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Best relaxing Australian holiday destinations


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.

You'll fall for Narooma's chilled vibe. More below. Credit: Destination NSW.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Lakes Entrance Holiday Park and BIG4 Whiters Holiday Village.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Coles Bay is magical. Credit: Stu Gibson.

Caloundra, QLD

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Mannum.

Marvellous Mannum. Pictured: Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary. Credit: John Montesi.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Narooma East's Holiday Park.

Blissful: Narooma. Credit: Destination NSW.

Bright, VIC

Bright is one of those places that visitors fall for in a heartbeat. The High Country 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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park and BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

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Bright spot: It's easy to embrace relaxation at this VIC High Country town. 

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park.

Twinning: Dongara-Port Denison. Credit: Australia's Coral Coast.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Port Elliot.

Horseshoe Bay is the jewel of Port Elliot. 

Armidale, NSW

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.

Nearby 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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Strahan Holiday Retreat.

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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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort and BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park.

Yes, please. Pictured: Chateau Yaldara. Credit: Isaac Forman/Serio.

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.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Sawtell Beach Holiday Park.

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 allows visitors to de-stress upon entry. And the surrounding areas are just blissful.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park and BIG4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park.

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

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