T+L Hometown Hit List: Australia

We asked our writers for their favorite places to travel domestically. Here, Chloe Sachdev writes our post-pandemic bucket list for Australia.

Jan 28, 2021

OUR NORMALLY JETSETTING WRITERS may be bound in by borders these days, but they’ve amassed enough intel on their home countries to last a lifetime. We asked five T+L contributors in five countries to tell us about the places they’ve been psyched to visit or would like to finally return without the rest of us pesky international tourists getting in the way. Basically, we asked them to think of domestic travel as the silver lining of pandemic prohibitions. (Just don’t tell them we’ll be booking immediately once we can use our passports again.)

Here’s our staycation bucket list for Australia, by Chloe Sachdev.

Why listen to Chloe?

Chloe wrestling her dinner at Bullo River Station

Chloe Sachdev is a freelance travel, lifestyle and trends journalist. The native Australian has eaten well, made the bar rounds and lived all over the world including in Singapore, London, Hong Kong and now Sydney. Alongside T+L Southeast Asia and T+L, she is a regular contributor to a span of international publications including Vogue, The Telegraph, Suitcase and Tatler. An avid sunseeker and happiest when under, over or on water, she’s most likely to be found in a salty sea shack somewhere. Follow Chloe on Instagram: @chloesachdev.

Chloe’s 7 picks of Oz:

Bullo River Station

An authentic cattle ranch and homestead covering 200,000 hectares of the Northern Territory. It’s one of the most authentic places to experience the dusty, sweaty and exhilarating Australian outback life.

Satellite Island

A private island all to yourself in Tasmania that nails seaside country charm. Days are spent paddleboarding, shucking wild oysters straight from the sea, diving for urchins, abalone and mussels or simply having long lunches or picnics. The pièce de résistance is the converted boathouse with two bedrooms, where guests can sleep on the water’s edge. Pure magic.

Ningaloo Reef

The world’s longest fringing reef, this heritage-listed site on the Western Australia coastline is top of my list to swim with turtles, colorful fish, manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks. I’m dying to stay at Sal Salis, in one of the spectacular beach safari tents, to really up the ante.

Off Grid Kitchen

A roaming, self-drive Australian outback ‘kitchen’ tour with acclaimed chef James Viles, where everything you eat has been plucked, caught or foraged and cooked at your ad hoc campsite. There could be no better way to experience the natural elements of Australia and the diversity of its indigenous ingredients.

The Little Black Shack

A perfectly higgledy-piggledy old fisherman’s hut that has been reclaimed and upcycled on Great Mackerel Beach. The only way to get there is by ferry and there are no vehicles or shops here. The definition of slow-by-sea living.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains has everything a nature lover could want — stunning undulating landscape, bushwalks, waterfalls and swimming holes. Only two hours from Sydney but another world.

Bedarra Island

A 100-hectare luxurious tropical haven, with only 10 spectacular villas, on the Great Barrier Reef. What more could you ask for?

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