WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU?

As it turns out, not in Australia… and, if the rona continues to hang around for a while, I probably won’t be there for a while (sorry Mum)!

So while Australians have been soaking up the summer sun and enjoying a relatively corona-free Christmas, I have been watching from afar in lockdown. That sounds creepy, and maybe it is. But all my spare time has enabled me to put together a wishlist of all the places I would go if I was in Australia (and hopefully will, eventually…).

For those of you playing along from home (well, my home country, in any case) with no international travel on the cards in the foreseeable future, I hope this gives you some inspiration for the wonderful trips you can do in the beautiful place that is Oz.

Without further ado, in no particular order:

PORT DOUGLAS, QLD

EATSLEEPDO
Barbados
Nautilus
Annabel’s
Sassi
On the Inlet
Choo Choos
Hemingways
Salsa Bar and Grill
Melaleuca
Tin Shed
Surf Club
Zinc
Beaches (in town)
Sea Temple
Sheraton Mirage
Great Barrier Reef
The Daintree
Cape Tribulation
Daintree Town
Four Mile Beach
Eat
Point Walk
Shop Macrossan Street and surrounds (Tshinta)
BYRON BAY, NSW
EATSLEEPDO
Bang Bang (Vegan)
No Bones (Vegan)
Paper Daisy (Cabarita)
Combi
Raes
Top Shop
Folk
The Farm
Harvest (Newrybar)
Doma
WOODS
Mez Club
Light Years
Byron Bay General Store
Bayleaf Cafe
Barrio
Eltham Pub
Elements
The Byron at Byron
Halcyon House (Cabarita)
The Atlantic
The Bower
Raes
Bask & Stow
Wategos Beach
Belongil Beach
The Pass
Lighthouse Walk
Shopping in town
Lunch at The Farm
Bexhill Quarry
Rippon Falls
TASMANIA
EAT SLEEPDO
Monty’s
Ethos
Me Wah
The Glass House
Rockwall
Machine Laundry Cafe
Fish Frenzy
Preachers
Salamanca Whisky and Cocktail Bar
Sisterhood
Cascade Brewery
In the Hanging Garden
The Lounge by Frogmore Creek
Peacock and Jones
The Whaler Hobart
Lark Distillery
Captains Cottage, Hobart
Captains Rest, Strahan
Thalia Haven (AirBnB) – bathtub spot
Saffire Freycinet
Eagle’s Nest
Pumphouse Point Hotel
Deviot Boat House
Butcher’s House, Bothwell
Whale Song Shack
Bruny Boat House
Islington Hotel, Hobart
Stillwater Seven
Mona Pavilion
MACq 01
Cradle Mountain
Bay of Fires
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
Binalong Bay
Bridestow Lavender
Dove Lakes
The Hazards, Freycinet National Park
Tulip Farm, Table Cape
The Overland Track
Tamar Valley Wine Region
MONA (Museum of Old & New Art)
Satellite Island
Bruny Island (departure from Kettering)
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tessellated Pavement
West Coast Wilderness Railway
Play golf at Barnbougle Lost Farm
Stand atop Mount Wellington
Three Capes Track
Southern Aurora Australis
Richmond Bridge (Australia’s oldest bridge)
Salamanca Market
Cataract Gorge
Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range
Strathgordon Dam
Kayak Bathurst Harbour
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
EATSLEEPDO
Down the Rabbit Hole WinesCabn.life
The Landing – Aldinga Beach
Bayside Glamping
Rawnsley Park
Bellwether Wines glamping
Holowiliena Station
Barossa Valley
Port Willunga
Sellicks Beach
Port Elliot
Blowhole Beach at Deep Creek Conservation Park
Adelaide
Flinders Ranges
Eyre Peninsula
Shell Beach
Fleurieu Peninsula
Kangaroo Island
Coober Pedy
Blewitt Springs, Fleurieu Peninsula
Ethel Wreck
Shell Beach
McLaren Vale
Rapid Bay/Port Willunga
Lake Macdonnell (pink on one side blue on the other)
Dalhousie Springs
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
EATSLEEPDO
Campervan and make your own
Mangrove Hotel
Esperance Chalet Village
Campervan
Exmouth
Ningaloo Reed Marine Park
Margaret River
Broome
The Kimberley
Rottnest Island
Esperance Bay
Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) NP
Cathedral Gorge
The Pinnacles
Wave Rock
Esperance
Lucky Bay
Hellfire Bay
Blue Haven
Duke of Orleans Bay
Albany
The Drift at Turquoise Bay
Nature’s Window Kalbarri
HUNTER VALLEY/NEWCASTLE/NORTH COAST, NSW
EATSLEEPDO
Bistro Molines
FogHorn Brewhouse
Audrey Wilkinson
Salt at Shoal Bay
Usher Tinkler
Muse
Moorebank Vineyard
Tinonee Estate
Shoal Bay Country Club
The Convent
Kirkton Park

Hunter Valley wineries
Hot air ballooning
Newcastle Bather’s Way Walk
Spa at Chateau Elan
Catherine Hill Bay
Stockton Beach shipwrecks
Swim at the Bogey Hole
Caves Beach
Shoal Bay Country Club

MELBOURNE, VIC

EATSLEEPDO
Lucy Liu’s
Mr Miyagi
Flower Drum
Attica
Cumulus Inc
Kettle Black
Chin Chin
Hawker Hall
Cookie
Tonka
Top Paddock
Higher Ground
Siglo
Naked for Satan
1806
Bomba
Boilermaker House
Heartbreaker
Lui Bar at Vue de Monde
Seamstress
Lily Blacks
The Windsor
The Olsen
Cocktails at Eau de Vie and 1806
Shop on Chapel Street
Visit the NGV
Walk through the Botanic Gardens
Try the bakeries of St Kilda
Queen Victoria Markets
Australian Open
NOOSA, QLD
EATSLEEPDO
Bistro C
Bang Bang
Somedays Pizza
Light Years Asian Diner
Coconut Head
Land and Sea Brewery
Peppers
Seahaven
Hastings Street
Walk Noosa NP
Fairy Pools
Eumundi Markets
Rainbow Beach
Fraser Island
Walk to Hell’s Gate
GOLD COAST, QLD
EATSLEEPDO
Rick Shores
Burleigh Pavilion
Elke Espresso
Embassy XO
The Tropic
Social Eating House
Paper Daisy
Etsu
Justin Lane
Lost Palms
The Milkman’s Daughter
Stable Coffee
The Calile
Grounds of Cabarita
Halcyon House
Surfer’s Paradise Beaches
Tallebudgera Creek
Crystal Castle
Day trip to Byron
Gold Coast hinterland
Tamborine Rainforest Skyline
Thunderbird Park
Currumbin Rock Pools
Greenmount
Husk Farm Distillery

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