The Most Underrated Australian Summer Holiday Destinations
If you currently find yourself plan-free for the fast approaching summer holidays, but you are still dreaming of a beachside escape, never fear—there’s plenty of time to book a memorable trip. While the typically popular destinations—think Byron, Noosa, Port Douglas, and Margaret River—may be full to the brim with bookings, we’ve scoured the countryside for some of the most underrated summer holiday destinations in each state and territory to help you with your last-minute vacation plans.
Where: Mid North Coast of New South Wales
Why: Fingal Bay is the eastern-most suburb of the Port Stephens area, which is renowned for its local wineries, fresh seafood and most prominently, its spectacular beaches (an impressive 26 of them to be exact). Fingal Bay Beach has its own island connected by a sand-spit and is well protected, which makes it ideal for beach activities and water sports. Located just a three-hour drive from Sydney, it is an idyllic seaside retreat.
Where: 155 km west of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road
Why: Located on one of the most spectacular strips of the Great Ocean Road, Wye River is the next-door neighbour of popular holiday destinations, Lorne and Apollo Bay. Though it is only be a small town, Wye River has plenty to offer. With a rugged and bushy mountain backdrop, it’s known for its wildlife, beaches and scenery—what more could you ask for on a summer holiday?
Where: North East Coast of Queensland
Why: Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770 (aptly named after the visit of Lieutenant James Cook in May 1770), is a village on the North East Coast of Queensland. Situated on a peninsula, with the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay on three sides, Seventeen Seventy is a one and half hour drive north of Bundaberg, north of Fraser Island and south of the Whitsundays. Boasting the most pristine beaches and all-year-round balmy weather, this is summer fun at its finest. Be sure to take a visit to the Great Barrier Reef while you’re there, too.
Where: 2km from Darwin’s CBD
Why: Renowned for is impressive sunsets and atmospheric food, arts, and entertainment markets, Mindil Beach is located just outside of Darwin’s CBD. Not only can you enjoy this centrally located sandy spot, but it’s the perfect opportunity to explore Darwin if you haven’t already. For the western, eastern, and southern residents, maybe it’s time to head north this summer!
Where: North-East Coast of Tasmania
Why: The scenic Coles Bay is situated on the east Coast of Tasmania two hours north-east of Hobart and is the main entrance point for visitors to the stunning Freycinet National Park. Take a leisurely cruise around the peninsula, explore a walking track in the park, kayak around the bay, or go bush on a quad bike— if you’re an adventure-lover, this is the holiday for you. Be sure to visit the beautiful Wineglass Bay while you’re in the region, too. Or even better, take a complete trip around Tassie, you won’t be disappointed.
Where: North West Coast of Perth
Why: You’ll be hard pressed to find more crystal clear water in the country. Coral Bay is located in Western Australia's unique North West, and is in the heart of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park 1,200 kilometres north of Perth and can only be described as picturesque. Its unique marine environment, diverse flora, and idyllic, isolated location are excellent reason to add this destination to your summer holiday bucket list.
Where: 112km off the mainland of South Australia
Why: Kangaroo Island is just off the mainland of South Australia, below Adelaide. Famous for its diverse wildlife, nature reserves and rugged beauty you can expect to see sea lions frolicking on the beach, koalas snoozing in the eucalyptus trees and pelicans sliding through the pristine waters. Not to mention the delectable wine and produce on offer—can we visit today?