Check out our tips for your best summer holiday destinations in Australia – they might not all be quite what you were expecting…
Palm Cove, Tropical North QLD
Palm Cove has the distinct advantage of being one of the few spots in Australia where the beach and reef meet a lush tropical rainforest. It is this unique pairing that makes it one of the most diverse and interesting places to visit in the country, not to mention beautiful. The kids will love a boat trip out to the reef and a bit of a snorkel or visit one of the many wildlife parks for an educational experience. There’s also plenty of room for beach lounging if that’s more your pace.
You would be hard-pressed to find someone that’s visited Noosa and didn’t like it. Enjoy a ‘café crawl’ along the iconic Hastings St or take a leisurely stroll up to the Noosa National Park, one of your best shots at seeing a Koala in the wild. And when all that walking just gets too much wade into the calm, azure blue waters for a little R&R. You’ll find some of the countries most decadent resorts perched right on the beach here, so lap it up in this paradise fit for a King.
Apollo Bay, VIC
Apollo Bay is your gateway to exploring the Great Ocean Road. Situated in the foothills of the Otways, there are both stunning hinterland scenes and ocean scenes to be explored. Up in the Otways you’ll find beautiful mountain ranges and the famous Otway Fly treetop walk or head down along the winding Great Ocean Road to view what’s left of the 12 Apostles and the stunning coastal scene that attracts thousands of tourists each year.
How about something at a bit of a slower pace? Foster-Tuncurry is the place for you. Two towns separated by an inlet and a bridge. There’s plenty for the kids in the way of water sports, take a jetski ride through the shallows of the inlet and have dolphins frolic beneath you or head over to the huge sand dunes and slide down on your belly or better yet the lid of an esky. This is a really laid back place with great holiday parks and plenty to keep the kids occupied, the kind of place where you get fish and chips and watch the sunset – alright by me.
The Blue Mountains, NSW
When people think of the Blue Mountains they think winter, log fires and comfort food, but, summer is actually one of the best times to visit this scenic region. Summer in the Blue Mountains spells outdoor activities and there is plenty to choose from. The National Parks and Wildlife service offer a highly successful series of guided walks to suit anyone from the most casual stroller to the dedicated hiker and there are six fine golf courses to choose from.
Margaret River, WA
The town is a perfect mix of country charm and city vibe. Set amongst majestic forests and with the Margaret River meandering through the centre of town. Summer days are spent lazing on your very own beach by a sparkling sea. There are so many things to do; explore the nearby caves, head to the beach, visit the many local cellar doors, shop at the boutique’s and art galleries or visit the buzzing markets at the weekend.
Our nation’s Capital is often overlooked as a holiday destination but if you’re looking to escape the humidity of summer on the coastlines of Australia then it’s probably your best bet. The city, one of Australia’s only true planned cities, feels as though you are wandering through a giant park. With plenty for the kids to do from the National Museum to a paddle around Lake Burley Griffin and fabulous restaurants and bars for the adults this is one city that really shouldn’t be overlooked anymore.
Well there you have it, from the obvious summer holiday choices of Queensland’s East Coast, to something a little different, there’s something for everyone. To get the best deals in accommodation at any of these hot spots visit our website or give our friendly reservation staff a call on 1300 468 268.