Thanks to the pandemic, many Australians are going nuts from being stuck at home. With Sydney recently ending its 107-day lockdown, and Melbourne set for a lockdown exit, however, if you and your mates have been going stir-crazy, now might be a good time to plan an adventure. The big question is – where can you go during the pandemic?

While international destinations have their appeal, the best locations right now are local. After all, Australia’s borders are closed right now to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only those with exemptions are being allowed to enter the country and there are quarantine restrictions in place.

One stunningly beautiful destination that you can visit without leaving the country is the Greater Blue Mountains Area in New South Wales. Declared a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 2000, this vast area encompasses about 10,000 square kilometres and includes not just the Blue Mountains but also Kanangra-Boyd, Wollemi, the Gardens of Stone, Yengo, the Thirlmere Lakes, Nattai, and the Jenolan Caves.

Not only is the landscape gorgeous, but it’s also filled with over 400 species of fauna, including many rare and unique ones such as the koala, platypus, Blue Mountain water skink, spotted-tail quoll, long-nosed potoroo, and the yellow-bellied glider.

Tourists flock to see places like the Three Sisters, one of Australia’s most photographed landmarks. Nearby, the Giant Stairway runs into the Jamison Valley while the Jenolan Caves southwest of Katoomba offer visitors a chance to explore their limestone interiors. For those who love trains, there is a Toy and Railway Museum in Leura as well as the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which offers a ride through the sandstone cliffs, and the Zig Zag Railway near Lithgow. Then there is Lincoln’s Rock and the Edge Cinema, both of which offer spectacular views of the area.

In addition to beautiful scenery and an abundance of wildlife, the Blue Mountains encourage an active vacation as they offer opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers. Canyoning and other sports are also popular. While some spots offer challenges for experienced adventurers, others are suitable for families. Guided trips are also available for those who are unsure of their skills.

For couples, the natural beauty of the area lends itself to romance. Waterfalls such as the Katoomba Falls provide a delightful backdrop for a romantic picnic while many hiking trails offer secluded spots for cuddling.

In terms of accommodation, camping is a great option for many people. Not only does it let you fully immerse yourself in the outdoor setting, it also helps minimize your exposure to COVID-19. There are several options for free camping, including the Cathedral Reserve campground and Dunphys Camping area. There are also full-service facilities that charge a small fee but provide amenities such as hot showers and Wi-Fi.

Couples who value seclusion and desire a bit of luxury might want to consider renting a tiny home through Tiny Away. Here you will find your perfect Blue mountains accommodation. Since most tiny homes include comfortable beds, fully functioning kitchens as well as bathrooms with showers, air conditioning, heating, and often media options, you’ll be super cozy. Many properties include amenities such as spas, fire-pits, or access to nearby hiking and biking trails that will add to your enjoyment.

Tiny homes can also be perfect for small families that are traveling together. Many include a loft space or a fold-out sofa that is a perfect sleeping area for children. Since these houses have proper small bathrooms and kitchens, it is easier to care for a little one.

In terms of cost, it makes a lot of sense to rent a tiny home, as well. The prices are very reasonable, particularly when you consider that you’ll be able to cook many of your own meals. Most of the sites are located on farmland that allows you to really enjoy nature, including having marvelous views of night skies filled with stars. You might want to bring a telescope!

Another advantage to renting a tiny home is that the owner can tell you about attractions that only the locals know about. Most owners are super friendly and happy to help make sure you have a great vacation.

Whether you are up for a long weekend or a longer adventure, consider a trip to the beautiful Blue Mountains for a truly relaxing getaway.

Author’s Bio: Lisa Eclesworth is a notable and influential lifestyle writer. She is a mom of two and a successful homemaker. She loves to cook and create beautiful projects with her family. She writes informative and fun articles that her readers love and enjoy. You can directly connect with her on email – lisa@lisaeclesworth.com or visit her website www.lisaeclesworth.com