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VIP NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2013

VIP DESTINATION: TOP 10 AUSSIE BEACHES

Pic: www.visitedplanet.comWhen the mercury starts to climb in Australia there's only one thing to do - hit the beach! Discover the waves, surf, sun and fun on 10 of Australia's best beaches and the best places to stay with VIP Backpackers.

CairnsNoosaRainbow Beach | Gold CoastAgnes Water | Airlie Beach | Apollo Bay | Sydney | Byron Bay | Broome

CAIRNS (QLD)

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. That means snorkelling, diving, tropical reefs, tropical weather and beautiful aquamarine water. It's also a lively hub with plenty of dining and entertainment to keep you busy at night when you're not on the beaches. Cairns also provides ready access to the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands and the remote Cape York Peninsula. Our VIP Backpacker tours take in all the highlights: fishing, snorkelling, the Daintree and diving.

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NOOSA (QLD)

https://www.visitedplanet.comLocated on the Sunshine Coast, just two hours north of Brisbane, beautiful Noosa is an excellent beachside resort. The main beach is protected with little wave action, but if you do like pumping surf you could head to the point breaks off the Noosa National Park or to Sunshine Beach nearby. The Noosa River is excellent to explore with boats for hire and bike paths to follow. You could also head to Noosa North Shore (you'll need a 4wd) and its beautiful dunes and coloured sands. Another excellent day trip is to the lakes further north along the river. Noosa itself has plenty of cafes, beachside dining, bars and shopping when you're not busy at the beach.

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RAINBOW BEACH (QLD)

Gorgeous Rainbow Beach is about three hours north of Brisbane. As the name suggests the town derives its name from coloured sand dunes nearby that are pretty spectacular. The idyllic holiday spot attracts 4WD and fishing enthusiasts, those seeking a quiet beach holiday (it's a one street town) and those taking the ferry to the UNESCO heritage listed Fraser Island that is renowned for its freshwater lakes, dunes and beachside camping. Other attractions in the area include Tin Can Bay and the Carlo Sand Blow.

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GOLD COAST (QLD)

Pic: www.visitedplanet.comIf you like a bit of glitz and glam on your beachside holiday the Gold Coast might be the perfect location for you. Not only is the surfside action fantastic, but there's really good shopping, casinos, nightlife and funparks to visit. Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movie World and Wetn'Wild are just some of the parks that call this part of Australia home and could easily keep you occupied for a few days away from the sands. If you like more natural pursuits Lamington National Park and Natural Arch with their excellent walks are only a short drive from the Gold Coast in the hinterland. Our tours of the Gold Coast include surfing, whale watching and jetboating.

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AGNES WATER (QLD)

Haven't heard of Agnes Water? Well here's your opportunity to discover a real gem on the Queensland coast. Agnes Water and it's sister township of the Town of 1770 have access to beaches, islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can take fishing charters, head to the reef, go hiking, explore local national parks, try some sand boarding and beach combing or simply sit around and relax. There's so much to do here. Click here to view this older newsletter for more details. Our tours include sandboarding, scenic flights and chopper tours.

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AIRLIE BEACH (QLD)

Airlie Beach provides access to the 74 incredible islands that populate the Whitsundays. Each offers opportunities to explore, hike, dive, snorkel and sail. The islands are located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and not only are the waters clear and teeming with marine life, but it's usually warm enough to visit all year around. Click here for this older newsletter with more details about things to do. Our tours of the Whitsundays include sailing and island stays.

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BYRON BAY (NSW)

Pic: www.visitedplanet.comAustralia's most easterly point needs little introduction. Byron Bay is on most people's radar on the east coast for good reason. It's hip, cool, laidback and there's tons to do. Hang out at the beach and work on your tan, take one of our surfing lessons, walk out to the lighthouse for great views of the coast and even passing whales or enjoy the monthly market and the festivities that take place throughout the year. There's also an incredible array of food and live entertainment in the cafes, bars and restaurants around the town.

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SYDNEY (NSW)

Pic: www.visitedplanet.comOne of the great things about Sydney is that you can stay at the beach and still enjoy access to one of the greatest cities in the world. We have hostels in Manly, Coogee and Bondi that are only a short walk to excellent beaches and not far from the city centre either if you want to see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and other famed attractions. Many of these hostels also offer free use of boogie boards, or you could utilise the surfing products, lessons and surfaris we offer in our tours.

There are some great coastal walks that link the beaches of Sydney and plenty of excellent beachside pools to make use of. Bondi Beach is a fantastic place to spend Christmas or New Year's Eve and during the year there's always something going on - even if it's just filming Bondi Rescue.

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APOLLO BAY (VIC)

Apollo Bay located on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria south of Melbourne, is an excellent place to break your journey if you're doing a road trip on this stretch. Not only is Apollo Bay quaint with a lovely harbour but it's the perfect base to explore the famous 12 Apostles, the vast Otway Ranges, the excellent fishing opportunities, great seafood dining and shopping. Highlights include Australia's oldest lighthouse in the Otways and the drive or walk along the Great Ocean Road.

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BROOME (WA)

Pic: GettyFamed for its remote location, gorgeous white sands and sunset camel rides, Broome is one of the most unique beach locations in Australia on the far western coast. It's a bit of effort to get here but it's worth it for one of the most relaxing beach towns you'll visit anywhere. There's also reportedly good seasonal work here so check it out if you're looking for somewhere to stay more long term. Activities here are all about exploring Broome's pristine coastline and our tour offers opportunities to do this by kayak where you might even see a sea turtle.

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