IIt has been over a year since New Zealand closed its borders to the outside world. But from April 19, the long-awaited travel bubble with Australia will finally open to passengers in both directions. With everything from snow-capped mountains and lush rainforests to bustling cities and gorgeous beaches, Australia has a lot to offer the Kiwi traveler. So where should you go? With the help of our archives, we have some suggestions to help you decide.

Point Roadknight Kiosk beach at Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.  This rock outcrop sits at the end of Point Roadknight.
Point Roadknight Kiosk beach at Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. This rock outcrop sits at the end of Point Roadknight. Photography: idizimage / Getty Images / iStockphoto

If you were hoping to travel to Africa for a safari, Iceland for the Northern Lights, or Singapore for the Peddler this year, Australia has a few equally good alternatives highlighted in this piece that takes a look at some of the lesser-known attractions. from the country. .

And with winter just around the corner, the idea of ​​a beach vacation can seem unappealing. But even a short dive is possible in the waters of most Australian states year round. We asked notable water-loving Australians from across the country about their favorite places to swim, surf and wake up throughout the winter.

Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park.  Flinders Ranges, South Australia.
Alligator Gorge in Mount Remarkable National Park. Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Photograph: Posnov / Getty Images

Australia is also a walker’s paradise, although it is very seasonal. During the warmer months the hike is difficult in all places except the colder or higher places. Then, as the cold sets in in the southern states from June through August, the tropical north becomes much more accessible in milder, drier weather. With this hiker calendar, you can plan your trip according to the time of year.

Capertee Valley, NSW, Australia Grassy plains backed by natural bushland and rugged sandstone ridges in the Capertee Valley, NSW, Australia
Grassy plains backed by natural bushland and rugged sandstone ridges in the Capertee Valley, NSW, Australia Photograph: Glen_Pearson / Getty Images / iStockphoto

During the lockdown, many people took a new interest in their gardens and parks and the birds therein. Australia is home to nearly one in 10 of the world’s unique bird species, with over 900 species of birds living or migrating there. So if you want to broaden your birding horizons, you can take a look at this bird watcher’s calendar, in which we will tell you where to spot our feathered friends at any time of the year.

Satin Bowerbird at Lamington National Park
A satin bird at Lamington National Park Photograph: Samuel Moore / Getty Images

If you are looking for culture, Australia also has a lot to offer; From poetry on the beach to dinners in the desert, to rare bookstores in heritage towns, in this piece we show you where the best regional writer festivals across the country are located this year.

You can also decide to try some of the country’s famous vineyards, taking in the scenery along the way. You can try this four-day road trip through the wine regions of South Australia, for example, or this trip through the NSW wine regions of Mudgee and Orange.

Wine Valley in BarossaPicturesque Wine Valley in Barossa, South Australia.  Color effect applied
Wine Valley in Barossa, South Australia. Photograph: moisseyev / Getty Images / iStockphoto

If you’re not sure what you want, you can also try your luck with a Mystery Vacation, which has made a comeback in Australia this year thanks to Qantas. The rebooted travel trend of the 1990s sees the more adventurous take a seat on an early morning flight from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, an adventure organized somewhere in the Australian region, and a return trip before the day’s end.