We’ve been counting down the days and the summer holidays are finally here! Our favourite time of the year, the weather gets warmer, the cocktail parties increase and the bikinis come out! Not to mention the Christmas and New Year's celebrations! We have trawled through our information and found the best spots to spend your holiday break, whether it is in your home town or across the country, these beach side destinations are sure to entice even those who have an aversion to sand!
If you plan to work, play or relax the choice is yours on how to do this. Plenty of activities are available in each of the destinations and of course there is the trusty beach where you can set up camp for the day. For those who don’t like to fly, it’s time to rent out the kombi van you always wished you had and drive to your closest stop! Whether you are single, in a relationship or have six kids, these destinations are perfect for everyone. To find out about the Whitsundays, Port Douglas, Sydney and the Mornington Peninsula, continue reading here!
Known for its white beaches and access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands are a must for anyone who wants a luxurious island experience. Now offering direct flights from spots around Australia, it has never been easier to access. The choice is yours on whether or not you want to stay in five star luxury or bungalow chic, either way make sure you hop on a boat over to Whitehaven Beach. The name says it all – it is literally a haven of white sand and crystal blue water although make sure to bring your sunglasses as it is prone to squinting!
Blue Mountains, Sydney
Less than a two hour drive from Sydney you will be transported from the energetic Sydney CBD to the lush wilderness of the Blue Mountains. A World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains are home to some of the best accommodation spots as well as plenty to see and do. Whether you are into bush walking or not, the trails range from beginner to expert. If you are more up for relaxing, take the cable car or the famous scenic railway to experience some of the most stunning waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands.
Just an hour’s drive from Cairns, you pass by the spectacular Great Barrier Reef to reach Port Douglas. The coastal location is a mix of beach side relaxation and Heritage listed rainforests. Take a walk along the palm fringed sands of Four Mile Beach or breathe the clean air of Daintree rainforest. Perhaps one of the best things about Port Douglas is the climate, balmy days dissolve into tropical evenings under a roof of starry skies.
Around an hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD, the Peninsula’s stunning coastline and local towns are a must-visit destination. Filled with adventure and relaxation there is something for everyone. Renowned for its beaches there are plenty of activities to enjoy, learn how to stand-up paddleboard, go snorkelling with seals or relax by the clear waters. If you want to experience something a little off the coast, make sure to check out the zip lining places where you will find yourself flying through the trees, or get lost within the 22-acre mazes.