Holidays are all about relaxation and enjoyment (and they’re good for your health!), but there’s no reason that fitness activities can’t fit into the mix to make it your best getaway yet.
Plan your active summer holiday today, with these top tips of where to stay and play, where to nourish and indulge, and where to get your sweat on in Australia’s top spots.
Sunshine Coast, QLD – Active Getaway
The Sunshine Coast is full of fitness fans, and it’s no wonder when visiting this stunning seaside location, where the sun seems to shine all year round. Locals will rise at the crack of dawn to catch a wave in Noosa, or head to the hinterland for a spot of hiking or mountain biking. Join their ranks on your next Queensland escape.
If you’re wondering where the healthy restaurants in the Sunshine Coast are, look no further than CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods in Mooloolaba. Feast on a vibrant pitaya (dragonfruit) bowl, banana paleo pancakes, or a protein rich smoothie. If vegan eats are more your thing, try Elixiba, a great option for a nutritious dinner. Sample artichoke bruschetta, rawchiladas, and maybe even treat yourself to a raw raspberry chia gel and coconut mousse dessert.
Stretch your legs and slap on the SPF+ as you explore Noosa National Park. The views of the crystal-clear coastline here simply have to be seen to be believed.
Try your hands—feet, core and pretty much every other muscles crucial for balance—at stand up paddle boarding. Explore the Maroochy River, and once you’re feeling confident, give it a go out in the ocean.
Swap your paddleboard for a surf-suitable one and hit the waves. For beginners, the best locations are Noosa Main Beach, Little Cove, Mooloolaba and Coolum. For those that are old hat at catching a wave, Noosa National Park, Double Island Point and Old Woman Island are the destinations for you.
Plan your fitness escape to ensure you nab the best luxury boutique accommodation in the Sunshine Coast.
This glamorous complex provides two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments. It boasts full gym facilities, a sky-high lap pool and easy access to Mooloolaba beach.
Tucked away in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast is French Provincial relaxation retreat, Spicers Clovelly Estate. Play a round of golf, or explore waterfalls in nearby Kondalilla National Park.
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Byron Bay, NSW – Fitness Escape
Byron Bay is a destination full of culture and it boasts some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. There is an abundance of nature-based fitness activities in Byron Bay, where you can explore the great outdoors with the help of your sneakers, as well as a strong organic and clean-eating food culture, not to mention some beautiful luxury accommodation to rest your worked-out-body at.
Combi café originated in Melbourne, and have brought its flair for raw, organic and fair trade treats to Byron Bay. Try the probiotic cashew yoghurt, kombucha on tap and some stunning—and stunningly delicious smoothie bowls.
Heart and Halo is a great all-day eats spot, with the spinach and ricotta lasagna being a popular order, and tasty smoothies ready to pick up and go.
Get your calves working along the Byron Bay main beach, or take a steeper climb up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse. For those after a real challenge, drive inland to the Wollumbin National Park and attack the 1000 stairs spread over 8.8kms on the Mount Warning track.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls, ride after them instead. Rent a mountain bike and splash through the Byron Hinterland’s luscious rainforest. Cool off under a natural waterfall and then be ready to get muddy again on the way back.
The Byron Bay coastline is not just beautiful to look at, it’s teeming with wildlife. Work your abs and arms with a gentle kayak, and try your luck spotting dolphins, turtles and potentially even whales.
When it comes to luxury accommodation in Byron Bay, there are some great options for your next active holiday.
This luxe resort-style accommodation features a gym, tennis courts, yoga at sunrise and a very big pool.
Hidden away in the Byron Hinterland is a stunning secluded escape with a poolside view that stretches for days. Take the whole girl gang, or the family to this epic holiday pad. Swim laps in the morning before heading down the to beach for a surf, or pop your runners on for a local hinterland hike.
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Mornington Peninsula, Vic –
The Mornington Peninsula is just a short drive out of Melbourne, and while it’s synonymous with wine, there’s so much to do, see and eat in this stunning region of Victoria. Here are some top travel tips to make sure you have the best active getaway on your next visit to the Mornington Peninsula; just don’t forget your sneakers!
Kick your day off with a Superfood Starter acai bowl at Mr Morce in Sorrento, along with a Mr Morce Cure juice, including kale, celery, apple, ginger and cucumber. Merricks General Wine Store doesn’t just specialise in the wine, and is a great place to grab brekkie or lunch when you’re down the Peninsula. If it’s early, try the smashed pumpkin with toasted seeds and goats’ cheese on sourdough, or for a lighter bite, sample the roasted turmeric cauliflower, almond and yoghurt salad.
There are a number of walking tracks down the hilly terrain of the Peninsula. The cliff-top Millionaire’s Walk is short, but breathtaking, and is part of the longer Sorrento to Portsea Artist Trail. Bushrangers Bay Walking track is longer, starting at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse and ending at Boneo Road, and it’s also teeming with wildlife.
The bike tracks are also in abundance, with cycling paths covering easy terrain through to mountain bike trails. From the Red Hill Trail which traverses through the iconic hinterland wine region, to the more extreme Arthurs Seat State Park trails which include rough, steep tracks and plenty of vegetation hazards for the adventurer.
The Mornington Peninsula has a wealth of golf courses, due to its great weather conditions. With 15 clubs, and 20 courses—with three being in Australia’s top 10 golf courses—take your pick, choose a club, and try your hand at nine or 18 holes.
When planning an escape to the Mornington Peninsula, take your pick of seaside stays or vineyard views.
Located in the heart of Red Hill, you can’t go past winery villas with an onsite hot yoga studio. These glam stays are also a stone’s throw from the luxurious and relaxing Peninsula Hot Springs.
The Summer House at Shelter is a Scandinavian inspired cottage that’s a short walk to St Andrews Beach and the nearby golf clubs of the Peninsula.
You can’t look at luxury boutique accommodation in the Mornington Peninsula without coming across the super stylish glory that is Jackalope. Stretch your lungs in the infinity lap pool, and indulge in a post work out spa treatment.
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