Pick a destination, round up your crew, pack up the car and drive. Summer’s the perfect time to head on a great Aussie road trip and take a well-earned break. We are so lucky to have some of the world's most unique and inspiring tourist destinations around, so why not experience it for yourself? We’ve rounded up five awesome summer holiday spots in partnership with Tourism Australia, and some of the must-do activities, to help make sure you don't half-holiday. Do something incredible this summer and make it one to remember. Safe travels!
Stop 1: Sea Dragon introductory dive
See the underwater world up close with this introductory scuba dive with the amazing Sea Dragons of the Mornington Peninsula. Learn the basics theory of scuba diving and practice your new skills in a pool before heading out to the ocean to put it all to use and meet the marine life.
Stop 2: Swimming with seals
Seeing dolphins and seals in their natural environment is an amazing experience. Swimming with dolphins takes things to a whole new level. Lucky for us, we get both! Make friends with these stunning, intelligent creatures just a short distance from Melbourne in the picturesque seaside village of Sorrento.
Stop 1: Hot air balloon ride
Fly high above the Barossa Valley and take in the incredible countryside views across this part of South Australia. This sunrise hot air balloon flight is well worth the early start and even includes a delicious picnic breakfast (including sparkling wine) once you touch back down to earth.
Stop 2: Helicopter ride
A helicopter ride is an experience everyone should try at least once. This Barossa scenic flight is one not to miss, giving you panoramic views of Rowland Flat, Jacob’s Creek Winery, Cockatoo Valley, the Whispering Wall and more. With voice-activated headsets it’s also a great opportunity to chat with the pilot and learn about the iconic Australian region.
Stop 1: Paddle boarding
Explore the wilderness of Blackwood River National Park on this guided stand-up paddle boarding adventure. With highly experienced guides, no previous experience is necessary, as they’re on hand to help you master controlling and standing up on your board, as well adding some fun and games along the way.
Stop 2: Mountain Biking
Head into the forest on this thrilling half day mountain bike adventure in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Mountain biking is some of the most fun you can have on two wheels, and you’ll love the feeling as you wind your way along a hand-built single track, perfect for beginner and intermediate riders.
Stop 1: Kayaking with dolphins
Don’t miss this Byron Bay sightseeing tour with a difference. Head out for a paddle on this dolphin spotting and sea kayaking adventure. A local guide will lead the way, taking you past Cape Byron Lighthouse and Australia's most easterly point. There’ll even be chance to learn to surf your kayak on the way back.
Stop 2: Scuba diving
Try scuba diving at one of Australia’s top dive sites – Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. No previous experience needed as you’ll start the day learning the basics in a purpose-built heated swimming pool. Look out for colourful corals, sea turtles, blue gropers, wobbegongs and lots of tropical fish.
Stop 1: Surfing lessons
Hit the waves for this awesome Aussie pastime. Whether you’re an absolute beginner wanting to learn to surf or just looking to push your board skills to new levels, look no further, these Gold Coast surf lessons are a whole lot of fun. The expert instructors guarantee you'll be on your feet during this lesson!
Stop 2: Jet ski & parasail
Two epic activities, one action-packed day of adventure. Experience the rush of flying up to 300ft above the water as you speed along on a parasail ride for two and zoom across Broadwater on a jet ski taking in the views. It’s the perfect way to see the Gold Coast in style.