Exploring your own backyard is the top travel trend for 2021! With Australia’s diverse landscapes and culture, you can tick off all the top trends without a passport or jet lag!
By Annabel Fuller
With everything 2020 has thrown at the world, the future of travel is looking a little different to the trends of previous years.
Euro Summers are swapped for staycations, weekend getaways to Bali are traded by country escapes and long-haul flights are being replaced by coastal road trips around Australia.
But while the future of travel remains uncertain, there is still plenty to look forward to.
Here’s Poppy’s top picks of the 2021 travel trends….
Being a foodie tourist is a great way to discover a culture. There is a myriad of places to venture from South Australia’s wine regions, where wineries and cellar doors rule, to Far North Queensland, a region full of sumptuous fresh fruits, coffee and tea plantations, and organic dairy and farming products.
Where: For the ultimate foodie tour, there is no place like Melbourne. Dubbed as the Cultural Capital of Australia, Melbourne is a city bursting with everything food-related from laneways lined with high-end restaurants, grungy brunch spots and food-trucks offering delicious international and local cuisine, this a city that generously celebrates everything about food.
When thinking of crystal clear, warm waters you can’t go past Queensland’s coast. Boosting the World’s Largest Reef, uninterrupted coastline, white sandy beaches and year-round good weather, Queensland is Australia’s crown jewel for Sailing. While Western Australia’s untouched shores have gained popularity in recent years, you can’t pass by the natural beauty of The Great Barrier Reef.
Where: Both The Whitsunday Islands and Cairns host thousands of tourist’s annually, making them the perfect destination for inexperienced sailors. For those who are more confident to go it alone, we recommend the town of Seventeen Seventy. Temperatures in the summer average a balmy 26°C and the sea is the perfect place to cool off.
Eco-travelling is becoming increasingly popular. There are many options for the eco-conscious holiday-maker to make their trip more sustainable, from swapping carbon-guzzling plane tickets for the less polluting option of train journeys, to choosing locations closer to home and staying at eco-friendly destinations that focus on sustainable living.
Where: Many tend to overlook the impact their travel plans can have on the environment. South Australia’s Flinders Rangers have lots to offer for the pioneering traveller. With rugged landscapes and diverse cultures, The Flinders make a great option for those travellers who crave that away feeling whilst keeping their feet planted firmly on the ground.
When thinking of a desert, you often imagine an otherworldly, scorching landscape of sand and rocks. Yet in reality, there’s a huge variation in the landscape, culture and diverse animal and plant species that exist in the arid habitat.
Where: Western Australia’s Kimberly’s region provides the ultimate desert wonderland for all intrepid explorers. From exploring the dramatic gorges with its semi-arid savanna and a largely isolated coastline, the region is home to the Windjana Gorge National Park, which has towering limestone cliffs and pools where freshwater crocodiles gather. The Kimberley is an oasis of natural beauty, culture and wildlife, begging to be traversed.
With more Australians than ever ditching their typical fly-and-flop holidays for health-enhancing retreats, new wellness havens are popping up all over the country. Whether your after a fitness Bootcamp, Zen escape or relaxing getaway – there’s a wellness retreat for you.
Where: Tasmania is known for its scenic beauty, rolling hills, open harbours and vast rainforests and now its also known for wellness escapes. The island homes hundreds of retreats allowing guests to rejuvenate while enjoying healthy meals, deep tissue massages, organic facials and detox mud treatments. After the year we’ve had, we think everyone deserves a trip to Tasmania’s finest wellness retreats.