, and for those cool winter nights there’s a beautiful two-sided romantic eco-smart fire which can be experienced from the bathroom as well as the lounge.

A gorgeous part of the world perfect for a romantic honeymoon.

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Truffle Lodge

Truffle Lodge

The stunning glamping tents at Truffle Lodge in Tasmania have been designed to be your sanctuary, a place of rest and contentment, a space to reconnect with yourself and your significant other.

With hand-carved wooden baths, rain-showers, king-sized beds, coffee machines and heating, the tents are equipped with everything for a romantic glamping honeymoon.

In addition to the luxurious safari-style tents, all with river frontage, there’s The Lodge, connected to the tents via a boardwalk, where guests can dine, relax in the bar or sit on the cosy lounges by the fireplace with a book.

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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

With a 5 star score from reviewers, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat proves to be a fabulous romantic honeymoon destination for many couples.

Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland, the retreat offers private luxury villas with large sunken double spas, fireplaces and heated plunge pools. All individually set on 250 acres of genuine old growth rainforest with World Heritage National Park on three sides, assuring true peace and privacy. The rainforest surrounds include stunning creek & rock pools, while a full gourmet dining menu is available if you can’t bare to leave.

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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

With granite boulders, waterfalls and overhanging trees creating natural swimming pools, and paths winding through rainforests and woodlands, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, you could beb forgiven for thinking you were honeymooning in Paradise.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located in a magical position on Queensland’s far North Coast. The deluxe timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in the forest canopy providing a magical and unobtrusive relationship with the natural world and offer ocean, mountain or forest views. Dining at the highly regarded the Osprey Restaurant is an extra sensory pleasure.

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Sticky Rice Villas

These Villas are the ultimate in luxury accommodation in the Adelaide Hills. Exclusive, yet affordable, they are an architectural inspiration of luxury holiday Villas often seen in places such as Bali, Thailand and Japan.

 Floor to ceiling glass surrounds each villa allowing views and easy access to the private enclosed courtyards and landscaped gardens. The villas offer a spacious indoor living areas, a private walled outdoor courtyard plus individual gardens in which to explore and relax.

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Ketchup's Bank Glamping

Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains of NSW, you’ll find the perfect honeymoon destination at Spicers Sangoma Retreat. Aptly named after the Zulu word for healer, Sangoma is a place where you’ll discover complete rejuvenation and true reconnection. An eco-certified retreat, Spicers Sangoma Retreat features sauna facilities, infinity lap pool, open plan lounge and 8 suites that capture the beauty of the natural surrounds. All gourmet meals and beverages are included as well as the premium mini-bar, making it an ideal setting for a luxurious honeymoon.

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Sal Salis

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive beach safari camp nestled in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth in Western Australia. Each of the fifteen eco-luxe wilderness tents offer views of the surrounding bush and over the Indian Ocean and the fringing Ningaloo Reef.

Hidden in the dunes overlooking the pristine beach, Sal Salis brings a touch of eco-luxe style to this remote and beautiful wilderness. Designed to blend with the environment, Sal Salis’ spacious wilderness tents sit on raised platforms and offer wonderful views of the natural surrounds and the ocean beyond, as well as comfortable beds and an eco-en suite bathroom. For honeymooners, there is even a special honeymoon tent in a secluded location. 

COCKATOO ISLAND

 

Cockatoo Island Glamping Sydney

Best Glamping for Groups: Our Top Picks

Best Glamping for Groups: Our Top Picks

Best Glamping for Groups 

Our Top Ten Picks

Looking for a great group getaway?

Glamping may be the perfect answer – all the benefits of group camping, without the hassle of everyone having to drag everything along with you. All you need to do is throw in the minimum: swimming gear, towel, walking shoes if you intend heading out, and a warm blanket for the evenings, as everything is set up for you ready to go.

Glamping in Australia is very popular, so if you are hoping for a specific weekend, you may need to book your group glamping experience well in advance. 

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Glamping at the Cove

Glamping Jervis Bay, NSW. It would be hard to find a more perfect spot for glamping than gorgeous Jervis Bay in NSW. The Cove Jervis Bay is a great coastal glamping venue for groups with direct access to Bherwerre Beach. The safari tents ooze boho-chic – think cream canvas bell tents, Pony Ride cushions, daybeds, and lot sof little lux touches. There is even an open air outdoor bath, which is surrounded by the Booderee national park and offers complete privacy.

The glamping tents have a communal bathroom and there is an outdoor chill out space with a communal table and chairs, BBQ and camp kitchen – perfect for getting together.

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Margaret River Retreat

Glamping Margaret River, Western Australia. The deluxe canvas cabins at Margaret River Retreat are perfect for groups wanting to go glamping in style. Each canvas cabin is sustainably styled with luxury linens, woollen blankets, towels, outdoor furniture, a cool-box, rechargeable guide lights and locally produced organic bathroom amenities.

All guests have access to several bathroom facilities, a glampers kitchen, lounge area, bbq and dining area, communal fire pit and Treetop Yoga space.

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Pebble Point

Glamping Great Ocean Road, Victoria. Pebble Point is an exclusive bush camp nestled behind the cliff tops and rock formations of the world famous Twelve Apostles. Six spacious safari tents are conveniently situated at the end of the Great Ocean Walk in Princetown.

You will be provided with luxurious king size beds with a natural latex mattress, spacious en-suites bathrooms and a shared communal kitchen area with stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, crockery and cutlery.

Pebble Point is situated in southern Australia, so best enjoyed in the warmer months.

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Habitat Noosa

Habitat Noosa

Glamping near Noosa, Queensland. This eco-friendly glamping property offers a unique experience in the heart of nature and boasts direct access to the great outdoors. Guests can enjoy comfort and modern amenities as well as the sights and sounds of the surrounding national park.

There are two styles of glamping tents suitable for families or groups : Paperbark Tents and Wilderness Tents.
The Paperbark Glamping tents are surrounded by trees, with short walking distance to Lake Cootharaba, offering premium comfort yet within easy access to all the sites facilities. The tents have a private deck and family configurations are available. Size 30m2
The Wilderness Tents feature shared accommodation with shared ablution facilities.
When booked for twin share, maximum 2 person per tent and privacy assured
Size: 24m2

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Crystal Creek

The Escape

Glamping South Coast, NSW. Wake up to views of the Clyde River in these stunning tent-inspired guesthouses complete with queen-size bed, kitchenette and bio-fuel heater. Kayaking, bushwalking, river swimming, watching the abundant wildlife or simply stretching out on your day bed with a good book and a glass of wine is just the start of what is on offer. The custom designed luxury tent accommodation has spectacular views over the river and the food experience is a highlight – definitely at the luxury end of your glamping experience.

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South Coast Retreat

Glamping South Coast NSW. These glamping safari tents are just a minute’s walk from a beach and boat dock on the Crookhaven River and 15 km from Culberra Beach, a well-known surfing spot.

The four luxury glamping tents are complete with modern amenities and furnishings to provide your group with a comfortable and relaxing stay. You can even bring a dog along with you to enjoy your group getaway!

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Truffle Lodge Deck

Truffle Lodge

Glamping in Tasmania. With hand-carved wooden baths, rain-showers, king-sized beds, coffee machines and heating, the tents at Truffle Lodge are better equipped than your average hotel room. Plus, each tent has river frontage and a private deck from which to watch the water rush by.

In addition to the luxurious safari-style tents, there’s The Lodge, connected to the tents via boardwalks, where guests can dine, relax in the bar or sit on the cosy lounges by the fireplace with a book. The Lodge has been designed to be a place of community, with the intimate society of small numbers and enough space to be alone if you so choose.

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Donnybrook Eco retreat

Donnybrook Eco Retreat

Glamping in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Donnybrook Eco Retreat offers two elegant glamping tents with suspended Modwood timber floors, a comfy queen sized bed, your own ensuite and private deck to form the basis of your glamping experience.

The tents are linked by raised bridges and decks and are separated by a quirky twelve sided, cedar clad building (yurt) becoming your kitchen and eating area. The yurt can be shared with guests from the other tent, so if you’d like to hang out with your friends, you can eat inside the yurt, on the deck overlooking the new dam, or down around the campfire. Perfect!

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Ketchups Bank Glamping bed

Ketchup's Bank Glamping

Glamping South East Queensland. Glamping at Ketchup’s Bank enables you to experience the beauty of this extraordinary part of Queensland up close. Enjoy the sounds of the bush at night and marvel at the million stars above as you lay back in your reclining camp chairs.

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping is an award winning authentic Australian bush camping experience with all of your camping and cooking equipment provided.

The luxury eco-tents are permanent tents on decks with private ensuites perfect for couples. The friendly wallabies will almost let you touch them and the views are spectacular.

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zoofari

Zoofari

Glamping Western NSW. Maybe you were planning a safari to Africa and due to Covid, it just wont be happening? Think positive and book ytour group in to Zoofari in Dubbo! You will feel like you’re on safari when you wake up in luxurious Animal View Lodges, nestled on the edge of a vast savannah where giraffe and antelope roam. Zoofari Lodge and the Zoo are set amongst native bushland, allowing you to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and see a number of free ranging native species.

The Zoofari Lodge experience provides the opportunity to see exotic and endangered African wildlife, and even get up close to a number of animals on exclusive behind-the-scenes tours.

COCKATOO ISLAND

 

Cockatoo Island Glamping Sydney

Glamping Experiences near Sydney

Glamping Experiences near Sydney

Glamping near Sydney.

Our top picks for the best luxury camping experiences

 

If going Bear Grylls is simply not your style, yet you still like the idea of sleeping under the stars, then glamping is a fabulous alternative. Glamping is camping with all the hard work done for you. You can experience the great outdoors without sacrificing the luxury. It’s perfect if you’re not an experienced camper but still want to enjoy the freedom of living and sleeping close to nature. With glamping, there’s no need to set up a tent or bedding, just bring your clothes, sometimes your food and drinks, and a sense of adventure!

Glamping is also very popular, so if you are hoping for a specific weekend, you will need to book our top three glamping experiences well in advance. And of course, all the glamping options here are fabulous examples of green travel and sustainable accommodation, so we know you will enjoy responsible tourism at its very best!

“Glamping is camping with all the hard work done for you.”

Paperbark Camp

Paperbark Camp is Australia’s glamping pioneer and is just a few hours south of Sydney.

It took approximately 10 years of unbelievable patience for Irena and Jeremy Hutchings to achieve the vision of opening Australia’s first luxury tented camp. Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, is eco-tourism at it’s best, being a low impact, niche-market venture that adheres to the principles of ecologically sustainable tourism.

 

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The original landscape was carefully cleared by hand, so that delicate ecosystems, natural flora and birdlife have been preserved. No major earthworks or clearing were done. All toilet waste and waste water is pumped off the site to protect the pristine Currambene Creek, which now forms part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

Accommodation consists of twelve elevated canvas tents providing a sturdy haven of simple luxury. Each tent has a steel frame, strong double canvas roof, solar powered lighting, insect screens and is elevated amongst the paperbarks, well above ground level. The spacious interior has comfortable queen beds with high quality linen and towels, lots of pillows and funky, locally crafted furniture.

Glamping near Sydney

Paperbark Camp has a new king deluxe tent. The new tent is nicknamed the “King Parrot” and can sleep six people. With all the eco-friendly touches you’d expect from Paperbark, including solar lighting, bamboo-cotton linen and an outdoor bush shower, the tent is perfect for a small group or family. Also new are stand-up paddleboards for exploring Currambene Creek and a wood-fired oven for pizzas, roasts and fresh bread at Paperbark’s Gunyah treetop restaurant.

King deluxe tent starts from $590 a night including breakfast. Note: Paperbark Camp follows a sustainable philosophy and has Advanced Eco Accreditation. As such, you will not find air-conditioning or heating, TV, bar fridge or power points for your technology (though power and wifi can be accessed in the Gunyah). So switch off and get back to nature!

Find out more about glamping at Paperbark Camp

The Escape

The Escape sits on 80 acres with over two kilometres of private Clyde River frontage, surrounded by National Parks and State Forests. The Escape is located just two hours from Canberra and 3.5 hours from Sydney.

Nestled among the local blue and spotted gums is this quintessentially Australian bush luxury experience. Their unique blend of bush luxury delivers a rare experience for guests who are looking for a catch up with a group of old friends or simply spending some time with your family in a nature based way.

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Wake up to views of the Clyde River in these stunning tent-inspired guesthouses complete with queen-size bed, kitchenette and bio-fuel heater. Kayaking, bushwalking, river swimming, watching the abundant wildlife or simply stretching out on your day bed with a good book and a glass of wine is just the start of what is on offer. The custom designed luxury tent accommodation has spectacular views over the river and the food experience is a highlight – definitely at the luxury end of your glamping experience.

Glamping Sydney

The Escape combines traditional camping elements with comfortable, contemporary simplicity, making it a fabulous glamping experience. Group bookings only.

Find out more about glamping at The Escape.

Tandara Glamping

Tandara means “here we camp”. This luxury glamping experience is a romantic bush retreat within Lane Cove National Park and Lane Cove River Tourist Caravan Park. It is located in Sydney, so a one night stay is always possible.

The tent itself is a surprise to find, as it is situated in the middle of the main Lane Cove River Tourist Park, with just a rustic wooden fence sectioning the tent off from the rest of the caravan park nearby.

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At Tandara, you can stay in the spacious African safari-style tent, curl up on the bed with a great book, wander down through the bush to the river and cook up a tasty barbecue for two. A wildlife tour is a must: hang out with lorikeets, water dragons, tawny frogmouths, ringtail and brushtail possums, owls, sugar gliders and even endangered bandicoots. You can also make use of the two mountain bikes at Tandara.

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While there is plenty to do during your stay, it is such a lovely private spot you will probably prefer to hang out in the private surroundings of your tent.

Note: Bookings are very heavy because there is only one tent. You will need to book a weekend in the summer months about 6-9 months in advance.

Find out more about glamping at Tandara Eco Tent

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OTHER GLAMPING OPTIONS IN NSW

Best Honeymoons in NSW: The Ultimate List

Best Honeymoons in NSW: The Ultimate List

Best Honeymoons in New South Wales

Our Top Ten Picks

Just because Covid-19 has made international and domestic travel difficult, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a totally indulgent, romantic honeymoon. Some of the best luxury resorts and romantic honeymoon destinations in the world may not be as far away as you think. From the stunning Byron Bay hinterland to the beautiful white beaches of the South Coast, NSW offers numerous getaways for a fabulous honeymoon.

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Crystal Creek

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

The 13 architect-designed bungalows at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat are located in a spectacularly lush rainforest, set discreetly apart so that none is visible from any other. This is a getaway designed to seamlessly combine the three key ingredients of the perfect romantic honeymoon – privacy, comfort and luxury, all within a stunning rainforest location.

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Victoria's, Byron Bay

This spectacular retreat is the ideal destination for luxury and relaxation for a honyemoon in NSW.  It is situated amongst lush tropical gardens on the renowned Wategos Beach, Byron Bay.

The guesthouse has been elegantly furnished throughout and features a lap pool with a stunning waterfall. Victoria’s is renowned for the excellent personal service – just what is needed for a perfect honeymoon.

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Currajong retreat

Currajong Retreat

What could be more romantic than a glamping honeymoon? Currajong Retreat is the ultimate romantic honeymoon destination, hidden away on the beautiful NSW South Coast. Combining the comfort and quality of luxury accommodation with a unique glamping experience, Currajong Retreat provides luxury tented accommodation, set high upon a cliff overlooking the valley and river below.

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Goonoo Goonoo

Looking for a rural or country honeymoon? The original cottages and Shearer’s Quarters at Goonoo Goonoo Station at Tamworth have been beautifully restored into luxurious accommodation and capture the history of the station while still providing guests with all the luxuries guests need. Goonoo Goonoo Station also includes a purpose-built award winning restaurant, Glasshouse, coupled with floor to ceiling glass windows offering incredible views over the rolling hills and the distant Liverpool Range.

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Spicers Sangoma retreat

Sangoma Retreat

Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, a mere hour from Sydney, you’ll find Spicers Sangoma Retreat. Immersed in the natural bush land of the Blue Mountains, this all-inclusive retreat delivers a peaceful and intimate escape. All gourmet meals and beverages are included as well as the premium mini-bar replenished daily. Spicers Sangoma Retreat provides an exclusive NSW honeymoon experience with excellent, attentive service.

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Wolgan Valley Resort

OK- it may not be cheap, but think of the dollars (and carbon emissions) you are saving by not needing to fly anywhere. And with three fabulous meals a day included, this is a truly indulgent way to spend your honeymoon.

Wolgan Valley Resort is renowned as one of Australia’s most luxurious escapes, and  offers the rare opportunity to experience true luxury in a spectacular, secluded, Australian bush setting.

Each of the exclusive villas for couples feature spacious living areas with doubles sided fireplaces, private pools and picturesque verandas designed to immerse you in the atmospheric Blue Mountains surroundings. Enjoy a fully inclusive experience with gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner included in your stay. The ultimate NSW honeymoon.

Wolgan Valley resort
Wolgan Valley Resort

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Bangalay Luxury Villas

Bangalay is only a short, scenic drive to the boutique towns of Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Gerroa, Gerringong or further south to the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay.
The intimate luxury villas have been designed with comfort and style as paramount, capturing the coastal breeze as well as the sweeping views down the golf course and out to the scenic mountain range.

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Turon Gates Glamping

Turon Gates Glamping

What sounds more romantic than a deluxe glamping honeymoon experience  in the bucolic bliss of Capertee Valley? These ultra-luxurious glamping tents offer king size beds and a crackling log fire with subdued lighting and romantic atmosphere.

Escape the city lights to enjoy the crystal clear skies at Turon Gates with stars as you have never seen before.

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Blackbird Byron

Experience the full honeymoon treatment with Champagne on arrival and complimentary artisanal local produce in your room. Blackbird Byron is a luxury boutique destination and is the ideal location to relax amongst the waterfalls, animals and flora & fauna; or to use as a base to going walking, kayaking, mountain-biking and explore the rest of this gorgeous region. 

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Mount Hay Retreat

Mt Hay Retreat is a unique collection of 5 individual private suites perfect for a honeymoon on the beautiful NSW South Coast. Each suite enjoys stunning views over expansive grounds, the glorious countryside surrounding Berry and the ocean beyond, whilst also giving you the privacy to feel like you are in your own luxury hideaway.

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Looking for more inspiration?

Coastal Pavilions
Avonside Alpine Estate, NSW

Avonside Alpine Estate, NSW

Currajong Retreat, NSW

Currajong Retreat, NSW

San Remo Waterfront Tiny House, Victoria

San Remo Waterfront Tiny House, Victoria

The Bower Byron Bay, NSW

The Bower Byron Bay, NSW

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Qld

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Qld

The Den of the Treehouse, NSW

The Den of the Treehouse, NSW

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat Bell Tents, Tasmania

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat Bell Tents, Tasmania

Free Spirit Pods, Tasmania

Free Spirit Pods, Tasmania

Bill’s Boathouse Floating Eco Pod, South Australia

Bill’s Boathouse Floating Eco Pod, South Australia

Mist at Cape Tribulation, Queensland

Mist at Cape Tribulation, Queensland

Flinders Bush Retreats Eco Tent, South Australia

Flinders Bush Retreats Eco Tent, South Australia

Wilson Island, Qld

Wilson Island, Qld

The Cove Glamping, NSW

The Cove Glamping, NSW

Pebbly Beach Escape, NSW

Pebbly Beach Escape, NSW

Tanja Lagoon Camp, NSW

Tanja Lagoon Camp, NSW

Starry Nights Luxury Camping, Qld

Starry Nights Luxury Camping, Qld

Sangoma Retreat Tent Suite, NSW

Sangoma Retreat Tent Suite, NSW

Clifftop at Hepburn, Victoria

Clifftop at Hepburn, Victoria

Worrowing Wilderness Hut, NSW

Worrowing Wilderness Hut, NSW

Blackbird Byron, NSW

Blackbird Byron, NSW

Glamping at Turon Gates, NSW

Glamping at Turon Gates, NSW

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Qld

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Qld

Glass on Glasshouse, Qld

Glass on Glasshouse, Qld

Rose Gum Eco-Luxe Cottage, NSW

Rose Gum Eco-Luxe Cottage, NSW

Crystalbrook Byron, NSW

Crystalbrook Byron, NSW

Kestrel Nest EcoHut, NSW

Kestrel Nest EcoHut, NSW

Redgum Log Cottage, Victoria

Redgum Log Cottage, Victoria

Sticky Rice Villas, South Australia

Sticky Rice Villas, South Australia

The Villas Barossa, South Australia

The Villas Barossa, South Australia

Glamping at Margaret River Retreat, Western Australia

Glamping at Margaret River Retreat, Western Australia

Aquila Eco Lodges, Victoria

Aquila Eco Lodges, Victoria

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, NSW

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, NSW

Riversdale Retreat, Victoria

Riversdale Retreat, Victoria

Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat, NSW

Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat, NSW

The Buckland, Victoria

The Buckland, Victoria

Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Qld

Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Qld

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Qld

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Qld

Ikara Safari Camp, South Australia

Ikara Safari Camp, South Australia

The Burrow at Wombat Bend, Victoria

The Burrow at Wombat Bend, Victoria

Ecopia Retreat, South Australia

Ecopia Retreat, South Australia

Loggers Cabin at Nightcap Ridge, NSW

Loggers Cabin at Nightcap Ridge, NSW

Silk Pavilions Glamping, NSW

Silk Pavilions Glamping, NSW

Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge, WA

Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge, WA

Shack 14, Victoria

Shack 14, Victoria

DULC Cabins, Victoria

DULC Cabins, Victoria

The Ridge Eco-Cabin, NSW

The Ridge Eco-Cabin, NSW

Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Queensland

Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Queensland

Rawnsley Park Station, South Australia

Rawnsley Park Station, South Australia

Eco Beach Resort, Western Australia

Eco Beach Resort, Western Australia

Spicers Sangoma Retreat, NSW

Spicers Sangoma Retreat, NSW

The Cob Barn, Tasmania

The Cob Barn, Tasmania

Silky Oaks Lodge, Qld

Silky Oaks Lodge, Qld

Turnstone Beach House, Tasmania

Turnstone Beach House, Tasmania

The Canopy Treehouses, Queensland

The Canopy Treehouses, Queensland

Ovolo Nishi, ACT

Ovolo Nishi, ACT

Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania

Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge, Tasmania

Lakeview at Down the Earth Retreat, Victoria

Lakeview at Down the Earth Retreat, Victoria

Truffle Lodge, Tasmania

Truffle Lodge, Tasmania

The Dairy at Broger’s End, NSW

The Dairy at Broger’s End, NSW

Paperbark Camp Glamping, NSW

Paperbark Camp Glamping, NSW

Mt Cotton Retreat, Qld

Mt Cotton Retreat, Qld

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, NSW

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, NSW

Ikurangi Eco Retreat, Cook Islands

Ikurangi Eco Retreat, Cook Islands

Green Island Resort, Qld

Green Island Resort, Qld

Wolgan Valley Resort, NSW

Wolgan Valley Resort, NSW

Yondah Beach House, South Australia

Yondah Beach House, South Australia

The Feathered Nest, Queensland

The Feathered Nest, Queensland

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping Qld

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping Qld

Permanent Camping, NSW

Permanent Camping, NSW

Swell Lodge, Christmas Island

Swell Lodge, Christmas Island

Roar and Snore Glamping, NSW

Roar and Snore Glamping, NSW

Cabn, South Australia

Cabn, South Australia

Somewhere Unique, Hunter Valley NSW

Somewhere Unique, Hunter Valley NSW

Binna Burra Skylodges, Queensland

Binna Burra Skylodges, Queensland

Heron Island, Queensland

Heron Island, Queensland

Bower at Broulee, South Coast NSW

Bower at Broulee, South Coast NSW

Boroka Downs, Victoria

Boroka Downs, Victoria

Pebble Point Glamping, Victoria

Pebble Point Glamping, Victoria

The Odd Frog, Victoria

The Odd Frog, Victoria

Tandara Glamping, Sydney NSW

Tandara Glamping, Sydney NSW

Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island

Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island

Donnybrook Eco Retreat, NSW

Donnybrook Eco Retreat, NSW

Sierra Escape, NSW

Sierra Escape, NSW

Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains NSW

Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains NSW

Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Queensland

Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Queensland

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Queensland

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Queensland

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Queensland

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, Queensland

Cicada Lodge, Northern Territory

Cicada Lodge, Northern Territory

Dam it Getaway, NSW

Dam it Getaway, NSW

Faraway Bay, Western Australia

Faraway Bay, Western Australia

Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia

Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia

The Trig, Tasmania

The Trig, Tasmania

Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory

Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory

Lyola Pavilions, Queensland

Lyola Pavilions, Queensland

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Ridgetop Retreats, South Australia

Ridgetop Retreats, South Australia

Freycinet Resort, Tasmania

Freycinet Resort, Tasmania

Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges, South Australia

Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges, South Australia

The Frames, South Australia

The Frames, South Australia

Lumera Eco Chalets, Tasmania

Lumera Eco Chalets, Tasmania

Wompoo Eco Retreat Qld

Wompoo Eco Retreat Qld

Yarranungara Yurt Retreat, Victoria

Yarranungara Yurt Retreat, Victoria

Kingfisher Bay Resort

Kingfisher Bay Resort

The Yurt Alpine Retreat, Victoria

The Yurt Alpine Retreat, Victoria

Barrington Eco Hut, NSW

Barrington Eco Hut, NSW

Best Tiny Houses near Sydney

Best Tiny Houses near Sydney

Best Tiny Houses near Sydney
Green Getaways
Take 3 for the Sea
July 13, 2020

 

Looking for a quick weekend getaway from Sydney? Check out these great off-grid tiny house getaways within easy driving distance of the city.

What is a tiny house?

​The tiny house movement originally comes from the USA and has now become an international trend.

Lovers of tiny houses advocate living simply in small, affordable and eco-friendly homes. In order to live in such small spaces, people living in tiny homes need to downsize and simplify their lives by reducing the amount of material possessions they have.

Tiny houses help to reduce resource consumption and are a cost-effective and sustainable way of living. While this may not be for everyone on a long term basis, a weekend stay in a tiny house can be lots of fun and a great way to get close to nature (and each other!)

Southern Highlands Tiny House

 

Join the tiny house movement, if only for a weekend, with these idyllic bushland escapes. With locations just two hours from Sydney, a stay in a tiny house makes the ideal weekend getaway for those seeking to enjoy their own slice of wilderness! 


Hunter Valley Tiny House

Fancy waking up to this view? 

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Charlotte Tiny House is located on an absolutely gorgeous semi-secluded rural property in the heart of the Hunter Valley. And even better, it is just minutes from some of NSW’s best wineries.

 

 

Enjoy your sweeping views from your tiny house of lush farmland with grazing cattle and mobs of kangaroos nearby and sundowners by the fire as the sun sets behind the stunning Brokenback Range.

Everyone loves the Hunter Valley and making this tiny house your base is the perfect way to spend your days driving past the endless rows of vines, (amazing at any time of the year)and sampling the specialty wines of the area (particularly semillon and shiraz).

Other tiny houses in the Hunter Valley:

TINY HOUSE 888 (next to a winery!)

WATAGAN VIEW TINY HOUSE


Read more: Charlotte Tiny House accommodation in the Hunter Valley NSW


 

Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate.

 

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Tiny House Big Views

This tiny house near Kurrajong in the lower Blue Mountains NSW promises peace and relaxation. The property is perched on a sprawling rural parcel with sensational views of The Great Dividing Range.

 

Enjoy stargazing from the queen size loft bed. or head outside to enjoy a picnic or BBQ in the outdoor dining area with gas BBQ and firepit.

Tiny House bed

 

Tiny House Big Views is close to all Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains attractions including Bilpin (apple picking and yummy Cider tasting), and you cant miss a trip to the amazing Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens or Mount Wilson.

Read more: Tiny House Big Views Tiny House accommodation in the Blue Mountains, NSW

 

Worrowing

If the numerous activities of the beautiful NSW South Coast are appealing to you, then Worrowing Wilderness Hut is the place to be.

Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park are both a short drive away as well as the famous white sand beaches of Hyams Beach. Beautiful coastline and bushwalking trails, cycling tracks and cliff-top lookouts are just minutes away.

Worrowing Wilderness Hut

 

The cabin has a queen-sized bed, bathroom with bathtub, television, full kitchen, barbecue, restored mid-century sofa and chairs, hand-made furniture and features artworks by visiting artists in residence.

 

Worrowing Wilderness Hut is built using recycled materials and reclaimed timbers. Crafted from recycled and natural timbers, corrugated iron and fitted with full panel glass slide away doors, the Eco Hut blends into the surrounding environment.

Local birds and animals often pay a visit from the neighbouring national parks, so just to add to the joy of being so close to nature.

Read more: Worrowing Wilderness Hut accommodation on the South Coast NSW

 

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Edmond

Looking for Tiny House accommodation in the Southern Highlands, NSW?

Edmond  offers breathtaking views of the local area. Your tiny house is surrounded by a grougeous paddock with a variety of birdlife and native animals.

Souther Highlands tiny house view

The tiny house is a wonderful experience for those wanting to “camp” in nature without having to bring all the gear and spend hours setting up. The tiny house include some very special touches, sure to please, such as the fabulous fire pit – perfect for star watching on those cold mountain nights!

There is plenty of room to walk around and explore, taking in all the fresh air and natural beauty of the area,w hiel youa re not far from the delighful little village of Robertson.

Read more: Tiny House accommodation in the Southern Highlands NSW

 

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Travel Rules within Australia May 20, 2020

Travel Rules within Australia May 20, 2020

 

Travel Rules within Australia

May 20, 2020

 

Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea

May 20, 2020

 

The Federal Government has announced that Australia will proceed in an orderly fashion towards reducing coronavirus restrictions in Australia over three stages by July. Each state has a different set of rules, so it is important to keep up to date with any changes in the are you intend to travel.

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Photo: Somewhere Unique, Hunter Valley NSW

NSW
The NSW government has confirmed that NSW travel will be unrestricted from June 1, which includes travel for leisure and holidays.

NSW has no restrictions on entry to any of its borders.

Browse your NSW Holiday


VICTORIA

The Buckland Studio 5

Photo: Buckland Studio Retreat, Bright Victoria

All of Victoria’s borders remain open, though it has applied stricter rules around visiting and intra-state travel.

The main rule for travelling in Victoria is that there is now no limit how far you can travel within the state.

Plan your Victorian getaway here


“WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US.”


QUEENSLAND

Queensland has announced the end of restrictions around visiting Fraser, Stradbroke and Moreton Islands for day trips, but camping is not yet permitted.

People can travel up to 150 kilometres in their region for day trips.
Camping and accommodation plus broader travel up to 250 kilometres from people’s houses will be allowed from June 12.

 Photo: Silky Oaks Lodge

Plan your next Queensland holiday…

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

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Photo: Margaret River Retreat

Western Australians can now also leave home for non-contact recreational activities, such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking or camping.
However, the state’s strict intra-state travel restrictions remain in place.

Your West Australia holiday.

ACT

 

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Photo: Ovolo Nishi

No border restrictions for road travel have yet been imposed in the ACT.

The territory has indicated that there are no formal plans around reducing any of its current restrictions, with officials noting were the territory to open cafes and clubs, it would likely experience an influx of interstate visitors thanks to the lack of border controls.

Browse your options for an ACT Break ….

NORTHERN TERRITORY

 

Photo: Cicada Lodge

The NT was one of the first territories to impose travel restrictions.

Anyone who arrives by air or road into the Northern Territory is required to self-isolate for 14 days, or risk fines of up to $62,000 and even imprisonment.
Remote communities have also been sealed off from all but emergency workers and medical staff.

Travellers arriving into the NT are now not only be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, they will by law be placed in quarantine in a hotel, and will also have to pay for food and lodging while there.​

Plan your Northern Territory holiday..

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Photo: Cabn

There are no restrictions on travel within South Australia.

Previous advice was to re-consider your need to travel to regional areas. This advice has now been relaxed.

Your South Australia getaway…

TASMANIA

Photo: The Trig

Border controls remain in place except domestic travelling. That means that Tasmanians will need to limit their search to Tasmanian locations.

Tasmanian accommodation providers are now allowed to take bookings for visits 15 June onwards. Thank you to Huon Bush Retreats for this information)

Tasmanian residents can quarantine in their principal residence if it is suitable.

International travellers returning to Tasmania are subject to hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Your Tasmanian getaway…

Northern NSW Best Accommodation

Northern NSW Best Accommodation

Northern NSW

The Best Accommodation for a Post Covid-19 Getaway

 

Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea

May 13, 2020

 

As we look ahead to transition to a post Covid-19 world, many people are questioning the “business as usual” model, particularly when it comes to travel.

We now want something better.

Byron at Byron walk Photo: Byron on Byron

 

It has certainly been a traumatic start to 2020 in Australia with our nightmare bushfire season and the coronavirus pandemic. 

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has challenged us to think about our way of life. This includes the type of consumption that underpins the outdated and unsustainable ways seen in much of the travel and tourism industries. Many travellers are now realizing that the best accommodation needs to be sustainable and aware of its ecological footprint on the local and international environment.

While all of us will remain cautious, the fact is that Australians will soon be encouraged to make plans to travel domestically — particularly to bushfire-affected regions and towns — as soon as it deemed safe to do so by the Federal and State Governments.

So while you are waiting for the official announcement, here are some great ideas to get the travel juices flowing again…. and enjoy the best of Northern NSW accommodation. 


Byron on Byron

 

Bike riding

Byron on Byron has said no to plastic water bottles and instead offer compostable and biodegradable Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paperboard containers along with reusable glass bottles. Straws, disposable bags and takeaway containers are plastic-free, made from corn, sugar cane and related environmentally friendly and fully degradable materials.

Byron on Byron is just a few minutes from Byron Bay itself, yet is nestled in 45 acres of magical subtropical rainforest, and is a celebration of nature, responsible luxury and the local environment. Guests can walk amid the rainforest and discover the resident flora and fauna, as well as indulge in a few of life’s little luxuries with a blissful signature spa treatment in your private haven.

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Read more: Byron on Byron accommodation in Northern NSW


 

Out of a crisis comes a realization that we need to protect what is really important.

 

Uralba Eco Cottages

Uralba Eco Cottages promises peace and relaxation in an ecologically sustainable natural environment. The property is run by a couple who are passionate in their care for the environment. They have spent the last 25 years not just minimising their impact on the environment, but actively improving it. Wake up to the sound of bird song and delight in the fact that you are nestled in 38 acres of sub tropical rainforest.

Stay in the newly constructed self contained Kookaburra Cottage which is entirely off-grid and set in lush sub-tropical gardens.

Uralba Eco Cottages koalas

Uralba Eco Cottages have Advanced Ecotourism Certification and have achieved Land for Wildlife status.

Read more: Uralba Eco Cottages accommodation in Northern NSW

 

Silk Pavilions

Looking for glamping accommodation near Byron Bay?

Silk Pavilions offers breathtaking views of Mount Warning and The Border Ranges. Your glamping tent is surrounded by 100 acres of lush virtually unexplored, untouched forest filled with a huge variety of birdlife and native animals.

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The glamping tents are a wonderful experience for those wanting to camp in nature without having to bring all the gear and spend hours setting up. The tents include some very special touches, sure to please.

Silk Pavilions

Silk Pavilions have their own creek and two spring fed dams, filled with lily pads, wood ducks and frogs. There is plenty of room to walk around and explore, taking in all the fresh air and natural beauty of Silk Pavilions. They feed the resident Wallabies every day at around 4:30pm.

Read more: Silk Pavilions accommodation in Northern NSW

 

Covid-19 Aftermath : Is this an opportunity for sustainable travel?

Covid-19 Aftermath : Is this an opportunity for sustainable travel?

Covid-19 Aftermath : Is this an opportunity for sustainable travel?
 

Green Getaways

Take 3 for the Sea
May 1, 2020

 

The end of global travel as we know it: an opportunity for sustainable tourism

 

 

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by Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia

Saturday, March 14 2020, is “The Day the World Stopped Travelling”, in the words of Rifat Ali, head of travel analytics company Skift.

That’s a little dramatic, perhaps, but every day since has brought us closer to it being reality.

The COVID-19 crisis has the global travel industry – “the most consequential industry in the world”, says Ali – in uncharted territory. Nations are shutting their borders. Airlines face bankruptcy. Ports are refusing entry to cruise ships, threatening the very basis of the cruise business model.

Associated hospitality, arts and cultural industries are threatened. Major events are being cancelled. Tourist seasons in many tourist destinations are collapsing. Vulnerable workers on casual, seasonal or gig contracts are suffering. It seems an epic disaster.

But is it?

Considering human activities need to change if we are to avoid the worst effects of human-induced climate change, the coronavirus crisis might offer us an unexpected opportunity.

Ali, like many others, wants recovery, “even if it takes a while to get back up and return to pre-coronavirus traveller numbers”.

But rather than try to return to business as usual as soon as possible, COVID-19 challenges us to think about the type of consumption that underpins the unsustainable ways of the travel and tourism industries.

Tourism dependency

Air travel features prominently in discussions about reducing carbon emissions. Even if commercial aviation accounts “only” for about 2.4% of all emissions from fossil-fuel use, flying is still how many of us in the industrialised world blow out our carbon footprints.




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Flight shame won’t fix airline emissions. We need a smarter solution


But sustainability concerns in the travel and tourism sectors extend far beyond carbon emissions.

In many places tourism has grown beyond its sustainable bounds, to the detriment of local communities.

The overtourism of places like Venice, Barcelona and Reykjavik is one result. Cruise ships disgorge thousands of people for half-day visits that overwhelm the destination but leave little economic benefit.

 

Graffiti in Barcelona: ‘Tourists go home. Refugees welcome.’
Dunk/flickr, CC BY-SA

Cheap airline fares encourage weekend breaks in Europe that have inundated old cities such as Prague and Dubrovnik. The need for growth becomes self-perpetuating as tourism dependency locks communities into the system.

In a 2010 paper I argued the problem was tourism underpinned by what sociologist Leslie Sklair called the “culture-ideology of consumerism” – by which consumption patterns that were once the preserve of the rich became endemic.




Read more:
Tourists behaving badly are a threat to global tourism, and the industry is partly to blame


Tourism is embedded in that culture-ideology as an essential pillar to achieve endless economic growth. For instance, the Australian government prioritises tourism as a “supergrowth industry”, accounting for almost 10% of “exports” in 2017-18.

Out of crisis comes creativity

Many are desperate to ensure business continues as usual. “If people will not travel,” said Ariel Cohen of California-based business travel agency TripActions, “the economy will grind to a halt.”

COVID-19 is a radical wake-up call to this way of thinking. Even if Cohen is right, that economic reality now needs to change to accommodate the more pressing public health reality.

It is a big economic hit, but crisis invites creativity. Grounded business travellers are realising virtual business meetings work satisfactorily. Conferences are reorganising for virtual sessions. Arts and cultural events and institutions are turning to live streaming to connect with audiences.

In Italian cities under lockdown, residents have come out on their balconies to create music as a community.

Local cafes and food co-ops, including my local, are reaching out with support for the community’s marginalised and elderly to ensure they are not forgotten.

These responses challenge the atomised individualism that has gone hand in hand with the consumerism of travel and tourism. This public health crisis reminds us our well-being depends not on being consumers but on being part of a community.




Read more:
Rethinking tourism so the locals actually benefit from hosting visitors


Staying closer to home could be a catalyst awakening us to the value of eating locally, travelling less and just slowing down and connecting to our community.

After this crisis passes, we might find the old business as usual less compelling. We might learn that not travelling long distances didn’t stop us travelling; it just enlivened us to the richness of local travel.The Conversation

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, University of South Australia

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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