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Surfers Paradise YHA @ Mainbeach

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Surfers Paradise YHA @ Mainbeach

Located at trendy Mariner's Cove, Surfers Paradise YHA is a great base to get into the action. A stone's throw to the beach and surrounded by restaurants, this hostel offers the perfect recipe for non-stop fun in the sun! Learn to surf, shop til you drop, enjoy a drink at the Marina or party until s...
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The Secret of Brisbane’s Success

Mimicking Melbourne, there are laneways leading to hidden gem cafes and too-cool-for-school bars where one can sip cocktails through honeycomb surrounded by decorative hams (popular for Tinder dates). There’s the man-made lagoon, a feature of many towns where, if you go into the sea today, you might get a big surprise. Should you crave a real beach, Byron Bay is two hours away, Gold Coast a mere one. Alternatively, take the water taxi to North Stradbroke Island, ‘Straddie’ to its friends, a smaller version of Fraser Island. The former is the world’s largest sand island. The latter is its second, minus the hordes of backpackers crossing places off their East Coast grand tour like nanas at the bingo. There’s also no need to carry a dingo stick for protection on Straddie which can only be another mark in its favour. A short boat ride from the city, Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island.

Fran Gibson


For someone visiting the town the following are considered to be the main attractions: Five very different museums about the interesting history of Hay and it’s place in the world: Bishop’s Lodge – A beautiful, old architecturally design house and gardens built in 1888. Dunera Museum – Exhibitions about the 6,000 POWs and civilian internees kept in camps during World War II, held in old train carriages at the now disused Hay Railway Station Building. Gaol Museum – Buildings and exhibitions displaying the history of Hay. The buildings themselves have had multiple uses over the years including as a gaol, maternity hospital, lock hospital for the insane, an institute for girls and more. Shear Outback and the Australian Shearer’s Hall of Fame – A large and informative museum about the shearing industry and how shearing has shaped the area War Memorial Museum – Located at the Hay War Memorial High School and built to remember those from the district who served in WWI, it is a thorough museum with war materials, honour rolls and exhibitions. Free Olympic size swimming pool which is open in the summertime The Sunset Viewing Area is 16kms north of town and is a great, wide open space to sit back, relax and watch the end of the day slip away as darkness descends on the Plains. The Murrumbidgee River offers walking trails, cycling tracks, camping, fishing, birdwatching, boating, water skiing, kayaking etc. Sandy Point is considered the main beach in town and has many facilities including BBQs, boat ramps, seating, a swimming area and toilets. Enjoy the quiet life of camping with caravan parks and camp spots scattered throughout the river bends. There are also a range of businesses out in this rural setting including many fuel stations, two supermarkets, four banks, a newsagency, newspaper, radio, bakery, cafes, pubs, restaurants, clubs, a clothing store, florist, electrical goods, agricultural products, and more.

Victoria Anderson

Visit Noosa Spit Recreation Reserve

There are much fewer people here than you’ll find on Noosa Main Beach on the other side plus you’ll get the views of Noosa Parade across the water.

Katherine Redmond

8. Busselton

If you are in Dunsborough you can’t miss Busselton either. Its a 20 minute drive from the town centre. Enjoy the longest Jetty at the main beach or walk through the shops and explore the history.

Laura Könnicke

The Beaches

The town has two main beaches, I don’t know if they’re named anything in particular but my family has drilled the thought process into me that one of the beaches is called the ‘main beach’ and the other beach is called the ‘family beach’. My parents always used to take us to the ‘family beach’ simply because the majority of the time the waves here are a lot smaller and it was a safer place to take 3 toddlers. Nowadays my siblings and I will almost always be found at the main beach, the waves are bigger and a lot more fun to catch on a boogie board, there’s a cafe located nearby and most importantly the surf life saving club is at this beach and we all know what that means; hot lifeguards.

Georgina Dolan

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