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Best Relaxing Australian Holiday Destinations


There’s something particularly satisfying about arriving at your holiday location and immediately feeling a relaxing vibe wash over you.

The type of place where you can slip into break mode with utmost ease.

We’re highlighting a bunch of destinations with the ability to invoke calmness before you’ve even unpacked, parked the van, or thought about setting up the tent.

Escape to one of these laid-back locations.

This is the life. Location: Mannum, SA. More below. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Lakes Entrance, VIC

This coastal town has such an enviable setting – on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where Gippsland Lakes merges with the Southern Ocean – that it’s so easy to embrace its amiable atmosphere.

Accommodation: BIG4 Waters EdgeBIG4 Whiters & NRMA Eastern Beach.

What's there to do in Lakes Entrance? It's all here.

Instant appeal: Lakes Entrance.

Coles Bay, TAS

Set on the calm shores of Oyster Bay and shadowed by the magnificent towering peaks of Freycinet National Park, this peaceful seaside village allows visitors to unwind with ease.

Accommodation: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet.

Coles Bay is magical. Credit: Stu Gibson.

Caloundra, QLD

A setting overlooking Pumicestone Passage. Simple access to a cluster of beautiful beaches. A boardwalk-style coastal path to soak in the glittering views. And all this within easy reach of the QLD capital. Caloundra really nails the ‘relax with ease’ brief.

Accommodation: BIG4 Caloundra.

That setting: Welcome to Caloundra. Credit: Visit Sunshine Coast.

Mannum, SA

Riverside towns have the ability to provide immediate calmness, and this historical destination is a perfect example of that. Located along the Murray and an easy drive from Adelaide, Mannum has ample riverfront settings that entice endless relaxation.

Accommodation: BIG4 Breeze - Mannum.

Marvellous Mannum. Pictured: Pretoria Hotel. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone.

Narooma, NSW

Upon entering Narooma, the dazzling turquoise waters of sprawling Wagonga Inlet captivate you instantly and are a major catalyst for the town’s irresistible laidback atmosphere. This ambience continues when taking in glorious coastal views or those stretching to distant mountains.

Accommodation: BIG4 Narooma East's.

Blissful: Narooma. Credit: Destination NSW.

Bright, VIC

Bright is one of those places that you're sure to fall for in a heartbeat upon visiting. The High Country riverside town is picturesque, full of character, boasts a pleasant ambience, and has an inspiring backdrop that all invite relaxation at the drop of a hat.

Accommodation: BIG4 Tasman - BrightBIG4 Porepunkah or NRMA Bright.

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Bright spot.

Port Douglas, QLD

This coastal town possesses all the ingredients required to create a cocktail called 'Instant Relaxation'. Tucked away between reef and rainforest, Port Douglas juggles palm tree-fringed beaches with pretty parks and a vibrant marina among much more.

Accommodation: BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry.

Port Douglas boasts a wonderful location. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Dongara-Port Denison, WA

These idyllic twin towns are separated by the Irwin River before it merges with the Indian Ocean and invite instantaneous relaxation. Expect some stunning sunsets over the water.

Accommodation: BIG4 Dongara Denison Beach.

Twinning: Dongara-Port Denison. Credit: @caravanadventureaus.

Port Elliot, SA

Picturesque Port Elliot turns on the charm instantly. Visitors are greeted to a delightful heritage streetscape – home to a bakery with a cult-like status – that leads to a Norfolk pine-lined garden where the wondrous sight of Horseshoe Bay is revealed from an elevated position.

Accommodation: BIG4 Breeze - Port Elliot or NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront.

Horseshoe Bay is the jewel of Port Elliot. Credit: Nathan Godwin.

Armidale, NSW

Gorgeous scenery radiates from this stylish city and when coupled with a rich history, Armidale is sure to promptly place you into holiday mode. The city is found at the heart of the scenic New England region where vibrant vistas are dished up at every turn.

Accommodation: BIG4 Armidale Highlander Van Village.

Armidale has angelic aesthetics. Credit: Destination NSW.

Strahan, TAS

A positioning on the shores of beautiful Macquarie Harbour coupled with a feeling of being a world away from everyday life immediately deliver a relaxing tone.

Accommodation: BIG4 Strahan.

Uncover more of Strahan here.

Like it's a world away: Strahan. Credit: Paul Fleming.

Airlie Beach, QLD

As the gateway to the magical islands of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach makes it ridiculously easy to soak up the holiday vibe. There are ample waterfront attractions that make the most of this spectacular setting.

Accommodation: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday ResortBIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco ResortBIG4 Conway Beach Whitsundays or NRMA Airlie Beach Holiday Park.

Getting into holiday mode comes easy at Airlie Beach. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Wye River, VIC

This tiny Great Ocean Road town boasts little more than a great pub, general store and café, and a river leading to a pleasant beach, along with a popular holiday park. And it’s all you need for a memorable getaway where the ability to de-stress is achieved effortlessly.

Accommodation: BIG4 Wye River.

Wye River has all that's needed for a relaxing break. 

The Barossa, SA

Wine regions have the ‘power’ to evoke rapid relaxation, boasting picturesque locations and a quiet ambience. And the Barossa is the perfect example of this with rows of vineyards clustered around inviting towns and ample opportunity to indulge in delicious food and wine.

Accommodation: BIG4 Barossa.

Yes, please. Pictured: David Franz. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

Sawtell, NSW

A coastal hamlet just south of Coffs Harbour, Sawtell delivers a casual vibe that envelopes visitors in an instant. Its main street is sprinkled with cute cafés, restaurants, and boutiques that only add to Sawtell’s charisma.

Accommodation: BIG4 Sawtell Beach.

Unwind with ease at Sawtell.

Albany, WA

With a sensational setting between Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound, this heritage-rich and attractive port city practically begs visitors to de-stress upon entry. And the surrounding areas are just blissful.

Accommodation: BIG4 Emu Beach and BIG4 Middleton Beach.

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Albany and its surrounds easily evoke a relaxing vibe. Pictured: Salmon Holes. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

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