Need to escape and unwind? Welcome in the summer months with a last minute Aussie getaway. With the school holidays just around the corner and Christmas looming on the horizon, it’s time to lock in your summer escape. Celebrate with the kids on a relaxing beach break in Tropical North Queensland or welcome in the New Year on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. To get you inspired, here are our five favourite places for an Aussie summer holiday.
Embrace the warm weather by heading to Tropical North Queensland for a holiday of sun, surf and sand. The idyllic town of Port Douglas makes for the ultimate outdoor playground, with plenty of opportunity to swim, snorkel or sunbake on the silky shores of Four Mile Beach. Day trips could include exploring the flourishing Daintree Rainforest or embarking on a snorkelling or diving tour of the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Go for a drive along the coast to visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or visit the fascinating Ballyhooley Steam Railway.
The fashion capital of Australia, Melbourne captures the hearts of coffee connoisseurs and cafe lovers. If you love nothing more than sipping a brew in an eclectic hole-in-the-wall joint that is securely tucked away down a vacated laneway, then Melbourne is the place for you. Spend your summer days cheering your favourite team at the MCG, tasting the finest wines in the Yarra Valley or picking up a bargain at the Queen Victoria Markets. St Kilda will satisfy your need for the ocean and the rides at Luna Park will keep your adrenaline pumping.
Travelling with teens or energetic kids? It’s hard to go past the balmy beaches of the Gold Coast. Not only will you have access to the sands of Surfers Paradise but you will have ample activities at your fingertips. The four roaring theme parks guarantee hours of fun, whether you choose to whizz down waterslides or brave the swirling roller coasters. Spend time hiking through the glorious Gold Coast Hinterland or visit the cuddly creatures at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. For sprawling views out to sea, visit the SkyPoint observation deck at the top of Q1.
Do you have your heart set on a buzzing big city break? Then head to Sydney for the summer. You’ll be able to surf with the best at Bondi Beach or enjoy the lively entertainment as you stroll along the picturesque harbour. The brave could venture on a dizzying bridge climb or take the kids to the famous Taronga Zoo. Enjoy a picnic in the pretty Royal Botanic Gardens or visit the iconic Sydney Tower, touted as the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you prefer the cold, why not visit the capital of Tasmania on your summer holiday? Hobart is the perfect spot to escape the Australian heat, with a mild climate across the summer months. Sample fresh produce and mouth watering treats at the famous Salamanca Markets or discover the region’s unique history by taking a tour of Hobart’s European architecture. A visit to Mount Wellington is a must for nature lovers or venture a little further to the sensational Freycinet National Park, home to the sparkling waters of Wineglass Bay.