Some places don’t get the attention they deserve.
Locations that are viewed as stopover points on the way to elsewhere, which are, in fact, jam-packed with unheralded attractions.
Partnering with the team at NESCAFÉ BLEND 43, we’re highlighting a bunch of bold Aussie destinations with the ability to provide a memorable and smooth escape. End points in their own right.
So, sit back, and picture yourself putting the kettle on for a cup of bold and smooth coffee at one of these action-packed locations.
This city in northwest NSW gets lots of love in January for the annual country music festival, but it’s also a great place to be at any other point throughout the year. From giant guitars to cute animal encounters, you’ll wonder why Tamworth wasn’t on your escape list a lot sooner.
Where to stay: BIG4 Paradise Tamworth.
Boasting a country charm and perfectly positioned just two hours from Sydney, Goulburn is a destination ready to be on your radar. With stunning rural landscapes, boutique shopping, casual dining, and much more, you’ll quickly discover why Goulburn warrants extended time.
Where to stay: BIG4 Governor’s Hill Carapark.
Best known for its gold-rush days and bushranger history, Forbes is nestled in the Lachlan Valley and offers more than just fascinating history to soak up. Heritage-listed buildings, arts and culture, and an annual food festival are just a few reasons you’ll want to flock to Forbes instantly.
Where to stay: BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park.
Warwick is known for its elegant sandstone buildings and being Queensland’s first inland settlement. Sitting pretty on the banks of Condamine River, this city is also known as the ‘Rose and Rodeo Capital’ and offers plenty for visitors.
Where to stay: BIG4 Warwick Holiday Park.
Want more? Check out our comprehensive beginners' guide to Warwick here.
This sweet country town is in the heart of QLD’s sugarcane-growing region. Sitting about 90km south of Townsville, Ayr is found on the Burdekin River banks. From places to play, eat, see, and rest, Ayr encourages visits for all.
Where to stay: BIG4 Ayr Silver Link Caravan Village.
A vibrant and culturally rich city located on the Goulburn River, Shepparton is noted for its cultural goodies and range of outdoor activities. If a big city escape is what you’re after, then Shepparton is the rural refuge you require.
Where to stay: BIG4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park.
Bordering NSW and separated from its close mate Albury by the Murray River, Wodonga is classified as one of Victoria's fastest-growing regional areas. Arts lovers will enjoy the city’s unmissable artistic representation with galleries, sculptures, and a vivid creative scene to embrace.
Where to stay: BIG4 Borderland Wodonga.
Located in northern SA, Coober Pedy is a destination many know but might not have visited yet. It’s where the outback meets the underground with locals living literally beneath the ground. So, as you can imagine, this is one unique place to unearth.
Where to stay: BIG4 Stuart Range Outback Resort.
Situated on Tasmania’s stunning northern coast is this pretty seaside town. It makes for the perfect break away with inviting coastal paths and stunning swimming beaches. And it’s within easy reach of so many gems.
Where to stay: BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park.
Head 3.5 hours north of Perth until you find yourself on the breathtaking Coral Coast, where sitting pretty, you’ll locate the twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison. This is an excellent base for exploring the coastline and splashing into surrounding water-based activities.
Where to stay: BIG4 Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park.