Australia is loaded with great beaches, scenic drives and scorching deserts. It has some of the most arid locations one minute and tropical paradises the next. If it’s wineries or beaches you’re after then you’ll find it here. We’ve put together some of the best holiday beaches in Australia + 2 vineyards, sure to surprise even the locals.
Palm Beach, Sydney, NSW
Palm Beach is one of Sydney’s northern most suburbs and is located on a peninsula. Palm Beach offers an ideal water front environment for activities such as surfing, fishing and golf. In fact, a lot of beginer surfers come here because of the western face beaches can provide a much graceful wind than the north-eastern beaches like Manly or Dee-Why. The location is littered with holidays homes and but still remains a quiet resort destination with scenic water front vistas.
The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
The Rocks is one of Sydney’s well known locations, its heritage listed facades and water front views make for a really unique Sydney experience. Between the tall sailing ships moored at the wharf and the sandstone structures, the Rocks has a lot to offer when compared with the rest of the modern built up city centre.
The Central Coast, NSW
The central coast is located 77 km north of Sydney and with expanding urban development it still retains its coastal and outdoorsy atmosphere. It is a nice mesh between sub urban sprawl, wine country and coastal regions. Views of Palm Beach have been maintained and there is also space and affordable land for outdoor activities such as the Australian Reptile Park as well as a whole range of sports hire and water cruises.
Whitsundays and Surroundings, QLD
The Whitsundays lie just off the coast of Queensland about 900km north of Brisbane. The islands border the Great Barrier Reef making it an optimal destination to explore the reef.The limited urban development, natural environment and the vivacious wildlife make the Whitsundays a great destination for couples or families. It allows you to get lost and explore something awe inspiring.
Port Douglas, QLD
Port Douglas offers a tropical rain forest experience right in our backyard as it is 70km north of Cairns. Port Douglas conjures images of water front views with dense rainforest, snorkelling in calm waters soaking up a small village atmosphere. The bio diversity of the region makes it well suited for the adventurous types who want the scenic water views without the people. All though there is a large economic centre in port Douglas it is comparatively small compared to other regions and offers an amazing opportunity to explore Australian wildlife on its own terms.
Bay of Fires, Tasmania
The Bay Fires in Tasmania is a unique location with in white beaches, blue water and contrasting orange hued granite rocks strewn along the beach. This makes makes for a vibrant scene. Accomodation is generally sought at St Helens , the closest town. This location is a good place to explore other Tasmainian attractions in the area.
Margaret River, WA
Margaret River is often described as a “premier holiday region” and is an alluring mosaic of forest, vines and surf combined. The Margaret River offers a slice of luxury in the western hemisphere of the country with unique activities; cave exploration at the Mammoth Cave whale watching abseiling and of course surfing.. The area produces 15% of the countries premier wine and showcases numerous artists in the many many galleries and boutiques . Margaret River is 277 km south of Perth. A short three and a half hour drive away.
Compared to many other locations Broome offers a uniquely Australian adventure. Broome’s cable beach offers 20km of white sandy beaches camel rides inclusive Broome has a rich history centered around the pearling industry . Many Japanese divers descended upon Broome to make a living in the pearl industry. Broome plays host to the annual Shinju Matsuri, Japanese for festival of the pearl. which celebrates the Asian culture brought by the pearl industry to Broome.
Barossa Valley, SA
The ‘Barossa Valley‘ is one of South Australia’s premiere winery destinations. Its rolling hills make for a scenic country side experience. It’s a sleepy location which offers a range of tours with and without wine tasting, an array of cycle and walk tracks as well as galleries and museums. The Barossa Valley is a food lover’s heaven and most suited to those with a penchant for culinary endeavours.
Hunter Valley, NSW
The Hunter Valley is world famous and one of New South Wales crowning glories. The region with its rich soils and warm climate has been producing wine for over 170 years. Its wines compete globally and are known for their astounding quality. The primary attraction to the Hunter is the breweries, distilleries and vineyards ready to be enjoyed by many visitors