Island Getaways

REMOTE AND ISOLATED GETAWAY DESTINATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

With camping being a quintessential Aussie pastime, every time summer rolls around, the best campsites fill up and become little cities in the countryside. Here are some of Australia’s more remote regions, to dodge the crowds and find your own secluded paradise.

HINCHINBROOK ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

Hinchinbrook Island has it all – from beaches to forests, wetlands teeming with wildlife and rocky outcrops. It has a wide selection of walking trails to choose from and you can really lose yourself in the unspoilt Australian backcountry.

You need to be aware of the wildlife on Hinchinbrook. The surrounding waters are home to jellyfish and crocodiles, but they are also home to turtles and dugongs, impressive sights for those lucky enough to catch a glimpse.

To get to the island itself, head to Cardwell, north of Townsville. From there you can take a boat which takes around 45 minutes. Ferries run frequently all year round, or there are plenty of private water taxi services.

More information available here.

THE GRAMPIANS, VICTORIA

The Grampians is a backcountry playground. The rolling peaks and tumbling waterfalls provide endless opportunities to explore and the region is littered with huts to use on overnight treks. The region is home to Indigenous rock art, sending you back in time to imagine the region before human development. The Grampians are one of Australia’s last bastions of seclusion and tranquillity.

The Grampians can be reached in around 3 hours from Melbourne. It can be reached via public transport but it will take you significantly longer, at around 5 hours.

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SNOWY RIVER, VICTORIA

For peaceful days on your own isolated stretch of river, head for the Snowy River National Park. You can relax in a canoe and fish in your own aquatic world, or for some adrenaline rush, there are rapids and gorges to tackle in some white-water rafting.

You can launch a canoe or kayak from the McKillops bridge, between Melbourne and Canberra. The roads to Snowy River National Park are windy and in poor condition, so make sure everywhere can be accessed before you set off, particularly in bad weather.

More information available here.

FLINDERS RANGES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Flinders Ranges National Park sits in the heart of South Australia. The rugged landscape gives an authentic off-the-map experience. Gorges and peaks unfold across the horizon with the animals as your only company.

Flinders Range is rich in Australian wildlife, including the elusive yellow-footed rock-wallaby. There is an abundance of walking and hiking routes to get lost in and the rocky summits provide awe-inspiring views over the surrounding lakes and countryside.

Flinders range sits between Hawker and Blinman, around 450 km north of Adelaide.

More information available here.

VICTORIAN RAIL TRAILS, VICTORIA

Swap 4 wheels for 2 to explore the Victorian Railway lines. The trails may not be as far from civilisation as some other destinations on this list, some of the trails offer spectacular views of the Melbourne skyline, but they do offer a taste of tranquillity without the hassle of driving for hours. For something a little longer and more rugged, cycle the East Gippsland Rail Trail. The route takes in the region’s countryside across 94 km.

More information available here.

 


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Martin White
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Martin is huge on everything outdoors and is even bigger on driving and technology. He loves boats, new stuff and writing about it.