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Ask Shane: my favourite getaways

BIG4 member and ambassador Shane Jacobson had just finished a bus tour of the southern states to promote his new film Brothers' Nest (out now), when BIGNews caught up with him. Turns out he snapped his Achilles tendon in May and couldn't fly anywhere to promote his movie, thus the whirlwind road trip.

Time on the road allowed Shane to relax, reflect, take in some classic Australian countryside, and consider the next important instalment of Ask Shane.

He now goes into rehearsals for a role in the Rocky Horror Show and his next film Ladies in Black, directed by Bruce Beresford, comes out in September. But in the meantime, Shane has shared his unusual choice of winter getaways. Enjoy.

Shane's love affair with the outdoors is pretty in-tents.

Where is your favourite winter getaway?

I live on an acreage, and as crazy as this sounds, we often pitch a tent in our front paddock – even during winter. Anyone who follows me on social media will know that as the truth because I post about it when we’re doing it.

We camp in the front paddock – we cook with a camp oven in an open fire and we sleep in a tent, as a family. It’s the beauty of living on an acreage in country Victoria.

As for day trips, we really like heading up to Trentham and Daylesford. They are both beautiful locations with plenty of activities for the whole family and not too far from home.

The Convent is among many glorious attractions in Daylesford.

Kids never forget their first holidays.

Which of your childhood holidays still resonate with you?

We used to stay at a caravan park at Lake Eppalock in country Victoria. That’s where I spent my Christmases riding motorbikes, getting involved in water sports and swimming with my friends. When I think about my youth, those memories are hard to beat.

The open road calls most Australians at some point.

And here's the reward for those who make the effort.

What's on your holiday bucket list?

It’s a holiday park tour of Australia with my wife and kids. If I had it my way, we’d never stop travelling once we got away. I’d like to do it the way the grey nomads do it: a driving tour of Australia where we stay at holiday parks along the way.

Most people do it when they get older and retire, and the kids have grown up. I’m one of those people who would like to try and make it happen while the kids are still young, and we can do it as a family together.

It’s a bucket list item and I just hope we get a chance to achieve it.

Ningaloo Reef is one of God's gifts. Go see it soon.

Need to create new holiday experiences? Try Darwin.

Is there a part of the country that you feel a calling to?

I’ve spent a lot of my time on the eastern seaboard of Australia which I’m always drawn to. If I’m in the car heading towards a caravan park or holiday location, I can’t help but be drawn to the ocean.

I have also spent some time up in the Northern Territory and in WA, and it’s when I’m up there I can’t help but think it’s important to step outside of your comfort zone. You could literally throw a pin at a map of Australia and try somewhere new and different.

There’s a reason why it’s called the Lucky Country. Not just because there’s so many opportunities, but also because it’s such a beautiful place to be.

Read more of Shane's hilarious tips and advice:

Ask Shane Episode 1

Ask Shane Episode 2

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