Australia – a continent covering a massive 7.6 million square kilometers of beautiful and diverse country. An estimated 3% of it has been impacted by the bushfires; that’s about 10 million hectares – almost the size of the UK.
As a result, companies, celebrities and communities have come together to help restore and revive the areas impacted.
One of the initiatives is Sally Aksenov’s ‘Stay With Them (@staywiththemau). It’s purpose is to inspire travel and tourism to the fire affected regions around Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The hope is that this will contribute to reinvigorating bushfire affected regions and has almost 10,000 followers already!
Sally posted on Instagram: “My dream for this page is to promote the accommodation, tourism and attraction operators within these regions and raise their profiles to ensure they are not forgotten & to encourage you all to think of these townships when planning your next holiday“. Go Sally! That’s what we say.
In support of this, we’re encouraging the people we know to roadtrip around for their next staycation. From glamping to beach houses, lodges to hotels, there are plenty of gorgeous places to be a tourist here. You can recognise accommodation providers who are featured on the Stay With Them instagram profile by the hashtag #staywiththem
And whilst you’re visiting these regions you can also #spendwiththem by taking an #emptyesky and buying your groceries locally to help small, local businesses stay just that way – in business. Cafes, stores, restaurants, tourist attractions, wineries…the list goes on.
To support one of the local communities, some of our Tribe are off to Hotham this weekend. We’re buying ice cream from the local dairy, food from the local store and eating at the local restaurant. And yes, our Hammamas beach towel is already packed for whatever adventures await us there.
Here are a few more suggestions for just a handful of the unique Australian towns you can visit, along with some tunes for the road. Bon voyage!
Feature image: Bawley Point shot by Josh Burkinshaw
“Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles
We’re starting out where we’re going this weekend – hitting the road and heading to the Victorian Alpine region.
Bright in Victoria can still boast it’s jaw-dropping scenery. Families who love being outdoors can reconnect with nature and unwind. Or try heading for a weekend away in towns like Tallangatta and Bairnsdale which are renowned for incredible wine and fresh produce.
“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
A day trip from Sydney, the upper mountains towns Katoomba and Leura in the Blue Mountains National Park are currently reported as not only being safe to go to, but tourists are being encouraged back to help support the bushfire-affected region.
“Everyday Is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow
Some fires in November last year affected the Barossa Valley in South Australia but luckily none have occured this year. It’s open for business and by that we mean wine tasting, biking and relaxing whilst stopping in at the many towns dotted throughout the valley,.
“Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat
Shoalhaven’s major tourist towns of Berry, Jervis Bay, Mollymook and Ulladulla are all welcoming visitors from far and wide and remain eerily quiet. The area is set up perfectly for a road trip. It covers a massive 170km of coastline from Kangaroo Valley in the north to Pebbly Beach in the south with 49 towns and 100 beaches along the way!
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Yes! We’re happy to say we’re heard that you can travel to Kangaroo Island. The East end from Cygnet River to Penneshaw is where you’ll find wildlife, food and wine, beaches, tours and ocean safaris. While you’re there, be sure to treat yourself to something from one of the wineries and local produce stores.
“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2
The place you go to ‘get away from it all’???…yup: Kiah in NSW. Enjoy going totally off grid here. Explore at the National Parks and Twofold Bay during the day, and play games with your loved ones back at your accommodation before bed.
“I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash
No you haven’t! Head up to the Southern NSW Coast and Northern Victorian Coast for a visit to Croajingolong National Park or Ben Boyd National Park. Both areas are ideal for a remote getaway in wild landscapes and superb coastline.
Taking a road trip in Australia this year will mean you are one of the many important and welcome parts of the recovery effort, to help rebuild from the devastating fires. Do always check before travelling; and when you do set off, here are 100 Classic Road Trip songs to keep the vibe going for those hours on the road.
Share your road trips with us on Instagram – we would love to see where your adventures take you.
With love from the Hammamas Tribe x