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|10 Oct 2017|5 minutes

Australia's Best Beach Breaks

Five of Australia's best beach-side resorts
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10 Oct 2017
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There are certain countries that absolutely nail one thing; the one thing they’d bring to the ‘best country in the world’ party.

France would bring the food; Switzerland the scenery; Japan the quirkiness. Italy would style it all. And they’d probably bring the good weather on the back of their Vespa, too. And some wine. Oh, and the gelato. And their architecture, landscapes, sailing, skiing, coffee… Alright, Italy nails just about everything.

And what about Australia?

Easy: we’d supply the beaches.

Insider
|10 Oct 2017|5 minutes

Australia's Best Beach Breaks

Five of Australia's best beach-side resorts
THE ICONIC
10 Oct 2017
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There are certain countries that absolutely nail one thing; the one thing they’d bring to the ‘best country in the world’ party.

France would bring the food; Switzerland the scenery; Japan the quirkiness. Italy would style it all. And they’d probably bring the good weather on the back of their Vespa, too. And some wine. Oh, and the gelato. And their architecture, landscapes, sailing, skiing, coffee… Alright, Italy nails just about everything.

And what about Australia?

Easy: we’d supply the beaches.

With just under 20,000 kilometres of coastline, the nation isn’t stuck for Insta-worthy strips of sand. Add in the sunshine, the cool blue waters, the surf, the offshore desert islands... As a beach destination, it doesn’t get any better than here.

Sad to say, the same hasn’t always been true for the coastal accommodation. In years gone by, your only choice of sleeping beach-side was in a camper or under the stars: fine if you’re happy checking for Redbacks before putting on your undies, not so good for those who like a little bit of luxury with their getaway.

Thankfully, times have changed. Australia has cottoned on to the value of the golden powder that makes up its shores and islands. Now there is a solid helping of hotels that are worthy of the glorious beaches they serve. We’ve pinpointed a few of the best:

1. Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, NSW

best for playboys

Can it get much cooler than a Palm Springs-style hideaway on laid-back Cabarita Beach? Each room of this former surf motel is styled with patterned wallpaper and vintage trinkets, and has a huge, luxe bed and poolside patio. To cap your stay, book into the award-winning onsite restaurant, Paper Daisy, for food that tastes as good as it looks. And, like everything and everyone else here, it looks good.

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2. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island

best for chillers

Breathe in the sea breeze from a deck perched above the water; step on the sands of the secret Lovers Beach; sample the seafood at the beach-house style restaurant – all while knowing your out-of-office is firmly on in some faraway place that was formerly your life. On the shores of an aqua-blue lagoon, the Lord Howe Island lodge provides a piece of paradise located on the shores of an even larger piece of paradise.

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3. Smiths Beach Resort, WA

best for gourmet travellers

The place in Australia for food and wine right now, Margaret River is a gourmand’s dream. The white sand and sparkling blue waters aren’t bad either. Combine them all, add a cluster of spacious beach houses and villas right beside the ocean, and an onsite fine-diner and cellar door, and you have this beaut of a resort. Did we mention the food and wine?

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4.  Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Qld

best for fashionistas

It’s true; the Goldie isn’t best known as a place to head for quiet reflection. But what it lacks when it comes to calm, it more than makes up for in endless beaches, amazing surf and the highest of high-end stays. This five-star property, one of only two Versace hotels worldwide, drips with opulence and hosts celebs on a regular basis. And, when you feel like opting for a wetsuit over a Versace suit, the beach is only 100 metres away.

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5. Green Island Resort, Qld

best for reef peepers

Dive, snorkel and explore the country’s most incredible natural site, the Great Barrier Reef, from this glam resort on a tiny desert island – a coral cay lying 45 minutes offshore from Cairns, accessible only by boat or helicopter. And when you’ve seen your fill of multi-coloured coral and marine-life, soak up the sun on the beach with a cocktail. And another one. And another one.

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