The Best Rural Holiday Spots in Australia

It is not just the capital cities of Australia that are fantastic holiday destinations. Travel outside the cities and there are many beautiful country towns and rural regions to be explored. There are great choices of accommodation, from hotels and luxury resorts, to caravan parks, bed and breakfasts and farm stays. Whatever you are looking for you will find it in rural Australia. With excellent restaurants serving gourmet food and plenty of artists to visit all finding inspiration from the beautiful surrounds, a rural holiday offers plenty of cultural experiences. There are many great small businesses to satisfy your need for retail therapy, as well as historical buildings, National Parks, plenty of wildlife and other tourist destinations.

Barossa Valley

A short drive from Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is a beautiful place for a holiday where you can relax, tour the countryside and visit some of the best wineries in Australia. Enjoy five-star accommodation, stay in a bed and breakfast or if you are on a budget there are motels available too. The Barossa Valley is known for its gourmet food as well as its wine, and there are many local artists, antique stores, beautiful historic churches and shops to visit.

Margaret River

Margaret River is located south of Perth and is a beautiful wine region with great surf beaches, the Karri Forests and an amazing coastline. Enjoy the region’s locally grown gourmet food at world-class restaurants and stop by the resident artists and purchase some unique creations. You can swim or surf, go whale watching, visit one of the many caves, go fishing or bush walking.

Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is less than two hours drive from Sydney and is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. There are many different types of accommodation available to suit all budgets, so if you want to go camping with the family or have a romantic weekend alone with your partner at a bed and breakfast, there are plenty of places to choose from. As well as being famous for great wine you can also enjoy delicious local produce. There are day spas, shopping and adventure activities on offer, as well as historical sites, art galleries and a golf course.


Visiting the Gippsland region can take you anywhere from Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, to Wilsons Promontory in the South or to the beautiful farming countryside of West Gippsland. The region offers the snowfields of Mount Baw Baw, the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, the incredible Ninety Mile Beach at Lakes Entrance and so much more in between.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is off the coast of South Australia and is a holiday destination for those wanting to explore the natural environment and see plenty of wildlife. There is a large colony of Sea Lions living in the Seal Bay Conservation Park and watch the penguins come in to shore at night around Kingscote and Penneshaw. Kangaroo Island is also well-known for its seafood and a wide range of gourmet foods, with award-winning sheep milk cheese, boutique wines and honey produced by a unique strain of bee only found on the island.

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