Summer Holiday Destinations
...in your own backyard
RCA's Summer Edition of Evolve magazine profiles some summer holiday destinations that are near enough to take the stress out of travel, but diverse enough to meet most tastes and budgets.
The Victorian Gold Rush of the 1850’s and 60’s has left a lasting legacy in the many historic and picturesque towns that lie within a couple of hours drive from Melbourne. Step back into yesteryear with a day trip or a stay in one of the many restored hotels or B&B’s the region is famous for. Choose from Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maldon or Clunes (to name a few).
Discover grand mountain ranges, spectacular wildflowers, a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities, and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites in the Grampians region. Treat yourself to one of Australia’s gastronomic destinations at the prize winning Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, take a day trip to the nearby Coonawarra or just soak up the walks, wine, and breath taking scenery of the Grampians themselves.
Victoria is blessed with a beautiful and varied coast line, featuring a beach holiday style for every taste and budget. Spend time on one of the nearby peninsulas enjoying the numerous seaside villages that come to life in summer, or take in the world heritage beauty of the Great Ocean Road. Or take the road less travelled to wander along the 90 Mile Beach on your way down the Wilderness Coast to Mallacoota and the Lakes District.
Crossing the Water
Board the Spirit of Tasmania and be transported to the Apple Isle. Tasmania is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest holiday destinations offering five World Heritage Convict Sites, breathtaking mountain walks, wold renowned wilderness and wildlife, majestic rivers, pristine deserted beaches luxury of your resorts and spas. Tassie is also a fine food and wine destination, with produce renowned the world over - fresh, local. For a change of pace, take in the inspiring modern art at MONA.
If you want extraordinary wildlife encounters, excellent local produce and warm hospitality, this large Island off the coast of South Australia is a destination without peer. With significant National Park and Conservation reserves (one third of the entire island) and very few introduced plants and animals, biologists refer to Kangaroo Island as "the closest to what temperate Australia was like at the time of European settlement."
The Island's diverse landscapes provide habitat for sea lions, fur seals, endemic kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 260 bird species (many rare or endangered), possums and bandicoots. There are a range of accommodation options available on the Island.
Visit an untouched wilderness in Melbourne's backyard. Take a relaxing cruise to French Island, and learn about its rich history and abundant flora and flora. Undeveloped and isolated, the island is home to over 580 species of Flora including 100 species of orchids. Learn about prison life at the former McLeod Prison Farm or visit the GPO for some local produce and handcrafts. Several operators conduct cruise and drive day trips. Enjoy a Devonshire tea before heading back to Melbourne.
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