With dramatic bush fires wreaking havoc across multiple areas of Australia in the last few weeks, we wanted to use this year’s Australia Day as an opportunity to raise awareness of what a beautiful and resilient country the land Down Under truly is.
Keep reading to discover more about some of our favourite (and completely unaffected) Aussie destinations and to find out how you can help support those who have been impacted by the fires.
Where Is Affected And Where Isn't?
A continent-sized country, Australia is absolutely huge, covering nearly 3 million square miles of land and with a coastline stretching over 16,000 miles. So, while the devastation caused by the bush fires is certainly awful and unprecedented, it is important to recognise that the vast majority of the country is totally unaffected. Our experts are regularly in touch with our partners on the ground to ensure we know if and when the fires (which have so far mainly been limited to rural areas in New South Wales, Victoria and Kangaroo Island) might spread.
When Should I Go?
Whenever you like! A common misconception means that many people view Australia as simply a winter sun destination. In fact, many areas of the country enjoy warm temperatures and dry conditions during our summer too. So whether you want to go wine tasting or whale watching, croc-hunting or catamaran-cruising, our experts will be able to tailor-make a trip at a time that suits you.
Where Should I Go?
The options are endless and really depend on what you want to see and do. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, these are some of our highlights…
- Swim with whale sharks around the beautiful Ningaloo Reef which can be found off the north coast of Western Australia
- See the sun rise over Uluru with a local Aboriginal guide in the richly colourful and cultural Red Centre
- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and spot turtles off the coast of Queensland
- Look for exotic birdlife in the world’s oldest rainforest, The Daintree
- Browse the numerous cafes and quirky independent shops along Brunswick Street in Melbourne
- Go on a luxury cruise to take in the incredibly remote and epic scenery in the northern Kimberley Region
- Sip on world-class wine while watching kangaroos hop by in South Australia’s Barossa Valley
- Go on a road trip around Tasmania, enjoying some of Australia’s best foodie culture and embracing natural beauty (like that at Freycinet's Wineglass Bay, above) at every turn.
- Join the local surfers and ride a wave all the way to the beach in Byron Bay
- Travel the length of the country by rail on the iconic and luxurious Ghan Expedition train
How Can I Help?
One of the best ways to help Australia recover from the damage caused by the bush fires is to travel there. As a country who relies heavily on tourism, Australians needs visitors to support its local businesses now more than ever; so go and enjoy their local produce, travel with their local guides and stay in their independently run hotels.
Alternatively, if a trip to Australia isn’t on the cards for you this year but you’d still like to do your bit, you can also make a donation to one of the charities or organisations helping to support people on the ground. Below are some of the best.
To help people:
Australian Red Cross - Help the Red Cross provide practical, local support to people on the ground
NSW Rural Fire Service - Donate directly to the NSW Rural Fire Service who are on the frontline battling the fires
Victoria County Fire Authority - Donate directly to the communities and firefighters affected by the fires in Victoria
To help wildlife:
(WIRES) Wildlife Rescue and Education Service - Help WIRES provide support to groups rescuing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife across Australia