This year certainly looks very different to the way we all expected, and for the travel-lovers amongst us that has meant an indefinite pause travels on distant shores. While it's a little sad to see these plans put on hold, it doesn't mean travel has been cancelled in 2020. Far from it!
We all just have to think about it differently and, once you start looking, you'll realise there are actually a huge number of amazing things to see and do right on your doorstep.
There's a reason why Australia is so high on the wish lists of many people across the globe - it's spectacular and full of wonderful things to do from high adventure experiences to relaxing beachside holidays. And now that Spring is finally upon us, there's never been a better time to start planning your next getaway.
There's no shortage of things to see and do, and here are three suggestions from the Cloud Nine Global team:
Remote getaway just outside Sydney
This is one for when you're looking for a true sense of isolation, but don't want to stray too far from the big smoke. The Little Black Shack is a bijoux two-bedroom treat located on Mackeral Beach, a glorious little strip of sand across the water from Palm Beach and Pittwater, but only accessible by boat or ferry. So make sure you bring all your supplies with you! Once you're there, this sweet and stylish timber and sandstone cottage is the ultimate nature retreat and a chance to get back to basics while enjoying a bit of luxury. Sunset with a gin and tonic on the terrace overlooking the water is definitely #getawaygoals - and they have a couple of dates available in September, October, November and December, so get in quickly!
A luxurious country weekend away
Mudgee has become a popular destination for food and wine lovers, and it's a wonderful option for a short getaway. There are lots of gorgeous cottages to rent iin and around Mudgee but one of our favourites is The Vinegrove, a truly heavenly four bedroom homestead that will blow your socks off. Head out to do a few tastings at local wineries during the day (with an obligatory long lunch thrown in) and then head back here for a luxe night in. It's pretty popular, but there are a smattering of dates available from September to December, so get in quick - or plan ahead and book now for 2021.
Island getaway with a touch of the wild
Want to embrace a bit more adventure? Then Satellite Island is the place for you! It's a tiny wild private island in Tasmania that's totally off the grid - and totally breathtaking. You rent the whole island - including the stunningly stylish two properties: The Summer House and The Boathouse, which sleep eight people in total - and when you're there you get access to a whole range of experiences including eating freshly shucked oysters straight from the sea, diving for sea urchin or enjoying a bonfire at sunset. Need a bit more civilisation. Don't worry, Bruny Island (and its local wineries and restaurants) are just across the water.