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Looking for holiday inspiration? These 7 Aussie destinations are bursting with summer vibes

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Here at American Tourister we're constantly dreaming about escaping to the hottest overseas destinations. But with the Aussie summer upon us, we've decided to look in our own backyard and bring you 7 local destinations that make Australia a world class holiday spot!

Whether packing your suitcase and catching a flight, or throwing your bags in the car and hitting the road, these summer adventures will be guaranteed good times with family and friends.

1. Chill out in Hobart

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It's the destination with the coolest climate, and we think it's one of Australia's coolest capitals. At the fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host art galleries, restaurants and cafes. Then there's Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. MONA, possibly Australia's coolest museum, is an absolute must-see. And for those wanting to soak up the summer sun outside, incredible beaches and Mount Wellington are right on Hobart's doorstep.

2. Natural highs in the Blue Mountains

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There's something for everyone in the Blue Mountains. We love the relaxed vibes and beautiful natural environments, where endless bushwalks and stunning waterfalls abound. An easy road trip from Sydney, spend a few days exploring different towns like Wentworth Falls, Mount Victoria and Oberon. Highlights include mushroom picking, truffle hunting, horse riding, quad bike rides and spectacular accommodation.

3. Lorne and the Great Ocean Road

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Home of the Falls Festival, one of Australia's most famous New Years Eve parties, Lorne is the quintessential Aussie summer destination. The highly instagrammable beach is perfect for chilling out and surfing. Then there's the spectacular 30m high Erskine Falls just outside town. Road trippers cruising along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne should definitely stop at the chocolate factory, before moving on to iconic spots such as Bell's Beach and the 12 Apostles.

4. Experience Perth. Road trip to Margaret River

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Flying into Perth from the East Coast takes around 5 hours, but trust us, it's worth the journey! Spend your days on the glassy waters at Cottosloe beach, and your nights at cool laneway bars in Northbridge. Just off-shore from Perth, Rottnest Island is loved by locals who make weekend pilgrimages to the island during summer to hike, surf, fish, explore and more. Perth makes for an amazing city break for all ages. Take a road trip down south and you'll find Margaret River. Famous for beaches and surf breaks, it's also home to plenty of craft breweries and wineries.

5. Irresistible Byron Bay

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Amazing beaches and towns are dotted all along the East Coast but Byron has a unique vibe. It's the culture and lifestyle enjoyed by locals that make it so irresistibly popular. Practice yoga, go surfing and scuba dive, then people-watch by the beach at sunset. Mix with a cool crowd at the town's excellent restaurants, then kick on with backpackers and locals with some live tunes at the Beach Hotel. There's always events happening too, like the Byron Bay Surf Festival in February!

6. Gold Coast, Party Time!

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The party scene in Surfers Paradise is electric. The dining scene in Broadbeach sophisticated. The bushwalks and wineries at Tamborine Mountain are a relaxing change of pace. And the laid back beachside village of Burleigh Heads is a perfect spot for slow exploring. There's so much to do on the Gold Coast and we haven't even mentioned the theme parks.

7. Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays

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You don't have to do Sail Croatia to experience epic boat party life. Set sail from Airlie Beach and explore the Whitsundays in style. Visit white sand beaches with glistening turquoise water then spend your nights socialising with friends and other travellers, all aboard boats with water slides, spas and air conditioning. How luxurious! Back on dry land, Airlie offers family friendly beaches, easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and an awesome nightlife.

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