Australia’s best summer holiday destinations

by Brittany Wheeler

Can you believe it? Summer is officially here! As state and territories begin to reopen their borders, it’s the perfect time to escape your own four walls and explore the beauty of Australia. With so much alluring coastline waiting to be discovered and incredible accommodation options to choose from, we’ve done the hard work for you and rallied up Australia’s top 10 summer holiday destinations – from glamping on the shores of Rottnest Island in Western Australia to an underwater hotel stay in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Ningaloo Reef glamping, Sal Salis
WA: 2 night Ningaloo Reef glamping getaway with meals and more

Pack your bags for an unforgettable two night stay overlooking Ningaloo Reef. Sleeping in an eco-luxe glamping tent, this all-inclusive stay covers meals, drinks, guided snorkels and wilderness activities, use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more.

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Whitsundays bungalow getaway
QLD: 2 night Whitsundays escape with dinner 

Escape to the picture-perfect Whitsundays for a relaxing two night sojourn in a gorgeous boat-shaped bungalow. While away your days in paradise as you desire and for dinner one evening, take a seat at Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill, where you’ll enjoy a seafood platter accompanied by sparkling ocean views.

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Romantic Overnight Yacht Stay
NSW: Romantic overnight yacht stay

Spend a night on your own private yacht moored at Palm Beach with a loved one. Close to beautiful sandy shores, world-class restaurants and scenic walking tracks, this experience makes for the perfect weekend getaway or staycation.

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Portsea Village Resort
VIC: Weekend getaway with hot springs, dinner and hamper

Trade the rat race of the city for a weekend getaway in the coastal township of Portsea. When you’re not lazing the pool with a book in hand, unwind at the Peninsula Hot Springs and tuck into a two course dinner at the onsite Bar & Grill. A tasty breakfast basket is also included.

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Rottnest Island glamping tent
WA: 2 night Rottnest Island deluxe glamping stay

This two night glamping getaway positioned on the shores of Rottnest Island is like something from your dreams. Swim in the pristine waters, explore the wonders of the island and keep your eyes peeled for the adorable resident quokkas!

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Sails Port Macquarie
NSW: Coastal overnight escape with dinner and breakfast

Located on the water’s edge in Port Macquarie, Sails offers guests the chance to retreat, relax and rejuvenate with all the coastal life essentials. A three course dinner and full buffet breakfast is included, so you can spend more time enjoying the hotel.

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Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast
QLD: 2 night family beachside stay with breakfast and dinner

Surprise the family with a fun-filled weekend getaway on the Sunshine Coast, positioned by Mudjimba Beach and Maroochy River. This package includes two nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, one dinner in the onsite restaurant and a range of resort activities including water sports and mini golf.

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The Byron at Byron
NSW: Byron Bay overnight getaway with breakfast and wine

Paradise and luxury awaits at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. Check into a beautifully appointed one bedroom Standard Suite and be greeted by a lovely of Australian sparkling wine. Set within a luscious 18-hectare rainforest, this multi-award-winning resort offers world-class facilities and is just metres from Tallow Beach, so a stay here really is a no brainer!

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Underwater hotel Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
QLD: 1 night Great Barrier Reef underwater stay with meals

Spend an enchanting night in Australia’s first underwater accommodation in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.  Surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral gardens and marine animals, your suite gives a whole new meaning to ‘a room with a view’.

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Mollymook coastal retreat
NSW: Luxury Mollymook overnight retreat with breakfast

Flock to Mollymook on the NSW South Coast for a blissful overnight mini-break. The property is set among the eucalyptus bushlands and is in close proximity to surfing beaches, forest walks, restaurants, wineries, boutique shops and a championship golf course.

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