31st August, 2011

4 Great Last Minute Australian Holiday Escapes

Whether you’re seeking warmer weather, a beach holiday, or a relaxing change, Australia has some excellent holiday ideas that can be easily arranged at short notice without the need for extensive planning while still guaranteeing that you’ll have an enjoyable time. The diversity of Australia’s regional and urban areas means Aussies are spoilt for choice when it comes to interstate holiday breaks. These are just 5 different ideas for your last minute break, wherever you’re based in the country.

1. The Gold Coast

Sparkling water, mild subtropical weather, white sandy beaches – the Gold Coast has something to offer everyone. Families will want to try out its kid-friendly theme parks (the best in Australia) and wildlife parks with an amazing array of animals. Getting active on the waters, whether it’s a surfboard or a jetski then chilling out at one of the bars is a easy way to unwind and enjoy all that’s great about the Gold Coast. Staying at one of the Surfers Paradise apartments that’s minutes from the beach keeps you close to the action.

Of course, beach and sand isn’t all that’s on offer at the Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise has great shopping opportunities, with world class brands and stylish boutiques lining the city. Restaurants, too, offer a variety of great dining options. Further inland is the hinterland with walking trails, charming cafes, and untouched rainforests. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to Surfers Paradise accommodation, especially options close to the beach and the city centre.

2. Hobart

Tasmania is known as the Apple Isle and Hobart, its capital, is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney. While it can get rather cold, the laid back pace of Hobart can suit those who are looking for something different for their break. The city has some interesting spots, such as Salamanca Market, an array of workshops, giftshops, restaurants, and craft stores.

The Botanical Gardens, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, and the Wrest Point Casino are some popular destinations. Further out is Mount Wellington, the Coal River Valley wineries, or Peppermint Bay, on which cruises are popular.

3. Broome

While Broome may sound far away, it’s a fairly popular tourist destination during the drier months from May to September. Warm days and balmy evenings during those months make this pearling town an attractive destination for local and overseas tourists.

The town has some interesting beaches, such as Cable Beach, which is the main beach and famous for its camel rides and striking sunsets. Apart from Cable Beach, Redell and Town Beaches are also popular. Although Broome is a fairly quiet town with a permanent population of only 12,000, this makes it a quiet last minute getaway.

4. The Two Big Cities

For those seeking a urban holiday break, Sydney and Melbourne each have their own attractions. Sydney is Australia’s international gateway to the world, and it’s easy to see how this city, with its striking harbour, beaches, and great shopping and dining, has been a favourite among travellers. Along with the Gold Coast, Sydney remains a popular destination for interstate tourists.

Further to the south is Melbourne, a city that has matured to provide an unique travel experience for visitors. Its famous laneway bars and cafes, and an arty and bohemian vibe juxtaposed with modern city living has produced a vibrant city that’s just near perfect for a quick break.