4 must-see destinations to explore close to home

Sometimes the best holidays aren’t as far away as you think. Rediscover hidden gems nearby and put a new perspective on what’s close to home. Here are the four top stops!

1. South Coast, NSW

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Just a short drive south from Sydney will land you in the breathtaking South Coast region. Taking a holiday on the South Coast always has something for everyone ⁠— even the fussiest of family members. This stretch of outstanding coastline is home to some of the most magnificent beaches, spectacular wilderness retreats, unmatched food and wine experiences, and unforgettable beachy and hinterland villages. And this is one of those remarkable destinations where you can find your family either a holiday home with ocean views or an expanse of secluded bushland.

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2. Sunshine Coast, QLD

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Head north of Brisbane and find yourself among the nine extraordinary regions of the Sunshine Coast. From the hinterland peaks of the Glass House Mountains to the rolling waves along stretches of golden sand, it’s easy to plan a holiday on the Sunshine Coast that ticks all the boxes. Treat your family to some of the best seafood in the country or experience a variety of local produce that any of the rural markets and villages have on offer. Look to base yourselves in a gorgeous rural Queenslander or find yourselves a cosy beachside cabin to call your own and have a holiday filled with sunshine-soaked memories.

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3. Great Ocean Road, VIC

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All it takes is less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne to be at the starting point of the famed Great Ocean Road. This 243km stretch of Australian National Heritage-listed coastal road is one of the world’s most scenic drives. With breathtaking clifftop views over world-famous beaches, anyone who has an affinity for the ocean will feel right at home. Explore gorgeous oceanside villages and landmarks steeped in history, such as Australia's oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway, or take a relaxing hike through untouched National Parks. You’ll be spoiled for choice with plenty of beachside holiday homes where your family could spy dolphins and whales frollicking in the ocean right from your window.

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4. North Coast, NSW

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The North Coast has the double benefit of being within an easy drive from the capital cities of both New South Wales and Queensland. It also means the holiday possibilities are practically endless. There are iconic surf spots, secluded lakeside retreats, pristine rainforest, and scenic hinterland vistas all waiting for your family’s next adventure. You can also find plenty of family-friendly activities in any of the laid-back regional cities dotted along the coastline. The best part of the North Coast is with hundreds of beaches to choose from, there’s an abundance of oceanside holiday homes where your family can get away from it all.

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