This year more than ever, Australians are choosing to explore the regional gems on their bucket lists. In 2021 it’s about lazing on the brilliant beaches in Noosa, Burleigh Heads and Mandurah, hurtling down Thredbo’s snowy slopes, or exploring the Hunter Valley and the coast near Wollongong.

But what to eat and drink, and where to shop once you’re there? In partnership with American Express and its Shop Small program, Broadsheet has compiled guides to some of Australia’s most iconic getaways – digging up the finest restaurants, bars, cafes, brewpubs and boutiques to help you to better enjoy your vacay while supporting local Australian businesses.

Here’s a snapshot of what our best destinations have to offer. Happy holidaying.