Couple walks their bicycles alongside green grapevines in the Barossa Valley © Tourism Australia

7 eco-friendly day trip ideas

Couple enjoys sweeping views from the top of Mt Wellington © Tourism Tasmania / Glenn Gibson

Views over Hobart, Mt Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania © Tourism Tasmania / Glenn Gibson

Fun fact

The Royal National Park is not only Australia’s oldest national park, but the second-oldest in the world.

Silhouettes of people gazing at the stars at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre © Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Stargazing in the desert, Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

When to go

The winter months (June to August) bring peak stargazing conditions. Less humidity equals clear skies, with the Milky Way rendered in sharp resolution.

Cycling alongside grapevines at Boyntons Feathertop Winery © Victorian Wine Industry Association

Cycling through Boyntons Feathertop Winery, Porepunkah, Victoria © Victorian Wine Industry Association

Aerial view of the Byron Solar Train moving through bushland © Byron Solar Train

Byron Solar Train crossing Belongil Creek, Byron Bay, New South Wales © Byron Solar Train

Group of little penguins waddle onto the beach from the sea © SDP Media

Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Phillip Island, Victoria © SDP Media

Man with snorkel and fins swims over coral reef © Darren Jew

Snorkelling off Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Darren Jew

Did you know?

Lady Elliot was the first island on the reef to ban plastic water bottles, and its solar panel to person ratio is almost 4:1.

Young woman enjoys picnic among wildflowers on the Fleurieu Peninsula © Elise Cook

Onkaparinga River Mouth, Port Noarlunga, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA © Elise Cook