There’s something particularly satisfying about arriving at your holiday location and immediately being gripped by a relaxing vibe.
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 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.
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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.
A setting overlooking Pumicestone Passage. Simplest 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. Yep, Caloundra nails the ‘relax with ease’ brief.
Accommodation: BIG4 Caloundra.
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.
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.
Bright is one of those places that visitors fall for in a heartbeat. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gorgeous scenery radiates from this stylish city and when coupled with a rich history, Armidale quickly places visitors 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.