There’s lots to consider when planning an Aussie holiday. Where will you be going? Will it be a family trip, a lovers’ weekend, or a solo adventure? Is there one destination, or several? Will you use a budget car hire for a road trip? Will it be focused on sightseeing, or on rest and relaxation? Once you’ve given these some thought, the focus turns quickly to accommodations. To help you make the right choice for your trip, here is a handy reference guide outlining the many different kinds available.
There certainly are many options from which to choose: the trendiest upscale boutique hotels, the most rustic campsites, and everything in between!
Hotels and motels are often a top choice for families. You can opt for a room or suite, and enjoy many useful amenities like room service and daycare. Many are equipped with pools, restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, too. If your budget is strict, motels are an economical choice, as many are more value priced than hotels but offer many of the same amenities. Efficiency rooms offer stove/microwave/refrigerators and a dinette so you can cook and eat in if you’d like, which is a great money saver. If you’re taking a road trip, a motel might be just the thing for you; they’re usually family friendly and well located conveniently close to many popular attractions.
Not focused on exclusively on sightseeing but need a little “R ‘n’ R” this holiday? Consider a full service resort, where you will be pampered and coddled to your heart’s content! Many Australian offerings are a perfect way to soak up the beauty of nature while enjoying resort style luxuries, as many are placed in breathtaking natural environments like Hamilton Island in Queensland or southern wine country. There are usually resort sponsored activities which correspond to the location- skiing if you’re near the slopes, for example, or snorkeling if you’re by the sea. But the real draw of a resort is the fact that there is plenty to do and see right on site.
More popular than ever, there are also a range of privately owned apartments and holiday units available all over the country in which you can enjoy space, privacy and many of the conveniences of home-like a full kitchen and laundry facilities- on site. This option is fantastic for longer trips when you want to become ensconced in a ‘home base’- some travelers even rent one out for several weeks and then take smaller day or overnight excursions within that time frame. Some units even offer housekeeping services!
If something in between the luxury of a hotel and the ‘do it yourself’ nature of a private accommodation is what you seek, a bed and breakfast might be for you.
Most offer a friendly family environment and hearty home-cooked meals. You’ll find these intimate, usually family run places most everywhere: quaint cottages, country homesteads and even urban townhouses right in the middle of the action. The owners are often wonderful ‘concierges’, too, happy to talk at length about the local lore and giving great recommendations regarding what to see and what to avoid.
Farmstays take this immersion into local life a step further. The expected ‘cock- doodle-do’ in the morning and after that, it’s a taste of life on the farm, where you’ll pitch in and do actual farm work like tend field or shear the sheep. Some go whole-hog into the farm experience with hay beds, and others offer luxurious farmhouses, but either way, you’ll sleep like a baby after a long day on the farm. This kind of trip is great when you really need to re-group and take your mind off the hustle and bustle of city life. Also to that end, Australia’s countryside is perfect for camping. Tents beckon in several national parks or well outfitted camping and caravan parks, which offer conveniences like electricity, showers, laundry facilities and cooking sites.
For the adventure seeker, especially if traveling alone, a hostel may be just the ticket. You can choose a beach hut or tree house in Queensland, sleep deep underground in the south, or find a hostel smack in the middle of a big city, as there are hostel accommodations everywhere, outback included. They’re super affordable, too, and a great opportunity to meet other travellers and share experiences and tips.
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Updated : 14th December 2013 | Words : 728 | Views : 4824