Find Your Paradise: Hidden Gems Beyond the Ordinary

As travellers, we’re always on the lookout for unique experiences. Here are three hidden gems that promise more than just a getaway—they offer a paradise beyond the obvious. Whether you’re travelling as a family, in a group or as a couple, let us help you find your own slice of heaven, including things to do, where to stay and how to get there!

Torquay Bells Beach Coast Walk

1. Torquay, Victoria:

Just one hour and 20 minutes’ drive south of Melbourne is Torquay, the birthplace of iconic surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver and the start of the Great Ocean Road. This coastal paradise isn’t just about stunning views; it’s a haven for surfers chasing thrilling waves and anyone in search of a relaxed atmosphere.

Be sure to explore the scenic coastal walk from Torquay to Bells Beach, immersing yourself in the coastline’s natural beauty. Kids will love the sprawling adventure playground on the Torquay foreshore and discovering rock pools on the beach.

After working up a thirst, visit craft breweries, wineries offering cool climate varietals, and gin distilleries. A variety of seaside cafes offer tasty fish and chips and plenty of other delicious choices to satisfy your cravings.

The Australian National Surfing Museum provides a fun chance to learn about Australia’s surfing history, conveniently located near outlet stores for a bit of retail therapy. Torquay invites you to find your own piece of paradise amid its coastal charm.

Stay: Wyndham Resort Torquay
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Thailand Island Hopping

2. Phuket, Thailand:

Phuket, with its clear waters, beautiful beaches, and lively atmosphere, offers the ideal mix of relaxation and adventure. Begin your journey with island hopping tours to Phi Phi Islands or James Bond Island, where you can enjoy the stunning scenery and water activities. Explore underwater marine life or simply soak up the tropical sun.

Visit Old Phuket Town to admire its Sino-Portuguese architecture and vibrant street art. Explore the colourful streets, lined with cafes and markets, immersing yourself in the town’s rich history and culture.

For an unforgettable experience, visit the Green Elephant Sanctuary Park. Here, you can interact with elephants in a natural and ethical setting, feeding, and bathing them. Learn about these amazing creatures and contribute to their conservation efforts while making lasting memories.

After a day of exploring, relax at Zenmaya Oceanfront Phuket. With its rooftop bar, swimming pools, and sweeping views, the resort feels like an exclusive oasis yet provides convenient access to Phuket Town and Patong Beach, just a short shuttle ride or drive away.

Phuket is a one hour 25-minute flight from Bangkok. If you are exploring other parts of Thailand, many destinations also offer ferries to Phuket.

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Four Mile Beach Port Douglas

3. Port Douglas, Queensland:

Located along the far north Queensland coast, Port Douglas boasts pristine beaches and lush rainforests. Here, you’ll find two UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonders—the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest—offering unmatched adventures for nature lovers. Explore into the vibrant underwater world with snorkelling or diving, or discover the Daintree Rainforest through guided hikes or exciting zip-lining. Encounter wildlife at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for thrilling experiences and family fun, and enjoy quieter moments with leisurely strolls along Four Mile Beach.

Beyond its natural attractions, Port Douglas’ trendy cafes and bars offer a taste of local flavours and a chance to unwind. At the marina, you’ll find an array of superyachts mingling with sailing and charter boats, offering sightseeing cruises and diving expeditions. After a day of exploration, treat yourself to poolside cocktails and relax on a sun lounger at the gorgeous Ramada Port Douglas.

Conveniently located just an hour’s drive north of Cairns airport, Port Douglas offers the perfect escape to paradise, where adventure and relaxation await in equal measure.

Stay: Ramada Resort Port Douglas
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In each of these destinations, you’ll find more than just a getaway—you’ll uncover a hidden gem beyond the ordinary. Pack your bags and get ready for your next adventure!

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