Thinking about a sweet getaway? Let Coca-Cola Life surprise you with these destination ideas
Just three hours from Sydney and Brisbane, Norfolk Island is a piece of green paradise covering a tiny 35 square kilometres. Lined with pines, 32km of coastline and a simpler way of life, it’s a peaceful retreat where life is sweet – and simple. What better place to reward unsuspecting locals with a surprising new taste? Coca-Cola chose to launch new
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Lord Howe Island, New South Wales Another gorgeous location just off the mainland, and only two hours fight from Sydney, you’d be surprised to discover Lord Howe Island possesses the wonder of the most tropical of islands and is perfect for a sandy sojourn. With an abundance of delightful dive sites, wondrous wildlife and tremendous topography of the Gower and Lidgbird mountains, it’s an adventurer’s paradise that also caters to those who’d rather lie about the beach with a book. Their visitor limit at any given time also means the island offers a touch of privacy international tropical destinations just can’t match.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria Notoriously the playground of Melbourne’s elite, this speck on the Victorian coastline can be a surprisingly indulgent getaway for the rest of us, too. From the boutique wineries set among luxurious country retreats to the hot springs and treat-yourself day spa – here money can buy happiness, if that’s what you seek. The high-end but still local experience is something you can’t get from the typical expensive resorts. Plus, with Portsea and Sorrento within “cooee” distance, you’re never far from civilisation.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia Just because you go budget, doesn’t mean you have to downgrade your holiday expectations. Kangaroo Island, only 85km from the South Australian mainland, is a surprising home of all that indulgent destinations have to offer but for a reasonable price tag. Yes, you can go all out, but why not save the dosh and opt to take advantage of all the free experiences the island offers: prolifc wildlife, tranquil beach coves and choose-your-own-adventure food trails. It’s surprising how much of this paradise you can enjoy without whipping out the wallet.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory A national park set in a desert? Doesn’t sound so appealing to a couple juggling a brood of kids, but you’re in for a surprise. Its blend of nature and culture is the ultimate platform to school the little ones on the history of Australia. There are even tours tailored to families so you know you’re not going to be stuck on a bus with a bunch of honeymooners. It’s not all desolate plains, either, so there’s a plethora of accommodation options to retire to when tantrum-time sets in.
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia It may be a World Heritage listed site, but Ningaloo Reef, north of the West Australian coastline boasts a thriving environment for the intrepid traveller. Most fock to the eastern coastline for their thrills but the crystal clear waters of this WA coral reef is teeming with 500 different species of fsh – so snorkels and scuba suits are dress code. However, it’s not all waterplay as the siren call of the 4WD from the red sand dunes of nearby Cape Range National Park sound. Adventurers: start your engines.
island escape (clockwise from top left) Norfolk Island; Kakadu National Park; Mornington Peninsula; Kangaroo Island.