Our own backyard

With restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak shifting and changing, our next holiday is likely to be a local one, which isn’t so bad. Many Australians have seen more of the world than their own backyard, and this year travelling locally has the added benefit of helping the regions that were heavily impacted by the bushfires early in the year. Here are some suggestions of where to head off to.

The Hunter Valley has a wealth of things to see, do, eat and drink! One of the main drawcards of the area are the numerous vineyards – from well-known labels to more boutique offerings, most offer cellar door tastings. Rediscover old favourites or find some new ones.

If you’re taking the family you can meet the meerkats at the Hunter Valley Zoo, go hot air ballooning, or take a tour by horseback, classic car or carriage. Hunter Valley Carriage Tours will take your around Pokolbin and surrounding areas, allowing you to go wine tasting at your leisure, without the need for a dedicated driver. And EISS Super Loyalty Rewards members can enjoy a discount of up to 25%. 

The Blue Mountains offer the old-world charm of tea and scones, stunning scenery, crisp air and brisk walks. It’s a healthy break from the city smog and just a short drive (or inexpensive train ride) from Sydney.

Port Stephens features sweeping sand dunes and long beaches. Go bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, take a camel ride or swim with dolphins. And after a busy day, you can relax in the luxury of Peppers resort, which offers EISS Super Loyalty Rewards members a discount of up to 50%. Peppers also has a resort in Kingscliff in the Northern Rivers region.

You can head down the NSW South Coast and enjoy some pristine beaches and walks. The White Sands Walk through Jarvis Bay National Park is a popular 90 minute trek that ends at Hyams Beach which is known for its fine white sand. There are numerous other walks in the National Park or you can sit on the beach with a hamper and enjoy the serenity.

Narooma is just 9 kms away from Montague Island where a natural wonderland is thriving. The island hosts colonies of little penguins and the largest fur seals in the world. Take a dive with them, or if you’d prefer to stay dry join a cruise.

While these destinations focus on NSW, the aim is to go local in whatever state you’re in, support your local regions who’ve had a difficult year, as well as give yourself a break from isolation and reconnect with your family and the community. 

If you haven’t registered for EISS Super Loyalty Rewards, you can find out how to access the program here.