Launceston - Australian City

Top Australian Cities and Towns to Visit on Your Next Staycation

Have you visited all of the capital cities of Australia and are you now wondering where to have your next Australian Staycation? With the help of top travel bloggers, we have put together some of the top Australian cities and towns to visit on your next staycation.

From Agnes Waters in Queensland to Wallaroo in South Australia we have some of the best Australian cities and some of the best Australian towns for you to consider for your next holiday.

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see our disclosure for more information.

Join our Staycation Australia Facebook Group here for the latest Staycation Australia ideas.

Contents

New South Wales

Berry by Holly Kent of Globeblogging – a favourite Australian Country Town

Berry in NSW
Berry

The South Coast region of NSW offers a stunning coastline bordered by pristine National Park just two hours from Sydney. The quaint and historic village of Berry is a country escape with the best of both worlds. Situated just a short drive from the Shoalhaven wineries and the beautiful Kangaroo Valley for outdoor adventure and wildlife spotting. The beaches of Gerringong and Shoalhaven Heads are just 10 minutes drive away, making Berry the getaway with something to offer everyone.

Food and wine are a big part of the Berry culture. The region has a booming food trade focused on local and seasonal produce. Head to Mountain Ridge wines for their restaurant featuring a top-notch menu of local produce designed to complement different wines and catch some live music while you’re there. The sweet tooths need to swing by the Treat Factory for handcrafted chocolates, sweets and preserves and the adjoining Dairy Bar showcasing products made with award-winning South Coast milk. Berry is also known for its boutique shopping and unique finds. Stop by when the markets are on to sample the best the region has to offer.

For the unique and historic accommodation option, Coolangatta Estate is worth a look. It was the location of the first European settlement of the South Coast in 1822, and a number of the original buildings have now been converted into accommodation options,

Mudgee by Jane Dempster-Smith of Staycation Australia – one of the popular Towns in Australia for wine Growing

Mudgee
Mudgee

One of Australia’s great country towns is Mudgee in NSW just 3.5 hours from Sydney by car. Mudgee is located in the Cudgegong River Valley. The aboriginal name means ‘nest in the hills”.

Mudgee is a historic town with many of its buildings dating back to the 1800s.

Mudgee is also one of NSW’s premier wine-growing regions. You will be spoilt for choice with over 35 family-owned cellar doors to choose from.  Not only is Mudgee famous for its wine, but it excels in its local produce, cheese, gin and whiskey and more.

Many of the cellar doors offer platters with their wine tasting and a firm favourite is Moothi Estate.  Two of the top restaurants in the region is The Zin House in the Lowe Family Winery and the Pipeclay Pumphouse at the Robert Stein Vineyard and Winery. Bookings are recommended.

If you are a fan of Farmer’s Markets plan your staycation to include the third Saturday of the month where can you enjoy the best of local cheeses, artisan bread, fruit and vegetables, jams, wines and more in the scenic Robertson Park.

Mudgee has a variety of accommodations from motels, hotels, cabins and cottages.  You may want to consider staying at the Peppertree Hill accommodation just 12 km from the town with their range of cottages to suit families and groups. Peppertree Hill is a working farm and each cottage has spectacular views over the countryside.

Pokolbin by Alyse of The Invisible Tourist – A small Australian Town That is Definitely Worth a Visit

Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley
Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley

When thinking about regional towns to visit on a staycation in Australia, you can’t really go wrong with Pokolbin, centrally located within the Hunter Valley, NSW. Despite being famous country-wide for its lush vineyards and wine tasting, there is much more to experience in the region than sampling some of the best drops Australia has to offer!

It’s definitely worth spending a few nights to enjoy the area to its fullest. Stay in a locally-run B&B such as the Grange on Hermitage where kangaroos hop around the property at dawn or even try glamping in a TinyHouse beneath the stars. At the cellar doors, pair your wine tastings with delicious local specialities such as cheeses and produce or even chocolates for those with a sweet tooth.

A highlight for me was indulging in the amazing honey-flavoured dessert wine at Briar Ridge and grazing on their famed antipasto platters whilst enjoying a leafy outlook.

Even if you’re not a wine drinker, there are still plenty of fun things to do in the Hunter Valley! Why not explore the vineyards on horseback, enjoy the country scenery on an electric bike or have a laugh whilst grape stomping?

For those special occasions, consider taking to the skies in a helicopter or hot air balloon to admire the region from above. Don’t miss the beautiful and popular themed Hunter Valley Gardens, a must-see during your time here!

Northern Territory

Alice Springs by Rosalind Cuthbertson of Road Trip Australia – One of the Best Australian Cities in the Outback

Alice Springs
Alice Springs

Alice Springs sits in the rusty red heart of Australia. The town’s isolation has produced a cast of characters unique to the Australian outback.

For thousands of years, the region has been home to the Arrernte people and was known as Mparntwe. To learn more about their rich cultural history make sure to visit the Araluen Cultural Precinct where you can learn about the Yeperenye Dreaming and see the paintings of Albert Namatjira and other talented local artists.

European settlement began in 1872 with the Overland Telegraph Line and you can see reminders of this pioneering past at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. Surrounded by moonlike rocky outcrops and perched along the dried banks of the Todd River you will find a series of well-preserved buildings that tell the history of the telegraph station.

The Royal Flying Doctor and the Alice Springs School of the Air have made a huge difference to the lives of the people of the outback and a visit to The Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum and the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitors Centre is an absolute must. Here you can discover the vision of Reverend John Flynn and hear the story of these two outback essential services.

Alice Springs is surrounded by the majestic MacDonnell Ranges and one of the best places to capture their beauty is at Simpson’s Gap. A short drive from Alice Springs the Gap has a picturesque walking trail that highlights the local flora and fauna.

Alice Springs is also a steppingstone to the grandeur of Uluru, and you will find a selection of tours to take you there.

Queensland

Agnes Water by Chris Fry of The Aquarius Traveller – The Perfect Australian Seaside Town

Agnes Water
Agnes Water

Looking for your next beachside staycation, then imagine a small seaside town along the coast of Queensland. Agnes Water is located 5.5 hours north of Brisbane and has a population of just over 2000 people and sort out for those chasing endless surfing beaches.

This quiet little place draws a lot of campers, and you can enjoy several options like The Agnes Waters Beach Holidays Caravan Park or even the fixed cabins by the beach. Additionally, you have the week-long stays in holiday homes for the larger groups, resort accommodation, or even backpacker style for those on a budget.

Are you looking for a romantic weekend away with that special someone, getting away with the kids, or a group catch-up with your friends? Agnes Water has what you’re looking for with swimming, surfing, fishing, or boating in the many areas from Agnes to nearby Seventeen Seventy. It’s where the opportunities are limitless for relaxing or chilling on the beach, surfing the days away, or enjoying some small-town hospitality.

While you’re there, you can try some of the fresh seafood dishes at Coral Sea Seafood and Takeaways, or alternatively, at other café’s or restaurants. If you’re here on a budget, then you can easily pick up something at the local grocery store and prepare a delectable meal yourself.

Airlie Beach by Jan Robinson of Budget Travel Talk – A popular Australian Beach Holiday destination

Shute Harbour Airlie Beach
Shute Harbour Airlie Beach

Driving through the cane fields into the North Queensland town of Airlie Beach, it is mandatory to start humming Gang Gajang’s This is Australia.

The warmer months at Airlie Beach leave no doubt that the land of the Indigenous Ngaro people is planted firmly in the Tropics. Sunny warm days, tailor-made for Whitsunday Islands and beaches like stunning Whitehaven Beach followed by starry nights chilling in open-air bars and restaurants are a Staycationer’s dream.

Daydream, Whitsunday, Hook, Hamilton, Hayman are some of the many islands in the Whitsunday Group and Airlie Beach is the port of entry for all of them.

Cooling off on-shore is as simple as lazing in the Airlie Beach lagoon pools right on the waterfront or the natural rainforest pool beneath Cedar Falls some 30 km inland.

Nearby Cape Gloucester and Hydeaway Bay make a great day trip from Airlie Beach and the drive there through farmland is a delightful introduction to the area. Look out for farm stalls selling tropical produce.

Cannonvale was once a seaside village in it’s own right but is now generally considered part of Airlie Beach. Shute Harbour Road goes through Cannonvale just prior to reaching downtown Airlie Beach.

With both indoor and outdoor seating and an extensive menu and price range, Banjo’s Bar and Bistro in Cannonvale is a great choice for dinner and within walking distance of Seabreeze Tourist Park.

We recommend staying at the Seabreeze Tourist Park in Cannonvale. It is minutes away from Abell Point Marina and the starting point of the Bicentennial Walk into Airlie Beach. Choose between powered/unpowered sites, Bali Style Villas, Cabins, Studio Room and Bungalows.

Bundaberg by Rosalind Cuthbertson of Frequent Traveller – One of the Best Cities in Queensland to live and to Visit

The town of Bundaberg
Bundaberg

To Australians Bundaberg instantly conjures up images of Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Sugar, products of the regions thriving sugar industry. Although sugar is an important part of Bundaberg’s DNA there are many more attractions to see when visiting Bundaberg.

Showcasing the best of both worlds, Bundaberg has a city life with a vibrant dining scene and the picturesque golden beaches of the Coral Sea are a short 15 km drive away. Add one of the best climates in the world and you have the perfect holiday destination. 

When visiting the city take a step back in time to learn about Bundaberg pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Stop in at the cellar door of the Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company to sample a delicious range of artisan gin and gin liqueurs.

The Bundaberg area has a great selection of beaches and one of the most popular is Kelly’s Beach at Bargara. This is the perfect place to enjoy a day of surf and sun or take a break and savour the laid back beach vibe at one of the restaurants and cafes that line the foreshore.

If you are looking for natural wonders, you are in for a treat as Mon Repos Beach plays host to nesting marine turtles between the months of November and March. During these times you can take a Mon Repos Turtle Encounter to watch loggerhead turtles lay their eggs or later in the season, see baby turtles hatch.

As you can see there is a lot to do in the Bundaberg region. When we visit, we always stay at The Point Resort Bargara which is an oceanfront holiday apartment complex within walking distance to both Kelly’s Beach and the restaurants of Bargara.

South Australia

Coober Pedy by Sharon Gourlay of Baby Journey – A unique Australian Country Town

Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy

If you are looking for somewhere truly unique for your next staycation, head straight to Coober Pedy!

This outback town is located about 8 hours drive from Adelaide on the Stuart Highway on your way to Alice Springs. Famous for its opals and underground living, Coober Pedy is full of interesting attractions and activities, a great range of accommodation and just the unique experience of being somewhere that definitely won’t fade into the other places you visit.

When it comes to attractions, the first place to visit should be the Old Timers Mine and Museum. Here you can learn about Coober Pedy’s past while exploring old mining tunnels, a museum and an old 1920s underground home. It’s a great introduction to the town.

Next up, head to Tom’s Working Opal Mine where you can learn more about the mining process and fossick for your own opals on site.

Make sure you don’t miss a visit to the Big Winch on a hill in the centre of town for views all around.

An attraction in itself, staying in underground accommodation is a must to get the full Coober Pedy experience. I recommend the Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience which has underground suites.

Mount Gambier by Josie Kelsh of Exploring South Australia – A fun City in South Australia with a Lot to Offer the Traveller

Blue Lake Mount Gambier
Blue Lake Mount Gambier

For your next staycation, visit Mount Gambier on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. It is an easy day’s drive from both Adelaide and Melbourne, with plenty to do and see along the way.


Once you arrive in Mount Gambier, spend your time exploring the attractions right in town, like the Blue Lake and Umpherston’s Sinkhole. Watch the free movie about the volcanic history of the area, and enjoy the nighttime light show in the Cave Gardens.


It’s not just things to do in town, there are also many nearby attractions to keep you busy. Taste some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world in the nearby Coonawarra wine region, go snorkelling in the freshwater Picininnie Ponds or visit Cape Northumberland, the southern-most point in South Australia. 


In summer, swim at the beautiful beaches of Port MacDonnell or Beachport, or take a dip in a sinkhole at the Little Blue Lake.

In winter go exploring at Ghost Mushroom Lane to see the spooky fungi glow in the depths of the pine forest.


For a true foodie experience, eat wagyu beef at Mayura Station. It’s a little out of town, but is very popular. Bookings are required. For a little indulgence, call past Scroll Queen, for the best scrolls around. Look out for gluten-free and vegan options on Saturdays.


For a unique place to stay, try the Old Mount Gambier Gaol, or if a renovated cell does not appeal, The Barn is not what it’s name suggests either, but a very comfortable base for your staycation.

Wallaroo by Lauren Lee of South Australia Road Trips – South Australia’s perfect Coastal Town To Visit

Wallaroo
Wallaroo

Located on the beautiful Yorke Peninsula, Wallaroo is a stunning coastal town and should be on everyone’s list to visit. With its jetty, beaches and quaint main street Wallaroo has you covered when you come to stay. 


Being an easy 2-hour drive from Adelaide, this seaside paradise is on the traditional lands of the Narungga people. Wallaroo is also part of the Copper Triangle, famous for its copper mining, and is one of the three main towns making up the triangle, with the others being Kadina and Moonta. 


Wallaroo is famous for its coastline and perfect for anyone who loves the ocean. Home to some of Yorke Peninsula’s best beaches the spectacular North Beach can be driven on ready for a family day out on the beach. Being located high on the Spencer Gulf the surf is essentially non-existent making it a safer option for small children.

If fishing is more your thing the Wallaroo jetty has you covered. At 869m in length and water up to 10m deep it is perfect for anyone hoping to catch dinner. Please note that ships do dock at this jetty and the end of the jetty is closed during these times. 


Where to stay – Wallaroo has an abundance of holiday houses but I suggest staying at the Wallaroo Marina Apartments, which overlooks the marina or Mac’s Villas, which is located on Office Beach in the heart of town. 


Where to eat –  There are a range of great cafes and pubs in Wallaroo but you can’t go past the Jetty Road Bakehouse for a freshly made pie or Cornish pasty, which the region is also famous for. 


If you are travelling SA be sure to stop by the beautiful township of Wallaroo. 

Tasmania

Launceston by Raksha Nagaraj of Solo Passport – Tasmania’s second Largest City

Launceston
Launceston

Tasmania’s second-largest city, Launceston, is one of the vibrant cities in Australia. It is also Australia’s third oldest city. Known for its gorgeous landscapes, delicious food and lively culture, the city of Launceston is truly the heart and soul of Tasmania. The best time to visit Launceston is in the summer season (between the months of December and February).

As Launceston is a popular destination, there are all kinds of accommodation options for every traveller. Ranging from budget to luxurious travellers, the city has a lot of hotels and motels. Olde Tudor Hotel is one of those stay options that is very comfortable and spacious.

Launceston has plenty of things to do in and around the city, especially with the famous Cataract Gorge. Located on South Esk River, Cataract Gorge is a river gorge and is one of the main tourist attractions. Cataract Gorge has the world’s longest single-span chairlift with a span of 457 metres.

Catering for every cuisine and food lover, the city is also home to many quaint cafes and restaurants and has some of the best and fresh food in the state. Launceston is also surrounded by vineyards of the Tamar Valley along the Tamar River.

Launceston does not disappoint the adventure seekers as well and the city has a lot of walking trails that offer great adventures. The walking trails range between one and multiple days with very good camping grounds.

Port Arthur by Paula Barnes of Truly Expat – a great Australian Country Town with History To match

Port Arthur in Tasmania
Port Arthur

When we think of Tasmania, we tend to think only of Hobart. Still, people don’t realise that Tasmania has so many other beautiful places to visit with fantastic scenery that is rich in history.

You can not come to a place like Port Arthur without visiting Port Arthur Historic Site. Long before the gruesome news headlines put this place on the international map, it was a place full of Australian history. 

Apart from the many sites honouring those who have lost their lives here: there is a once active gaol and a historical boat tour. You will be swept back in time during your visit to get a first-hand glimpse of the old Van Diemens Land.

While in Port Arthur, another great place to visit is the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. You could combine the two and go on a tour or head out to the lavender farm on your way to Port Arthur Historic Site. Whether you choose to go on a self-guided tour or stay for lunch and enjoy one of the lavender inspired dishes, the place is too pretty not to visit; you’ll want to start snapping photos as soon as you arrive. 

Port Arthur Resort is only a 20-minute walk to Port Arthur Historic Site. 

Situated amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and caters for all groups of people. Each room has a kitchenette, free wifi and access to an outdoor BBQ. Great value for money option. 

Stanley by Sharon Gourlay of Tasmania Explorer – a Must Visit Australian Country Town

Stanley Tasmania
Stanley

A fabulous place to visit for your next Australian staycation is Stanley on Tasmania’s North West coast. If you like your destinations to come with history, beauty and beaches as well as a good dose of atmosphere, Stanley is the right place to head.

Stanley is easy to reach by car from the Devonport ferry terminal or airport. It’s only a small town with around 550 people but there’s plenty to do and many accommodation options. It’s a beautiful spot as it’s located on a small isthmus surrounded by sea on the Bass Strait with The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug, as its backdrop.

The Nut is the main attraction in town and you can either hike up here or get a chair lift. The views from the top are amazing and there’s a good hike around the top. It’s bigger than you might think.

The town was settled by Europeans in 1825. There are many historic buildings in town, some of which you can stay in. It gives it a great atmosphere. A popular historic building to visit is the Highfield Historic Site Homestead, built in 1835. Here, you can learn about the early days of European settlement.

There are many other options of things to do like exploring the Tarkine,  the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia. You can also watch the fairy penguins come in on the beach in the evening.

A good place to head for dinner is the Stanley Hotel. For a beautiful place to stay, book the Horizon Deluxe Apartments.

Victoria

Geelong By Audrey Chalmers Of See Geelong – One of Victoria’s popular Cities to Visit

Geelong Waterfront
Geelong waterfront

Geelong isn’t well known outside of Australia, but the city has been a favourite getaway spot for domestic travellers for decades.

Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne this beautiful bayside town is a super fun holiday destination with loads of cafes and bars, boutique wineries, distilleries, galleries and museums, and vibrant festivals and events.

A highlight of any visit to the city is the spectacular north-facing waterfront. The whole area is covered in manicured lawns and gardens, public artworks, as well as restaurants and bars.

There are heaps of activities for both young and old from Segway tours to Harley Davidson and helicopter rides, to the historic carousel and Giant Sky Wheel there’s something for everyone.

One of the most popular areas of the foreshore is Eastern Beach. Built in the 1930s the precinct has a distinct old-world charm with its art deco pavilion and stunning promenade that encloses the sea baths – complete with a shark-proof fence!

The waterfront also plays host to many of Geelong’s fabulous festivals such as the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the Festival Of Sails, and the Geelong Revival Motoring Event.

Other favourite festivals in Geelong include the prestigious Australian International Air Show, the multi-cultural Pako Festa and the Great Australian Beer Festival. It’s always a good idea to time your visit for when one of these events is on as this is when the town really comes alive. 

Halls Gap by Bec Wyld of Wyld Family Travel – Country Town in Victoria – Perfect for your next Staycation

If you are looking for the perfect base for your Grampians adventure, then Halls Gap is the place for you.
This gorgeous little town is nestled in the heart of the Grampians National Park and is the gateway to all of your adventures.

While not a large town you will find all of the necessities in the town and there is an abundance of accommodation options for every traveller. The YHA Ecolodge is a wonderful place to stay with budget accommodation for singles, couples and families.


From Halls Gap, you can plan the perfect staycation. You can get back to nature with many of the hikes that are located within the national park. There is a hike for all levels but it is always recommended that you let someone know when and where you are going, in case of trouble. Some you can walk to from your accommodation and some have a designated car park where you start and return to.


Many people come to Halls Gap and the Grampians to chase waterfalls and they are magnificent. McKenzie Falls are harder to get right down the bottom to but you can walk around the top of the falls on viewing platforms that give you a wonderful view of them. Silverband Falls are great for people who don’t want to hike far or families with small children. The path to them while gravel is relatively smooth and easy to walk on. It is also not far from the car park.


If you visit Halls Gap and the weather is clear you must visit the Pinnacles. The views over the Grampians National Park are spectacular and definitely ones that will stick in your mind. If the weather isn’t completely clear still visit to see if it clears when you are there. Walking through the mist is an experience in itself.


If you’ve had your fill of nature and waterfalls you can sample some magnificent local food from the area. Paper, rock, scissors is a great local microbrewery that serves some delicious meals to go with their craft beer. 5 Ducks farm is a slice of heaven and makes the most wonderful tasting jams, relishes and chutneys for you to buy and take home. There are also wineries in abundance, all with magnificent selections with epic views to take in as well.

For a bit of fun, there are also the Halls Gap E-bikes. You can hire these small motorised bikes for 30 minutes to 2 hours and zip around the town or even all the way out to Lake Bellfield.


Last but not least a visit to the Halls Gap Zoo is a must for adults and kids alike. It is the largest regional zoo in Victoria and there are always some hungry goats and kangaroos for you to feed there.


There is just so much to do in Halls Gap to make your staycation absolutely unforgettable.

Lakes Entrance by Mark Wyld of Travels in Gippsland – Victoria’s popular coastal Town

Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance

3 hours east of Melbourne you will find Lakes Entrance, the holiday capital of the Gippsland Lakes in East Gippsland Victoria. Lakes as its known locally provides you with many water activity options such as fishing, boating, surfing, swimming and more.

During the summer months, the town’s population swells with holidaymakers looking for sun and sand experiences. 

Lakes Entrance is aptly known because it is the only place on the coast that the ocean meets the lake via an entrance. This makes Lakes Entrance a hot spot for ocean creatures. You will regularly see seals and Dolphins. The Burrunan Dolphins are not found anywhere else on Earth besides the lakes system of Gippsland.

Some of the best activities in Lakes Entrance including the newly established Segway tour, cruises on the Gippsland Lakes, mini-golf, camel rides along the beach or visit one of the local wineries and breweries.

For those looking for somewhere to stay, we recommend Whiters Big 4 Village or the Esplanade Resort and Spa. The other nearby towns on the lakes system to visit include Metung and Paynesville.

The famous Raymond Island Koala walk is easily accessed from Paynesville. You will be able to find plenty of things to do in Lakes Entrance on your visit to Gippsland.

Western Australia

Denham – Shark Bay by Natalie Klein Of Curious Campers – one of Australia’s remote Country Towns

Shark Bay
Shark Bay

Denham is 800km north of Perth on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. It is a remote town but its location in the Shark Bay World Heritage area makes it a top place to visit. From Denham, explore everything from the area’s abundant marine life to the coastline where red sea cliffs meet turquoise blue water.

A couple of highlights of the Shark Bay precinct include the Hamelin Pool stromatolites and Shell Beach. At Shell Beach, the shore is made up entirely of millions of tiny white cockle shells. Monkey Mia is also part of the Shark Bay region. Just 20 minutes from Denham, you can see the famous Monkey Mia dolphins or head out on a cruise to spot dugongs.

The Francois Peron National Park is on Denham’s doorstep. In your own 4WD or on a tour you can see the amazing rust-red cliffs at Skipjack Point and Bottle Bay. The reef at Bottle Bay is great for snorkelling too. At lookouts around the park, you can spot turtles, dolphins, sharks and rays in the clear shallow water.

There are campgrounds in Francois Peron National Park, and you can stay in Monkey Mia at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. There are also a couple of caravan parks in Denham. A good base for your stay is the Denham Seaside Caravan Park. It is close to the main street, the supermarket and the beach. Also, check out the Old Pearler Restaurant to try some of Denham’s amazing seafood.

Lancelin by Kenny Chow of Knycx Journeying – One of Western Australia’s Smallest Towns

Lancelin
Lancelin

Travelling to a remote area can be exciting and adventurous; the north of Perth has a lot of places like that to explore. On top of that, the region has national reserves, beaches, dramatic shorelines, and diverse rock formation that is perfect for road trippers to explore and take memorable pictures on a city getaway.   

Lancelin is a small town with a population of 800; it’s an approximately one-and-a-half hours’ drive from the city of Perth, and it’s a great pitstop to further explore any other point of interest including Lake Thetis and the Pinnacles Desert.  

Check in to an intimate Lancelin Beach Hotel in Lancelin and enjoy a lovely meal at Lobster Trap Café. Going out, the city is close to a number of beaches for surfers, divers, and swimmers, there are many locations to birdwatch if that’s up to your alley.

You simply cannot leave Lancelin without sandboarding. It would be a highlight of your visit because Lancelin is nearby the largest sand dune in Western Australia. For something even more thrilling, hop on a dune buggy or motorbike – driving across the sand dunes in the late afternoon and get ready to catch a romantic sunset in the evening on the sand.   

Margaret River by Nadia Cuthbertson Of Perth Weekend – Popular Western Australian Country Town

Margaret River
Margaret River township

Margaret River is one of Australia’s top towns and an ideal destination for your next staycation. Margaret River is located around 300km south of Perth and is a small town nestled in between towering jarrah, paperbark, and karri trees.

Margaret River is a popular weekend getaway for people of Perth as well as an internationally adored destination, famous for its many wineries, gourmet food and beautiful natural landscapes.

The area is home to over 100 underground caves adorned with spectacular limestone crystal formations. The cave systems that were formed around one million years ago should not be missed! Visitors can embark on a variety of tours, either self-paced or guided, and marvel at the glittering stalactites and stalagmites.

Over 200 wineries call Margaret River home, so a tour of the region’s vineyards is a must for visitors. Many of the wineries are nationally and internationally celebrated as Australia’s South West produces outstanding cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes. Vasse Felix, the area’s first vineyard, is an ideal place to enjoy a gourmet lunch followed by a wine tasting. In winter visitors should find a cosy spot next to a fireplace with a view overlooking the crisp vineyard.

There are plenty of accommodation options around Margaret River to suit the needs of every traveller. Margaret River Guest House offers charming bed and breakfast style accommodation, situated in the heart of town. It’s a great option for visitors seeking comfort after a busy day exploring.

Conclusion

We hope you have enjoyed our article on the best Australian cities and towns. Which of these popular towns in Australia will be your next staycation.

Find more staycation Australia ideas here.

Are you on Pinterest? We are at Staycation Australia – follow our Australian travel boards for more travel inspirations.

Sign up for our regular newsletter here. We won’t spam you but we don’t want you to miss out on exciting destinations to discover in your own backyard.

If you have any questions or would like some advice we would love to hear from you.

You can reach us via our Facebook page or email us here.

You can even find us on Instagram and Youtube.

More travel inspirations for you:

Canberra Family Staycation

Perth Staycation Ideas

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *