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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sydney number one in 2018 Travellers’ Choice® awards for destinations for Australia

Sydney Is #1 in Australia Two Years Running; Gold Coast Jumps Up List to #2

Paris #1 in the World

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced Sydney as the number one winner of its 2018 Travellers’ Choice® awards for destinations for Australia, as well as the South Pacific, while Paris clinched the top spot globally.

For the second year running, Sydney is #1 in Australia with the Gold Coast coming in second and Melbourne earning the #3 spot. Queensland destinations of Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, Port Douglas and Noosa made up half of the top 10 whilst newcomers Hobart and Adelaide rounded out the list. Also making the top of the South Pacific list, Sydney is joined by the Gold Coast and New Zealand’s Auckland at second and third place.

“The Travellers’ Choice Destinations reveal the favourites among the global and local travel community. With the upcoming Easter break Australians should consider some of these award-winning destinations.” said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “Congratulations to Sydney for winning the top spot for the second consecutive year – the city’s spectacular harbour, stunning beaches, unique festivals, & evolving food scene clearly strike a chord with travellers around the world.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said that for all travellers – whether visiting for the first time or returning after discovering something special – Sydney never fails to impress.

“Sydney’s natural beauty, iconic attractions, festivals and events and excellent shopping and dining options continue to amaze visitors from across the globe all year-round,” he said. “And with the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas; Vivid Sydney kicking off in May, now is the perfect time to plan your trip to our incredible Harbour City.”

Gold Coast, which ranked #4 in 2017, climbed two spots to take second place in Australia for Travellers’ Choice Destination 2018.

Jan Hutton, Chief Marketing Officer of Destination Gold Coast, recognised the importance of user-generated ‘word of mouth’ content which can inspire and attract travellers to the destination.

“At the core of our new marketing strategy is the winning aspiration to become Australia’s Most Recommended Destination. The number one trend in travel is to experience a destination like a local and we capitalise on this by elevating the voice of residents and visitors to humanise our “We Are Gold Coast” destination brand and to tell our story effectively.

“The Gold Coast welcomes more than 13 million visitors each year and we look forward to welcoming more to our winning destination in 2018.”

The Gold Coast’s Surfer’s Paradise Beach also just won #2 on TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Beaches in February, making this the second significant destination win for 2018.

TripAdvisor has also identified top-rated hotels and attractions to visit, offering travellers insights about great things to discover in these destinations.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Aman announces first destination in Mexico - Amanvari - Opening 2020

Aman is pleased to announce the debut of Amanvari, a peaceful escape and private oasis nestled between mountains and sea on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula. Gracing the calm shores of the Sea of Cortes, Amanvari is scheduled to open in 2020. Comprising a hotel and private residences, Amanvari takes its name from the Sanskrit-derived words for "peace" and "water."

Framed by the majestic Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, and hugged by the golden sand dunes of its own stretch of beach, Amanvari sits on a canvas of contrasts that was once the site of a hacienda where horses roamed free.  The resort will be an otherworldly oasis offering moments of solitude in a dramatic desert landscape enveloped by the gentle calming waters of the Sea of Cortes.

Los Angeles-based real estate firm Irongate will develop Amanvari, Aman's first property in Mexico which is set within Costa Palmas, a private beachfront resort community with 3 kilometres of swimmable beach.  Irongate, in collaboration with Aman, has commissioned architects Heah & Co. who have approached the design of Amanvari with the overriding objective of allowing the surreal landscape to take centre stage.  

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, each hotel pavilion at Amanvari will be like a serene island rising from the boundless terrain, allowing the lush flora and fauna to flow uninterrupted below.  Resting on slender legs, the stilted structures are in keeping with Aman's design ethos of ensuring that the destination informs the resort vision.

The resort comprises 20 bi-level hotel pavilions, each offering a generosity of space both inside and out. The pavilions will be spread across the resort's bucolic landscape and boast floor to ceiling windows that open onto an outdoor terrace and wraparound sundeck, some with a cantilevered pool.  

The main pavilion at Amanvari will form the heart of the resort presenting an open-air atrium set on the beach. This pavilion will be a destination where guests and residents enjoy three restaurants, a library and lounge,  as well as a 30-metre infinity pool incorporating four hot tubs.   The Aman Spa pavilion is planned to be steps from the main pavilion along a treed pathway, nestled at the heart of the site.
For those looking for a more permanent Aman lifestyle, an initial release of only 24 whole-ownership Aman Residences will be offered for sale.  Set at the edge of the dunes, with panoramic Sea of Cortes views, facing the adjacent golf course, or within the organic farms, the collection of Aman Residences will range from four- to seven-bedrooms spanning from 1,207 to 1,858 square metres of covered indoor-outdoor living.

An extension of the Amanvari design aesthetic, the Aman Residences will be designed by Heah & Co., in collaboration with the families that choose to make Amanvari home.  The residence homeowners will work directly with Heah & Co to customise their own version of the Aman Residence, which may include any combination of pavilions for bedrooms, theatre, fitness, yoga or a casual family room.  

Chairman and CEO of Aman, Vladislav Doronin says "As we continue to evolve Aman, staying true to our ethos, brand and the lifestyle it offers, is our guiding force. Our number one priority is embracing our pathfinder spirit, and with it, introducing our guests to new destinations and experiences. In the context of Amanvari, the raw landscape on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula, is a fitting location for our first destination in Mexico and illustrates our continued commitment to curating resorts of architectural distinction. We look forward to delivering an adventure that is a cultural and spiritual odyssey, as well as a discovery and celebration of its terroir."

"It is an incredible honour and a dream come true for me to have an Aman resort at Costa Palmas," says Jason Grosfeld, Chairman and CEO of Irongate. "It is a testament to the beauty of the East Cape that Aman has selected Costa Palmas to be their first destination in Mexico.  The unique combination of desert, mountains and palm oasis provides us with an opportunity to create an architectural masterpiece at the edge of the Sea of Cortes.  We are thrilled to have Aman join the collection of international brands at Costa Palmas."

In addition to Amanvari, the Costa Palmas master plan includes a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, 18-acres of organic farms, the private members-only Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club to which residence owners will be invited to join, and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas.  Amanvari is set on a stretch of white sand beach at the westernmost edge of the community and will be an architectural jewel and restorative sanctuary.

A 45-minute drive from Los Cabos International Airport ventures away from the popular destination of Los Cabos and takes guests to the East Cape, where there are few tourists. Aman is presenting a rare opportunity to experience an entirely unique side of Mexico and a surreal landscape—one of golden beaches and desert roads that wind to rarely touched mountain trails, clear freshwater swimming holes, waterfalls, and sleepy fishing villages. Diving with migrant whales, sailing and fishing expeditions, fresh water pond visits with a resident biologist and visits to local ranches for horse riding are just a few of the experiences that await Amanvari guests and residents.  

Privacy is the ultimate luxury. Aman creates sanctuaries that provide guests and residents with the feeling they so desire—of solitude, of being away from it all, but yet a sense of belonging. Tucked away in a far corner of the thousand-acre development where the sea, the wild desert and farmland meet, Aman is part of Costa Palmas, yet geographically and elementally removed from it. Wild and natural, it envelopes guests and residents in their own private sanctuary. The silence. The stillness. The quiet is all around, except maybe the murmur of palm leaves in the gentle breeze, and the pull of the Sea of Cortes just beyond the windows.

Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept, and since then, Aman has grown to encompass 33 hotels and resorts located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, (Mexico 2020), Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA (New York 2020), and Vietnam.



Monday, March 5, 2018

Introducing Trisara Phuket - Divine Destinations

Trisara Phuket, awarded World’s Best Resort Cuisine by the discerning readers of the Gallivanter’s Guide, is launching an immersive culinary experience that takes guests on an exhilarating foraging discovery by private yacht and into heritage homes to meet local Phuketian “Mamas” who share authentic recipes that have been passed down the generations.

During the 4-days stay in one of the resort’s breathtaking Ocean View Pool Villas, guests will stroll down to the resort’s secluded beach to meet Executive Chef Chalermchai Prakobkitand, also known as Chef Kla, who joined Trisara since its opening and has worked alongside Michelin-star chefs from around the globe. Together they will step onboard a luxury cruising yacht from Trisara’s dedicated jetty, cruise along Phuket’s West Coast and finally arrive at Koh Racha, a tropical island South of Phuket known for its abundance of Sailfish, Tuna, and Mackerel. Following hours of fishing and intermittent snorkelling in Koh Racha’s crystal clear waters, guests join an onboard Thai cooking class with Chef Kla using the freshly caught fish before returning back to Trisara.

Another day, guest head into Old Phuket Town for a local market visit during which they collect fresh morning glory, lemon grass, okra and other seasonal produce before heading to a beautiful heritage mansion to meet one of Trisara’s “Mamas”, a name given to the handful of loveable mothers, grandmothers and local personalities who shared their secret and often long-forgotten recipes with Trisara’s culinary team as part of the relaunch of Seafood, Trisara’s Thai oceanfront restaurant. Following a “Mama” inspired lunch, guests will stroll around Phuket Old Town’s beautiful heritage buildings and galleries before heading back to the resort, where a sumptuous poolside BBQ awaits them in their private villa.

On Day 3 Chef Jimmy, sous chef at the resort’s recently launched restaurant PRU and Thailand’s contestant for the San Pellegrino Young Chef Award 2017 takes the lead during a trip to Pru Jumpa, Trisara’s 150-acre land dotted with natural lakes, wild forests and a flourishing farm. Guests will forage for local ingredients in the wild and pick fresh herbs, vegetables and eggs from the farm. The same evening, Chef Jimmy prepares a 6-course tasting menu at PRU with the foraged ingredients, paired with exclusive wines.

Trisara’s Culinary Foraging Experience is available from now until 31 March 2018. For reservations or inquiries, visit or email

For the less adventurous, yet culinary inclined travelers, Trisara offers the Full Board Ocean View Experience when staying in one of the resort’s two to seven bedroom pool residences, including meals at the resort’s oceanfront restaurants “The Deck” and “Seafood at Trisara” as well as in-villa private dining in the comfort of the expansive ocean view villas. For more information, please visit

About Trisara:

Trisara, in Sanskrit “The Garden in The Third Heaven” is Phuket Island's most special resort experience. Wrapped in a tropical forest and exotic gardens, the 60 spacious ocean facing pool villas and 2-6 bedroom private residences all embrace our own quiet bay on Phuket's sophisticated and natural northwestern coastline, just 15 minutes from Phuket Airport.

All pool villas, suites and private residences are designed with simple, rich interiors and enjoy a wonderful sense of privacy.

Attention to detail defines the experience throughout the property, including unique natural grey marble infinity pools in all villas and suites, which overflow toward the Andaman Sea and its spectacular year-round sunsets.

Renowned for authentic dining experiences, spa treatments and imaginative experiences, Trisara and our guests are cared for by a team of warm Thai staff who regard hospitality as a joy.

Trisara was opened in 2004 by Montara Hospitality Group, a hospitality management group owned by the Pattamasaevi family.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Felix Hotel by 8Hotels Takes Off in Sydney's Airport Precinct

Ascending Over Sydney's Airport Accommodation Options

·       Turning the perception of the airport hotel on its head, Felix Hotel guests will check-in on the top floor penthouse, rather than a ground floor lobby

·       Felix Hotel takes its design cues from the 1960's, indicative of the thrill and glamour of the Golden Era of air travel

·       The penthouse features a super-stylish cocktail bar, 24-hour food shop, outdoor rooftop cinema and one of the best views of the Sydney Domestic Airports runways

·       Built with the digital nomad in mind, the hotel has fast and easy to connect Wi-Fi, 1,000 USB ports and a Sky Lounge with communal and solo workspaces

After opening its doors on 1 February 2018, today marks the official take off for Felix Hotel by 8Hotels – a hotel that has set a new benchmark for Australian airport accommodation.  

The 150-room hotel has been designed in collaboration with Cressida Kennedy from Space Control, to capture a modern urban aesthetic, with a generous nod to the 1960s Golden Era of flying – think Catch Me If You Can cool, with a touch of Mad Menand Pan Am allure.

The high-flying theme runs throughout the hotel from conference rooms, Boeing and Airbus to suite categories, Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class. All rooms are fitted out with state of the art 55-inch TVs, power rain showers and blackout curtains. There are also pet-friendly and family suites available.

Convenient and fast, the 24-hour Food Shop has a range of locally sourced gourmet grab-and-go food and drink options that guests can charge to their room with a swipe of the key. The cocktail bar serves up classic cocktails and premium local and international beer, wine and spirits. There is also a 24-hour gym, Felix Athletic Club, and self-service laundry.

"We are thrilled to bring Felix Hotel to Sydney and see this property elevating the airport hotel precinct. Answering to every need of our guests, from the digital nomad to the everyday leisure traveller, Felix Hotel is a cutting-edge alternative to the average airport hotel." Says Paul Fischmann, Founder and CEO of 8Hotels.

In a game-changing partnership with private jet provider Fly Airly, Felix Hotel has developed high flying accommodation packages. The Jet Setter package has been designed for interstate or international companies that want to fly their teams by private jet for a conference at Felix Hotel. For leisure guests who want a taste of the high life, the Sky's the Limit packages incorporates a two-hour scenic flight over Sydney on board a lavish private jet.

Felix Hotel was designed and developed and is operated by 8Hotels, the boutique hotel group that are always ahead of the game in terms of meeting modern consumer needs, having previously launched 1888 - the first Instagram Hotel and The Ultimo - the first Astrology Hotel.

The hotel is located just a 7-minute walk, or 2-minute drive, from the Sydney Domestic Airport and a short drive from the International terminal.

Cathay Pacific’s new lounge at Hong Kong opens 22 March

Arrive Early at The Deck: Cathay Pacific's new lounge experience at Hong Kong International Airport opens 22 March

An open-ceiling verandah, panoramic views of the apron and a designer setting creates the ultimate oasis of serenity and warmth

Cathay Pacific today unveiled The Deck, the airline's newest lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, giving customers another great reason to arrive early, relax and pamper themselves before their flight.

Located close to gate 16 in Terminal 1 and designed in the signature style of Cathay Pacific's award-winning lounges in Hong Kong and across its network, The Deck, which opens its doors to passengers on 22 March, emulates a "contemporary living room" environment of understated luxury, helping customers to feel at ease and providing a sense of well-being.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: "The Deck builds on the formula that has made our other new lounges around the world so popular with our customers.

"Investing in experiences that our customers value and consider important is at the heart of our product and service philosophy, and helps us differentiate ourselves from any other airline. We look forward to welcoming the lounge's first passengers."

The Noodle Bar

Like our other lounges, the dining experience is at the heart of The Deck, with the Main Lounge providing a range of self-service, freshly made international offerings. Not to be missed at The Deck is The Noodle Bar – an iconic favourite among Cathay Pacific customers.

Passengers who yearn for a taste of Hong Kong can choose from a selection of local classics, including wonton noodles in a hearty broth, fish ball noodles and a variety of dim sum and buns. Ready-to-order Asian delights, such as dan dan noodles and Japanese-style vegetarian noodles, are also available.

The Terrace

The Deck is distinct from Cathay Pacific's other lounges at its home in Hong Kong for the fact that it sits on a balcony on the eastern side of the terminal building.

From The Terrace, an open-ceiling L-shaped verandah featuring both table and individual seating, lounge visitors can take in panoramic views of the airport's apron, taxi-ways and northern runway whilst enjoying their choice from a wide variety of drinks and dining options.

At 823 square metres, The Deck has seating for 180 passengers and is fitted with designer furniture and lighting carefully selected for practicality, comfort and privacy, while the use of natural materials, plenty of greenery and artworks by local artists add to the lounge's welcoming atmosphere.

The lounge is further equipped with a relaxation room zone featuring bespoke Solo chairs, as well as eight shower suites, washroom facilities and a range of comfortable seating throughout.

The Deck will join Cathay Pacific's other lounges at HKIA – including The Bridge, The Pier Business and First Class lounges, The Wing Business and First Class lounges and The Arrival – in providing customers with a Life Well Travelled experience. Meanwhile, The Cabin will close on 30 April.

For more information click here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tropical Treks Great Cooloola Walk

Renowned small-group trekking specialists, Tropical Treks, will offer the new Great Cooloola Walk guided trek on a fortnightly basis starting from Sunday 22 April to Sunday, 23 September 2018.

The 88km, 5-day/4-night, fully-guided, self-sufficient trek, links the Noosa Northshore to Rainbow Beach via the 500,000 year old Cooloola Sandmass and its unique dune, water, and vegetation systems.

Experienced Tropical Treks guides will lead the tours highlighting the many rare and native animals inhabiting the Sandmass, including Ground Parrots, Feathertailed Gliders, Koalas and Wallabies, along with rich flora and myriad wildflowers. Humpback whales can be seen as they migrate up the coast during the winter months.

Groups are limited to six and the package includes all camping equipment, meals and drinks along the trek. Nightly accommodation is in four walkers’ camps, which offer tranquil camping experiences with toilets and freshwater.

Cooloola is the word of the local Aboriginal Gubbi Gubbi people, meaning “the sound the wind makes as it whispers through the branches of the trees”. The heritage and culture of the Gubbi Gubbi people is a major feature of the commentary provided throughout the guided trek.

A moderate level of fitness is required for the trek. Participants are required to pitch their own tents but the schedule allows plenty of time to relax, bird watch, encounter wildlife and appreciate the scenery and the amazing night skies. The weather throughout the six month period is mild and generally dry, making it ideal for trekking.

The trek starts at Noosa North Shore, with a night’s pre-trek accommodation included in the package. Noosa can be reached via Sunshine Coast Airport (30 minutes drive) or Brisbane Airport (two hours drive). Transfers are included in the package.


ALL INCLUSIVE FARE: $1595.00 incl. GST per person. Inclusions:• All camp gear, equipment, meals and drinks on the walk.• Camp gear: 75 lt. backpack, screen tent/fly, 3/4 length 'Thermarest" self-inflating mattress, sleeping bag, liner and pillow and walking poles.• 1 night pre-walk accommodation, nibbles, drinks and dinner at Noosa Northshore• Transfers from Noosa to Noosa Northshore accommodation• Celebration lunch, including drinks, at Rainbow Beach.• Transfers from Rainbow Beach to Noosa after celebration lunch (Day 5)• Guide• Camping permits• Topographic map, Queensland Govt.

BRING-YOUR-OWN-GEAR OPTION: $1095.00 incl. GST per person. Inclusions:• Provide own camp gear, equipment, meals and drinks on the walk.• Pre-walk Welcome BBQ nibbles, drinks and dinner/meeting at Noosa Northshore. Mandatory attendance. Make your own way or we can arrange return transfers.• Transfers from Noosa accommodation to the start of the walk on Day 1• Celebration lunch, including drinks, at Rainbow Beach.• Transfers from Rainbow Beach to Noosa after celebration lunch (Day 5)• Guide• Camping permits
Special rates are available for bookings of six guests.

Walks depart fortnightly between:Week 1: Sunday, 22 April 2018 and Week 12: Sunday, 23 September 2018.

Full details:
Further information:Stephen Grainger Tropical Treks Guided Bush Walks & Birdwatching Tours
M: +61- (0)459 996 171

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Australia

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Beaches in Australia and the world.

For the first time, Sydneysiders’ favourite Manly Beach took the #1 spot in Australia whilst six beaches in Queensland made it into the Australia top 10 list. Globally, the gorgeous Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos was rated as the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor reviewers.

“There are few things that Australians love more than a day out at the beach and for those planning a beachside getaway before summer officially comes to a close, TripAdvisor has identified the top award-winning beaches across Australia,” said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “We have also listed top-rated nearby great value hotels that will enable travellers to enjoy a fantastic beachfront holiday.”

Member for Manly James Griffin said this accolade is well-deserved recognition for what is now officially Australia’s best beach. “Manly is loved by locals and visitors from across the globe so it’s no surprise to see our beach named the number one beach in the country, thanks to its stunning coastline, waterside bars and restaurants, picturesque walking tracks and direct access by ferry from Sydney’s CBD,” Mr Griffin said.

“Manly attracts around 2.3 million visitors each year and with the inaugural Vissla Sydney Surf Pro kicking-off this weekend, now is the perfect time to visit our beautiful beachside suburbs.”

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Australia:

(Excerpts in quotes below from TripAdvisor reviewers)

1. Manly Beach – Sydney, NSW

Coming in first is nothing new to Manly Beach – it was first beach in Australia to allow daylight swimming in 1903, hosted the world’s earliest surfing championship back in 1964 and now taking the number one spot. Reviewers say it’s a “must-see” when in Sydney and travellers can take the ferry service from Circular Quay and spend the afternoon taking in the “breath-taking” views or strolling along Corso, for plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Quest Manly, from $261 per night on TripAdvisor

2. Surfers Paradise Beach – Surfers Paradise, QLD

Surfer’s Paradise Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic and visited tourist attraction, known for its “crystal clear waters” and “great sandy beach”. Reviewers recommend it as a picnic spot and taking a stroll down the esplanade for the magnificent city skylines. Vigilant lifeguards keep the beach safe and ensure that beach-goers swim within the safe zones.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Peppers Soul, from $326 per night on TripAdvisor

Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLD

Stretching over seven kilometres, Whitehaven beach is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. The beach gives a whole new meaning to soft, white sandy beach with 98 percent pure white silica sands, making it “one of the purest in the world”. Travellers highly recommend making a climb up to the Hill Inlet lookout for views of “swirls of pure white sand, crystal turquoise water and little islands of coral reefs around it”.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island, from $304 per night on TripAdvisor

Noosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLD

Home to one of Noosa’s best surf locations, Noosa Main Beach is “great for first time surfers” thanks to its “gentle waves and plenty of life savers”. As one of the very few beaches along Australia's eastern coastline that faces north, the waters are warm and calm most of the year around. Travellers can head to the nearby Hasting Street, a vibrant area with cafes, bars and restaurants, after a day of relaxation under the sun.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Netanya Noosa, from $342 per night on TripAdvisor

Bondi Beach – Sydney, NSW

World-renowned Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, located just eight kilometres or a short bus ride away from the city centre. Visitors to Sydney's famous eastern shoreline will be delighted with Bondi’s “lovely sweeping curve”, “mesmerising waves” and lively sun seekers. Travellers recommend going on a coastal walk from Bondi to Congee to be “rewarded with great scenery and a pleasant walk”.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: QT Bondi, from $317 per night on TripAdvisor

Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas, QLD

Stretching over four miles of white sand and glistening water, reviewers say Four Mile Beach is “one of the most iconic beaches in tropical north Queensland”. Travellers can expect warm waters, tropical weather and a coastline fringed with palm trees at the main beach of Port Douglas. Swimmers are advised to stay within the netted area which keeps the section of the beach free of sharks, crocodiles and jellyfish.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Peninsula Boutique Hotel, from $352 per night on TripAdvisor

Cable Beach – Broome, WA

Cable Beach is said to be “one of the most scenic beaches in the world”, with its rich red ochre dunes, white sand and clear turquoise waters. Named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, the beach remains relatively uncrowded even during the peak season between May and October. A “must-do on everyone’s bucket list”, travellers can relax over beers whilst watching the sun set into the Indian Ocean.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, from $175 per night on TripAdvisor

Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba, QLD

Mooloolaba Beach is the one of the safest of the Sunshine Coast beaches as its north-facing location ensures near-perfect and safe water conditions all year round. The gentle waves makes the “beautiful and clean” beach popular for swimming, boogie boards and body surfing. A favourite among families, the rock pools along the beach have “all sorts of interesting creatures for children to observe safely”.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Resort, from $191 per night on TripAdvisor

Burleigh Heads Beach – Burleigh Heads, QLD

Located on the Southern end of Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is famous for its “perfect” surfing conditions and laid back Australian atmosphere. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the beach is a great spot for swimming in protected waters. It is also close to Burleigh Head National Park, where travellers can “spot some wildlife and capture great scenic shots of the coastline”.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Burleigh Mediterranean Resort, from $352 per night on TripAdvisor

Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, WA

Experience “turquoise waters and white sand” at Turquoise Bay, one of Western Australia’s most beautiful beaches. The beach is within metres of the renowned Ningaloo Reef making it the perfect spot for snorkelling amongst a rich biodiversity of marine life including “colourful corals and fishes, octopuses and see turtles.” The bay is also popular for drift snorkelling, where beachgoers swim out to the reef on the southern end of the beach and let the current wash them north to the sand bar.

Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, from $163 per night on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has awarded 355 beaches overall, including the top 25 in the world and local lists for Asia, Europe, Africa, South Pacific, South America, Middle East, Caribbean, Central America, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

For the complete list of Travellers’ Choice Beach award-winners for 2018, as well as the latest reviews and candid traveller photos, visit: Travellers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravellersChoice.

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