Since 2020 has been a different sort of year, it seems fitting our annual list of top stories is a little different too. With many of our planned trips put on hold, this year’s list is a mix of popular stories, the posts that got the most feedback from our readers and a couple of our favourite adventures.
We’ll take you from the gem fields in Queensland to rainforest wilderness near Hobart. Read about a great silo art trail in western Victoria and why you should pack a lilo for your next trip to the MacDonnell Ranges.
And of course, since we haven’t been able to leave South Australia much this year, there are a couple of travel ideas when you get to our home state. Enjoy the list. Here’s hoping for a bit more travel in 2021!
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- Platypus spotting on Lake Elizabeth
- Why you should visit the Adelaide Hills
- The best day trips from Hobart
- Look out for sandflies
- Gem fossicking in Mt Surprise
- Explore Brachina Gorge
- Sunset tour of Mungo National Park
- Snorkelling surprises in South Australia
- Silo Art trails in Victoria
- Floating along Redbank Gorge
Platypus spotting on Lake Elizabeth
Finding a platypus can be a tricky business. The upside is they live in some beautiful places and Lake Elizabeth in the Otway Ranges is no exception. It’s not surprising this has been one of our most popular stories of 2020. It is hard to pass up seeing a platypus from the water in such a stunning location.
Read More : Paddle with Platypus Adventure
Why you should visit the Adelaide Hills
We live in the Adelaide Hills so in a year when travel has been difficult, it’s no wonder we spent a lot of time exploring our own backyard. This list of things to do in the Adelaide Hills should tempt you to visit the region when you’re in South Australia. Allow a few days, there’s lots to see and do!
Read More : Plan an Adelaide Hills Getaway
The best day trips from Hobart
Hobart must be the ultimate day trip city for nature lovers. The Maria Island wombats, wildlife off Tasman Island, rainforest wilderness in the Huon Valley. And there’s the history in Port Arthur and through central Tasmania. There’s so much to see and you can do it all in a day from Hobart.
Read More : Which Hobart Day Trip will you do?
Look out for sandflies
If you have travelled anywhere near the coast you have probably had a run in with sandflies. When we published this story it got heaps of comments – it seems many of you could relate to it! Not sure what sandflies are? Read on so you know how to avoid the horrible bugs.
Read More : Have you ever experienced a Sandfly bite?
Gem fossicking in Mt Surprise
Funding our travels by fossicking for gems seemed like a good idea at the time. But, as we discovered in Mount Surprise, it was perhaps no surprise that finding those elusive jewels was much harder than it sounds!
Read More : Fossicking in Mt Surprise
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Explore Brachina Gorge
Located in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, Brachina Gorge is one of the best drives you can do in area. Follow the geological trail, spot yellow footed rock wallabies at dusk and get great views from nearby Razorback Lookout. Read more about this spectacular Flinders Ranges road trip.
Read More : A Spectacular Flinders Ranges Road Trip
Sunset tour of Mungo National Park
To outback scenery of quite a different kind, it’s not hard to see why Mungo National Park is on so many bucket lists. The landscape is often describes as being from another world. We did a sunset tour of the lunette at Lake Mungo. Make sure your camera has a full battery, you’re going to need it!
Read More : Exploring the Mungo Lunette
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Snorkelling surprises in South Australia
What Adelaide lacks in coral reefs it makes up for with the diversity of its snorkelling experiences. Swim with giant cuttlefish, seals, tuna or huge schools of fish under a jetty. There is something for all ability levels. Read why you should bring your fins and facemask when you visit South Australia.
Read More : Where to snorkel in South Australia
Silo Art trails in Victoria
Silo art seems to get more popular every year. Our guide to the silo art in western Victoria has been as popular as anything we have written about this year. There are six silos to see in the Wimmera-Mallee. Follow the trail and get a great sense of the area’s history through these amazing murals.
Read More : Follow along the Silo Art Trail
Floating along Redbank Gorge
We managed to get a trip in to Central Australia this year. Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon were all fantastic, but our highlight was drifting down Redbank Gorge on a lilo. Read why you should pack a pool toy when you travel to this bit of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Read More : Why you need a lilo in Central Australia
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