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How to explore Australia with Accor once travel restrictions are lifted

It’s hard to escape the turmoil that the world is in right now and the uncertainty that we all face. But rest assured, one thing is sure… the travel industry will bounce back. And when it does, Accor will be waiting to welcome you. If your travels happen to take you to Australia, here are five places to explore with Accor once travel restrictions are lifted. Blue Mountains The rugged Blue Mountains regions to the west of Sydney is a beautiful World Heritage Site covering an area of 11,400 square kilometres. This mountainous region gets it name from the eucalyptus forests which discharge a fine mist under the New South Wales sun. These tiny droplets of oil give a blue haze when observed from afar. Nestled within the mountains is the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel – a 224-room hotel and resort complete with three restaurants, the Ubika Day Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and more. From here you can visit Leura Village & Wentworth Falls or enjoy scenic walking tracks as well as golf at the adjacent Leura Golf Course. Gold Coast Famed for its golden beaches and amazing surf, Queensland’s Gold Coast has it all and is one of Australia’s premier destinations. Situated south-east of Brisbane, it enjoys a subtropical climate and is synonymous with the quintessential Australian beach holiday. Stay at the 77-floor Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise situated right next to the white sandy beaches and crystal waters of the Surfers Paradise foreshore. Enjoy uninterrupted ocean views with stunning accommodation and a choice of one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments. Sunshine Coast The Sunshine Coast in Queensland’s hinterland offers everything you could want from a holiday destination; not just sun, sea and sand, but exquisite beaches, natural wonders and fabulous attactions. It’s a place where you can do as much or as little as you please – making it perfect for an action-packed family holiday or a quiet couples getaway. The Sebel Twin Waters is a safe, gated beachside retreat situated around a picturesque saltwater lagoon, with accommodation in the form of self-contained apartments and beach houses, offering the perfect base for families, couples, or groups of friends holidaying together. A patrolled surf beach is just a short walk away. Cairns Cairns is popular with visitors to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, but this modern and vibrant city also stands up as a destination in its own right. All too often overlooked, it is home to amazing cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches within easy reach. Stay at the five-star Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, perfect for business or leisure, and just a short walk from the Sunlover Reef Cruises departure point for Great Barrier Reef tours. Each of the hotel’s luxurious rooms has its own spa bath and garden balcony overlooking the city with either a mountain backdrop or water views. Margaret River Margaret River is a river, a town and a region at the southwesternmost point of Australia. Not only is it home to some of the best beaches in Western Australia, but it’s a region that also prides itself with delicious local produce and award-winning wines. Just over a mile from the town centre are the Grand Mercure Basildene Manor Accor Vacation Club Apartments which offer luxury, elegance and a taste of old world charm with all the contemporary conveniences you might expect from top class accommodation. The manor’s 19 rooms and suites are situated close to wineries, restaurants, cafés and a number of recreational activities. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Accor.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. It’s still hard to imagine traveling without all the restrictions. I think a of people are settling into a “new normal” where social distancing and wearing masks is a must. However, it is human nature to want to explore and seek contact. So I know travel will bounce back and be stronger than ever. We just need to be patient. If I were to choose where to go next after restrictions are lifted, I’d want a quiet relaxing place in the mountains or some place like Margaret River. I love wines and have only ever visited Napa Valley and Sonoma in California. I’ve vowed to visit more places and to be a more conscious traveler for Mother Earth. I hope the Accor group have also taken a few new considerations for keeping both guests and the surroundings safe.

  2. My friend went to the Gold Coast a couple of years back and said it was the best holiday she’d ever had, and she’s been to a lot more places than I have. Australia is on my must visit visit. The inability to travel has made me more eager to travel, I imagine a lot of people are finding similar? Like wanting something more when you can’t have it. Margaret River, how have I not known that was a town and a region as well as a river? I’ve learned something new there. And I’ve never used Accor for booking holidays before so I’ll keep it in mind. So many excellent choices for accommodation and places to visit, spoilt for choice in Oz by the looks of it.

  3. I have always dreamed of retiring in Australia. My aunt used to work and live in Australia and when she had the time to come home and visit us, she would always tell stories of how beautiful Australia is. I vividly remember her saying how amazing the view of the Blue Mountains is and since then, it has been a part of my bucketlist. I am saving all that I can and once this pandemic is over, I will really tick Australia off my bucketlist.

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