Australia is blessed with some beautiful natural surrounds – the kind that make you get out into nature, and away from all the things that remind you of the normal daily grind. While you are able to make your Australia travels any theme you prefer – adventure, foodie, historical – it really has a knack for providing for one theme in particular: relaxing! The following is a list we’ve put together of the best places to relax in Australia.
Spend a Weekend in Wine Country
A spectacular Australian wine region lies within a hop, skip and a jump from most capital cities in Australia, which is convenient for both locals and travelers who wish to get away from city life and out into the country. Relax in vineyards with gourmet food and a nice glass of Australian wine – now doesn’t that sound nice?
Our picks: The Swan Valley (Perth), Hunter Valley (Sydney) and Barossa Valley (Adelaide) are three of our favorites.
Get on Island Time
With over 8,000 islands to Australia’s name, finding a serene getaway in the middle of the open sea is never a struggle. Plus, it gives you the excuse to a cruise or sail there and back!
Our picks: Any of the Whitsunday Islands, Magnetic Island and Kangaroo Island are three of our favorites.
Soak Up the Sun on Beaches
The beach life – swimming, sunning and surfing – may be the predominant stereotype of Australia, but with just under 23,000 miles of coastline on the mainland alone, beaches are plentiful, and the stereotypical culture lives large. Grab a beach towel and some sunscreen and get your beach relaxing on. You know the saying: When in Rome…
Our picks: The white sand beach of Lake McKenzie (Fraser Island) and Bondi Beach (Sydney) are two extremely popular choices. Don’t forget Cottesloe (Perth) for those fantastic sunsets.
Get on a Boat
Whether its a cruise ship or a sailboat, being out on the water has a totally calming effect. Relaxing on a boat could be as easy as the 30 minute ferry ride from Sydney to Manly, or the multiple day trip sailing the Whitsunday Islands.
Our picks: Join a group of sea lovers for a sailing trip in the Whitsunday Islands for several days, or take up a cruise along the Brisbane River – right through the city.
Other top ideas and picks for places to relax in Australia include:
- The Outback: Feel a sense of freedom when you’re miles away from cities.
- Botanic Gardens: Australian major cities usually contain an oasis from the chaos known as the botanic gardens.
- Rainforest: Book a room in a rainforest hotel up in tropical north Queensland. Port Douglas is a great place to start.