One of the best advantages of living in Australia is that it is a country with a variety of climates and natural landscapes. There is so much to do and many places to see!
The team at Alecto thought we would share our top 7 best short getaway destinations in Australia:
Margaret river, is a special place to spend a few days. The area has all the essential elements for a perfect holiday, amazing food, spectacular beaches and plenty of wine! A perfect day would be started with breakfast outside at the White elephant café, looking over Gnarabu beach. Followed by a short drive to see the surfers at The Box, Margaret Rivers famous surfing spot and home to the Margaret River Pro. Then onto a few world class wineries like Voyager Estate, Xanadu (highly rated by James Halliday for their Cab Sav) or Cape Mentelle, and don’t forget to squeeze in a degustation style lunch while enjoying the views at Wills Domain. Apart from that you can easy spend your time exploring caves, tasting chocolate and cheese, or walking through the unique boutiques you find in both Dunsborough, and the Margaret river township.
Take a day trip or a week long break on one of the world’s great scenic drives, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Spectacular and rugged scenery such as the Twelve Apostles, The Arch and London Bridge is a highlight or take a dip or a surf at the world famous Bells Beach. Amble through tourist towns such as Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay or further along to Warrnambool where at the right time of year you can see the amazing sight of whales and their young within 100 meters of the shore. The Great Ocean Road has something for everyone!
The Hunter Valley is the place to be for amazing wine and gourmet food so a wine tour is a must. Just three hours’ drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley showcases beautiful views and a peaceful getaway. Visit the Barrington tops national park and Lake St Clair. Go hiking, swimming, camping, sailing or fishing!
Noosa is a great getaway for anyone in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. The town boasts a beautiful beach, and the main street (Hastings street) has a lovely upmarket village feel that is perfect for a casual stroll. There is a good selection of coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques to keep you happy. The other way to spend your time is exploring the beautiful Noosa river alongside the town. You can hire a boat, canoe or take a tour – either way it is an essential part of the Noosa experience, especially at sunset when you get the best views and a tranquil atmosphere. For those looking for something more active the Noosa national parks has great walking tracks offering views of the beach on one side, and the bush on the other – with the odd Koala to be seen as well.
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 islands just off the coast of Queensland and has the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep. This haven is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. With white sandy beaches and turquoise ocean views, the Whitsundays is really paradise! Swim in the secluded beaches, sail through the islands and snorkel the great barrier reef! You may just catch a glimpse of the amazing marine life!
Sick of the rain in the city during winter? Take a trip up to Mt Buller or Mt Hotham for the perfect ski or snowboarding trip. The mountains offer amazing views, cafes and kids activities. During Summer the mountains are also great for hiking, bike riding or simply a leisurely day trip!
A two-hour drive from Hobart and Launceston. This is a magical place with pink granite mountains and a stunning protected bay worth seeing. This sits on the east coast of Tasmania and makes for a wonderful day trip adventure. Nearby national park hikes are highly regarded.
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