The holidays are all about unplugging and calming down. Here are a few of our favourite holiday destinations to unwind and refresh in Australia.
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BYRON BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Byron Bay, a two-hour journey south of Brisbane or nine hours north of Sydney, is always buzzing with activity, owing to the surfers, backpackers, and families who flock here. The peaceful beach of Wategos, though, is only five minutes distant, beneath the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Rae’s, a small boutique hotel with just seven suites, is located on the water’s edge. This is one of those holiday destinations that you should consider to go as a family.
Take a walk along the beach to the lighthouse (keeping a lookout for migratory humpback whales from April to August and September to November), shop for local arts and crafts in town, and dine at Fleet in Brunswick Heads (booking in advance is recommended).
SATELLITE ISLAND, TASMANIA
A secluded island awaits you in the south of Tasmania. Take a short drive from Hobart to Kettering, where a car ferry to Bruny Island is available. Before travelling to Alonnah Jetty and taking the five-minute crossing to the craggy isle of Satellite, take in the scenery and fill up on supplies like fresh oysters and homemade cheeses.
There are clifftop trekking trails and pebble beaches in this untouched area. The three-bedroom Summer House, on the island’s northern tip, and the two-bedroom Boathouse, which opens onto lapping water, can accommodate 12 guests. When the sun sets, there are board games, kayaks, snorkelling, and a campfire.
Daylesford, an 80-minute drive northwest of Melbourne, has Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs. Begin your day at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, where you can relax on underwater couches, swim in a salt therapy pool, and indulge in a signature massage. Dinner at Sault Restaurant, which overlooks lavender fields, followed by a stroll through town to Wombat Hill Botanical Garden.
JERVIS BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Do you want to relax on some of the whitest sand on the planet? Jervis Bay is three hours south of Sydney. This area’s pure, turquoise waters are among Australia’s most stunning, and it’s home to playful dolphins and migrating whales. If you can tear yourself away from the water, rent bikes and explore Huskisson’s ancient municipality, or take a trip in the peaceful Boode Valley.