Australian cities are consistently making it to the top of 'World's Most Liveable Cities' lists, and they're renowned for being clean, safe and diverse. There's no doubt about the fact that we're proud of our cities and that, in global terms we're pretty darn lucky, but sometimes you just need to get out of the hustle and bustle and get back to nature. Luckily, Australian cities are also surrounded by incredible scenery and bushland, so that you never have to travel too far to get some peace and quiet. Whether you skip out of Sydney for a weekend for a Blue Mountains tour or you put Perth in the rearview mirror for a few days to experience the Margaret River, why not consider leaving the city lights behind for a while and experiencing some of Australia's quieter attractions?
Brisbane--> Sunshine Coast
Swap the Brisbane River for the open seas and slow the pace for the weekend in the idyllic Sunshine Coast. Dotted with gorgeous towns and perfect beaches, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect antidote for too much city-living. Grab your surfboard, leave your laptop at home for the weekend and get back to life's simpler pursuits.
Ok, so Darwin might not be a global metropolis, but it's still a city, and one that is surrounded by some of the wildest and most exciting bushland in the entire country. Pack up your tent and head out to Kakadu National Park for the weekend--but beware of crocs!
A few hours South of Perth lies the beautiful Margaret River region, a chilled-out haven for artists, farmers and winegrowers. With some of the region's best produce literally growing on trees in the Margaret River, a weekend away with some good company is sure to recharge your batteries.
Adelaide--> Kangaroo Island
A ferry from Adelaide will take you to Kangaroo Island, a peaceful farming community where again, produce is on the agenda. Taste wines, check out the local seal colony or just take walks along the beach--Kangaroo Island is disconnected in every sense from the stress of city life, so just enjoy!
Melbourne--> Phillip Island
Peaceful and beautiful, Phillip Island is a great option for Melburnians wanting to escape the hectic pace of the city streets. Jump in the car and head out to the island, making sure to take in a Phillip Island tour and check out some local wildlife while you're there!
Jump in the car, head west for a few hours, and you'll find yourself in the Blue Mountains, stunning and quiet. The perfect remedy for those city-weary souls, you can bush walk, bird watch or just sit by the fire in your log cabin and watch the world go by.