The ultimate in beach breaks with your besties

The ultimate in beach breaks with your besties

The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and there’s a feeling that something has lifted – a layer or two, and the need to be on the couch with your viewing list loaded at all times. The mood is changing. You feel relieved, and also, ready to socialise. Sure there were a few one-on-ones in the inclement weather – huddled in cosy bars with whisky to melt the ice on your lungs. But these teaser spring days have got you throwing it back to park hangs with the whole gang, splayed out with cups of cider in the sun.

It’s been a long, long winter. And you have a LOT of catching up to do. So why not emerge from your cocoon all at once and book a beachy escape with your buddies. Forget baring your calves in a pair of shorts before digging out the bikini – get the girls together for a water-bound weekend and you won’t regret it. Because what’s not to like about refreshing ocean swims, sharing goss on the beach, and kicking back with palomas as the sky turns the pink of your drink. Ahead are 14 awesome places to stay across the country. All you need to do? Choose a date and a favourite escape.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Rockridge, Palm Beach


Much like cashed-up New Yorkers hit the Hamptons for a beach break, in Sydney, the well-heeled set heads to Palm Beach. And with holiday houses like Rockridge we can certainly see why. Just an hour out of the city, if you and your clan are short on time this is an ideal destination. And ease of reach is not the only appeal. Forget a seaside retreat with aqua themes and white on white; this is an original 1940s villa with oodles of character, and set high up on a headland, it comes complete with breathtaking ocean views. Sit back with G&Ts, and take it all in; it doesn’t get much better than this moment with your mates at Palm Beach.

Calabash Bay Lodge, Berowra Waters


For a little piece of paradise with beyond beautiful views, say ‘hello’ to Calabash Bay Lodge. In a secret location along the Hawkesbury River – close to Sydney yet completely secluded – here, you’ll want to grab a stash of supplies before you arrive and make the most of the blissful setting. Nothing says ‘gotten away from it all’ like pulling up to your private pier by motorboat or seaplane, which is the only way to access this divine hideaway. Your crew will love diving off the jetty, exploring the tranquil waters, bushwalking along deserted trails, and lounging on the deck under the sun and the stars.

VICTORIA

Somerset View, Red Hill


Somerset View comes with a couple of content warnings: 1. You may get so lost in the vistas that you miss the beach, and 2. The breakfast provisions here are generous – pace yourself pre-swims. True to the name, all three-accommodation options take in breathtaking views of vineyards rolling away to the bay. Want to enjoy those while lolling about an infinity pool? Go for ‘The Grand’. Prefer to hangout in a hot tub on the deck? It’s ‘The House’ for you. ‘The Barn’ has two separate balconies and a clever layout allowing groups to spend time together, or spread-out on their own.

Clydesville, Queenscliff


This huge, 19th century home is a great choice if your crowd is looking for a break by the beach with a difference. And if you're dinner party kinda gals, you'll find Clydesville extra fab. There’s a casual setting open to the country kitchen, where you can spoon muesli in your PJs, and a formal dining room overlooking the bay, where you’ll host feasts with plenty of fizz. When it's quiet that you crave, there are lots of little nooks to retreat to; a reading room, a sunroom, and various other lounging spots all offer plush seats and plenty of light. Relax on the verandah, wander along the shores, and swing your legs over the jetty on this blissful retreat.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Lifetime Private Retreats, Kangaroo Island


Kangaroo Island is known for its gourmet offerings and secluded beauty, and if you want to add boutique luxury to that mix, Lifetime Private Retreats will sort you out. These four separate houses come with free-flowing living spaces, stunning views, and plenty of entertainment, ensuring you have timeout and time together. For a girls' getaway, the ‘Cliff House’ is a particularly good choice; its sunken conversation pit conducive to late night chats over wine. It’s just a short way to the sand below, and when the sun sinks the ocean gives way to star-covered skies. Find your favourite coves, pack picnics of fine produce, and breathe in the fresh air.

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

Alamanda by Lancemore, Palm Cove


What better place to catch up with friends than this beachfront beauty? Alamanda is an award-winning resort that promises you and your pals an unforgettable far-north Queensland escape. Relax on the balcony with your morning coffees, and devour good books by the pool. Swim in the ocean, find shade under swaying palms, and take naps cooled by the sea breeze. Freshen up with some day-spa pampering side-by-side, and dress up to dine out at Nu-Nu restaurant, where your indulgent multi-course meal is served alongside the waves. Girls’ getaways don’t get more blissful than this.

Bedarra Island Villa, Bedarra Island


If you want something special (because you deserve to hang with your besties in style!) Bedarra Island Villa more than fits the bill. Just paces from the water’s edge at Doorila Cove – considered by artists the most beautiful beach on the island – here, you’ll wile days away around the bathwater warm waters of the Coral Sea. Kayak on the calm ocean, snorkel in underwater gardens, and loll about deserted coves. Satisfy your appetite with seafood prepared in the sleek kitchen. Schedule time in the indoor and outdoor bathtubs (both have incredible views). And lounge on the deck at sunset. At this ultra serene retreat, get ready to slow it down.

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

Noosa Holiday House, Castaways Beach


Noosa Holiday House is a fresh white beach pad that matches the sun-soaked, unspoiled surrounds, its massive windows framing the incredibly blue waters of Castaways Beach. While only a few minutes drive from Noosa’s hub, the house’s position on the headland of a quiet stretch of sand means you and your mob can enjoy having it to yourselves. With an entertaining deck, pool and balcony, you won’t be short of spots to enjoy the great weather. We’d suggest grabbing a scoop of organic gelato from Massimo’s on Hastings Street, and savouring the cool treat on a wander through the cove-lined National Park.

The Queen, Moffat Beach


Located along the Moffat Beach headland, The Queen’s hilltop position means unbroken views out to the long break and access to the water’s edge by simply strolling down to the sand. This beach house is all about the breezy living areas. The entertaining terrace – sheltered and cooled by the surrounding coastal vegetation – is made for socialising with friends. And when you’re ready for some downtime there are sunny nooks and bedroom balconies to read or take a nap. Stop into the area’s Pocket Espresso Bar for killer iced coffees to kick-start days of climbing on the rocks, wandering along the coastal track, and swimming and sunning at the beach.

TASMANIA

The Peninsula, Dover


A luxe lodge, a steaming hot tub under a star-filled night sky, and panoramic water views… all on your own private peninsula with over 200 acres of walks, wildlife and coastline to explore. At the base of the Huon Valley and fronted by Port Esperance Bay, The Peninsula is a stunning turn-of-the-century farmhouse that combines old and new for a one-of-a-kind experience with incredible views. Imagine you and the girls in a bubbling spa overlooking lush greenery, with glasses of sparkling in hands – now that’s worth saying ‘cheers’ to. Stock up on local food and wine and get settled in, because once you’ve arrived you won’t want to leave.

Ocean Retreat, Falmouth


Ocean views are one thing, but feeling as if you’re hovering above the dramatic waters of the Bass Strait? That’s something else. In a secluded corner of east coast Tasmania, The Ocean Retreat is a glass-walled beach house that makes you feel as if you’re outside all of the time. Here, no luxury has been spared. The only problem is it’s hard to know where to begin – preparing local delicacies in the chef’s kitchen, lazing on the plush sofas watching the wild breaks, wading in the heated plunge pool, or catching sun on the deck? But don’t stress – over a weekend with the gang you’ll be sure to rotate through all of the options.