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Whether it’s the lure of a great Australian beachside holiday or a retreat from the heat by the waterfront, Australia opens its doors and eagerly unfurls the beach umbrella come summertime, with a destination available to suit any desire courtesy of Contemporary Hotels.

It’s a challenging list to narrow down, but here are five fabulous places to while away the summer…


Byron Bay, Northern NSW

With its Bohemian roots, chic eateries, and coastal town feel, Byron Bay has long been a popular haunt for holiday seekers. As the eastern most point of Australia, Byron offers a unique ambience rivalled by few other destinations where lifestyle meets refinement in a casual setting.

From day spas to five-star restaurants, there are activities to suit all in Byron Bay and its surrounds. Catch the sunrise over world-famous Wategos Beach, meander to the lighthouse and take in the sweeping views, or explore the majestic hinterland.

Then after a hard day enjoying the sights on offer, return to your quintessential beach house, Byron Bay Villa, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the wet edge pool, cocktail in hand. Designed by renowned Australian architect Iain Halliday, this four-bedroom luxury villa sleeps eight and is only steps from the beachfront, nestled privately behind lush palms.


NSW Central Coast

An hour from Sydney, but a world away from the city life is the picturesque New South Wales Central Coast and the bevy of aquatic delights it provides. With an endless choice of sprawling beaches and quiet waterways, the Central Coast is a haven for kayaking, fishing, swimming and surfing.

When it’s time for a change of pace from lazy days at the seaside, adventure and exploration beckon courtesy of national parks, walking trails, mountain bike riding and an array of small towns boasting eateries and shopping.

Embracing the laid-back ambience in true Australian style is the chic Killcare Beach House. Just footsteps from the quiet sands of the beach and a short walk to the esplanade, Killcare offers sweeping waterfront and headland views from its five bedrooms, three al fresco entertainment areas and a sun-drenched pool.


Patonga, NSW Central Coast

For a seaside holiday that conjures all the romance of childhood summers on the waterfront, the quaint and semi-isolated riverside town of Patonga on the Central Coast offers the ultimate evocative getaway.

An hour and a half drive from Sydney or 20 minutes by ferry from Palm Beach, Patonga is a hidden gem where time slows and hazy summer days meld into languid star-studded nights.

Encapsulating all the charm of this idyllic setting is the riverside cottage Noojee Patonga. Bathed in white, this Hamptons-style home offers guests endless days watching the sun dappled river from deckchairs on the lush green lawn, or hours of exploration courtesy of the complementary kayaks and bicycles.

Inside, this lovingly decorated cottage features objects d’art from all over the globe, four bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and an old-world ambience where memories are created with care.


Palm Beach, Sydney

Boasting a spectacular beachfront, a striking headland and lighthouse that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, Palm Beach has a unique allure for Sydney-siders, interstate holiday makers and international travellers alike.

The traditional stomping ground of the well-healed looking to escape the city scene, Palm Beach is the pinnacle of Sydney’s famous northern beaches. A short drive from all that the spectacular city has to offer but light years from the metropolitan bustle, it features a beachside ambience that combines a pristine natural environment with coastal living and cosmopolitan chic.

Overlooking this vista on a stately and grand scale is the magnificent Palm Beach Villa. With four king-sized bedrooms that each boast an ocean view, this premium accommodation spans two architecturally designed pavilions bathed in natural light, and comes complete with a central courtyard, vast entertaining spaces, and a child-friendly pool.


Port Douglas, Queensland

Endless fine days, palm-lined streetscapes and azure blue waters see Port Douglas a magnet for holiday makers craving the tropical appeal of picturesque north Queensland.

With its proximity to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is a beachside jewel in the sunshine state’s already dazzling crown of coastal resort towns.

At the heart of this world-renowned haven is the award-winning architectural masterpiece Port Douglas Villa. Featuring hanging gardens, reflection pools and a boardwalk, the exterior is magnificently complemented by a sparkling blue pool and spa.

Inside, the accommodation is equally refined, with four king-sized bedrooms, expansive ensuites and open plan living, all within walking distance to Four-Mile Beach and the restaurants and bars of the township.


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