Okay, okay, okay, we know we JUST wrapped up a solid school holiday – but we just can’t help but plan the next one! The best part about these bucket list destinations is, they can all be found right here in our south east Queensland/northern New South Wales backyard…
The Glamping Getaway
‘The Hideaway’ – the brand-new, Australian first ‘glamping by the sea’ experience – arrives in Cabarita Beach this month, and it’s well worth checking out. Combining natural bush surrounds with ocean breezes and views across the mountains and beyond, this glamping getaway is perfectly positioned on the Tweed Coast just 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast International Airport and 30 minutes north of Byron Bay. A boutique outdoor vacation in style, The Hideaway offers three styles of bell tents – Tamarind, Cypress and Pacific – complete with Koala beds, lighting, floor rugs, tripod fans, soft furnishings and plush bath towels. The resort also offers an array of open-air green spaces along with contemporary suite bathrooms and communal entertaining areas, uniquely built into shipping containers.
The Island Escape
If you thrill at the thought of a vacay fit for royalty, Fraser Island is the place for you – and there’s no better accommodation on the island than Kingfisher Bay Resort. Step off the ferry from Hervey Bay and slip effortlessly into island living, taking in the natural spoils of the world heritage-listed paradise with activities like whale watching cruises, eco rangers programmes and panoramic drinking and dining options. Indulge in the resort day spa or get your adrenaline fix atop a jetski or segway. Beyond the resort, the pristine Lake Mackenzie – where the water is literally too clean to sustain sea life – and the hundreds of tracks which criss-cross the world’s largest sand island provide endless entertainment and awe.
Looking for a farm fix like no other? Hosanna Farmstay – hidden in the hinterland of the beautiful Tweed Valley – is the perfect place. Sprawled across 100 acres, Hosanna invites your whole family – pups included – to experience good old-fashioned fun on the farm in absolutely stunning surrounds. Meet and play with their farm animals, learn how to milk a cow, make a bush cubby, jump off the diving board or float around the dam, then head back to your campsite to roast marshmallows around the campfire. Or, if adventure calls, explore the 500m glow worm tunnel. And, if you’re not one for pitching a tent, book one of the on-site cabins or glamping huts. There’s seriously something for everyone.
The City Stay-cay
Billed as Brisbane’s must-stay accommodation, the Calile transformed James Street – found in the inner-city suburb of New Farm – from a beloved shopping strip to a glitzy fashion and lifestyle Mecca. The gorgeous art deco building stands watch over drinking and dining venues like Gerard’s Bistro, Camilla and St Bart’s, while inside its bright white walls you’ll find Hellenika and the Lobby Bar. Looking like the lovechild of the Beverly Hills Hotel and a palatial Grecian abode, the Calile’s pool is built for floating over freestyle – the atmosphere, more ‘girls’ getaway’ than ‘family fun’. Still, it’s worth checking out Brisbane’s most covetable address… even if it’s just poking your head into the Lobby Bar as you shop up a storm on James Street.
The Beachside Break
A hub of world-class accommodation, it’s hard to choose just one Byron Bay destination to gush about – but with luxury amenities and facilities, all set on the absolute beachfront, Elements of Byron Bay is truly a cut above. The award-winning beachfront resort promises unforgettable experiences, whether you’re spending family time in the lagoon pool precinct or the all-natural kids’ playground, or letting the kids run free with the Kids’ Club. Surrounded by Byron’s trademark natural beauty, Elements of Byron promises a tranquil getaway for adults, too. From fine dining to gourmet poolside snacks, spa days to beach nights, you’ll surely find a hundred reasons to return to Elements from the moment you’ve checked out.