When it comes to getaways, we all have standout experiences and favourite locations.
For many, these are hidden gems that don’t get the credit they deserve — from beaches and country retreats, to city venues and amazing tourist-focused businesses with fantastic staff.
So after nearly a year of restrictions, it’s time for Aussies to celebrate these wonders; to inspire each other and give hope to those still in lockdown with a national smorgasbord of the very best Australia has to offer, selected by the people that know them best — you, your family and friends.
To do that, join in the #EscapeSnaps social celebration this weekend — part of the Go And Get It campaign supporting domestic tourism. It’s simple: just share snapshots of the standout places you’ve been, or will be going to once we can all travel safely, and say why they are so special to you.
It can be the cafe you stop at on a day by the sea; the view you love; the hotel, holiday house, campfire, meal, road trip, activity or adventure — the possibilities are limitless.
Some readers, along with the passionate team of travel experts at Escape, have already started posting, and we’re thrilled to bring you some early highlights right here. Once you’ve enjoyed these, raid your own photos or get out there for a real “live” pic, upload to Instagram and tag @escape.com.au with the hashtag #escapesnaps.
BRONTE BATHS BY @JOHNNYHANNAN
“After what has been an incredulous year, I’m looking forward to spending time exploring the best of Sydney which means spending long summer days by Bronte Baths with a good book, lots of fresh fruit and, of course, friends.”
ULURU BY @JANAFRAWLEY
“I’ve been lucky to visit Uluru four times in the past 25 years. I love its ever-changing colour depending on the weather and time of day. This image was taken in spring around sunset, when the incessant flies are thankfully heading off to sleep. My advice is buy good quality insect repellent and don’t save Uluru for later. Go now!”
CAMPING AT GEMTREE BY @ALITTLEATLARGE
“Memories being made fossicking for garnets in the red dirt by day and camping out under a blanket of a billion stars at night. Everything we love about our Aussie backyard was found right here.”
KANGAROO ISLAND BY @LISA.BELGO96
“Driving along one of Australia’s most iconic roads, the Cape du Couedic Road on Kangaroo Island was a bucket list road trip I wanted to do on our South Australian holiday this winter. We saw this incredible canola field on our way and it was like a field of sunshine.”
MACKAY REEF BY @ALWAYSUNDERWATER
“Secrets at sunrise on Mackay Reef. The most incredible place to wake up and explore. I am so lucky to have this as literally my backyard!”
CAT IN BACKPACK BY @SIMPLYCHEECKY
“Bunty (@buntythecatcbr) enjoying the tranquility of sunset at Coombs, Canberra. It is a place where felines and humans can unwind and take in the amazing sunsets of Molonglo Valley. It’s also just a short distance from the city, the National Arboretum, and Molonglo River Reserve.”
HAWKINGS POINT BY @MUMPACKTRAVEL
“My 10 year-old daughter and I moved to Magnetic Island on a whim when we returned from our travels in Asia due to Covid. We’d never heard of it, and feel like we’ve found the most beautiful, magical place in the world. Hawkings Lookout is a favourite for sunrise.”
YARANGOBILLY CAVES & THERMAL POOL BY @THEKIDBUCKETLIST
“Imagine walking down into a secluded valley fringed by a river and the glorious Australian bush, and discovering a thermal pool that remains a perfect 27 degrees all year round. The Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool is a marvellous oasis in the Kosciuszko National Park. It is well worth the walk!”
RAYMOND ISLAND BY @SWANCOVEONRAYMOND
“One of our many resident koalas on Raymond Island. The koala trail is a favourite spot of mine where you can see these blissful marsupials up real close in the Manna Gums, the preferred home tree for koalas. I love to immerse myself in that sense of timeless, spaceless stillness, that koalas embody.”
PAPERBARK FOREST BOARDWALK AGNES WATER BY @ASUNNIERLIFE
“Stumbling on the Paperbark Forest Trail in Agnes Waters – with its stepping stones, boardwalks and water crossings – was a magical experience. It’s a short but stunning stroll that awakened the kid inside as I danced among the towering paperbark trees.”