Article Five wonderful surprises I never expected from a motorhome holiday
Travelling an unknown land in a campervan opens your eyes up to more than you would see if you stay city-bound and fly between locations – that’s a given. But the special gems you find along the way are the exception, and often a surprising bit of wonderful that, without knowing it, transform your holiday memories into something spectacular. Australia has millions of kilometres to explore – so head out of the city and see what you can find. Here a few surprises to get you started.
Lake Bumbunga – SA
The Clare Valley is home to one of South Australia’s brightest pink lakes (and there is a few of them!), with Lake Bumbunga is a stunning example of a salt lake. Mother Nature’s artful combination of high salinity, salt loving algae and pink bacteria creates these amazing landscapes. Just a two-hour drive from Adelaide, this lake will help you create stunning holiday photos, to say the least. And the best part is the Clare Valley is also one of the top wine regions in South Australia so finding an amazing meal and matching wine is an easy feat.
Dandenong Ranges – VIC
Escape to the past in this surprising gem hidden away behind the bustling metropolis of Melbourne. Ride an old school steam train through the Dandenong Ranges, and sample the finest of high teas along the way. Don’t miss the Devonshire Tea on offer in the Dandenong Village – a small township, historically beautiful and a touch whimsical. Walk through the lush Sherbrooke Forest, or visit some of the famous gardens of the Dandenongs. Then before you park up for the night venture around the farm gate produce stalls dotted along the roads around the area and grab something local to add to your dinner.
Dorrigo National Park – NSW
Just over an hours’ drive from picturesque Coffs Harbour, you will find Dorrigo National Park. This hidden gem is slowly gaining popularity with visitors, as they discover the stunning natural sites within its borders.Indulge in a moment of serenity under the Crystal Shower Falls, a natural phenomenon that will take your breath away. The falls are just a short walk from the main parking area and worth the effort. While there, visit the beautiful Red Cedar Falls or pack a picnic and visit the Never Never Picnic Area, tucked away in one of the many areas of the park within the large plateau.
Daintree Tropical Rainforest – QLD
Visit the natural spectacular that is the Daintree Tropical Rainforest, renowned for its warm climate all year round and stunning subtropical beauty. Although well-known as a visitor destination, you can still discover many hidden gems within the forest and its surrounds. Something to melt the heart is a visit to the Bat House at Cape Tribulation. This is both a nursing home to get injured bats back to health, and also an orphanage for those small fluffy flying fox bats that cannot return to the wild due to their injuries or from being away from their habitat for too long while they healed. For those that say bats scare them, these wee fuzzy creatures will help you change your mind.
Freemantle Markets – WA
More than a century in the making, Western Australia’s Freemantle Markets are a sight to behold. With a mix of arts, crafts, buskers and food to tempt the soul, wallet and tastebuds. The market first opened in 1897 and has been growing stronger every year since; now opening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Renowned for its intricate indigenous art and fresh produce, this is a great stop to refill your camper’s fridge and cupboards before continuing your adventure.