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Top Travel Deals in Australia for October 2020

Written by:

Suzi O'Shea


October 29, 2020

Last updated

August 12, 2022

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Suzi O'Shea

Suzi O’Shea is a contributing writer for Oiyo. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications with honours from Southern Cross University. Suzi has worked in media for over 15 years and has been published in several online publications as well as print magazines. She has worked as a freelance writer, speaker, and change management facilitator.

After what feels like several years of lockdown and isolation, it’s fair to say that all Australians have earnt a holiday this year. As restrictions start to ease, the weather is getting warmer and our spirits are lifting, now is the perfect time to start planning your next holiday. We have broken down the top travel deals for each state. So start packing because it’s time to go on an adventure!


A bit of luxury

If you’ve done a great job saving a few pennies during lockdown, now is the time to treat yourself. This eco-retreat located in Currumbin Valley is a private getaway with all the trimmings. There’s a tropical garden with an outdoor bath, coffee machine, king size bed and electric fireplace.

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New South Wales

Private cottage

Nestled 30 minutes away from wine country (Hunter Valley), this super cute cottage is the perfect little getaway. Indulge in an intimate, rustic setting and escape the noise. A perfect hideaway for a weekend, or a longer retreat to eliminate the COVID blues. Sure, you have to take your own linen, but at least you can guarantee they’re clean! At $122 a night, this is a great option for an affordable escape.

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Beach front

If you’re after more of a party vibe, this beachside apartment in Byron Bay is a dream. Only 600 metres from Little Wategos beach, you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife that Byron has to offer, or get back to nature on one of the many bushwalks and trails nearby. Either way, this is a great location at a reasonable price.



On the back of Victorian Freedom Day, Victorians will no doubt be super keen to get out of their home. No doubt, non-Victorians will soon be allowed to travel freely also, so here’s a couple of great destinations.

Great Ocean Road

A spectacular destination to base yourself at while delighting in all that the Great Ocean Road has to offer, is the gorgeous town of Lorne. Anyone who has been to Falls Festival will tell you that this town offers vibrant culture and country hospitality all with a glorious scenic backdrop of ocean and bush. The Mantra offers rooms starting from $139 a night for absolute beachfront accommodation. It has an indoor pool, gym, tennis court, and Italian Steakhouse.


If you’re a foodie and you haven’t been to Melbourne, are you really even a foodie? In a single weekend you can eat your way around the city. Discover hidden restaurants in alleyways, go to the Queen Victoria Market, get some Italian at Lygon Street, and brunch at as many cafes as possible. Take some stretchy pants and indulge in all the good food and wine. If you want to be peak-Melbourne, you can’t go past The Art Series Cullen Hotel in Prahran.


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Art Series …The Cullen Hotel located across the road from the Prahran Markets and only minutes away from Chapel Street

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The nation’s capital isn’t just full of politicians. It’s arguably the cultural capital of the country. For such a small city it boasts more galleries and museums than you can possibly imagine. Namely, The National Gallery of Australia, which showcases (sometimes exclusively) world-class exhibitions that would delight the senses of any art lover. There is also the National Dinosaur Museum, Canberra Museum & Gallery, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, and that’s not even scratching the surface.

If art isn’t really your jam, you can share a room with a tiger. There’s a huge wall of plexiglass for OHS purposes, but you still get a pretty wild experience at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge. You may need to dip into your savings though, as prices start at $1,250 a night for this unique experience. If you can’t front that kind of cash, Deco Hotel has lovely rooms from $130 a night in a great location.


Home to the world’s tallest flowering plant, Tasmania is Australia’s natural playground. Lush rolling hills, crisp snow, a spectacular harbour, and the breathtaking Aurora Australis. A natural phenomenon that occurs between the months of Spring, particularly early September.

Tasmania is also home to impressive vineyards and wineries, it would be rude to visit and not have a tipple. Take your natural immersion to the next level and stay at the Pumphouse Point Hotel in St Claire. Located in the middle of the wilderness, this adults-only hotel has no wifi, no Netflix, and an honesty system at the bar. From $350 a night, your rate includes breakfast, dinner, and warm sourdough on demand!

South Australia

The South Australian coastline is truly amazing. Only an hour away from Adelaide, the Yorke Peninsula is a whopping 700 kilometres of picturesque seaside.

To make the most of the salty air, stay in a glamping tent right on the bay from $166 a night.


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Western Australia

Margaret River

Flying over Western Australia gives you a real sense of just how massive the state is. As such, there are many different experiences to be had. If delicious wine and sunsets in the ocean are your thing, you’ll love Maragret River. With a bunch of white sand beaches to choose from, you can swim, scuba, surf, or laze around and take it all in. Between walking trails, bike paths, rivers, beaches, and – of course – wine, there’s a tonne of stuff to do. Explorers Rest is a great hideaway, close to town and your own private space.


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Indulge in what our beautiful region has to offer🌾

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Over on the top end of the state is an altogether different world. In the Buccaneer Archipelago you’ll find a horizontal waterfall. True story. David Attenborough described it as, “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”, and really, there can be no greater endorsement. Only accessible by boat or plane, this natural wonder is a must. Starting from $112 per night, The Eco Beach Resort is a slice of paradise.


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Northern Territory

Apart from one of the greatest advertising slogans of all time, the Northern Territory is full of history and natural wonder. Australia is home to the world’s oldest living civilisation. A trip to Arnhem Land is a cultural experience that will connect you with the history of this land and our first nations people. A highly spiritual and rugged place, Arnhem Land is often referred to as the last real wilderness of Australia.


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Dance like nobody is watching because today is International Dance Day! 👣 Break it down and get into the rhythm like these dancers from Groote Eylandt, performing a buŋgul (traditional dance) at Garma Festival. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The art of dance has been celebrated and used in cultural ceremonies in East Arnhem Land for over 60,000 years and continues to be an important part of the region’s culture and connection to country. Photo credit goes to @garma_festival_official and Melanie Faith Dove ~ Yothu Yindi Foundation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #eastarnhemland #garma #garmafestival #internationaldanceday #internationaldanceday2020 #bunggul #groote #grooteeylandt #yolngucountry #yothuyindi #culturalfestival #indigenousfestival #culturalexchange #culturaltourism #dance #seeaustralia #ntaustralia #tourismtopend

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Given the unique landscape and multitude of adventures on offer, you can choose your own adventure as to where you lay your head. Camp under the stars or splash out on a super fancy resort, the options are endless and you can find something to suit your budget.

Before you start packing

We are still in the grips of a pandemic, so it’s imperative to check the guidelines and restrictions pertaining to your state and where you intend to travel to. Check with your service providers around change of plans, cancellations, and any other pandemic related issues. It may also help to look into travel insurance and be sure you’re covered.

Now, go pack your bags and support Australian tourism!

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