Top 10 Beaches - Short Flights for a Weekend Getaway
Australia has a wide variety of fantastic beaches that are recognized as some of the world’s best and attracts tons of domestic and international tourists all year round. As such, there’s no shortage of great weekend getaway spots if you’re looking to get your beachwear out and bask in the sun. Or if you prefer to travel out of Australia for something a little different, there’s a whole array of beaches to check out in South East Asia for just about every kind of weekend getaway that you desire. Here’s our list of the top 5 beaches in Australia and the top 5 beaches in South East Asia for you to consider for your next weekend getaway!
1. The Basin, Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is quickly emerging as one of the bucket list spots in Australia for its pristine coastline and stunning natural beauty. Out of all the beaches in Rottnest Island, The Basin comes in at number one due to its snorkeling spots and natural landscape. Located just 18 kilometres away from Perth, a visit here is the perfect weekend getaway if you’re looking to appreciate nature in all its wonder either alone and you can bring your loved ones for a beach picnic with a view to remember.
2. Mindil Beach, Darwin
Mindil Beach in Darwin is one of those special beaches where you’re in for a magical time everyday during sunset. Go early to get a good spot on the beach, lay out your picnic mat, get the beer out from your cooler and then just wait to be amazed! The beach markets here are pretty awesome as well so don’t miss your chance to get stuff there. However, this is not a beach for swimming as there have been instances of crocodile sightings so just stay on the beach and don’t go in the water.
3. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
This is one spot not to miss if you’re an early riser as you’ll be treated to an amazing sunrise you won’t be soon forgetting. Get a coffee at a cafe nearby to take in the morning sea breeze and watch surfers ride the waves, or snap some nice shots of the coastline before the rest of the crowd gets there. At night, there’s lot to do here too, with a whole stretch of bars and restaurants all along the promenade.
4. Main Beach, Byron Bay
Byron Bay is one of those cities that revolves around its beaches. Many surfers come here to ride the waves and enjoy the fun in the sun chilling on the beach after surfing. Its most popular beach is Main Beach and it’s filled with cafes, bars, bbq stands, good looking people and pretty much anything you’re looking for in a good weekend getaway.
5. Gibson Steps, Great Ocean Road
If you prefer to take a road-trip, there’s probably no better place than to drive along the Great Ocean Road. And you just have to see The 12 Apostles along the way, so instead of just passing by, park your ride, get your cameras out, walk down Gibson Steps to see this natural beauty in all its wonder from up close and personal. You’ll be rewarded with some special photographs to show to all your friends back home, but be careful and watch the tides.
6. Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Bali is one of the top beach cities visited by Australians all year round and just has to be included in any list of the top weekend getaways! But when you reach Bali, there’s so many beaches to choose from and our top pick here has to be Seminyak Beach. Surrounded by luxury resorts, world famous beach clubs, hipster cafes, gastrobars and fine dining restaurants, Seminyak is the perfect place to have a great weekend getaway where you can destress, have fun in the sun and party the night away. This is the beach for you and your friends to live out your hedonistic desires!
7. Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Railay is the perfect spot if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous in your weekend getaway. This is one beach that is truly off the beaten path. In fact, you’ll need to get there by boat as there is no connecting road from Krabi, due to the high limestone cliffs. It’s these same cliffs that make Railay world famous for rock-climber all over the world who come here seeking a true adventure paradise. The beach itself is great for relaxing and chilling out after a day of adventure. Accomodation options here are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
8. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Boracay is an island lovers paradise and has been rated among the world’s best beach cities. The most famous of all the beaches on Boracay is White Beach, attracting thousands of tourists who come to put their feet in the powdery white sand and marvel at the shiny blue waters. The beach offers a whole host of accommodation from luxury resorts to more budget options as well. And the boardwalk here is lined with cafes, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops so you’ll get whatever you need for your perfect weekend getaway.
9. Non Nuoc Beach, Da Nang, Vietnam
Non Nuoc Beach in Da Nang, Vietnam has much to offer Australian tourists on a weekend getaway. Located near the famous Marble Mountains, which houses sacred limestone caves and ancient temples, the beach features fine white sand and clear water for swimming all year round. Here, many beachfront restaurants offer their freshly caught seafood at affordable prices. You can also choose to surf here or take a hike to see a panoramic view of the Son Tra Peninsula.
10. Cenang Beach, Langkawi, Malaysia
Cenang Beach in Langkawi is the busiest beach-town in the island, making it a hub of activity, with a whole host of cafes, restaurants, bars and duty-free outlets lining the beach. Located near the international airport makes this a convenient location for a weekend getaway and with family friendly options like Underwater World, those travelling with kids will find this perfect. You can try your hand at parasailing, jet skiing or just relax with a cocktail in hand while getting a foot massage. When night falls, expect live musical and cultural performances to end your day on a high.
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