Holiday here this year

How your next trip can make a difference to drought and bushfire-affected communities.

The outpouring of compassion towards communities impacted by the recent bushfire crisis made headlines around the world and resulted in more than $140 million in donations.   

Now the Australian Government has urged Aussies to help communities impacted by the bushfires by ditching overseas travel in favour of holidaying in Australia in 2020.

Federal Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham said it’s more important than ever to buy local and stay local.

“These bushfires have dealt the biggest reputational blow to our tourism industry that it has ever faced internationally,” Mr Birmingham said.

“Tourism is the lifeblood of so many communities around Australia and it’s absolutely critical that we help to get people back visiting those communities that rely on tourism.”

With more than 15% of Australians employed by the tourism industry a domestic holiday, whether it’s a weekend away or a bucket-list road trip around Australia, could have a big impact on struggling communities.

“For those who can, the next best way to help fire-affected and other tourism-dependent towns is to make a booking for a short break, visiting these towns and helping to sustain their small businesses and local jobs,” Mr Birmingham said.

“My message to anyone thinking about a holiday – from here or overseas – is that Australia’s towns and our incredible parks and beaches are open for business and they need your help.”

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Here are our tips for great holidays in our own backyard

Queensland

Ipswich: With an emerging café culture, vibrant gardens and unique historic buildings, the city of Ipswich is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.

South Burnett: The drive from Brisbane to the South Burnett is just under three hours, but it might as well be a world away. 

Townsville: If a city had a voice, Townsville would have some amazing tales to tell.

Stradbroke Island: Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city is just a boat trip away.

NSW

Port Macquarie: Bordered by mountainous National Park on one side and idyllic sandy beaches on the other “Port”, as it’s known by locals, is far more than just a quiet town.

Victoria

Corryong: From rolling plains and snow-covered mountains to trees as far as the eye can see and the meandering Murray River.

Daylesford: While Daylesford's world-famous mineral springs are tempting enough, this country town is no one-trick pony.

Western Australia

The Kimberley: Explore the ancient and spectacular Kimberley coastline on a cruise and be treated to world-class sightseeing and activities you can’t see or do elsewhere.

Margaret River: Indulge in Western Australia’s best food and wine region.

South Australia

The Murray River: The legendary Murray River in South Australia is the perfect destination for a family holiday.

Northern Territory

Uluru:A bucket list trip to the heart of Australia.

The Ghan: Riding aboard The Ghan through the heart of Australia isn’t just about the journey or the destination, but the people you meet along the way.

Tasmania

Tasmania: To really see the best Tasmania has to offer, hire a car or campervan and take to the road.