With restrictions lifted from Tuesday, the 8th December, just in time for Christmas and for the long awaited holiday season – now is the perfect time to book a small vacay with the family. With international travel still a long way off, the eastern states are set to become the place to be this summer.
So, let’s take a dive into the top luxury holiday destinations on the East Coast this summer.
For those looking for surf, sand and luxurious fun – Noosa is the place to be. With a well patronized high street running parallel to the crystal clear waters of Noosa’s main beach, where perfect curlers roll in at the northern and southern ends of the beach. You can be sipping a locally roasted barista made coffee with an acai bowl in hand as you watch the sunrise over this delightful beachside paradise. The Noosa National Park Headland is within walking distance from the main street, dotted with exclusive resorts overlooking the pristine bays of this headland, many being awarded world-class surf breaks. One of our favs is the Maison Noosa, totally indulgent and right in the heart of everything great Noosa has to offer.
But don’t be fooled – this is no sleepy surf town. International tourists usually flood to this sunny Queensland town for the undeniably brilliant range of fine dining restaurants as well as the opportunity to sample delicacies from some of Australia’s most cutting edge chefs. If you can secure a table at Sunshine Beach’s highly sought after, Sum Yung Guys, you won’t be disappointed.
Blue Mountains, NSW
For many of us we have explored the regal Himalayas, the snow capped Andes or maybe the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies, but who has spent time in Australia’s very own world heritage listed Blue Mountains?
Only a short drive from Sydney you very quickly become encompassed by Australia’s largest mountain range, totally breathtaking, ridiculously pristine and home to some of the most stunning waterfalls, gardens and wildlife. This is your family’s ticket to a wild wilderness and opportunity for Australian adventures like no other.
But after a long day of hiking and exploring, don’t fear that a tent in the bush is your only option. The Blue Mountains is dotted with an array of luxury accommodation options. With expansive award winning lodges to architecturally designed treetop retreats, there is little that hasn’t been considered when it comes to ultimate comfort in this iconic Australian bush setting. But it is always Spicers Sangoma Retreat that gets our vote.
Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains, completely blissful and wholly intimate. Spicers always provide an exclusive travel experience and excellent, attentive service which has even recently won them Hotel Combined’s Excellence Award for 2020.
Spa Country, Daylesford & Macedon Ranges, Victoria
After a year that has focused on the importance of building a strong and healthy immune system, why not conclude the year with a totally indulgent holiday at Australia’s very own region dedicated entirely to day spas and wellness retreats. This will be an opportunity to slow things right down and restore your balance through a wide range of spa treatments and wellness therapies surrounded by immaculate gardens and tranquil forests.
A mere 1 and a half hours from Melbourne’s CBD you will find yourselves wandering the quaint townships of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs which sit upon Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs. These towns have been hosting restorative traditions for more than 100 years since the first wave of Swiss Italian migrants arrived in the area.
For the quintessential spa experience, visit the iconic Hepburn Bathhouse, check into the award-winning Spa at Lake House or the Mineral Spa at Peppers Springs Retreat. These are your idyllic restorative havens to experience the best of these precious minerals from the waters in this region. And after a day filled with pampering why not unwind at the breathtaking Clifftop at Hepburn, voted Australia’s number 1 luxury holiday home. It would be crazy not to indulge just a little bit more.