A flashpacker’s guide to Australia
Backpacking around the globe has evolved into flashpacking, as intrepid travelers ditch their hiking boots and rucksack in favour of a more luxurious, yet still authentic, adventure. According to travel experts, this evolution reflects a backpacking generation that champions responsible travel while embracing a digital revolution. Many of them are trading months of budget buses around southeast Asia for a four-week sabbatical, exploring Australia's Gold Coast by private jet and yacht. So say goodbye to hostels and street food; instead, charter a private jet to Australia to enjoy boutique hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants. Here’s our pick of the best flashpacking hotspots Down Under.
Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia, is a hub of adventure and beauty from which you can travel to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, an untamed wilderness where luxurious accommodation punctuates the rugged terrain. While here, tour Sandy White Memorial Park, Torquay Beach and Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, while restaurants like Coast, famous for its slow-cooked lamb shoulder and beef brisket sharing platters, answer all your ‘foodie’ prayers.
The Shire of Noosa boasts beautifully diverse landscapes, from beachfront towns to everglades. One of this haven’s most popular regions is Cooloola Recreation Area, where long beaches fringe high sand dunes, remote waterways join freshwater lakes and forest woodlands hide wildflower heaths. Cooloola is a must-see destination for all flashpackers.
Feed your need for speed with some four-wheel-driving along Noosa Beach and journey to the region’s Double Island Point Lookout, all before retiring to five-star luxury at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. While staying in one of their spacious villas, you’ll be treated to delectable local produce, a personal concierge and transfers into town – be sure to leave some time for designer shopping along Noosa’s Hastings Street.
Hervey Bay and Noosa’s biggest attraction is idyllic island-hopping to nearby Fraser Island. A flashpacker’s dream, this stunning natural wonderland offers trekking through rainforests, spectacular sand formations and eco-adventure cruises along the island’s western edge.
Visitors can dive into Fraser Island’s aqua-blue freshwater lakes and scuba-dive the coral cays of the Great Barrier Reef, before spending an evening fishing on the island’s 75-mile-long eastern beach. Explore the island on foot with the Fraser Island Great Walk, which ranges from easy half-day strolls to experienced eight-day journeys. With so much to do on this Australian paradise, you may end up extending your stay.
Lady Elliot Island
Home of the manta ray, Lady Elliot Island is a spectacular coral cay situated within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Located within a high-protected ‘Green Zone’, it’s home to over 1,200 marine species, including an abundance of turtles, manta rays and unspoiled coral reefs.
Flashpack through this aquatic paradise on glass-bottomed boat rides – if you travel between February and April, you might also witness turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand. At the end of an adventure-packed day, lay down your head at one of the island’s five eco-friendly hotels. You’ll have to say goodbye to the outside world and hello to a digital detox, though, as there’s no access to the internet, radio, telephones or television.
You can travel from LAX, Los Angeles to Queensland Airport, Australia, in a little over 16 hours. Then charter a private jet to begin your flashpacking journey in style. Use our simple pricing tool or contact us for more information to create a bespoke and stress-free flashpacking trip.
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