5 Of The Best Beach Holiday Getaways

With only three months left until Christmas it’s about time you started organising your holidays (if you haven’t already done so).  And what better place to spend Christmas than at the beach soaking up the sun?  So here’s five top beachside towns to consider for the Christmas holidays.

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Torquay, Victoria

Home to famous Bells Beach and the start of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is Victoria’s surfing capital and the birthplace of the Quiksilver and Rip Curl brands.  In this quaint beachside town there are an abundance of surfing shops, a surfing museum, a spectacular coastal walk and a number of great spots for snorkelling or diving.  The best way to enjoy Torquay is to pitch a tent at the coastal camping ground which is within easy walking distance of all the attractions, then sit back and relax.

1770 & Agnes Waters, Queensland

These towns located on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year and are the perfect spot for some fun in the sun.  If you’re into getting off the beaten track and exploring then bring your 4WD and set out to find some of the best beaches in Australia.  Surrounded by national parks these towns have an abundance of activities such as fishing, diving, surfing and hiking but the best thing to do here is absolutely nothing at all.

Merimbula, New South Wales

This coastal town on the sapphire coast is a great spot for families, having a theme park on the beach called Magic Mountain.  It features a roller coaster, waterslide, mini golf and mini grand prix track.  The town itself is surrounded by natural bush, providing the perfect spot for bushwalking and of course the beaches at Merimbula are sparkling gems, perfect for surfing, canoeing, boating, fishing and diving.

Yallingup, Western Australia

This relaxed town in the south-west region of Western Australia is home to pristine beaches and limestone caves.  The beaches are well known spots for surfing and fishing while the surrounding areas are alive with wineries, art galleries and day spas.  Explore the Canal Rocks that stretch between Yallingup and Margaret River and stroll along the boardwalk for unforgettable views of the granite rocks and the ocean.

Glenelg, South Australia

One of Adelaide’s favourite white sandy beaches would have to be Glenelg, easily reached via the tram, just 10km from the city.  With gentle waves it’s a perfect spot for swimming making it a great family seaside location.  It’s a renowned spot to swim with the dolphins and when you’re done you can spend your days browsing the abundance of shops, museums, galleries, cafes and restaurants that Glenelg has to offer.

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September 29, 2014

9 Places You Should Add To Your Bucket List

Planning your next holiday is about to get a whole lot harder with the suggestions we’ve picked out. Start packing your bags, and get to the travel agent now to witness these magical destinations up close and personal. Some might fall under the radar, and others will be swarming with like-minded tourists, but don’t forget about these destinations when you’re planning your next getaway.

1. Palma, Mallorca (Majorca)

This idyllic destination has served as a summer-time getaway for Northern Europeans for years. Enjoy the sea, sun and relax amongst all the island has to offer, including fabulous weather from May to September.

2. Cartagena, Colombia

South America offers a diverse mix of cultures which is especially unique and special for first time visitors. Cartagena is branded as one of the best preserved old cities in South America, with architecture dating back to the 16th Century during the Spanish takeover. A rich source of architecture, food and culture is what you’ll expect to find in Cartagena, as well as the popular Palace of the Inquisition to get a taste of some historical Colombian culture.

3. Darwin, Australia

If you’re looking to stay a little closer to home, Darwin offers a relaxed and laid back holiday that won’t exactly burn a hole in your pocket. Take a dip in some of the local beaches such as Casuarina, or visit one of the many Indigenous museums and art galleries that the city has to offer. In just one day trip you’ll find yourself at the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park which has to be one of the main attractions offering a rich assortment of flora and fauna exclusive to Darwin.

4. Rhodes, Greece

One of the most popular Greek Islands to visit in the Mediterranean, Rhodes is home to some of the most clearest and beautiful beaches in the entire world. Don’t forget to taste the healthy local cuisine, and enjoy a relaxing holiday in the sun.

5. Tokyo, Japan

Japan is one of the most modern countries thanks to it’s developments in technology and fast-paced lifestyle. Tokyo offers a unique blend of traditional pre-war customs, mixed together with modern architecture and technologies that are jaw-dropping. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial will bring you back down to earth, and features the Genbaku Dome which is the only building still standing after the bombing attack of World War II.

6. Cancun, Mexico

Known for its extensive nightlife and spring-break central, Cancun can be enjoyed by a variety of people at any age. Cancun offers year-round impeccable weather which allows a mostly outdoor lifestyle for locals and tourists to both enjoy. Expect to find white sand beaches with lots of snorkelling and boating to relax and renew during your break.

7. Montreal, Canada

Montreal offers a taste of European lifestyle despite being located in icy North America. The city is known for it’s diverse cuisine of restaurants, cafe’s, and bars which are cosmopolitan in nature and perfect for both couples and family friendly. A major sightseeing spot is the Montreal Biodome which is a recreation of various ecosystems in North America. Ideal for anyone who loves museums and learning some background information on Montreal.

8. Auckland, New Zealand

Undoubtedly the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is filled with many outdoor activities and home to idyllic beaches seemingly untouched by humankind. Boating is a popular way to sightsee and become familiar with the various types of flora and fauna the city has to offer.

9. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

One of the most popular destinations which can be visited anytime of the year is Amsterdam. The home of countless canals and art museums, this is a must-have destination for the traveller that wants to see it all. From the Anne Frank House to the world class restaurants and cafe’s found across the city, there is nothing quite like Amsterdam to make you feel alive again.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 22, 2014

Things to take to the beach

Mambo classic beach towels

Going to the beach is not as simple as it used to be. Now, it pays to wise up, not dry up and be sun-cool all the time. Even if you?re not a naturally bronzed beauty, looking good on the dunes is possible when you have the right ?stuff?. We?re talking cool items that will last the distance and move you right through to next summer. Let?s face it?we all care about looking good on the beach. Here are the SheSaid sure-fire, hot-five items needed to take you onto any beach in style.

Take note:Mambo get it right with their classic beach towels. You will also look patriotic if you have one too. Go to Long lasting and snugly. ($50)

Ever spent a whole morning looking for something to put your beach stuff in only to arrive at the beach with an over stuffed plastic bag? Witchery solves your problem with a bag you are going to actually want to use. Striped beach bag, ($49.95). Go to for further details.

Triangle, halter-neck and classic, Witchery?s timeless, well-priced bikini?s,

Witchery bag

must for any body shape or bank balance. Check them out, black, white or patterned. We can?t get enough of the patterned. Go to for further information.If you?re sick of Birkenstocks, bored with wearing thongs and desiring something a little more stylish. Go back to what our mothers spent their youth in? Dr Scholl?s. These slip-ons are the ultimate in beach foot-wear. Our pick is the hotly coloured ones ? red is best. Head to selected shoe stores and pharmacies nationally.

A little bit pricey but damn gorgeous, the beach umbrella by Cath Kidston from Piggot?s Store, will give you the prettiest and shadiest spot on the beach. Durable, sturdy, sun fighting and incredibly chic. We?re encouraging umbrella?s this summer?they give you a little oasis to get out of in the heat. Head to Piggot?s Store, Woollahra, Sydney.

Witchery bikini

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