It may be some time until international travel bans are lifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however promising signs of Australia's progress in slowing the rate of the infection growth and flattening the curve may lead to a much faster recovery for the domestic travel market.
With intrastate travel restrictions in NSW due to be lifted from 1 June, and other states also beginning to relax rules around non-essential travel, now's the time to start dreaming and booking your next trip.
Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has encouraged Australians currently stuck in quarantine and lockdown restrictions to start dreaming of their next holiday in the country.
"My message is now is the time when you can dream and plan but not execute those plans.
You should really be thinking about the type of trips you might take in Australia when restrictions on travel are lifted on travel in Australia, however many months away that may be."
To kick off your travel inspiration and planning, here's three great Australian holiday destinations and the best places you can stay.
The Blue Mountains
Turn off the laptop and take a much needed screen time break, it's time to unbox those brand new hiking boots you bought online and head for the mountains.
Tourism in the Blue Mountains has been heavily affected by a devastating double hit from the 2019/2020 Summer bushfires and then the following COVID-19 pandemic. The local community is eagerly awaiting the return to some normalcy once domestic travel restrictions are lifted, and ready to welcome visitors back to its charming cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
Where to stay with MadeComfy: The perfect Blue Mountains getaway
This renovated apartment in a brand new building is nestled in the heart of Katoomba so you can enjoy local cafes and restaurants right outside your door. In the colder months, you can rug up next to the fireplace after a day of hikes and bushwalking.
There's plenty to see and do in the nation's capital. From the many national museums and galleries dotting the city's stately inner south precinct to institutions such as Parliament House and the Australian War Museum, Canberra is steeped in Australia's political history and culture. Getting around the city is easy with a recently built light rail line, and a highly planned and organised road system of grand roundabouts and wide boulevards.
Where to stay with MadeComfy: Stylish Apartment with Stunning Views in New Acton
This contemporary and stylish apartment is ideally located in the thriving precinct of New Acton, and has been appointed with the highest quality finishings that embraces luxurious, modern living. The living room opens onto a covered, outdoor area, offering beautiful views toward the iconic Black Mountain.
Take some time out with the family and enjoy everything the Gold Coast has to offer: endless sandy beaches, sprawling waterways and world class surf spots. Away from the water, beautiful walking tracks and bushland are easily accessible from the city, which is surrounded by stunning national parks.
Where to stay with MadeComfy: Stunning Oceanview Retreat Between Beach and Bush
It doesn’t get more spectacular than this Gold Coast hideaway. Perched within bushland 10 minutes’ walk from Burleigh Beach, this contemporary two-bedroom home commands a panoramic view of the ocean and Gold Coast skyline. Birdsong will be your alarm clock here, and the beach your only appointment. Throw open the doors from the living room onto the spacious deck: it’s the perfect place for a coffee or an al fresco meal with the family.