Where the sea meets the land
casuarinas, is as pretty as a picture and neighbouring Pantai Tengah, around a tiny headland, is home to the Federal Villas Beach resort.
Escape Travel ( 1300 799 783 or www. escapetravel. com. au) has seven nights at the 3-star resort in a run-ofhouse room backed up by one night at the 4.5-star Pan Pacific KLIA Airport Hotel for $ 1035 a person twin share out of Brisbane, including Malaysia Airlines flights. The resort has a recreation centre with a spa, and two huge swimming pools – although you won’t need to be using them. This offer is on sale until December 4 and valid for travel from February 1 to March 31 next year.
Monkey’s the business
Monkey Mia, in Western Australia’s Shark Bay, is one of the few places in the world where you can play with wild dolphins.
A recognised natural beauty and World Heritage landmark, Monkey Mia has attracted schools of dolphins to its peaceful shore almost every day for more than 40 years – it’s a rare day indeed when the friendly mammals don’t turn up. But while they’re the main attraction, the remote Monkey Mia is surrounded by kilometre upon kilometre of unspoilt beach. If you can’t find a quiet bit of beach here to claim as your own, you’re simply not trying.
When you get sick of the beach there’s plenty to jump into – snorkelling, sailing or bush-bashing in a 4WD. There’s even a camel ride, if you’re bold enough. The 3.5-star Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is right on the beach and just a few steps will take you to the water’s edge to see if any finned friends want to say hello. Flight Centre ( 1300 939 414 or www. flightcentre. com. au) has four nights in a beachside dolphin unit from $ 335 a person twin share, valid for travel until the end of March next year.
Pack the sunscreen
Of course, you don’t have to go hotfooting huge distances in search of the perfect beach. Australia’s a sun-kissed paradise in its own right, and where better to hit the beach than the Sunshine State? Queensland’s beach climate is ideal for summer and there are kilometres of beach from which to choose. The Sunshine Coast is a popular destination and Escape Travel ( 1300 799 783 or www. escape travel. com. au) has four nights in a bungalow-style apartment at the 4.5-star BreakFree South Pacific at Noosaville for $ 215 a person twinshare between January 23 and March 31 next year. The tropical-colonial resort reclines against 2ha of lush, landscaped gardens and is just five minutes’ drive from Hastings St, the beating heart of Noosa’s cafe culture. Of course, if that sounds like too much work, the resort is also home to the relaxing Noosa Health Spa. It’s just a short trip away from Noosa’s Main Beach and Sunshine and Peregian beaches – ace spots for a bit of surfing.