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
1. If you’re based in Tasmania…
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.
- 4-day Walk Tasmania's Three Capes
- 6-day Highlights of Tasmania
- 6-day Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track
- 9-day Tasmanian Explorer
2. If you’re based in Victoria…
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.
- 4-day Cycle the Victorian High Country: Beechworth to Bright
- 4-day Walk the Victorian Alps
- 6-day Hike the Great Ocean Road
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.
- 4-day Walk the Blue Mountains
- 6-day New South Wales' Northern Rivers
- 7-day Sydney to Brisbane Adventure
- 18-day East Coast Encompassed
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
- 5-day Cycle South East Queensland: Islands, Beaches & Rail Trails
- 6-day Whitsunday Islands Explorer
- 7-day Queensland Coast & Islands Adventure
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.
- 4-day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure
- 6-day Red Centre Explorer
- 6-day East Arnhem Land Adventure
VISIT ULURU ON OUR 3-DAY ULURU ADVENTURE
6. If you’re based in Western Australia…
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.
- 5-day Broome to the Bungle Bungles
- 7-day West Coast & Ningaloo Reef Adventure (Northbound)
- 10-day Perth to Broome Overland Adventure
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.
- 6-day Cycle South Australia's Wine Regions
- 7-day Flinders Ranges Explorer
- 10-day South Australia Outback Adventure
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!
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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If you live in Australia, you’ll be well aware that you need more than a pair of thongs, bathers and sunscreen when you go on an adventure. Australia is a huge country and the landscapes are extremely diverse, ranging from tropical beaches and arid deserts to humid rainforests. No matter what type of trip you’re going on, there are a few essential items you should bring including:
- Reusable water bottle
- Sunglasses (with UV protection)
- Warm layers
- Insect repellent
- Portable power bank
- Comfortable, sturdy footwear
- Lightweight towel
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.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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