Exploring Australia

From the red centre to the blue sea - people are discovering Australia.

FROM the Red Centre to coastal wilderness, mighty rivers to remote ranges, and busy cities to quaint country towns, Australia is a diverse country – and it’s increasingly appealing to domestic travellers.

Grey nomads set off in their thousands when Covid limited international travel, and now many have been converted to the joy of finding out more about their own backyard. And they haven’t been disappointed.

Whether it’s the big lap, shorter trips to avoid winter cold, summer heat, rain or drought, or simply a holiday, domestic tourism has taken off.

“Domestic tourism is booming,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel. “Covid restrictions have lifted, there’s no quarantine and we are all free to travel again, but many are choosing to continue their adventures around Australia.”

In the June quarter this year, spending on accommodation, dining out and shopping, recorded the biggest increase since the start of the pandemic.

For a number of years, Paul has been planning innovative itineraries for travellers to see the country the easy way – by luxury coach.

“A spacious, air-conditioned luxury coach is the easiest, safest, and most comfortable way to go if you really want to get around this great country and learn more about it,” he says.

“And it seems increasing numbers of travellers are doing just that because domestic tourism is booming, and tours are filling fast as destinations find they are hitting peak numbers.”

There’s no shortage of variety. Be mesmerized by the autumn colours of the New England Tableland, explore the national capital, visit King Island in the middle of Bass Strait, venture into the Australian High Country or enter the world of the Top End.

Closer to home, take a quick getaway to Fraser Island and World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park and holiday in style while learning more about the beauty and history of locations that are right on our doorstep.

“People come from around the world to see these places and yet often we haven’t quite managed to get there ourselves,” Paul says. “If it’s on the list, then start making plans for 2023.”

Whether it’s seeing the glow worms while staying at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat, visiting the magnificent Everglade Gardens at Leura in the Blue Mountains, or heading for the sky at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Australia has a lot to offer.

CT Travel has prepared a range of exciting itineraries covering all the must-see experiences. The list of upcoming tours where you can choose your destination and duration, are on the CT Travel website.

Visit cttravel.com.au or call 07 53911648

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