While much of the world is in lockdown and can’t travel. That shouldn’t stop you enjoying life at home and planning your travel for the future. COVID-19 will surely end at some stage and you’ll be allowed to travel the world again. We encourage you to consider Australia for it’s great surfing destinations but also many other hidden gems.

When you’re visiting Australia for the very first time, the options for where you should go and what you should do seem endless. If you are a backpacker, you’re probably looking for great value and low cost tours. You want to see the very best of what the area has to offer while making new friends and having fun. But it’s not just young backpackers looking to travel on the cheap. We’ve seen a growing number of middle-aged professional people and entrepreneurs outsourcing their lives to travel Australia. We’re also expecting to see remote work and travel to become the new normal, once the pandemic is over and travel is open again

Signing up for an organised tour is a great way to travel with other like-minded people, but with the added perk of an experienced guide who can take you to the secret spots that locals love and steer you clear of the disappointing tourist traps.

For anyone visiting the Sydney area, there is a fantastic range of exciting locations that you can visit with a tour, including:

  1. Blue Mountains Day Tour

If you’re looking for stunning scenery, some Aussie wildlife and a chance to get amongst nature then you can’t go past a trip to the Blue Mountains. This tour takes in all the big drawcards like the famous Three Sisters landmark and towering Wentworth Falls but combines it with a 90-minute hike down the Undercliff Walk and the Stairs of Doom, plus a visit to a clearing where wild kangaroos like to hang out.  Topped off with an authentic Aussie BBQ lunch, and the chance to swim at a spot only the locals know about, this day tour shouldn’t be missed by anyone who wants to experience the Australian bush.

 

  1. Port Stephens Tour

A trip to the beach you’ll never forget, the Port Stephens Tour takes you deep into the sand dunes for a stand-up sandboarding session. When you’re covered in sand and feeling like a drink, the tour stops off at the local bottle shop (to stock up on refreshments) then heads down to Nelson Bay. This gorgeous beach is the perfect place to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or even jump on a local boat and head out into the bay for some dolphin spotting. After a traditional Aussie BBQ (and yes, kangaroo meat is available for those feeling adventurous), you get to take in Shoal Bay with its famous off-white sand and towering lighthouse, and then have the option of bushwalking up Mount Tomaree.

 

  1. Jervis Bay Tour

If you’ve had enough of the crowds at Bondi, then this is the beach trip for you. To get the day rolling the tour starts off with a dolphin spotting cruise in the super clear waters of Jervis Bay (famous for its wildlife), where you can work on your tan and watch dolphins at the same time. After working up an appetite on the boat you get to enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ lunch, with freshly grilled kangaroo available for those who are game! You can then spend the afternoon on the beach with the whitest sand in the world (sunglasses recommended), before heading back through Kiama to see the lighthouse and the Blow Hole (which sprays seawater out like a geyser up to 20 metres high). On the way back to Sydney you’ll get to see some spectacular coastlines, paragliders and the renowned Sea Cliff Bridge.

 

  1. Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Ever wanted to do a wine tour but without having to share the day with pretentious people who think they’re “wine connoisseurs”? The Hunter Valley Wine Tour was designed for backpackers, by backpackers, promising a whole lot of fun with a bunch of people you’ll feel right at home with. Kicking off with a trip over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a stop-off to see some wild kangaroos, you’ll then have a full day to enjoy wine tastings, visit chocolate and cheese shops, and even check out a distillery that specialises in organic gin, schnapps and vodka (offering tastings and takeaway!). The day also includes a traditional Aussie BBQ that caters for meat eaters and vegans alike.

 

  1. Sydney to Byron Bay & Return

If you’re planning to bus it up to Byron Bay to check out the surf (or Chris Hemsworth), then this is the way to do it. Forget a cramped night bus where you won’t get any sleep, this full day trip stops at awesome places along the way, so you can experience the New South Wales coastline at its best. The trip includes a visit to the Koala Hospital, some chill out time at the beach and the opportunity to feed and take selfies with kangaroos. You hit Byron Bay just in time to experience the nightlife, and then have the option of staying in the same hostel as all your new bus friends.

 

  1. Royal National Park Tour

For some time out from the city life, the Royal National Park is only an hour south of Sydney and offers a fantastic day where you can escape to nature.  Starting off with a stop at secret Wattamolla Beach, you can experience a place with 10-metre-high cliffs where the bushland runs right down to the beach. Take a dip in the lagoon, walk the main beach or join in for a bit of beach cricket or soccer, all followed up with a proper beach BBQ done Aussie style. There’s then a walk to Providential Point (where you can sometimes see whales) and Bald Hill Headland (where you can almost always see paragliders and hang-gliders taking off from the cliffs). The day finishes up with a scenic coastal drive followed by a free drink and some food back at the bar.

With many employees currently working from home, why not use this time to your advantage. It’s the perfect time to negotiation with your employer, long term remote-working. It’s your change to prove to your boss, working remotely doesn’t affect your productivity and can be good for business. If you can persuade your boss of the benefits, the next step is allowing you to travel while working remotely.

Imagine working from your laptop while travelling Australia! Regardless of whether you’re seeking a bushland retreat, a day at the beach, the chance to feed (or eat) a kangaroo, or just the opportunity to make some new friends, taking a tour is an awesome way to see the very best of Australia.