23rd August, 2011

4 Most Popular Interstate Holidays in Australia

Australia is a vast and diverse country, offering an almost endless variety of choice for travellers. From the bountiful beach views of the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise to the busy metropolises of Sydney and Melbourne, interstate travellers can find amazing winter escapes, experience exciting outdoor adventures, and party the night away in busy nightspots.

Gold Coast

With its sparkling ocean views and sandy white beaches, the sunny Gold Coast is consistently highly ranked among travellers as one of the most preferred holiday destinations for local and international travellers. It’s not surprising when considering the Coast’s 54 km stretch of white sandy beaches, the pristine rainforest hinterland, and year round temperate weather. Right in the heart of the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise, the best base for a Queensland holiday. Surfers Paradise apartments line the beach, making it easy for travellers to get to the beach and nightlife hot spots after dark.

Whether it’s lounging around on the beach, going for a surf, or going on a fast boat ride, there’s no shortage of water activities for the visitor. Golfing is another popular activity for tourists and locals. The city itself is filled with endless nightlife options with great dining, nightclubs, and bars. Surfers Paradise accommodation can offer convenience and luxury if travellers are selective and choose carefully.

Beyond the city itself are plenty of opportunities for getting close to native flora and fauna. The hinterland is home to wineries, quaint villages, and rainforests and national parks. Go hiking, biking, abseiling, or take a picturesque walk through the stunning parks.


Melbourne has transformed into a preferred destination for interstate tourists over the past few years. With its ultra modern architecture somehow harmoniously blending in with the old and traditional, winding city laneways filled with surprising discoveries, and wonderful gastronomic adventures to suit all budgets, local tourists have found it well worth risking a little cold and damp to make their way to Australia’s second largest city.

While yet to make an impact as an international tourist hub, Australian travellers continue to find the southern city an attractive destination. Further afield and still in Victoria keen motorists can take a drive down along the Great Ocean Road and watch out for Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles.


Sydney remains a popular destination for local and international tourists. The iconic capital of Australia, millions of visitors every year touch down in Sydney to experience its wonderful Harbour, Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Great weather, exceptional dining and shopping options, and famous city beaches such as Bondi Beach make Sydney an exciting and sought after destination for travellers.

Sunshine Coast

Rather than a single destination, the Sunshine Coast is a cluster of beachside towns to the north of Brisbane city. Maroochydore, Noosa, Caloundra, Coolum, and the Blackall Ranges in the hinterland are just some of the very different destinations that offer contrasting experiences. The quieter Sunshine Coast may lack the vibrancy of the Gold Coast but for travellers seeking a slow pace, there are plenty of attractive out-of-the way sandy white beaches, great inland scenery, and delicious local produce to sample.