With the mercury rising right across the country, there’s a good chance you’ll be joining most Australians for a bit of down time by the sea. But rather than just sticking to the same beaches everyone goes to, give an island getaway a try.
Feeling out of touch with the spirit of life? Need to reconnect with yourself or your loved ones? One of the best places to shed the hard edges of city living and embrace the softness of nature is Hawaii’s big island. Get some sand between your toes, sun on your skin and head off on adventures worthy of a National Geographic photographer.
According to the 2014 survey by international travel magazine “Conde Nast Traveler,” Palawan island in the Philippines has been voted number one.
When you consider that Australia has 35,876km of coastline to explore,, it should go without saying that it also has some pretty impressive beaches. There are too many for us to see in one lifetime, so to save you time when researching your next Aussie beach getaway, we’ve pulled our top 10 pick of glorious beaches. Take a look.
Visiting the Mentawai Islands for the first time, there was an element of surprise. Little did I realise that are were hundred's and thousand's of surfers like me, who had the same childhood dream of surfing the best waves in the world.
The engine of our 1950’s De Havilland seaplane roars like a lion as we cross the last stretch of pale blue water. Just a hundred metres more and we’ll reach Turtle Island - our exclusive Fijian hideaway. We’re so close I can almost taste the cocktails. There it is, emerging from the haze like a mirage in a vast desert. We’re home.
Heron Island, a coral cay on the southern Great Barrier Reef, operates according to a nature calendar and my November visit has coincided with the beginning of the turtle egg-laying season.
Fiji is my favourite family holiday destination. Our close neighbour is often mistakenly over-looked by many Australian travelers for the traditional Bali and Thai beach side destinations.
Nothing could prepare me for my first year of fatherhood: the sleepless nights, the fumbling with dirty nappies and the emergence of grey hair that seemed to multiply exponentially since the little guy arrived into this world.