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Destination guide to… Australia

Pristine beaches, national parks, native wildlife and raw Aussie outback are what most people think of when they consider a holiday to Australia. Yet in the past decade, the ‘land down under’ has really learnt how to parade its best attributes in style, leading to a boost in tourism and things to see and do!

From contemporary wine tasting in the Adelaide Hills to lazy fish and chips on the beach in Byron Bay – whatever takes your fancy, this vast stretch of land has you covered.

Sydney Harbour Bridge by night – Sydney Australia © The Odysey Online

Byron Bay, Northern NSW

Byron Bay attracts more tourists each year than any other other coastal town in Australia. With its chilled bohemian vibe, year-round sunshine and world-class dining appeal, it’s easy to understand why families and couples flock here all year round for a beach-scape getaway. 

Byron Bay Lighthouse

What to do 

Pack your beach bag and head to Main Beach (Byron Bay’s most popular bay) for the day. But first, stop by one of the many beach-front takeaways to pick up some freshly grilled seafood to enjoy on the sand! 

Where to stay

Just a short five minute walk from town, book a room in one of Byron’s oldest restored federation homes,  Atlantic at Byron Bay.  
Where to eat & drink

If you’re in the mood for alfresco beach-front dining, head to Raes at Wategos Beach for what is dubbed the best dining in town. 

Fresh rock oysters served at Raes at Wategos Beach

Hobart, Tasmania, TAS

More than five decades ago, Hobart Bay and village were best-known for their local fishing trade. Now, the tiny coastal bay offers passersby with a relaxed Aussie coastal retreat experience, with many of the old fishing trade establishments now converted into modern bistros and boutique accommodation. 

Hobart fishing village, Tasmania © Spiritland.net

What to do 

Visit the Salamanca food markets for what is voted the country’s best outdoor food grocer, selling seafood, fruit and vegetables and award-winning Australian meat pies! 

Where to stay

Soak up a bit of Australian history at the country’s first dedicated art hotel, The Henry Jones, Hobart. 

Where to eat & drink

Established in 1807, visit Australia’s oldest pub, The Hope & Anchor for an ice cold schooner.

Celebrate Australian history at the Hope & Anchor, Hobart.

Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills

Wines from the Barossa Valley region are internationally recognised for their unique taste. And whats more, the region in which they are grown is home to more than 200 boutique and commercial vineyards, making this area perfect for a romantic weekend escape. Great wine and fine dining go hand in hand, so expect an extensive array of restaurants serving fresh local produce. 

Mengler Hill, Barossa Valley

What to do 

Book a private chauffeured wine tasting tour for the day, which will transport you and your loved one from one vineyard to the next in style.

Where to stay

For a taste of true wine country life, splurge and book a weekend at the self-contained Seppeltsfield Luxury Vineyard Cottage

Where to eat & drink

You can’t visit the Barossa Valley without stopping in at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop for a local produce and wine pairing experience you wont forget! 

Iconic Australian chef and personality, Maggie Beer’s Farm House, Barossa Valley

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA

On the western coast of Australia, and a short drive from the states capital of Perth, is Cottesloe Beach. This is one of the regions most popular beach town holiday destinations, with dozens of ocean-front homes for short or medium term rental,  scattered along the coast. Marked as a quintessential Aussie beach town, here you will find plenty of restaurants and bars with both high-end and affordable boutique and beauty salons – everything you need to enjoy a well earn’t week off! 

Cottesloe Beach, Australia

What to do 

After you’ve explored Cottesloe Beach, jump in a hire car for easy access to neighbouring bays and beach towns. 

Where to stay 

The Cottesloe Beach Hotel will park you in close proximity to the water (yay!) and will provide you with a sanctuary from the crowds, with a buzzing beach club and cocktail lounge.

Where to eat & drink 

For fresh seafood and a champagne brunch head to Cott & Co (positioned right in front of the Cottesloe Beach Hotel).

Beach front: The Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Beach Club interior.

Church Point, Hawkesbury River, NSW

For a more relaxed holiday vibe and for a chance to connect with nature, plan a family holiday on Sydney’s Hawkesburry River. Stretching for more than 120km, you’ll have the choice of staying at many of the waterfront bed and breakfast retreats or on-board a houseboat on the river itself. Explore untouched bays, stop for lunch at river restaurant hotspots or hike the natural bush land surrounds. 

Natural Australian beauty: The Hawkesburry River

What to do 

Pack a picnic and a nice bottle of wine and head to America Bay, where you can hike to the top of the natural spring waterfall. When you’re done, dunk yourself underneath it! 

Where to stay

Contact Hawkesburry River Houseboats to book one of their many self-contained vessels for the week. You’ll then be able to explore the entire river at your leisure and set anchor in a new bay each day.

Where to eat & drink

For a long and lazy afternoon lunch treat, reserve a table at Cottage Point Inn where you’ll enjoy a contemporary menu, alfresco dining and waterfront views. 

Waterfront views and menu to remember: Cottage Point Inn © Instyle Seating.

Melbourne City

The city of Melbourne oozes European influence; there’s cobble stone alley ways littered with cafes, bars and boutiques, and not to mention live street music! Put on a good pair of walking shoes and spend the day exploring the city and its unique neighbourhoods by foot – then be sure to stop off for an ambient dinner in the centre of town. 

Melbourne’s CBD

What to do 

Make sure you have change in your pocket and jump on one of the city trams for a tour of the city. 

Where to stay

Stay at the industrial and chic QT Hotel that will place you in close range of the best food and beverage districts. 

Where to eat & drink

For some molecular gastronomy and the work of world-renowned chef, Heston Blumenthal, head to his flagship restaurant Dinner at Crown Melbourne. 

Dinner, by Heston Blumenthal

 By: Noelle Walker

 

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