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Top 10 summer holiday spots

Top 10 summer holiday spots
Summer loving, had me a blast... Image: ThinkStockphotos

Eating fish and chips by the beach, sunbathing in a bikini by the pool, and having a barbie on a balmy summer's night: Aussie summer holidays are made of memories like these. To honour this great tradition, and perhaps inspire your upcoming holiday, our friends at picked their top 10 spots devoted to summer loving.

Surfers Paradise, QLD
You can't go past Surfers when you're thinking of fun-filled sun-soaked vacations. Sure, lots of people choose the Gold Coast as the place to be during the summer months, but can you resist the expansive beaches, swish hotels and buzzing nightlife?
Terrigal, NSW
Terrigal certainly isn't terrible! This popular seaside village is one of the Central Coast's much-loved gems, thanks to its breezy vibe, great dining and multitude of activities like surfing, swimming and fishing.
Dunsborough, WA
Like its sister towns Busselton and Yallingup, Dunsborough is a cosy enclave for families and couples looking to flee the city for the allure of the turquoise Pacific Ocean views.
Hawks Nest, NSW
Go bush and beach in one full sweep at Hawks Nest. This sleepy seaside town sits on the edge of Port Stephens, and it's just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney.
Noosa, QLD
It's hard to find someone who doesn't love Noosa. Whether you're crawling the cafes on Hastings Street or lying luxuriously in your rock star suite, you're guaranteed a summer glow to show off to everyone when you go back to work!
Apollo Bay, VIC
So you've hit the Great Ocean Road with the kids or your mates, but where to go? Why not try Apollo Bay, between Lorne and Cape Otway. This gorgeous beach town is all about the swim, surf and scenic drives.
Mollymook, NSW
Sssh! Keep this one a secret if you can. Mollymook is around three hours' drive from Sydney on the picturesque South Coast. It never feels too busy here, even during peak season. Take a walk along the beach and you may find yourself a secluded bay within no time.
Victor Harbor, SA
You'd be lying if you said you didn't like 'long walks on the beach', however cliched it sounds! At Victor Harbor, just two hours' south of Adelaide, you'll easily find yourself making footprints on the beach at sunset.
Blairgowrie, VIC
Near Sorrento, Portsea and Dromana, Blairgowrie is another magnificent spot in the Mornington Peninsula. Head out on a yacht, go for a national park walk or stay in the shade with a newspaper and glass of vino.
Palm Cove, QLD
Palm trees line this paradisiacal cove that's just a 20-minute drive from Cairns. Get a spa treatment, go for a snorkel tour or simply enjoy the high-end cuisine along the Williams Esplanade. Bliss!

Where do you go for summer? Share your favourite summer hotspots with us below!

Need more holiday ideas? Read our Insider's Guides to the hottest local holiday spots like the Gold Coast, Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, North Coast NSW, the Top End, and Broome.

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Torquay on the Great Ocean Road.