Although Christmas feels like it was yesterday, it turns out Easter is only weeks away. This year it's in March, so it's a great excuse for you and your family and friends to leave home life behind and explore the great outdoors. Be sure to leave your itinerary with the Easter Bunny!
So what takes your fancy?
There's something about being able to transport your accommodation wherever you want that makes caravanning the ultimate choice for the adventurer within us who likes a little more luxury than a tent and a drop toilet. Whether your idea of escapism looks like a beach or a lake, we've found some great spots to park and play.
The Great Ocean Road, VIC
At 243km in length, the Great Ocean Road has something for everyone. Whether you choose to stop in at Torquay, Anglesea or Lorne, or take in the natural beauty of the Twelve Apostles and the Otway Treetops - there will be something worth jumping out of your car for all along the way. With caravan sites all along the route with access to power and amenities, allow yourself a couple of days to conquer this - you'll be busy.
The Great Ocean Road. Photo credit: Viechfisch.
Whether you are out to soak up the sun along the beaches,or explore the towns along the route, the Great Ocean Road has the best of both worlds - and it's only an hour and a half from the Melbourne city-centre. With its winding roads, it's not for the faint-hearted, but once you see the view – you'll know why it's worth it.
North Narrabeen, NSW
Can't decide whether you'd rather be closer to the beach or to a lake? North Narrabeen boasts both the Narrabeen Peninsula and the Narrabeen Lakes.
Never heard of Narrabeen? Neither have the tourists who steal your spot on the beach everywhere else in NSW. Narrabeen is the quieter choice if you are after a more relaxing Easter escape. And at only 30km out of the Sydney CBD, you'll be there before anyone can ask 'Are we there yet?'.
With mini-golf for the kids and regular-sized golf for the oldies, kayaking in the lake and surfing in the sea – North Narrabeen is all about soaking up the last of the sun before winter tightens its grip.
North Narrabeen from above. Photo credit: Alex Proimos.
stratton's Marine and Leisure Finance team are attending caravan and camping shows all over Australia over the coming weeks. These shows are the place to get a great deal on a caravan that lets you take advantage of the great caravanning destinations Australia-wide.
Call 1300 955 600 to get a quote or pre-approved for finance, and hit the shows knowing your budget. Check out the list of upcoming shows.
Yarrawonga Caravan and Camping Show
Perth Caravan Show
Hunter Valley Field Day
South Australian Caravan and Camping Show
South Queensland Caravan and Camping Show
Sydney Caravan Show
29 April – 1 May
Albury Caravan, Camping and Boat Show
For the thrill seeker that exists in all of us, 4-Wheel Driving is the sure-fire way to give your friends and family an experience they'll never forget.
Whether you're splashing through the muddy puddles of WA, or cruising through the red centre, Australia has some of the most versatile and extreme terrain for you to explore. We picked our favourite routes going along the west coast and straight up the guts of Australia.
Birdsville Track: Maree (SA) to Birdsville (QLD)Track Difficulty: Moderate
At over 500km in length with a two-day minimum trek time, the Birdsville Track is your choice if you are more interested in Australia's earthy centre than its more popular coastlines. With Aussie history and creeks galore, the endless plains are certainly something you don't see every day at home.
There are a number of camping sites along the track and the sole Mungerannie Hotel (don't expect too much luxury) for you to rest and recuperate each night, so plan your route and see the locations that work best for you.
There are a few rough patches along the track where it becomes a bumpy ride, but for the most part the journey is relatively easy for most 4WDers.
For all the info about sights, sites and routes – check out the Birdsville Track info page here.
For a picture-perfect mix of land and sea, there is no better 4WDing experience then up the coast of Western Australia.
Whether it's fishing, beach tracks or bush walks that capture your fancy, this 450km trek can be altered to fit any range of time restraints or interests.
The trip from Perth to Peaceful Bay takes less than a day, but with all that there is to see it's best to give yourself as much time as possible.
The beach treks are recommended for those who have some experience driving along sand. Be sure to pay attention to the tides when driving along beaches, as some are completely flooded come high-tide.
Check out the different options for your trip: 4-Wheeling in Western Australia.
Peaceful Bay, WA. Photo credit: BaroBert.
Need to get your hands on a 4WD that is up for the challenge? Speak to one of our car finance consultants who can get you a great deal on a car that can handle whatever your holiday throws at it. To speak to a consultant, call 1300 STRATTON (1300 787 288), or start with an instant car finance quote.
For those on a budget or for those who need time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, camping is the ultimate way to reconnect with the great outdoors and switch off in the most peaceful way possible. If you haven't revisited the idea of camping since your childhood, fear not, there are plenty of mod-cons available to make it a far more comfortable and luxurious way to enjoy what the Aussie environment has to offer.
With Australia's greatest natural wonder as the centrepiece, camping in the Red Centre is something postcards are made of. With 450km separating you from the nearest large town, getting there will be half the fun.
To make the most out of being a stone's throw from the traditional Australian icon, be sure to book a tour with an Indigenous Australian guide. Your guide will share Aboriginal history, cultural techniques and give you an insight into traditional Aboriginal weapons including spears and boomerangs.
Uluru, NT. Photo credit: Jeaneeeme.
Port Arthur, TAS
Fast-becoming Australia's newest holiday hot spot, Tasmania is chock-full of natural beauty for you to explore. Whether it's bushwalking, short walks or ghost tours that tickle your fancy, there is something for everyone in the family.
Must-see locations found in and around Port Arthur include Fortescue Bay, Cathedral Rock and the Port Arthur Historic Site (which is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Australia – ooo!).
Port Arthur, TAS. Photo credit: Andrew Braithwaite.
St Jerome's Glamping, VIC
Fancy something a little more luxurious? Why not treat yourself to a night of Glamping (never thought we'd actually be using that word).
If roughing it isn't your idea of a good time, or you don't have a long weekend that lets you escape the grips of your home-life, why not see your world from a different perspective?
Staying on the rooftop of St Jerome's (on the top of the Melbourne Central building in the Melbourne CBD) provides a luxe take on traditional camping. By swapping lilos for a queen-size bed, campfire stories for a movie-filled tablet and a billy full of tea for a cocktail bar – it's camping that doesn't feel like camping, at all.
For more info, visit St Jerome's Glamping.
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Mid-sized car no longer big enough to hold the kids, the dog and the luggage? It's time to move on to a car that fits your lifestyle. stratton can get you the best deal so you can spend your money on fun rather than finance. Get started with an online quote for car finance or call us on 1300 STRATTON (787 288).
Want to get a great deal AND check out the entire range in one place? stratton's Marine and Leisure team will be at caravan and camping shows across Australia – ready to finance whatever you need for your Easter road trip. Take a look at our list of upcoming shows and find out when we'll be in your area.