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With the worst of the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic (hopefully) behind us, we’re looking for ways to support the communities that need it most.

And, like celebrities Natalie Bassingthwaite, Edwina Bartholomew, Cameron Daddo, Adam Liaw and Jamie Durie – among others – we know that a family road trip is the way to do it.

Accommodation website Stayz launched the #RoadTripPledge campaign on June 23, encouraging Aussies to explore – and support – the regional communities hit hardest by the events of this year.

A response to the recent devastating bushfires, the effects of which were compounded by the forced isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic that followed, Stayz #RoadTripPledge campaign encourages Aussies to holiday here this year.

Family expert and child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says the initiative won’t just benefit regional communities, but also Australian families.

“So many families have experienced a lost summer syndrome, made worse by the recent health crisis that has impacted the way we socialise, greet people and holiday,” says Michael. “While we must still be careful and diligent, we need to also remember that connecting, exploring and spending time together as a family unit is now more important than ever, and doing this locally by road is a safe option.

“Travel will have a positive impact on our kids’ minds and education. From the outset parents can give them a new sense of responsibility that they might not have on a daily basis by getting them involved in the planning of the trip and then letting them be in charge of packing for themselves. Visiting regional towns presents the opportunity for children to learn about their history, indigenous culture, nature and wildlife, inspiring curiosity beyond what they may learn in the classroom.”

The #RoadTripPledge message is simple: focus on reconnecting Australian families with these impacted areas, encouraging Australians to make a simple promise to take on new adventures and hit the road to rebuild tourism. From where you fill up your car and your bellies to where you rest your head at night, every dollar you spend regionally will help to rebuild the local economy.

And, to encourage regional spending, the first 1000 bookings (for accommodation over $1000) made at Stayz.com.au will be eligible to claim and receive a $100 VISA gift card* which can be used in the regional holiday destination.

www.roadtrippledge.com.au 

OUR TOP THREE REGIONAL ROAD TRIP DESTINATIONS

Banana Shire
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this shire was named for the tropical fruit – in fact, there are few banana trees to be found in the eastern region of Outback Queensland! Rather, the town of Banana – and thus, the wider area – was named after a beloved bullock who helped stockmen way back in the 1860s. You can see a replica of Banana in the town named after him, but that’s not all you can see in this part of the world. Don’t miss the historic town of Baralaba, the beautiful Dee River in Dululu and the quirky culture of Moura.
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The Warrego Way
Warrego means ‘river of sand’ in the local indigenous language, and considering how the scenery changes as you drive from Brisbane to Birdsville, you can understand why. Your first outback stop is in ‘big’ Roma – it’s home to the southern-hemisphere’s biggest cattleyard, the Big Rig and will, comparatively, feel like the big smoke after visiting towns further west. As you drive further along, be sure to look skyward in Charleville – it’s the region’s ‘cosmos centre’ and also the home to the Royal Flying Doctor Service – and downward for opals in Quilpie. If you’re game, head further west to the ‘big sky country’ of Windorah, Betoota (yep, that Betoota) and finally, Birdsville.
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Capricorn Region
Chasing a sea change? There’s no place like the Capricorn region on Queensland’s coastline. From ancient cultures to modern marvels, and its fair share of natural wonders, the region – which sits at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef – offers something for everyone. Take your pick from coastal calm or city hustle and bustle, stopping off in the region’s largest city and the ‘beef capital’ of Australia, Rockhampton. Along the water – and even out to sea – enjoy island life on Great Keppel and Pumpkin Islands, or discover the beauty and wonder that is Carnarvon Gorge.
Find out more here

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Image Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

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