This holiday season has just turned hot and humid. Since you’ve got the time off, plan a trip somewhere nearby where you get to both cool off and do something fun and exciting!
Just on the other side of the equator, it’s winter time in the Land Down Under. Spend the days exploring the incredible landscapes in cool, crisp weather as you encounter Australia’s unique wildlife, sample their wine, and drive into the open road until you reach the sea.
Do you fancy yourself an old soul, with a gift for tasting wines? Board the oldest steam train in Australia as you brush past lush forests before arriving at the world renowned wineries and vineyards in Yarra Valley. Here you’ll get to elevate your skills to connoisseurship levels and sample some of the world’s best wines.
Drive through pockets of rainforests, past tranquil seaside towns, and under tree canopies with koala bears munching eucalyptus. The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most famous road-touring routes that will take you through all sorts of incredible sights. On your drive back to Melbourne, take the chance to explore the interesting art and culture scene and incredible food.
South Island, New Zealand
Take a walk—a trek, a hike, or what locals like to call ‘a tramp’—on the wild side. With its unique and pristine topography of forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, and fiords, New Zealand has gained a reputation for being the adventure capital of the world. (READ: 6 New Zealand Experiences for Thrill Seekers)
“Not all those who wander are lost,” wrote J.R.R Tolkein. Find yourself lost and stumbling through the charming beauty of the Shire™ at the heart of the Waikato region, as the Kaimai Ranges tower in the distance. Relive the wonder and adventures of Middle Earth without having to battle Sauron.
Experience the geological drama of New Zealand as you sail along Milford Sound and see sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers, and lush rainforests. Be on the lookout for friendly seals basking on the rocks, and marvel at natural wonders such as Mitre Peak and Pembroke Glacier, all from the comforts of a luxury cruise liner.
Enjoy the best of the tropics when you head to Okinawa, Japan. The island cluster is both a geographic and cultural oddity, with a unique mix of Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian influences that make not only for incredible beaches, but also incredible food.
Okinawa is filled with endless stretches of white sand separate the coast from the crystal-blue ocean waters brimming with colourful coral reefs and exotic marine life and colorful. Okinawa is a nature lover’s paradise with an infinite number of ways to explore the waters.
Or maybe you’d rather explore the skies? See the sparkling blue of the ocean broken only by the beauty of the islands as you sail through the clouds at incredible heights.
Escape the heat and grind of the city and cool off in fun and exciting ways when you book your adventure with KKday!
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