5 inspiring ideas for an Aussie inland holiday

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Barrington Tops

Barrington Tops

Venture away from the coast to some of our fabulous hinterland regions, head further west from the east coast into our friendly and interesting inland towns, explore the interior of our country and experience the real outback!

Inland holidays give us the opportunity to learn about life in ‘the bush’; swim and fish in lakes, streams and creeks; delve into caves and climb mountains; soak up our pioneer history; pan for gold; ski and snowboard; learn about our true Aussie cowboys and Australia’s Indigenous heritage; find out first-hand how we farm and shear and muster; pick and eat fresh produce; sit around a campfire; find bush tucker; see galaxies and planets in the clear night sky … and so much more!

1. The Murray River

Australia’s longest river is the third longest navigable river in the world, after the Nile and the Amazon! It spans three states – NSW, Victoria and South Australia, meandering through great holiday towns including Albury (NSW)-Wodonga (VIC), Echuca, Moama, Mildura, Renmark and Goolwa.

2. Tamworth NSW

Tamworth – Australia’s Country Music capital – is nestled in the New England Region of NSW where national parks, waterways, horse riding trails, gold and gem fossicking, trout fishing and, yes, plenty of country music, are on the holiday checklist of fun activities!

3. Charleville QLD

Visit the largest town in south-west Queensland, with a history dating back to the 1840s! See The Royal Flying Doctor Base; spot rock wallabies and bilbies; stargaze at Cosmos Observatory, learn about top secret World War II events that actually happened in Charleville!

4. The Snowfields

Mt Hotham Image: iStock

In the warmer months and in the snow season our alpine areas are simply stunning places to escape on a family holiday. In Victoria, Mt Hotham, Mt Baw Baw and Falls Creek are popular family ski fields and in NSW, head to Thredbo and Perisher in the Snowy Mountains, home to our highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.

5. The ‘B’ towns!

Revisit history in Victoria’s Ballarat and Bendigo, and in Bathurst NSW and the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and try your hand at gold panning; get outdoors and breathe in the Victorian Alpine air in Bright, renowned for its caves, mountains, fishing and wildlife; explore Bairnsdale, the largest city in Victoria’s East Gippsland region, situated on the Mitchell River; discover nature at Barrington Tops National Park and surrounds in the NSW Hunter Valley; browse beautiful Bellingen in the heart of the Bellinger Valley on the NSW mid-north coast … in fact, pick any letter of the alphabet, find a town, and holiday somewhere exciting, different and fun in glorious inland Australia!

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