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Best Aussie Summer Getaways

Published December 10th, 2015

Holiday season is almost upon us, so it’s time to get out there and explore some of the best holiday spots Australia has to offer. Start your year off right, by heading to the beach and enjoying some of the amazing surrounds that make Australia such a spectacular summer destination.

Surfers Paradise

If you like the bright lights alongside the sand, surf and sunshine, Surfers Paradise is the place for you. There’s so much to do at Surfers, and despite its tacky reputation this glitzy beachside metropolis really is a lot of fun. Stay in a high rise and wake up to views across the glorious Gold Coast before starting your day hanging by the pool, testing your surf skills at the beach, shopping ’til you drop, or getting your thrills at one of the nearby theme parks. Popular year round, the party is in full swing through the summer months, and if you like to dance the night away Surfers never fails to impress. If you’re looking for a getaway for Australia Day, the Gold Coast really goes all in, with the world’s longest water slide and a day of live music, food and celebrations organised in nearby Bundall, as well as lots of parties in the pubs and clubs in Surfers itself.


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Byron Bay

Beautiful Byron, the playground of hippies and millionaires, is the perfect place to indulge your bohemian summer fantasies. Feel the saltwater in your hair and sand between your toes as you wander along the sandy beaches, swim in the crystal clear ocean with dolphins, or laze the day away wandering around the boutique shops and cafes. Although Byron’s only small, you’ll never get bored here, with unique markets, day trips to Nimbin and the hinterland, stunning walks to the lighthouse, fun nightlife and spa and wellness treatments galore. Through the summer months the town swells with backpackers from overseas so you never know who you might meet here. If you’re looking to visit over Easter, get your hands on some tickets to the legendary Byron Bluesfest.

Cairns

For a getaway with a difference, head to the tropical north towards the end of the summer, as their dry season kicks in. The Great Barrier Reef, which is spectacular at any time of year is right on your doorstep, offering you access to some of the most fascinating underwater landscapes in the world. Visit the Daintree Rainforest, just up the road from Cairns, and explore the mesmerising ancient rainforest, which grows right down to the shores of the ocean. Here you can take a crocodile cruise down the Daintree River or see the rainforest from above on a jungle surfing canopy zipline tour. The surrounding hinterland of Cairns is also seriously impressive. Catch the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to pretty Kuranda town, and then catch the Skyrail across the lush rainforest. This journey takes you through National Park rugged mountains, and past huge waterfalls that will be in full force after the rainy season. If you’re looking for some thrills, try the famous A J Hackett bungy jump or swing, or ride the rapids on a white water rafting expedition. There’s no shortage of entertainment in Cairns!

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.