As we enter the Christmas season it’s important we take a few days to draw back and refresh before the new year. Whether you’re escaping the heat, the relatives or just the busyness of the holiday season – we put together five unique destinations to consider this summer.

Surprise a loved one, book in a long weekend, indulge, relax and refuel for 2017…

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge – TAS

Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain Lake National Park, Peppers Lodge is a luxurious natural haven. Enjoy long treetop views of the surrounding myrtle forest, while relaxing in the Alpine Spa, a luxury treatment for your body. You can indulge in a range of therapies including hot and cold hydrotherapy, steam rooms and saunas and thermal massage. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences.

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The Byron at Byron – NSW

The Byron Resort & Spa is located in a 45 acre lush subtropical rainforest in Northern New South Wales, and only a short stroll from Tallow Beach. Just minutes drive down from Byron town, this is your perfect place to get away from it all, a place that allows you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Each beautifully styled and self contained suite provides the creature comforts you will need. If you’re travelling from Sydney or Melbourne you can fly into the Gold Coast airport, hire a car and drive south just 45 minutes along the coast.

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One&Only Wolgan Valley – NSW

The Emirates One&Only at Wolgan Valley is located in the Greater Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. Less than three hours drive from Sydney, this award-winning sanctuary hosts 40 inpidual suites spread across several thousands of acres of conservancy reserve. Here you can soak up the rich heritage of the region while enjoying the Australian wilderness in unsurpassed luxury and comfort.

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat – QLD

Situated in World Heritage Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s is a true nature paradise. If you’re looking to enjoy some peace and quiet then this rainforest retreat is perfect for you. Just an hour drive from the Gold Coast, O’really’s features stunning perched villas to relax in, overlooking the National Park. There’s hundreds of birds, waterfalls and and plenty of nature walks to be explored nearby. Treat yourself to the Lost World Day Spa, put your feet up and soak away the stress.

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australia escapes summer yarraYarra Valley – VIC

Less than an hour from Melbourne, Yarra Valley offers breathtaking scenery, quality local food and wine, indulgent adventures and romantic hideaways. With over 80 sensational cellar doors, Yarra is known as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions. The valley is a cool climate even during summer with an average temperature of 25 degrees. There’s a wide variety of accommodation to stay at and National Parks to visit.


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