Baz Luhrmann's outback epic Australia has intrepid travellers everywhere itching to visit the stunning landscapes captured so evocatively in the movie.
Kununurra and the Kimberley in the rugged northwest of WA; tropical Darwin in the Territory and Bowen on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast; and some of Sydney's most magnificent historic homes.
Early indications show that Australians are falling in love with Australia again and turning to self-drive adventures as the most affordable way to relax, regroup, recharge and discover the real Australia for themselves.
Driving holidays are firmly back in vogue, helped along by declining petrol prices. Johanna Penny, Brand Manager at Britz Campervans, the largest campervan rental company in Australia, says predictions about further reductions at the pump before Christmas are fuelling the urge of many Australians to hit the road in search of simpler, more authentic holiday experiences.
"We're all watching our spending right now but Australians also understand how important it is for our wellbeing and family life to take time out to rest and reconnect with each other," she said. "Campervan holidays offer a real sense of autonomy, spontaneity and affordability for those of us chasing something more than a pre-packaged holiday product." Johanna said.