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Wish I was there – Residents’ top travel hotspots

Wish I was there - Residents’ top travel hotspots

Every state and territory in Australia has something special to explore. From the dramatically spectacular coastal scenery of Victoria’s great ocean road to the lush tropical greenery and pristine beaches of Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest, our country has so many unique and beautiful places to discover.

To celebrate the launch of the first fleet of Explore by GemLife motorhomes and inspire their fellow road-tripping enthusiasts for their next adventure, we asked GemLife residents to share their favourite, must-see Australian destinations.

NEW SOUTH WALES

BATEMAN’S BAY
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
Bateman’s Bay in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast boasts magnificent beaches, fresh seafood, and perfect spots to enjoy water sports both on the sea and in the Clyde River. Sometimes referred to as ‘Canberra by the Sea’, Bateman’s Bay is a four-hour drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. Surrounded by national parks and a string of beaches, Bateman’s Bay is all about getting back to nature.

JUNEE
Carol Kelly, GemLife Maroochy Quays
A railway museum, haunted mansion, heritage streetscapes and chocolate tours are just a few of the attractions to be found in the country town of Junee. Part of the beautiful Riverina, this charming town is halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, and about 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum is one of only a handful of working roundhouses remaining worldwide. It’s also the location of the last steam train depot in NSW.

TRILBY STATION
Paul & Glenda Larsen, GemLife Pacific Paradise
Trilby Station is an authentic family run property in Louth, NSW, where sheep have been grazing since 1860. The Murrays offer guests a unique outback experience and a glimpse into a way of life not often accessible to outsiders – all with the comforts of home.

QUEENSLAND

CAPE YORK
Paul & Margaret Jones, GemLife Maroochy Quays
Cape York – the large, remote peninsula in Far North Queensland – is one of the most challenging places in Australia to explore but its raw untouched beauty, including the crystal clear (and crocodile-free) waters of Fruit Bat Falls and the lush ancient Daintree Rainforest, is well worth the effort.

COBBOLD GORGE
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
A hidden oasis tucked away within the rugged sandstone formations of North Queensland, Cobbold Gorge is in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region. A six-hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, access to Cobbold Gorge itself is by guided tour only. The area has plenty of RV and caravan friendly camping facilities.

BIG4 WHITSUNDAYS ADVENTURE PARK
Alister Lee & Melissa Parkinson-Lee, GemLife Maroochy Quays
GemLife Maroochy Quays residents Melissa and Alister have been travelling to Airlie Beach’s Big4 Whitsundays Adventure Park for seven years and consider it their home away from home. Set in 26 acres of landscaped tropical gardens with an extensive range of facilities including a lagoon pool with water slides and an amazing playground perfect for the grandkids, the park also has a terrific array of activities. Small motorhome friendly sites are available.

ADELS GROVE
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
Adels Grove is located 10km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park, and 50km from the World Heritage Riversleigh Fossil Fields. It occupies an area of some 30 hectares and extends from Lawn Hill Creek at one end to Louie Creek at the other. Adels Grove and the surrounding area is an oasis attracting diverse wildlife. It is not only home to resident animals but also an important corridor for wildlife movement, particularly migrating birds.

NINDIGULLY BOOMERANGS
Kaye & Bernie Beutel, GemLife Highfields
The Nindigully Boomerangs have patrons of the Nindigully Pub coming back time and time again. The boomerangs were originally constructed for Hugh Jackman’s 1999 feature film debut, Paperback Hero, which was filmed in Nindigully. The pub is a well-known stop for travellers with road train burgers and the annual pig races among many visitor attractions.

VICTORIA

BRIGHT
Chris & Kerry Gillman, GemLife Woodend
Bright is a fabulous place to experience great food, local wineries and restaurants as well as to explore nature and admire the stunning scenery. It boasts two pristine national parks on its doorstep including Mount Buffalo and Alpine National parks and is only a short drive away from Falls Creek and Mount Hotham.

MOUNT GAMBIA CAVE GARDEN
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
Mount Gambia Cave Garden, situated in the centre of the city, features a sinkhole that was the original source of water for early European settlers. Its beauty and significance can be appreciated from the viewing platforms which hang dramatically over the sinkhole. A bonus in wet weather is the spectacular waterfall.

SWAN HILL
Margaret McFerran, GemLife Woodend
Swan Hill is renowned for its Murray River location, its fresh local produce, sprawling landscapes, Australian native wildlife and Aboriginal heritage. The Swan Hill region is ideal for lovers of sunshine, good food and wine, and outdoor and water activities. Margaret recommends a leisurely walk along the river.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

COFFIN BAY
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
At the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula lies Coffin Bay, a place where white sand dunes meet crystal blue waters famous for oysters. Coffin Bay’s calm sea is perfect for holidaymakers to enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, waterskiing, fishing, and scuba diving. Onshore, Coffin Bay National Park offers a myriad of walking trails and native wildlife. For oyster lovers, the Oyster Farm and tasting tours are not to be missed.

WIRRABARA
Kaye & Bernie Beutel, GemLife Highfields
Wirrabara is a sleepy little town 235kms north of Adelaide in the southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Painted on a 28-metre silo is an artwork inspired by Tumby Bay farmer Dion Le-Brun and created by street artist Sam Bates (known as Smug). It depicts the rich history of the area which has strong ties to the forestry industry as well as referencing the local flora and fauna.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
Litchfield National Park covers approximately 1500 km² and is 100 km south-west of Darwin or about a 90 minute drive. Each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors including GemLife Bribie Island resident Carol France. It offers waterfalls, pristine swimming spots, beautiful walking trails and hidden natural wonders.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Paul & Glenda Larsen, GemLife Pacific Paradise
Kakadu National Park is a massive, biodiverse nature reserve in Australia’s Northern Territory. It encompasses sandstone escarpments, rivers and wetlands and is home to some 2000 plant species and wildlife including saltwater crocodiles and flatback turtles.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

ESPERANCE
Paul & Margaret Jones, GemLife Maroochy Quays
Esperance is located on the south coast of WA. Remote and remarkable, the town of Esperance has a coastline that would rival any in the world. With some of the whitest beaches and clearest waters in Australia, this southern gem is worth the drive. Nearby attractions include Lucky Bay, while offshore the Recherche Archipelago islands shelter fur seals and sea lions.

LUCKY BAY
Murray & Rosemary Lloyd, GemLife Maroochy Quays
Lucky Bay is located on the south coast of Western Australia in the Cape Le Grand National Park. The water is crystal clear in many shades of turquoise blue and the sand is pure white. There is an abundance of wildlife.

HORIZONTAL WATERFALLS
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
Horizontal Waterfalls are an unusual natural phenomenon located deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect on the ebb and flow of each tide.

TASMANIA

RICHMOND
Carol France, GemLife Bribie Island
Richmond, Tasmania is located about 25 km north-east of Hobart, in the Coal River region, between the Midland Highway and Tasman Highway. Richmond is rich in history and architecture with more than 50 historic buildings, mostly from the 1820s. This is a wonderful town to explore and learn about Tasmania’s past while enjoying visits to galleries, museums, cafés, and historical landmarks. It’s also in the centre of one of Australia’s fastest-growing wine regions.

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