Yes it’s the heart of winter but summer is coming! And now is the perfect time to lock in your holiday plans for the end of the year. You don’t have to go far to enjoy an amazing summer break. In fact, we’ve rounded up our favourite places, right here in Australia, to enjoy an end-of-year getaway. From the beautiful beaches of Queensland to big cities brimming with world-class attractions, here are the best spots for an Aussie summer break in 2016.
For a summer holiday of sun, surf and sand, look no further than the Gold Coast. Whether you choose to hang out among the glittering high-rises of Surfers Paradise or retreat to the quieter Southern Gold Coast beaches, you can enjoy a taste of laid-back life. Make the most of the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene or climb the heights of the Q1 building for sprawling views. You can also take a drive to appreciate the verdant scenery of Lamington National Park.
Hobart in summer? That’s right! Tassie is a fantastic destination to visit when the sun is shining but the days are still cool, averaging only 21 degrees. Summer in Hobart is festival season, so you can watch the thrilling finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race or eat your heart out at the Taste of Tasmania Festival. Marvel at the city’s unique colonial architecture, visit the renowned Salamanca Place Markets or enjoy the great outdoors at Mount Wellington.
Why not spend your summer in sensational Sydney? Join the bronzed bodies on Bondi Beach or tick big name attractions off your bucket list like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Rocks. Take time out in the landscaped parklands of Hyde Park or for heart-pounding thrills, there’s always Luna Park on Sydney’s north shore. Don’t forget to spend time exploring the city’s incredible food scene and popular celebrity chef restaurants!
Another Queensland gem, Cairns is a summer delight with direct access to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the great Barrier Reef. Take a day tour out on the water to explore nearby islands or go diving beneath the turquoise waters to spy the abundance of marine life. You can also visit the magnificent Daintree Rainforest, believed to the oldest rainforest on earth. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to make tracks from Cairns to the nearby town, Kuranda.
Western Australia’s capital, Perth is one of our country’s sunniest cities – perfect for a summer escape. Enjoy the city’s envious outdoor lifestyle with an array of stunning beaches at your fingertips. After enjoying all the city highlights, take a day trip to discover bohemian Fremantle or the rugged beauty of Rottnest Island. Hungry or thirsty? Spend time in the state’s world-famous Margaret River wine region.
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