07th September, 2011

3 Aussie Short Break Ideas for Busy Executives

Work life balance can sometimes seem elusive in our busy lives. From time to time, it’s essential to relax, unwind, and have a few days off to rejuvenate the mind and body.  For the busy executive looking for a change of surroundings, slower pace, and plenty of relaxation, these are three Australian short break ideas to help you get started.

1. The Gold Coast, Queensland

Queensland is the place to which a huge number of Australians flock for a winter escape or a relaxation holiday. At the centre this sunny and welcoming state is the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, consistently one of the top destinations for local and international tourists. Offering plenty of modern city living with a laid back outdoors lifestyle, there’s no better way to unwind and relax than kicking back on Surfers Paradise beach. When it comes to Surfers Paradise, accommodation is frequently of very good quality.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy the water – water equipment can be hired for a range of water activities. Surf boards, wake boards, body boards, and jet skis are all available near the beach. Scuba diving and snorkelling are also popular activities.
  • Get active – beach volleyball is a popular pastime on Surfers Paradise Beach. Make the most of the sunshine by getting involved in a game or sit back and watch some of the great players.
  • Day trips and tours – plenty of day trips are available for getting further out from the Gold Coast. Sign up for a fishing or whale watching tour or take a guided trip over to the Hinterland, Byron Bay, Stradbroke Island, or the New Tweed Coast. Of course, there are also the numerous theme parks nearby.
  • Enjoy the nightlife – Surfers Paradise is known for its white sand and sunshine but its nightlife is also well known for being exciting and dynamic. Orchid Avenue and Cavill Avenue has some popular clubs and bars, and there are plenty of atmospheric nightclubs and bars within walking distance of the beachside Surfers Paradise apartments. If you’re after a quieter night off, try the Gold Coast’s many fine restaurants, theatres, and cabaret restaurants.

2. Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Barossa Valley is one of the notable wine-producing regions in Australia. It’s only one hour’s drive from Adelaide and numerous bus tours depart from the South Australian capital every day. To sample the great local wines and enjoy the scenic route scenery, sign up for an organised tour of the local wineries.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy the wine – the local wine is the major attraction in the area. Many of the local wines are recognised around the world for their taste. There are at least two dozen large wineries in the area so visitors will be spoilt for choice. Most wineries have a cellar door that offer free tastings.
  • Eat – the Barossa Valley has a very strong German heritage that’s reflected in its food. There are casual cafes and fine dining restaurants at which to sample the local cuisine, with the wines, of course.

3. Port Douglas, Queensland

Port Douglas is a popular destination for a far north Queensland holiday. Only one hour’s drive from Cairns, this small town is adjacent to the famous Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. While further out and not as vibrant as the Gold Coast, this tropical paradise has lots of natural experiences to offer the visitor.

Things to do:

  • Day Trips – visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
  • Experience the flora and fauna – the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary has a huge range of wildlife and offers free guided tours.
  • Go sailing – the Port Douglas Yacht Club offers free sailing experiences on a weekly basis.
  • Relax on the Beach – Relax on Four Mile Beach. The beach is also great for cycling and walks.