For most Australians, the beach is synonymous with family fun. People love the sun, surf and salt air and return year after year for their family holiday. While beach holidays are certainly enjoyable, it might be time to switch it up with a high country getaway. Here’s why!
Stay sand free
While beaches are certainly beautiful, there is one clear drawback – sand. No matter how hard you try, sand always ends up everywhere. It gets in your clothes, your bags and the car and hangs around for weeks to come. Things get even worse when you add sunscreen into the mix. Sticky sunscreen and gritty sand is one disastrous combination. Luckily, in the high country you can stay sand free while enjoying your natural surrounds.
Avoid the crowds
As the weather warms up, people flock to the beach. Both locals and tourists alike head to the coast with their families to enjoy the sun. While this might sound appealing, the crowds are less so. On a hot, humid day, being packed on a stretch of beach can be incredibly stressful, especially with little ones in tow. Instead of following the masses to dry coastal beaches, it’s far more pleasant to escape to the cooler green areas of the high country.
Avoid parking dilemmas
Worse still, with large crowds come masses of traffic. Finding a parking spot along the beachfront can take ages and this can be a stressful experience when you’ve got kids in the backseat. By choosing the country instead of the beach, you can always guarantee a park.
Score some shade
All regular beach goers know the struggle of finding some shade. You have to park in the shade if you want to prevent the car from turning into a furnace and there are only so many spots with trees. Even if you score a shade for your car, you need to make your own shade on the beach to protect your family from the baking rays of the sun. This means lugging around and setting up huge umbrellas, beach tents or sun shelters. On a high country holiday you’ll never be short of trees and shade. Better yet, due to the elevated altitude, the high country climate is much cooler and less humid than the coast.
Get some fresh country air
Because of their popularity, cities usually grow around beaches. This means that the beach also comes with air pollution. While the beach itself may have clear air, if you are staying nearby, the air might not be quite as clean. By embarking on a high country getaway you can guarantee a fresh dose of country air for the whole family.
Explore new activities
A high country getaway offers a huge range of fun activities. You can go hiking in national parks, horseback riding in grasslands, four-wheel-driving along trails or visit a range of heritage attractions, country markets, gardens, cafes and eateries. Some country towns also have organised tours that allow you to see the best the region has to offer.
Looking for a country getaway near Toowoomba, Brisbane or the Gold Coast?
Plan your next family holiday at Ravensbourne Escape! Perched amongst the clouds and fresh mountain air, our site is bordered by the evergreen Ravensbourne National Park. Just a short drive from a range of bushwalks, eateries and quaint country towns, it’s the perfect place to spend some quality family time.
Ravensbourne Escape has a range of self-catered, family-friendly holiday homes available. We even have our own on-site restaurant if you don’t fancy cooking for yourself! Simply book online or give us a call and we can recommend the perfect house for your family’s needs!