Be in­spired

Think­ing about a sweet get­away? Let Coca-Cola Life sur­prise you with th­ese des­ti­na­tion ideas

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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

Coca-Cola Life on Nor­folk Is­land, sur­pris­ing res­i­dents who aren’t of­ten the frst to try some­thing new to Australia.

sur­pris­ingly trop­i­cal

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.

sur­pris­ingly luxe

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.

sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able

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.

sur­pris­ingly fam­ily-friendly

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.

sur­pris­ingly fun

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.

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