Thinking of investing in a holiday home, but want to go beyond the basic weekender? Or maybe you are considering an extra special long weekend away over Easter? Australia is blessed with plenty of luxurious hotspots from secluded beaches, to scenic mountain retreats, and rolling vineyards. If you want to make your regular getaway truly amazing, then start browsing these stunning holiday destinations.
1. Palm Cove, QLD
Located approximately 25 to 30 minutes north of Cairns, Palm Cove is an idyllic long sandy beach perfect for carefree, barefoot strolls. Highlights of this destination include: warm weather, seclusion from tourists, high-end houses and accommodation, day spas and everything within walking distance. You are even within easy access to the Captain Cook Highway, Daintree Rainforest, and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.
2. Hunter Valley, NSW
Just a two hour drive north of Sydney, the vales of the Hunter Valley are the ideal setting for a getaway. With scenic countryside, world class wineries, cellar door restaurants and luxury accommodation, there’s more than enough here to occupy you for a long weekend. If you like being active, there are lots of calendar events and festivals, or to mark a memorable occasion why not glide gracefully above the vineyards in a hot air balloon?
3. Southern Highlands, NSW
This rural region has an abundance of natural offerings. If you’re feeling active you can head out on the various scenic walking tracks via gorges and rainforests of Morton National Park. The highlight of these is the Cave Creek Walking Track which finishes at a beautiful waterfall. As well as nature, the Southern Highlands offers cafes, galleries and antique stores to explore, and historic homes and B&Bs to enjoy some alone time.
4. Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is easily accessed from Brisbane and is a great destination for a holiday home. With beautiful rainforests and waterfalls, the Hinterland offers welcome relief from the summer heat with its cool, clean mountain air and stunning scenery.
5. Daylesford, VIC
If relaxation and pampering is your thing, then consider looking for a property near Victoria’s Daylesford, and sister town Hepburn Springs. The area is dotted with wide range of spa resorts, boutique accommodation and B&Bs and features an abundance of natural hot springs associated with healing and restorative properties.
6. Adelaide Hills, SA
Gourmets who love to treat their taste buds should head for the hills. The Adelaide Hills that is, just 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD. This region is called ‘Land of the Long Lunch’ for its European influence and offers an array of winemakers, gourmet restaurants and specialty foods, such as cheese, chocolate, ice cream and sweets. There’s plenty of choice here to relax and unwind, and the nearby Barossa Valley adds the possibility of an extended getaway.
7. Margaret River, WA
One of Western Australia’s most popular destinations is Margaret River offering a stunning landscape of rolling green hills, expansive ocean and scenic rainforest. Margaret River is also popular for its award-winning wineries, gourmet food, national parks and sunny weather.
8. Freycinet/Coles Bay, TAS
Last but not least, the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania is consistently touted as one of the most relaxing holiday destinations in Australia. Featuring stunning beaches, award-winning restaurants and a range of vacant blocks ready for you to build your dream holiday home in nearby Coles Bay, this exclusive coastal area is one of Tasmania’s biggest drawcards.