There’s no denying that the coronavirus (and more annoyingly, Omicron) has pressed pause on many people’s travel plans so far in 2022. But as restrictions begin to ease in certain parts of the world and people are starting to dream about getting out and exploring again, we thought it was time to start providing you with a little bit of travel inspiration for later in the year.

For the next few months, we’re going to approach our popular month-by-month travel guides a little differently. Normally, we’d help you choose your next destination for an international adventure, without having to trawl through endless travel mags and guidebooks for answers. Instead, we’re celebrating our brand new range of local experiences and encouraging people all around the world to travel a little closer to home right now.

Aussies, listen up! Here are our recommendations for your close-to-home adventures this September.

Top 10 Australia Tours September 2023

Departing Days From AUD
1 Sep 2023
Wild Kimberley Overland
11 4095
1 Sep 2023
Dampier Peninsula & the Kimberley Coast
2 1095
1 Sep 2023
The Great Kimberley Overland
13 5300
1 Sep 2023
Queensland Daintree Explorer
5 3085
2623
1 Sep 2023
Wild Kimberley Overland
11 4945
1 Sep 2023
Walk Western Australia's Kalbarri & Coral Coast
8 4199
3570
2 Sep 2023
Perth to Broome Overland Adventure
10 3495
2 Sep 2023
Kangaroo Island Adventure
5 2160
1840
2 Sep 2023
Trek the Larapinta Trail
5 2770
2355
2 Sep 2023
Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure
4 1900
1615
2 Sep 2023
Hike Western Australia's Cape to Cape Track
8 2680
2278
2 Sep 2023
Darwin to Broome Overland Adventure
10 3995
2 Sep 2023
Broome to Darwin Overland Adventure
10 3995
2 Sep 2023
Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure
4 1845
1569
2 Sep 2023
Broome to Perth Overland Adventure
10 3395
2 Sep 2023
Top End & Kakadu Explorer
6 2955
2512
2 Sep 2023
Fraser Island (K’gari) Adventure
3 895
761
3 Sep 2023
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Adventure
6 2150
1828
4 Sep 2023
Margaret River & Albany Adventure
5 2440
2074
4 Sep 2023
Walk South Australia's Flinders Ranges
7 3359
2856
5 Sep 2023
Broome to the Bungle Bungles
5 2045
5 Sep 2023
Broome to the Bungle Bungles
5 2395
6 Sep 2023
Uluru & Kings Canyon Express
3 1295
1101
8 Sep 2023
The Great Kimberley Overland
13 6295
9 Sep 2023
Sydney to Cairns Adventure
14 8745
7434
9 Sep 2023
Sydney to Brisbane Adventure
7 3640
3094
9 Sep 2023
Walk the Grampians Peaks Trail
6 2880
2448
9 Sep 2023
Walk Queensland's Scenic Rim
5 2075
1764
9 Sep 2023
Cycle South Australia's Wine Regions
6 2660
2261
9 Sep 2023
East Coast Encompassed
18 11920
10132
10 Sep 2023
Queensland Coast & Islands Adventure
7 3140
2669
10 Sep 2023
West Coast & Ningaloo Reef Adventure (Northbound)
7 3495
2971
10 Sep 2023
Red Centre & Uluru Explorer
6 2975
2529
10 Sep 2023
Tasmanian Explorer
9 4970
4225
10 Sep 2023
Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain Explorer
5 2665
2266
12 Sep 2023
Hike the Great Ocean Road
7 3069
2609
13 Sep 2023
Premium Red Centre & Uluru
6 5595
4756
14 Sep 2023
South Australia Outback Adventure
10 3980
3383
15 Sep 2023
Brisbane to Cairns Adventure
8 4610
3919
15 Sep 2023
Brisbane to the Daintree Discovery
12 7820
6647
15 Sep 2023
Hobart & Southern Tasmania Explorer
4 1995
1696
15 Sep 2023
Cycle the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail: Beechworth to Bright
4 1315
1118
16 Sep 2023
Uluru & Kings Canyon Family Adventure
4 1740
1479
16 Sep 2023
West Coast & Ningaloo Reef Adventure (Southbound)
7 3495
2971
16 Sep 2023
Walk Victoria's High Country
5 2099
1785
16 Sep 2023
Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Family Adventure
4 1825
1552
17 Sep 2023
Walk the Blue Mountains
4 1380
1173
19 Sep 2023
Walk the Tasman Peninsula
4 1765
1501
20 Sep 2023
Kimberley Family Holiday
5 1595
22 Sep 2023
Walk Tasmania's East Coast
5 2499
2125

1. If you’re based in Tasmania…

Travellers at the Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires. Image by Damien Raggatt.

Tasmanians are blessed with plenty of wild, natural landscapes to explore to help them shake off the cabin fever from staying home. The Bay of Fires is a bucket-list destination for many; spanning over 50 kilometres, this stretch of coastline is well-known for its fiery orange boulder-clad landscape and rugged beauty. But Tassie is not only about the great outdoors. As restrictions for restaurants, cafes and wineries begin to ease, there is no shortage of local producers to support. Indulge in a cheese tasting at Ashgrove Farm near Launceston, a glass of local pinot noir near Wineglass Bay or fresh seafood in the state’s capital of Hobart.

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2. If you’re based in Victoria…

Female traveller on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road. Image by Matt Freer.

Victorians are spoiled for choice when it comes to short breaks, but there is nothing more iconic than a road trip down the Great Ocean Road. Some brisk, sea air will be just what the doctor ordered after months of being cooped up at home, and with the weather beginning to warm up in September, there’s no better time to hit the open road. Stop for photo opportunities at sites such as the world-famous 12 Apostles or keep an eye out for whales in Warrnambool.

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3. If you’re based in New South Wales or Canberra…

There has been some controversy around Sydneysiders flocking to popular beaches during lockdown, but as restrictions ease, there will be ample opportunity to enjoy some authorised time on the coast. Bondi is a crowd-favourite with locals and foreigners alike, but if you are looking to get out of the city, Byron Bay is an excellent option. This laid-back coastal town has plenty of incredible local produce to taste, beach walks to be had and, in the spirit of the hippie-culture it's famous for, many a sunrise yoga session on offer. Plus, visit a local B-Corp Brewery for a tour and the chance to sample some local, sustainably brewed beer.

Top trips:

VISIT BYRON BAY ON OUR BRAND NEW 4-DAY INTREPID RETREAT

4. If you’re based in Queensland…

The Daintree. Image by Pat O'Neill.

 

Queenslanders have an endless array of beautiful places to visit. From catching some waves along the Gold Coast to relaxing in the sun in Noosa or heading out to Fraser Island to spot local wildlife such as dingoes, there’s plenty to see and do in the southern half of the state. If you’re able to head further north, the Great Barrier Reef is just as impressive for locals as it is to foreigners. Spend a day snorkelling off the beach, or head out on a boat from Cairns if you can. A drive up to Cape Tribulation – where the rainforest meets the reef – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Daintree is the world’s most ancient rainforest, containing flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world, so a guided walk with a local in the area is a must

Top trips:

VISIT THE DAINTREE ON OUR BRAND NEW 5-DAY INTREPID RETREAT

5. If you’re based in the Northern Territory…

Northern Territory locals have some of the most iconic Australian landmarks within their borders. Depending on where in the territory you’re based, it might be quite a road trip to Uluru, but if you have the time, it’s definitely worth it. If you’re based in Darwin, you might like to head to Litchfield National Park for trail walking and waterfall swimming for a day. Or, for a multi-day trip, you can’t go past Kakadu National Park. Spend your time getting back to nature, spotting crocs on a boat trip down the Alligator River, chasing as many waterfalls as you can or checking out the famous First Nations rock art at Nourlangie.

Top trips:

VISIT ULURU ON OUR 3-DAY ULURU ADVENTURE

6. If you’re based in Western Australia…

Cable beach

Cable Beach. Image via Shutterstock.

Considering Western Australia is almost as big as Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria combined, there is no reason why locals should need to cross state borders for a short break. For a tropical getaway, head to Broome and spend some time recharging on the white sands of Cable Beach. From here, you can head east to the Kimberley, a tranquil region renowned for its spectacular landscapes, First Nations culture and abundance of waterholes waiting to be explored. Spend nights glamping under the stars and days reconnecting with nature and never worrying about social distancing from crowds of people.

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VISIT THE KIMBERLEY ON OUR BRAND NEW 6-DAY WEST KIMBERLEY ADVENTURE

7. If you’re based in South Australia…

Adelaide sometimes gets a bad rap from Aussies in other states, but local South Australians know their capital city is worth visiting and doubles as a great base for day trips to other regions. Kangaroo Island is a must-do for any Aussie. Don't miss the chance to support the bushfire stricken community as they rebuild, and see some pretty amazing native wildlife while you're at it. Otherwise, if you’re a fan of wine (and let’s face it, what self-respecting South Australian isn’t!) you have the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Coonawarra wine regions all within reach for tasty local produce, spectacular countryside views and, of course, delicious wine.

Top trips:

VISIT KANGAROO ISLAND ON OUR 2-DAY ADVENTURE

If you're an Aussie, looking to travel a little closer to home right now you should check out our exciting new range of local experiences, created by locals, for locals.

Not looking to travel in September? No worries, here's the rest of the year, and the rest of the world!

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April
May
June
July
August

September
October 
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December

or check out our full list of monthly destination guides.

UPDATED: This article was originally published in June 2018, updated in January 2022

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Both states have an abundance of natural beauty including jaw-dropping national parks and endless sandy beaches so settling the debate of the Northern Territory vs Western Australia is a hard one. Both bursting with Aboriginal culture, vibrant and multicultural cities, and more wildlife than you'll be able to spot, each region is breathtaking in its own way. 

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