14th October, 2011

3 Relaxing Holiday Retreats in Australia

One of the best ways to kick back and de-stress is to change your surroundings and get close to nature. Whether it’s a road trip holiday or a sunshine and sand beachside getaway, these are three of the most relaxing holiday retreats to be experienced in Australia.

1. Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

With sparkling white sand and aquamarine waters as far as the eye can see, it’s little wonder the Gold Coast is frequently ranked one of the most popular destinations for travellers in Australia. Staying at one of the Surfers Paradise apartments is a convenient and luxurious way to catch the waves or just to chill out on the sand and soak up the sun. Surfers Paradise accommodation offers luxury and convenience, making a great base for those who are looking to venture further out from the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast is known for its vibrant nightlife but visitors can find a number of isolated stretches of beach just a little away from the CBD. Chill out, unwind, catch some waves, and relax at Main Beach, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami Beach, Nobby Beach, and more.

2. Bryon Bay, New South Wales

The beachside town of Byron Bay is situated in far northeastern New South Wales, around two hours from Brisbane and nine hours from Sydney by car. Fly in or drive in, you can enjoy the range of good surfing beaches, diving locations, whale watching opportunities in this rural township.

  • Walking and cycling. Other than the beach and water, there are also several popular walking and cycling pathways. These include Mt Warning Summit Track and the Bryon Bay Cycleway.
  • Health retreats. With more than 1.7 million visitors every year, Bryon Bay has built a thriving industry based on health and wellbeing as well as its natural beauty, cuisine, and laid back lifestyle.
  • Music and atmosphere. Home to the Splendour in the Grass Music Festival, the town has a strong sense of culture and community that has made it very appealing to visitors.

3. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

If you’re looking to go further afield, Lord Howe Island can make for a special destination. Around 550km from mainland Australia or two hours by flight from Sydney or Brsibane, this island is actually a volcanic remanent. The island is only 11km long, with an area of around 17 square km and a population of around 350 people.

Due to its size, a trip to Lord Howe Island comes with a sense of exclusivity – only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at a time. The flight fare is, however, one of the most expensive for domestic flights in Australia. Unspoilt and filled with outdoor recreation opportunities, this natural paradise is filled with beaches, lagoons, luxury accommodation and fine dining restaurants.

Non-water activities include bushwalking, trekking, self-guided walks, kayaking, and reef walks. For water lovers, try swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, and fishing. There are lots of chances to catch glimpse of the unique wildlife such as seabirds, fish, and turtles.