Beach or Bush? How to Pick Your next Holiday Spot

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:10 October 2016 

Are you a beached babe or a bush basher when it comes to holidaying?

Do you tend to change it up every holiday or are you a creature of habit, returning to the same campsite each and every break? Either way, we thought it’d be fun to compare the two typical holiday types and see which one comes out on top.

Beach

What’s not to love about waking up, watching the sunrise over the horizon and taking a walk along the sand breathing in the salty air? At least if you’re on the East coast! Not only do you have endless activities you can do during the day (including just lying in the sun with a good book) you can also enjoy dancing around a bonfire on the sand (if you’re allowed to) at night.

If you have kids in tow, they will love body boarding, building sand castles and exploring the rock pools. Those without the kidlets, is anything more relaxing the sound of waves crashing on the shore? There is no doubt about how much fun the beach is for your next holiday.

But what about some cons. I know what most of you are thinking. Sand. Lots of sand. When you’re at the beach not only is there a lot of sand, you can also get more sunburned because generally you are wearing less clothing and are spending more time in the sun. Holidays where you are burned to a crisp can be a lot less enjoyable especially when you can’t retreat to air-conditioning. With the beach often comes other campers and holiday makers, so it may not as quiet as you’d hoped if you don’t find somewhere secluded.

The beach is a good holiday spot for both the action packed adventurers and those who want to chill out and is pleasant at most times throughout the year.

Bush

The bush is peaceful; it has a eucalyptus smell in the air that automatically triggers a relaxation hormone (not scientifically proven but go with us on this one).  There’s no denying that escape feeling when you can hear nothing but insects, birds and the cackle of the fire. When you’re camping (or caravanning) out in the bush generally there is lots to see and do. From mountain climbing, bushwalking, swimming in fresh waterholes and reading under the shade of blue gum you will be content during your time away. You’re more likely to be on your own out in the bush so if you’re on the lookout for some serious R&R, the bush may be for you.

If you are heading away with your kids they will love exploring and playing games throughout the trees, looking for all sorts of animals and discovering secret hiding spots. Beware of the snakes and spiders when you’re out amongst the sticks as they may catch you off guard. Other than that the cons also include the noisy kookaburras waking you in the early hours and the heat can get a bit much in the middle of summer if you don’t have somewhere you can cool off.

Summary

Who were we kidding by writing this post? It is totally up to your personal preference. There are so many factors to take into consideration that there is no way to compare them. Different times of the year also significantly alter the experience as well as who you are travelling with and how you are travelling (camping or caravanning). So while it’s fun to argue the pros and cons of both holiday experiences it might just be easiest to do both.