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It doesn't matter if you've been a hundred times, or never before, Australia always makes a brilliant holiday. These are our five favourite things to do.


1. Discover the Gold Coast's best beaches

So much more than sand, skyscrapers and surfers (okay those as well), the Gold Coast’s top ten beaches are pure excellence. From iconic Surfer's Paradise to Burleigh Heads, there's an entire coastline to discover.

Have you ever asked which of the Gold Coast's beaches are the best? Well we did. Click Here for our top 10 GC beaches. This is what our extensive study (of sunbathing and lazing) revealed.

2. Live Sydney's laid-back lifestyle

Sydney’s got the golden beaches and the tans to match, a dazzling skyline and trend-setting bars. From dawn surfs to rooftop dining, this city might deliver around-the-clock hedonism but it never strays too far from its easy going roots. Time to head across the ditch and soak up the laid-back lifestyle.

Sydner-siders love their fine dining, beach days and Sunday brunch. Click Here to find out where they like to hang out the most.

3. Find Melbourne’s hidden laneway bars

One of Melbourne’s best attractions is undoubtedly its warren of lanes and alleyways that bisect the central city. Most are home to several dumpsters and freakishly huge rats, while others are home to high end fashion boutiques and some very cool bars. Here’s a few of our favourite hidden bars… you may need Google Maps to find these.

If you want to know where to find eight of the best laneways in the city, Click Here!

4. Queensland and its little-known surprises

Whether you’re a serial visitor or you’ve never been to Queensland before, this iconic region always surprises.

Swap the sound of crashing surf and Gold Coast chatter for tropical birdsong and the cluck of tree frogs. Leave the coast and an hour’s drive later find yourself at Springbrook National Park. The one kilometre subtropical circuit leads from the carpark through leafy rainforest and the honey sweet smell of sun-warmed flora. Emerge onto a shaded cave with a serene waterfall, complete with a fairy tale bridge arching over a pretty lagoon.



5. Adelaide's food and wine scene

Ahh South Australia, where the Barossa water flows, and the wine does too.

Any trip to Adelaide and its surrounding regions, is, in reality, an invitation to foodie heaven; world-class restaurants, rooftop bars and bustling markets packed with produce and green grocery goodness. And once fed, visitors to the South Australian state are well advised to go in search of the wine. And the water. Both of which are on the doorstep, in the form of the Barossa and the beautiful Murray River.


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