McGrath Summer Collection 2020/21
As the days get longer and the thermometer starts to creep up, the promise of holidays stretches before us like a forgotten dream. This year, more than any other, we are hungrily eyeing off time away; a long-awaited chance to relax, unwind and retreat back into nature. After months of lockdowns and travel restrictions, we look toward both sea and tree changes as our holiday homecomings, where the allure of rolling hills and glistening ocean waters has us counting down to when summer can truly begin.
Whether you find yourself drawn to coast or hinterland, Australia’s east boasts endless opportunities for full relaxation. From the star-studded, beach-infused glamour of the NSW north coast, to the lush, sleepy vistas of the southern highlands, each trip promises something different from the last: an array of blissful retreats that come minus the jet lag.
So how will your summer be spent? Will you be drinking cocktails by the beach or hiking along the nation’s most picturesque walking tracks? Sampling award-winning wines or glamping under the stars? With so much to choose from, we’ve created a hit-list of our favourite spots to eat, stay and play across VIC, NSW and QLD. Covering iconic institutions and hidden gems, we’ve got all you need to plan the holiday you’ve been waiting for. All you need to do is pack your bags!
NSW NORTH COAST & QUEENSLAND
Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach NSW
A unique boutique hotel a stone’s throw from the beach. Unwind in eclectically designed suites, dine on local produce and treat yourself in the Halcyon Spa and Boutique.
Raes on Wategos, Byron Bay NSW
Transport yourself to the Amalfi coast at Raes, where head chef Jason Saxby serves up Mediterranean-inspired dishes that celebrate the best produce of our region. Can’t bring yourself to leave? Why not book a room for the night… or more!
Tallebudgera Creek, Tallebudgera QLD
With Palm Beach on one side and Burleigh Heads National Park on the other, Tallebudgera Creek is an idyllic slice of nature that promises fun for the whole family. Swim in the sparkling, calm waters, sit down for a picnic lunch and while away the afternoon with some fishing, kayaking or a bushwalk.
NSW CENTRAL COAST & HUNTER VALLEY
Pretty Beach House, NSW
Discover uninterrupted luxury at Pretty Beach House, a private guesthouse nestled amongst the ancient angophoras and wild eucalypts of Bouddi National Park. Featuring stunning costal views and superb food, This is a holiday you won’t want to leave.
The Bon Pavilion, Gosford NSW
Located in the heart of Gosford, The Bon Pavilion serves Australian an globally influenced cuisine in a richly decorated environment that creates a full sensorial experience.
Krinklewood, Broke NSW
This French inspired boutique winery and cellar door is set against a lush backdrop of the Wollombi Brook and Brokenback Range. Here, the wines Are organic and certified biodynamic, giving the wine an inimitable taste of the Hunter.
Bouddi Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park NSW
Walk off the indulgence of the holidays on the 8km Bouddi costal walk. Stretching from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach, the walk takes you through beaches, boardwalks and birdlife for a hike unlike any other.
Mudgee Region, NSW
Sierra Escape, Piambong NSW This luxury eco glamping experience is the epitome of relaxation. Immerse yourself in country NSW as you find solace in 280 acres of private land, with kangaroos, deer and native birds your neighbours.
The Zin House, Lowe Family Wine Co, Eurunderee NSW
The restaurant offering from Lowe Family Wine, The Zin House offers sweeping views of the organic wine estate, with a menu created from produce either grown onsite or sourced from local producers.
Gulgong Gold Experience
Fossick for gold on the site of the first gold find in Gulgong in 1870. You’ll learn about life on the gold fields, tour through a replica underground mining tunnel and pan for gold to truly get a taste for the history of the site.
Brae, Birregurra VIC
Located less than an hour from Geelong, Brae combines restaurant, guest suites and a working organic farm. Named the 44th best restaurant in the world, you’ll indulge on locally grown produce and sleep in architecturally designed, environmentally sustainable guest suites.
Delatite Wines, Mansfield VIC
Tucked into the foothills of the Victorian Alps, Delatite Wines offer wine tasting with some of Victoria’s most spectacular views. A small, family-run winery, Delatite is renowned for its delicate whites and elegant reds, which you can enjoy while feasting on a gourmet picnic hamper.
If your holiday is too good to say goodbye to, why not trade in city life and make the sea or tree change permanent. Call our local McGrath office to help you find your dream property today.
Mount Buffalo, VIC
If you’re looking for some adventure this summer, head to Mount Buffalo and take your pick from kayaking, hang gliding, rock climbing, fly fishing, cycling and much more. Head in for a brisk morning walk or pitch a tent and make a week of it.
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