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Nestled between beach and countryside on the New South Wales south coast, Mollymook is the quintessential Australian weekend getaway for romantics, foodies and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Hyams Beach, NSW
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Hyams Beach is a true natural wonderland. It is situated 180 kilometres south of Sydney, or a pleasant two-and-a-half-hour drive. It could take longer, though – the lush countryside and quaint small towns along the way encourage frequent stops.
Margaret River, WA
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Postcard-perfect shorelines. White-sand beaches. Towering karri forests: as far as god-given beauty goes, Margaret River in Australia’s south-west hits the jackpot. The good people of Perth are equally fortunate, what with Margaret River (“Margies” in the local vernacular) being just three hours south of the city by car.
Byron Bay, NSW
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What makes Byron Bay such a drawcard? Is it the beaches (stunning), the food scene (creative) or the natural attractions (breathtaking)? Mark off all three and then add top-notch accommodation, good coffee, a bustling shopping strip and friendly locals. And don’t forget the sun.
McLaren Vale, SA
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What could be more exciting than swooping over South Australia’s lush McLaren Vale, 40 kilometres south of Adelaide, in a helicopter – looking down on green and gold fields of plump grapes and the steep cliffs and sparkling rock pools of Onkaparinga Gorge while taking in sweeping views of the Fleurieu Peninsula?
Gold Coast, Queensland
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This sun-kissed holiday strip is a magnet for families and schoolies but sometimes a Gold Coast getaway is all about the grown-ups.
Port Douglas, Queensland
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Queensland’s Port Douglas has been compared to Noosa and Byron Bay, but with sun, sand, rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, it’s got something all its own.
Port Elliot, SA
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Perched on the Fleurieu Peninsula’s southern coast, just 90 kilometres from Adelaide, Port Elliot is a slice of laidback coastal heaven.
Port Stephens, NSW
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An easy two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Sydney, Port Stephens offers a harbour twice the size of Sydney’s, the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere and a plethora of beaches, waterways and national parks.