Explore Your ‘Hood With Our Best Staycation Ideas
Urban Dictionary defines a staycation as 'a holiday that is spent enjoying all that one’s home environs have to offer’. Sometimes, especially in winter, this means chilling at home in front of the TV with a bucket of chicken wings. But if you’re keen to explore more than what’s trending on Netflix, try some of these local adventures that are right on your doorstep.
1. Discover your wild side
If you love animals, head to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to see some of the cutest Aussie creatures including koalas, possums, dingoes and joeys, or Ballarat Park where you can get up close to wombats and kangaroos. Go wild in the heart of the city at the cassowary-and-crocodile-filled Wild Life Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour - the ultimate metro staycation pick.
Those looking for a life more aquatic can venture to magical Phillip Island to see penguins in their natural habitat, or head out into the open waters to commune with the ocean’s gentle giants on a Whale Watching Cruise with Gold Coast Adventures.
2. Tour like a local
For the best selfie backdrop, hop on a tour of the Great Ocean Road with AAT Kings and marvel at limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and forest scenery. For more colourful views, visit the Maleny Botanic Gardens to admire 14 acres of flowers and expansive views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
A biking tour is no doubt the healthiest way to catch the local sights, and if you’re in Sydney you can use your pedal power to cover a lot of ground with a Classic Sydney Bike Tour from Bonza Bike, CBD. Those in Melbourne can give their legs a rest on an open top double decker bus tour with City Sightseeing Melbourne that takes them to and from all the famous sights.
If you’d rather hit the water, try a two-hour sunset cruise with wine and nibbles at Sailing In Paradise, Main Beach, or sail Melbourne’s Yarra River with an an all-inclusive two-hour dinner cruise from Melbourne River Cruises, CBD.
3. Chase an adventure
You’ll find out birds aren’t the only creatures to rule the skies when you float across the stunning Yarra Valley with Wild Ballooning. Those looking for more high-powered adventures can chase thrills up to 80 km/h with a jet boat experience from Surfers Jet, Surfers Paradise, or kayak, rock climb and abseil with Riverlife, Kangaroo Point.
Finally, there is no adventure greater than foraying into the unknown, so steel yourself and head into the dark for a night-time tour of Melbourne’s most dangerous alleys with Chinatown Murder Tours.
The greatest adventures happen close to home, so be sure to check out more great staycation ideas on Groupon.