As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Australia is vast and you could spend a lifetime taking it all in. This trip keeps it simple, with three destinations (in three different states) – Sydney, Tasmania, and Melbourne.
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, saw its first sailboat landing by none other than Captain James Cook, who sailed the Endeavor into Botany Bay in 1770. Today, Sydney is loved for its harbor – one of the most beautiful in the world – and its opera house, botanic gardens, museums, shopping districts, and the beautiful national parks and beaches nearby.
Tasmania is home to Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city, rich with history and a Launchpad for island adventure. (Heck! Just going to Tasmania is an adventure!) Basing out of Hobart, full day guided explorations get you out exploring nearby lakes and waterways. With time on your own, visit the revitalized area of NoHo, stroll the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, walk up or down Kelly’s Steps, rent a bicycle and head for MONA, and tour the Tench Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site.
Melbourne is last, but not least, the capital city of Victoria, situated on the banks of the Yarra River at Port Philip Bay. With beginnings in gold rushes of the 1850s, the city has a reputation as artsy and has often been called “The Most Livable City in the World.” In the city are galleries, markets, gardens, and restaurants galore. Nearby is the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Ooh la la!
(BTW, this is your custom trip. If you have the time, we have 100 different ways that we can make it longer and make it yours!)