The silly season may be over but there’s still plenty of time to embark on a summer holiday…
A slice of paradise just off the coast of Perth, Rottnest is synonymous with summer. Leave your worries at the ferry terminal as you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the mainland and embrace life’s simple pleasures.
Although best known for stunning beaches that attract scores of snorkelers, surfers and sun seekers every year, there’s also plenty to do on land, with a golf course, day spa and well maintained bicycle paths so that you can cycle to all of the Island’s top attractions.
These days no trip to Rotto is complete without a #quokkaselfie. A relatively new phenomenon that became an international sensation thanks to A-list adopters including Margot Robbie and Roger Federer, quokka selfies are a super cute summer holiday keepsake.
Accommodation options on the Island are limited and generally quite basic but when the beach is at your front doorstep and the sunsets are nothing short of spectacular, who needs resort-grade amenities?
Leave your cocktail attire at home and pack light with easy going sun smart essentials.
1) To Save Face Superscreen, $40, Mecca
A non-oily sunscreen that boasts an SPF of 50+, Mecca’s To Save Face Superscreen is a lifesaver. Wear it under makeup or on its own to fend off UVA and UVB rays while soaking in the sunshine at one of Rotto’s pristine beaches. Because girls just want to have sun!
2) Vegemite Short Sleeve Tee, $49.95, Peter Alexander
Feel like a happy little Vegemite all summer long in this cute tee from Peter Alexander. Guaranteed to put a rose in every cheek.
3) Sunglasses, $499, Swarovski
Sparkle brighter than The Basin’s crystal blue waters wearing Swarovski’s crystal encrusted shades with retro appeal.
4) Miss Shop Colourblock Fedora, $29.95, Myer
Nobody wants to look like a tomato in their holiday snaps. Bypass having to FaceTune sunburn out of your selfies with a wide brim fedora that offers superior sun protection to a cap or visor.
5) Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins Hamptons Backpack, $59.95, Myer
When you’re getting from A to B on a bicycle a good backpack is a must. Fill this baby up with snacks, sunscreen, a water bottle and towel and you’re ready for a day of sightseeing and swims.
From vineyard tours to long lunches that stretch into early dinners under the twinkling night sky, Margaret River is every foodie’s dream come true.
Located a three hour drive south of Perth, Margs (as the locals call it) packs a big punch when it comes to flavour. Home to some of the best restaurants in Western Australia, plus 120 wineries, and an array of farm gate providores, this plentiful region is loved by chefs and food connoisseurs alike who congregate in the South West every November for the Gourmet Escape.
“It’s hard to resist that extraordinary combination of outstanding natural beauty, wonderful food and produce and excellent wine,” Nigella Lawson enthused of the area during a recent visit.
Whether you opt to get back to basics and pitch a tent at a campsite or caravan park, or prefer to experience the pinnacle of luxury at a retreat or up market hotel, Margaret River has something for everybody.
Pack for sophisticated degustation dinners as well as casual catch ups with friends at breweries, and don’t forget to bring an appetite!
1) Barham Boat Shoes, $200, R.M. Williams
You don’t need to be adrift on the high seas to reap the benefits of a pair of well made boat shoes. A smart casual staple, the Barham boat shoes from R.M. Williams pair perfectly with chinos or linen shorts.
2) Leather Duffle Bag, $560, R.M. Williams
Everyone has baggage. Ensure yours is stylish with a timeless leather duffle that’s made to last the tests of time (and fashion).
3) Nautica Short Sleeve Anchor Print Shirt, $99.95, Myer
Drop anchor at a brewery or a fine dining restaurant in this comfortable cotton button up by Nautica.
4) Apple Watch Series 4, from $749, Vodafone
Stay connected while working towards your fitness goals (that six course degustation won’t burn itself off!) with the latest incarnation of the Apple Watch.
5) Malin+Goetz Essentials Bag, $46, Mecca
Planning on condensing your everyday toiletries into travel-friendly containers for a weekend douth? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Pre-packed and ready to chuck in your suitcase, this handy kit by Malin+Goetz contains face & body cleanser, face & body moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner to keep you looking, feeling and smelling your best.
An idyllic playground for yogis, surfers, party seekers and the InstaFamous, Bali offers everything from enlightenment to 24 hour entertainment.
Planning your first visit? Your best bet is to determine the style of experience you want to have and pick your accommodation location accordingly, as each district offers something completely different.
Keen to perfect your Flying Crow yoga pose? Look no further than Ubud. Home to picturesque rice paddies, lush tropical rainforests, vegan-friendly eateries and The Yoga Barn (Bali’s hippest place to nourish your body and mind), Ubud is a world away from the bright lights of Bali’s party capital – Kuta.
A former fishing village that has since become the stamping ground of Australians who want to let their hair down, Kuta is all hustle and bustle. Expect market stalls, bars, clubs and Bintang singlets galore.
For a more relaxing and luxurious experience, complete with world class day spas, boutique shopping and infinity pools with swim up bars, Seminyak and Nusa Dua will be more your speed.
Whichever spot you choose, step off the plane and be ready to tropic like it’s hot with resort-ready staples.
1) James Read Tan H20 Illuminating Tan Mist, $59, Mecca
While you work your way up to a sun-kissed complexion, fake a golden glow with James Read’s Illuminating Tan Mist infused with sweet smelling rose water and 24K gold. A luxury beauty buy without the luxury price tag.
2) Tile Print Eye Mask, $15.95, Peter Alexander
Snoozing in a four poster bed with the floor to ceiling windows open and sheer curtains billowing in the breeze is romantic and whimsical until the sun comes up and ruins your sleep in. Catch a few more Zs with an eye mask from Peter Alexander.
3) Calvin Klein Swimwear Cheeky Scooped One Piece, $139.95, Myer
Unleash your inner Bond girl in this sleek and sexy sports-luxe swimsuit by Calvin Klein Swimwear. Throw a maxi skirt on over the top for brunch at one of Bali’s many trendy eateries before an afternoon of beach hopping or lounging by the pool.
4) Cooper St Vivid Tie Waist Maxi, $199.95, Myer
With so many fabulous bars and restaurants now on offer across Bali, you’ll need a couple of chic after-five outfits in your fashion arsenal. An eye-catching maxi in vivid yellow, this boho beauty by Cooper St is effortlessly stylish. Wear it to the airport and you may even snag a complimentary upgrade to business!
5) Monsac Business Cabin Carry On, $79, Myer
Eliminate a frustrating wait at the baggage carousel when you touch down in paradise with carry-on luggage. The Monsac Business Cabin Carry On is equipped with a built-in lock, a waterproof bag for toiletries plus travel bottles for shampoo and conditioner and at only $79, you’ll have plenty of spending money left over for cocktails and massages.
A remote resort town where the outback meets the tropics, Broome is a truly unique holiday destination.
A country town that inexplicably feels like an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (perhaps due to the humidity and an abundance of frangipani trees), Broome is a cultural melting pot where high end pearl boutiques sit side by side with souvenir stores that flog $2 stubby holders.
Much like the camels that meander along Cable Beach at dusk, life moves slowly in Broome, so this certainly isn’t the place to go if you want a fast-paced vacay jam-packed with activity and adventure.
That’s not to say that there’s not plenty to do in Broome with pearl farms to visit, beautiful beaches to bask on and natural wonders such as the Horizontal Falls and 130-million year old dinosaur footprints to admire.
Keep the smile on your dial while exploring Broome, even when it’s muggy out, with travel essentials designed to help you keep your cool.
1) Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber And Green Tea, $10, Mecca
A stroll around Gantheaume Point at dusk is a must when visiting Broome. But be warned, you’re going to work up a sweat! Re-energise your complexion before meeting travel companions for dinner and drinks with this nutrient and antioxidant rich spray.
2) Ben Sherman Floral Print Swim Short, $69.95, Myer
A chic trunk that seamlessly transitions from the beach to any laid back bar, Ben Sherman’s floral swim short also has a rear pocket so you know where your hotel key is at all times.
3) Panama Akubra, $250, R.M. Williams
Getting sunburnt is never on anyone’s holiday agenda but head out in Broome without adequate protection and that’s exactly what will happen. Take shade with you wherever you go with this iconic accessory.
4) P.A. Classic V Neck Pocket Tee, $39.95, Peter Alexander
Avoid getting hot under the collar when the humidity soars by bypassing a collar altogether. A style that can be worn to bed and then onwards throughout the next day, this relaxed V neck is available in charcoal, pale blue, navy, white and black.
5) Lacoste Fraisier Cam Slides, $49.95, Myer
A must-pack for any tropical vacation, pool slides are the luxe alternative to daggy thongs. Lacoste’s crocodile insignia is also a cheeky nod to North West wildlife.