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Survivor, RPM, Neighbours: Channel 10 TV stars share their Australian vacation bucket lists

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Bit by bit, Australia is easing coronavirus restrictions. International travel is probably a long way off, but with any luck, domestic travel will be back on the cards soon, so we’ll be able to see all the glorious sights that are in our own backyard.

Let’s face it: after weeks and weeks in lockdown we’re pretty much over staying home.

“In life before coronavirus, the thought of travelling anywhere with kids would bring on serious sweats, but after isolating with a four-year-old and 18-month-old climbing the walls, we desperately need a change of scenery,” Roz Kelly of 10 News First tells Kidspot.

Hit the road to camp in national parks, hop on a flight to Kangaroo Island, or check out the surprisingly long list of kid-friendly activities in Margaret River (and pick up a few bottles of wine while you’re there).

Maybe your bucket list  includes Uluru, or somewhere tropical. Who needs Bali when you’ve got the Whitsundays?

As part of Channel 10’s The Love Australia Project airing tonight at 7.30pm, we asked some of our favourite TV stars which Australian destinations are on their bucket lists.

Australia has some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. Photo: Channel 10

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Luke Toki (Survivor)

My dream travel destinations would have to include a return trip to Coral Bay and to explore the beauty of Exmouth. I want to see the Pink Lake in Esperance and the kangaroos that frolic on the beaches. Australia Zoo is also up there for a good old-fashioned family holiday. 

Lisa Wilkinson (The Project, The Sunday Project

I’d love to visit Margaret River in Western Australia and I want to explore more of the Kimberley. I’d also like to try the ski fields of Mount Buller and visit Wineglass Bay in Tasmania.

Barry Du Bois (The Living Room)

One place I have not been to is The Kimberley. The remoteness of this place really attracts me as well as the beautiful colours and contrasts you get there. But it’s also a great opportunity to get a glimpse of indigenous Australia before white man came. It’s a place I’m really looking forward to getting to.

Barry is keen to see the spots that are an important part of Aboriginal history. Photo: Channel 10

Kate Peck (RPM and 10 Sport

The unique thing about Australia is we literally have everything from jungle to snow fields. And so much culture.

I’ve always wanted to travel to central Australia to eat a witchetty grub and experience the way Native Australians eat bush tucker! What a unique Australian experience to cook a goanna over the fire for dinner.

I’d also love to dive with whale sharks in Ningaloo and do an Arnhem Land coastal camp.

This family trip to Puffing Billy, Victoria, Kate Peck’s first big holiday and first big bicycle ride – 50 kilometres! Photo: supplied

Roz Kelly (10 News First and 10 Sport)

I’d love to go to Lord Howe Island ALONE. A parent’s only sanity-restoring escape.

With kids, it would have to be Thredbo. The kids are at an age where they would get so much joy out of the snow. Wear them out on the slopes all day so they crash early and mama and papa can drink red wine by the fire all evening.

Read about the best staycations around Australia with kids and the coolest family-friendly hotels in Australia.

Ben Hall (Neighbours)

It would have to be the Great Barrier Reef. I want to get up there after lockdown and I want to get into that beautiful blue water. I want to see the fish and the coral and swim with turtles and dolphins and whales and everything else. I think visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world would be incredible. And its right here in Australia.

From tropical rainforests to sweeping seaside cliffs, Australia is stunning. Photo: Channel 10

Sharna Burgess (Dancing With The Stars

Somewhere I am really looking forward to going is Kakadu National Park. It is the second largest in the world and I have been wanting to go for so, so long. There is so much there that is unique to Australia that I won’t be able to see it anywhere else and I am really looking forward to planning that trip.

 Natarsha Belling (10 News First)

I would love to visit Tasmania. I have never been to beautiful Tasmania. I have the great opportunity to work in Darwin and the Northern Territory, I’ve travelled through Queensland, through Western Australia and right through country NSW. Tasmania is on my list. 

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