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3 Ultimate Summer Aussie Interstate Trips

Posted on 30 Dec, 2011

Australia is one of the best places to spend the summer break in style. Whether you’re looking to get away for just a quick weekend or take a longer trip, these three summer interstate trip ideas will have you relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.

1. Brisbane

Australia’s third largest city by population, Brisbane is quickly gaining a reputation as Australia’s next up and coming world city. A sunny, subtropical climate, vibrant city centre and satellite suburbs, and laid back yet cosmopolitan vibe has ensured a steady stream of visitors to this two-million strong city. With a range of accommodation option such as serviced apartments, Brisbane travel can be both luxurious and practical.

Things to do in Brisbane:

  • Explore the satellite suburbs. Visitors should not miss out on the satellite suburbs such as South Bank, Fortitude Valley, West End, Mount Coot-ha, and New Farm. Each of these precincts have their distinct shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. For visitors staying at one of the serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD, these suburbs are situated close enough to the city for a short taxi ride or even leisurely stroll.
  • Visit the City Botanic Gardens. Only 10 minutes walk from the city centre, the Gardens are a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll or picnic.
  • Shop at Queen Street Mall. Often voted the prettiest and best-planned CBD mall in Australia, Queen Street Mall is a wide boulevard filled with boutique and big brand shops, restaurants, cafes, and souvenir stores.

2. The Gold Coast

Australia’s fourth largest city is situated on the Swan River and bound by the Indian Ocean to the West. This unique beach location makes Perth a desirable place to visit for summer travellers. Laid back, safe, and beautiful, Perth offers city living with a relaxed beach culture.

Perth summers are hot and dry, with an average temperature of 30°C during the warmest months.

What to do in Perth:

  • Water activities at the beaches. Perth has some spectacular beaches. Scarborough, Cottesloe, City Beach, Floreat Beach, and Trigg Beach, are some of the well-known and best-loved city beaches. Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and surfing are all popular activities.
  • Cycling. Perth has excellent biking paths, with great scenic routes that are flat enough for occasional bikers.
  • Day trips. Rottnest Island can be accessed by ferry, while Penguin Island is just 45 minute south of Perth.
  • Wine tasting at Swan Valley. Swan Valley is home to some fine wineries and micro-breweries.

3. Hobart

Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney, Hobart is a fantastic location for foodies and those looking for a milder summer away. Hobart is set on the estuary of the Derwent River and has many striking architectural precincts, making it a good city for biking and walking.

What to do in Hobart:

  • Dine out. Tasmania is famous for its fresh produce. Visitors can enjoy fresh local seafood, wines, and cheeses at Hobart’s broad selection of eating establishments. Deep-sea Trevalla, lobster, and scallop are some of the popular local seafoods to try.
  • Wineries. Tasmania is home to some excellent wineries. The Coal River Valley is the closest wine-producing region for those visitor Hobart.

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