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Australia’s 7 Best East Coast Destinations for a Girl’s Getaway

Pining to plan the perfect girl’s-only getaway on Australia’s east coast? Then this post is for you.

From wine-fuelled forays to epic foodie expeditions and soothing spa retreats, we’ve handpicked the seven best east coast destinations to bring your BFFs. So say bye to the boys and grab your besties to embark on one of these fabulous female-friendly holidays.  

1.    The Green Cauldron

Stretching from the Scenic Rim to the Byron Hinterlands, the Green Cauldron is home to pristine natural beauty and prime agricultural land. Throughout the fertile area, farm-to-table restaurants plate up fresh gourmet fare, while world-class wineries (or breweries and distilleries) keep the conversation flowing. There’s plenty of Instaworthy scenery to soak up in-between your epicurean escapades.

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A bird’s eye view of the Tweed Hinterlands in the heart of the “Green Cauldron”.

2.    Darling Harbour

Ready to get glammed up for a ritzy Sydney weekend? Although a tad touristic, Darling Harbour is the most picturesque base to explore Australia’s biggest city. Fine dining restaurants line the harbour’s shimmering shores, while hip waterfront bars offer an uber-scenic spot for sundown bubbles. If you want to pamper yourself silly or indulge in unrestrained retail therapy, there’s plenty of that on offer, too.

 
 
 
 
 
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3.    The Hunter Valley

If wine time is the focus of your girl’s getaway (as it should be), make a beeline for NSW’s top grape-growing locale. Located right outside Newcastle, this verdant valley pumps out sublime Semillon—the Riesling is quite quaffable, too. A bewildering array of wineries (150 at last count) call the Hunter home, and most offer stellar cellar door experiences. A string of lux hotels, gourmet restaurants, and soothing wellness spas have sprung up to meet demand.

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The fog filling the Hunter Valley at dawn as a Hot Air Balloon soars above.

4.    The Gold Coast

A long-standing entertainment epicentre with world-class beaches that attracts locals and internationals alike, the Gold Coast is Australia’s top holiday spot. From its burgeoning cultural scene to pristine waters and top-class nightlife, you won’t be short of options.

Whether you’re sunbaking at the tranquil Tallebudgera creek beach, sipping on sunset cocktails in Burleigh or looking for a wholesome rainforest stay in the many valleys of its hinterland, the Gold Coast provides the perfect platform for your getaway.

The icon Gold Coast skyline towering over the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.

5.    The Great Ocean Road

Looking to inject high-octane adventure into your upcoming girl’s trip? Then hop behind the wheel and hurtle down the Great Ocean Road. This spectacular coastal stretch features world-class waves, cragged ocean cliffs, and a dramatic row of postcard-perfect rocky apostles. Rainforest hikes beckon outdoorsy types, and you’ll find plenty of plush restaurants in the resort town of Lorne.

The majestic 12 Apostles is one of the highlights of the Great Ocean Road.

6.    Hamilton Island

A Whitsunday wonderland, Hamilton Island blends lush, subtropical scenery with sugary white sand. Underwater, an awe-inspiring ensemble of colourful coral and marine life comes courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef. Above the surface, there’s ample opportunity to set sail on a yacht or sightsee on a joy flight. The luxurious Hamilton Island Resort means you won’t need to rough it for a minute.

 
 
 
 
 
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7.    The Sunshine Coast

If you’re craving a beach holiday with a chic cosmopolitan twist, book yourself a stay on the Sunshine Coast. True to its name, this sun-kissed stretch gets a solid UV serving throughout the year, the perfect climate to kick back on the sand with a book in hand. Should you fancy venturing out for a cheeky tipple or gourmet feed, you’ll crush your cravings at hotspots like Noosa and Mooloolaba.

 
 
 
 
 
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Book a Brilliant Girl’s Getaway with Kiff & Culture Tours

Our Brisbane to Byron Food Trail has all the hallmarks of the perfect girl’s trip: gourmet gastronomy, fine wine (or beer and spirits), lux accommodation, and oodles of local culture.

If you’d rather a girl’s day out, we run fun-filled food and drink excursions to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain, Byron Bay, and the Tweed Hinterlands.

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