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Australian girls trip destinations – Best Places to Visit with Friends in Australia

Whether you’re after wineries and spa days, or adventure and exploration, Australia is teeming with options for girls trip holiday destinations. Fortunately for us, female bloggers have given their best tips on choosing the perfect Galentines getaway for you and your bestie.

So grab your best beach dress, bikini… or hiking boots!… and let’s get planning our next Australian adventure.

Find Australian Girls Trip Destinations in the following regions:

  • Western Australia
  • Queensland
  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania (to be updated soon!)

Western Australia:

KALBARRI

by Rachel, from AverageLives

Kalbarri is the perfect girl’s trip destination, especially if you and your best friend enjoy the outdoors, nature and the beach. It offers beautiful natural attractions, including the famous Nature’s Window, found in the inland Kalbarri National Park. Also, Kalbarri has year-round good weather, so you don’t need to worry about going at a specific time and you could easily spend a weekend to a week here depending on how much time you have. 

One of the best things you can do together is explore the coastal cliffs; the beauty is out of this world.  Be sure to check out Island Rock and the Natural Bridge. My best friend and I got a bottle of wine from the liquor store and sat on the beach watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean. It’s magical – the beaches are secluded and the water transparent. 

Other great things to do include snorkelling at Blue Holes, having a BBQ on the beach and going to the Kalbarri Skywalk to see (from above) where the Murchison River meets the ocean.  A fun idea is to go on a road trip to the nearby Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon).  Think of the great pictures you can take!

For the best food in town, head to Gorge’s Café for an Aussie brekkie and then Finaly’s for dinner to eat fresh seafood and listen to live music. What’s more, a popular place to stay is the Kalbarri Palm Resort; it has a good location and two swimming pools where you can relax together! 

ESPERANCE

by Roxanne from https://www.wildaboutbc.com/

Australia’s South West is one of the most spectacular places in the world, and the beautiful town of Esperance is its crown jewel. This seaside town is riddled with incredible beaches and is the perfect getaway for you and your best friend! 

The main attraction and draw to this seaside town is its incredible coastline with sandy white beaches and crystal-clear water. These beaches, paired with its remote location and laid-back surf vibe, make for the perfect relaxing trip to visit with friends where you can spend your days beach hopping and soaking up the sun!  

A must-do while in Esperance is visiting the nearby Cape Le Grande National Park where you can often catch friendly resident kangaroos hanging out at the beach! On your way back to Esperance, be sure to stop in at Lucky Bay Brewing, a local craft brewery known for its great live music. Or, if you are more of a coffee lover, Downtown Espresso Bar is a cute little café with amazing coffee. 

The Jetty Resort is the perfect spot to stay while in Esperance, just opposite Main Beach and only a short walk from the town centre.  

Esperance is a truly mind-blowing place that lives up to every expectation and is the perfect location for your next trip away with your best friend! 

BROOME

by Tess from Tessomewhere

In July 2020, I had the most incredible trip with my two girlfriends to Broome in Australia’s North West. The great thing about heading to the Kimberley region is that the best time to visit is during the Australian winter which corresponds with the dry season in Broome – this means sunny days and balmy nights.

I’d recommend coming here for a girls trip because it has a bit of everything – adventure and relaxing. Here are some of my favourite things to do:

1.     Explore Broome’s beautiful beaches: Besides from the famous Cable Beach, my personal favourites are Reddell Beach and Roebuck Bay. Check out the bay for the most incredible contrast of turquoise blue water and pindan-stained orange sand!

2.     Go rockpool hunting – my favourite place in Broome, Gantheaume Point, also has some hidden rockpools – but you’d better go exploring, as this is the locals best kept secret. Visit this spot anyway to see the incredible rock formations, the contrast of red rock and turquoise ocean and see if you can spot the dinosaur footprints too.

3.     Sunset Drinks: Did you even go to Broome if you didn’t watch the sunset with a cold Matso’s in hand? Head to Cable Beach to catch both the sunset and the daily camel rides for that iconic Broome photo!

4.     Take a day trip up Cape Leveque – an hours drive from Broome up Cape Leveque Rd will take you to James Price Point. Here you will see the iconic pindan cliffs and long stretches of empty beaches. Pack a picnic lunch to have on the beach!

5.     Ladies who lunch – Broome has some awesome options for dining. My personal favourites are the iconic Matso’s Brewery, Aarli Bar and the Mangrove Hotel.

That wraps up my highlights of our girls trip in Broome! There is so much to do and see, otherwise just chilling by the pool or beach with your besties (and a cocktail or two) is always a great option.

ROTTNEST ISLAND

by Steph from A Nomad’s Passport

Located just 19 km off the coast of Perth, a girl’s trip to Rottnest Island feels like a tropical island getaway. With 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, the island has a lot to offer. It is the location of some of the best Western Australia photos. Every single bay and beach has their own charm and offers different things to do. While some are perfect for diving and snorkeling including bays with wrecks, others are perfect for fishing. Thanks to the local marine sanctuary zones around Rottnest Island, there are 135 species of tropical fish and 25 species of coral that you can encounter while exploring the underwater world. Hereby ‘The Basin’ is especially amazing for snorkeling as the marine life here is vibrant. In addition to that, Rottnest Island offers great spots for surfing and swimming.

The best way to explore Rottnest Island during a girl’s trip is to hire a bicycle. Cycling down the paths while seeing fantastic beaches left and right is incredible. Alternatively, you can opt to take the Island Explorer bus to get around. Be sure to grab water and food before you explore the island as there is no access to it outside of the settlement area.

Rottnest Island is the perfect place to relax at one of the many beaches with your girlfriends and a cold bottle of wine and to enjoy the serene environment. Hereby the most popular bays are Little Salmon Bay and Geordie Bay.

With the quokkas, Rottnest Island is the home of the happiest animals on earth. These adorable seemingly always smiling marsupials can be found all over the island and taking a #quokkaselfie is a must. The best time to see them is in the early morning or in the late afternoon as this is when the quokkas become more active and leave the shade of the bushes. Other popular wildlife experiences on Rottnest Island whale watching during the annual whale migrations from April to December and spotting New Zealand fur seals at Cathedral Rocks.

Aside from these things, Rottnest has several salt lakes that span 10% off the island. Hereby some permanent while others dry out in the Australian summer sun. If you want to add a cultural aspect to your girls’ trip, you can learn more about the islands military history while exploring the lighthouse and the underground tunnels of Rottnest Island.

There are different accommodations in the east of Rottnest Island. Hereby you can opt for budget accommodations or premium accommodations like bungalows or cottages with stunning ocean views.

You have to take one of the Rottnest Island ferries to get there. Hereby the ones departing at Perth’s main jetty are especially amazing, as they include a cruise down swan river. And oftentimes you can spot pods of bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves of the river. A perfect start for a fantastic girl’s trip in Australia!

MARGARET RIVER

by Sarah from In Search of Sarah 

The beautiful area of Margaret River in Western Australia makes for a perfect Galentine’s  Getaway! This small town is 3 hours south of Perth and is known to be one of the best wine regions in the country and produces 20% of Australia’s wine!

There are numerous ways to spend a getaway with your gal pal in Margaret River. There are endless options alone in just visiting boutique wineries and award-winning restaurants, browsing unique shops, relaxing in quaint cafes, going on distillery and brewery tours, touring farmer’s markets,  attending festivals, and much more.

Visit top wineries like Yoyager Estate or Wills Domain, and be sure to book a spot at Arimia – where all of the food served at the winery is produced on their property or sourced from ethical and sustainable suppliers.

Are you and your girlfriends into outdoor activities? Surfing, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and horseback riding are all at your doorstep. Explore caves, go hiking amongst wildflowers and along a stunning coastline, or go whale watching.

Get pampered and sip wine at the Injidup Natural Spa. You can even rent a villa with panoramic ocean views and a private plunge pool!

A stay of a minimum of one night is recommended, but a three-night stay would be ideal to take in all that the region has to offer. Pick from cozy Airbnbs in a forest-like setting at Ashen Grove (and can fit up to 10 of your best girlfriends!) or a relaxing escape at Ironstone Studio, just 5 minutes from the heart of Margaret River.

Queensland:

NOOSA

by Ella from Many More Maps

If you’re looking for a place close to paradise, Noosa is the perfect Australian destination for you to visit with your best friends. This awesome beach town on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland has everything to offer for a fun and relaxing getaway, and its beautiful golden beaches and tropical weather certainly doesn’t hurt!

One of the most popular things to do in Noosa is to go hiking in Noosa National Park. The most popular route is the coastal walk which takes around 3 hours. This easy trail stops off at a number of amazing, empty beaches and hidden rock pools. You’ll also pass the Noosa Fairy Pools, a hugely popular spot to stop off for an Instagram photoshoot. 

Another great thing to do in Noosa with your bestie is to take a surfing lesson! The conditions in Noosa are ideal for both complete beginners and intermediate surfers alike, and it’s a hilarious activity to try with friends.

Noosa embraces the outdoors and healthy lifestyles, which makes it the perfect place to take it easy and have a hugely relaxing trip with your bestie. You’ll find acai and poke bowls everywhere, and you won’t have to look far for a fresh smoothie. On Sunday mornings, don’t miss heading to the famous Noosa Farmers Market!

WHITEHAVEN BEACH

by Victoria from Guide Your Travel

Whitehaven Beach has been described as not only the most beautiful beach in Australia but one of the best in the entire world. Located on the Whitsunday Islands this beach is not exactly easy to get to but gives you the perfect excuse for an all-inclusive boat trip with your best girlfriends. Queensland’s clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and having drinks with your girls on a catamaran. You might even spot turtles if you’re lucky. 

There are plenty of boat tours to choose from, all of which will take you from the popular party town Airlie Beach to the nearby Whitsunday Islands. You might think you’ve seen white-sand beaches before but Whitehaven Beach is something else. With 98,9% pure silica this beach is one of the cleanest in the world and the perfect opportunity for a photoshoot. The water is very shallow and crystal clear and you’ll find yourself wanting to stay here all day. 

After a day of swimming and sunbathing you’ll have a buffet dinner on the boat before you return to Airlie Beach. This is the perfect spot to party the night away with your girls and enjoy the laidback culture of this small town. If you’re not quite sure what to do for your next girl’s trip yet then Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands should be at the top of your list. Read more about the best beaches in Queensland, Australia here.

BRISBANE

by Sandy Elise

Brisbane is one of the most beautiful cities to visit here in Queensland, Australia, and offers the most Australian culture and authentic experiences! There are so many fun things to do, exciting adventures and amazing places to visit with your best friend!

When you’re in Brisbane, you cannot miss a visit to the beautiful Kangaroo Point! At the top of Kangaroo Point cliffs, you can see the stunning city views and the river up close! The best time is visit is during the late afternoon so you can witness the beautiful golden hour and the river as you wander along the cliff-top.

For the adventurous duo, you could go rock climbing or kayaking! For something more relaxing, you could have a cute picnic by the river, or grab a drink while soaking up those views, at the newest cliff top café on River Terrace called “Joey’s”. 

There are also other interesting attractions nearby! After wandering around Kangaroo Point, you can go climb the Story Bridge, or you can walk another 20 minutes towards Brisbane’s Southbank Parklands! Southbank is the perfect place to relax and unwind and for all the delicious food options! You can ride the Brisbane Wheel for an iconic view of the Brisbane too and check out the riverfront views and beautiful greenery.  

New South Wales:

SYDNEY

by me

Sydney is a fun destination to visit with girlfriends, perfect even for those of us with different interests – think city vibes, mixed with relaxing beach days, to more adventurous activities.

In the city itself, a trip to the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must-do, and I preferred the walk around Sydney Harbour more than I ever expected. The Botanic Gardens There are lots of cute cafes nearby in the historical The Rocks area, though slightly further afield cafes such as The Grounds of Alexandria or Cuppa Flower will make for a memorable brunch stop with your bestie. Stop for a message at one of Sydney’s best spas to make your weekend extra special!

For beaches, tourists swarm to Bondi Beach, whereas locals know the best (and just as beautiful) sandy bays to discover the Australian sun at its finest. Find out where these beaches are hiding on my Sydney coastal walks post. Not to say swimming at the Bondi Icebergs and doing the famous Coogee to Bondi walk isn’t worth it though! You could also catch the ferry to Manly, where there are lots of great cafes, coastal walks to North Head, or snorkelling at Shelly Beach. If you’re after adventure, you can take a day hiking and exploring on one of these fantastic Sydney day trips, head to one of the local dive sites, or Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

In the evenings, take to one of the rooftop bars. If you’re in the city, head to happy hour at Cruise Bar for fab views of the Opera House – or go to the Opera Bar itself. It gets busy, but it’s worth it for its position between the Harbour Bridge and Opera Bar. It’s one of my fav spots to watch the sunset in Sydney.

BYRON BAY

by Madeline from The Wining Hills

Byron Bay is one of the best spots for a girls trip in Australia! Located just 8 hours north of Sydney by car or just an hour south of Gold Coast, this eclectic beach town is a must see. It’s got beautiful beaches, amazing shopping, and incredible restaurants! One of the most iconic things to do in Byron Bay is to hike up to the light house at sunrise. It’s the most Easternly point in Australia and the sunrises are so beautiful! After, spend your day surfing at The Pass or lounge on the beach at Tallows Beach.

Byron Bay is also known to have some of the best shopping in Australia. Some of the biggest Australian fashion brands like Kivari, Spell, and Auguste the Label are located here. There are also so many amazing restaurants for brunch like The Pass Cafe, Folk, Combi, and The General Store. For dinner, Miss Margarita and Chihuahua have the best tacos.

If you want a change of scenery, head to the hinterland to visit Killeen Falls or the cute town of Bangalow. It’s a great trip to do with your girl friends and a beautiful part of Australia! You will have the best time! 

HUNTER VALLEY

by Twilli from Explore With Twilli

Hunter Valley is the heart of NSW wine country and just a short 2-hour drive from Sydney. Think wineries, great food, views for days, constant events and festivals and all the best spots to sit back and relax (or party it up) – the perfect weekend getaway with your girlfriends.

There are countless wineries to visit or even stay at in the Hunter Valley, but some of my favourites include Krinklewood, Audrey Wilkinson and Blueberry Hill. Peterson Wines are also famous for their sparkling wines and their brunches, a great combo for a morning pick me up with the girls. If you’re planning on visiting a few wineries but don’t know which ones, then a guided tour is recommended. Many companies pick you up from your accommodation and take you around for a half-day or full-day wine tasting tour so there’s no need to worry about who is the designated driver.


All wined out? Then wander through the Hunter Valley Gardens, with 29 acres of themed gardens and seasonal carnival rides. Head to dinner down the road at Oishii Japanese and Thai – my favourite restaurant in the area. If you’re going for a special occasion, though, head to Bistro Molines, a french inspired restaurant with some of the best views in the area. Hot tip – make sure to book ahead and request an outdoor table.

Or if you want something a bit more casual, then the Smelly Cheese Shop is your best bet! Grab some local produce and head out to one of the many wineries just to sit, eat and chat while enjoying the vineyard views.

BLUE MOUNTAINS

The Blue Mountains are a great place for a girly getaway, and handily only 90-minutes from Sydney. You can relax at one of the gorgeous spa hotels with views over the Australian wilderness… or glamp or stop in a cheap motel if you’re on a budget too!

The views in the Blue Mountains are really something though! From Echo Point over the Three Sisters rock formation, Govetts Leap at sunrise, to taking on one of the regions hikes to visit waterfalls and scenic vistas, there are so many things to do in the Blue Mountains. The falls in the area include Katoomba Falls, Victoria Falls, Leura Cascades, Bridal Veil Falls, Wentworth Falls, Adeline Falls… and that’s just to name a few!

For something more relaxed to catch up with your bestie, head to the markets in Leura or Blackheath, or stop somewhere glam for a massage and champagne. Red Door Cafe and Lily’s Pad Cafe are great lunch spots. Coffee lovers will love Cassiopeia but those in need of a fancier high tea can head to the Hydro Majestic (which has awesome views of its own over the mountains).

For something unique, head to a cave tour at Jenolan caves, see the views from Scenic Worlds miniature trains… or take on an adventure with on canyoneering, abseiling or rock climbing tour!

Victoria:

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

by Fiona from Travelling Thirties

A road trip is the perfect adventure for a girl’s getaway. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes and head for the coast and there is no better coastal road trip than the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road is a windy coastal drive that stretches 243km from Torquay to Warrnambool. The road was built between 1919 and 1932 by returning WWI soldiers.

Your first stop on the Great Ocean Road should be Bells Beach, this world famous beach is great for surfing, even if you are not surfers it is always great fun to try a group surfing lesson. If you’d rather give surfing a miss, you can pack a picnic and enjoy the stunning views of the coast.

Of course, one of the most famous stops on the Great Ocean Road is are the 12 apostles. The 12 apostles are limestone stacks sticking out of the ocean. However, these days there are no longer 12 limestone stacks!

Along with all the natural landmarks, there are plenty of wineries and cellar doors for you to enjoy a glass of wine and some amazing food. I recommend booking an Airbnb where you and your girls can stay together and enjoy some wine and charcuterie, both of which you can stock up on along the Great Ocean Road. 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

by me

The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place for a girls’ trip (and especially if you already live in Melbourne, since it’s just around the corner). From outdoor spas, to wineries, and some fabulous beaches, there is a lot to explore.

The Mornington Peninsula wine region is probably a must-do for any girls trip, but you’ll definitely want to head to the Peninsula Hot Springs for a spa break too. These hot springs are totally natural and flow into a mix of pools and private baths with stunning views. You can also dine and relax here with massage options too. Is anything more perfect for a girls trip weekend?

For beaches, don’t miss Sorrento. With its cute cafes and historical houses lining the main beach, to the boardwalks to the Bay of Islands viewpoint, this is a great place to spend an afternoon. Diamond Bay is particularly stunning! Cape Schank, with its rugged rock formations, cable car, and the beautiful Cape Schank Lighthouse walk is another easy walk to do with your bestie. Further along the peninsula, head to Point Nepean National Park for fantastic hiking and scenic lookout spots.

For more ideas for fabulous girl trips close to Melbourne, check out my complete list of Melbourne day trips blog here!

Northern Territory:

RED CENTRE

by Sara from Sara Far Away

Red Centre, or Central Australia, is a vast outback region in Australia. It boasts fascinating landscapes of bright red deserts, rugged mountain ranges, and rocky gorges. The Red Centre is often referred to as Australia’s spiritual heart, and it is home to some of the country’s most sacred sites, including Uluru and the Kata Tjutas. 

If you’re dreaming about an epic adventure with your best friend Australia’s Red Centre is just for you! You can either explore the Red Center at your own pace on an unforgettable self-drive road trip. Or you can book a guided tour, make new friends around the campfire and spend the night in a traditional swag under the stars. 

You simply can’t visit the Red Centre without experiencing at least one spectacular sunset or sunrise at Uluru and watching the rock formations change color before your eyes. From Uluru, you can head to Kings Canyon for more breathtaking views and some incredible hiking, visit the MacDonnell Ranges to cool off in a waterhole, or come face to face with kangaroos at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs. 

TASMANIA

by Raphaela from Overpacked Suitcase

If you are looking for a fun packed adventure with your girls, Tasmania is totally the place to go! Do not be fooled by the size of the island in comparison to the rest of Australia, it is actually a big island with lots of things to see and do.

If Tasmania is not on your bucket list, it TOTALLY should be! This beautiful island, which is part of Australia, totally blew me away. Pictures do not do it justice. I was amazed by all the natural beauty of the island and the abundance of wildlife. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before in Australia.

Depending on your flexibility and where you want to stay there are plenty of options to choose from. If you want to spend a few days based in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania – there are many restaurants and bars to check out if that is your thing. There are also many day trips that you can organise from there – for example you can spend a whole day on Bruny Island exploring or alternatively head to Port Arthur area to explore the historic site, go for a hike to one of the capes, visit the Unzoo and hop over the road to check out the chocolate shop.

You and your girl friends and also check out the naturally carved out tessellated pavement, go on a Wilderness adventure with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, have a stroll through the small lavender fields, go for a wine tasting. There are plenty of options and itineraries that you and your girlfriends can organise for this area. Another area perfect for day trips with the girls is Richmond and the surrounds. The place to go to see Australia’s oldest stone bridge and for a day full of wine tasting. Tasmania is your oyster, literally.

If you and your girls are looking for coastal adventures heading up the East Coast is the way to go – Freycinet, Bicheno and Bay of Fires are must sees. Along your drive from Hobart up the coast, there are many wineries to stop at if you are looking to take a break along the way.

Looking for something a little more magical, head inland from Bay of Fires on the East Coast you can stop at Derby to enjoy a relaxing sauna and then head onto the Bridestowe Lavender Estate for some dreamy photos with the lavender (in season December to February) and yummy lavender ice cream.

And to the west you have your Western Wilds perfect for those seeking adventure, long walks and hikes.

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14 Comments

  1. I love these! I’ve actually been to two as short trips with a close friend (one was even already married for years by the time we went!). Totally on board with normalising trips with friends because don’t we all have many more long-term relationships than the romantic one?

  2. What a great guide! You cover so much! The kangaroos at Cape Le Grande National Park look so incredible. I’ve never been, but I would love to go! Thanks for the great tips!

  3. All of these spots in Australia look perfect to spend time with your girls! I cannot wait to go one day. It would be a fun girls’ trip! 🙂

  4. There are so many beautiful destinations to visit in Australia! Byron Bay and Broome look so breathtaking! A girl’s trips seem to be the perfect excuse for a long trip to the other side of the world!

  5. This is a great post. Sydney is very high on my bucket list, but this added so many new spots in Australia, too! Lovely photos, as well. Thank you for sharing!

  6. So beautiful and so many inspiring places I need to add to my bucket list 🙂 thanks for sharing! Hopefully we’ll be able to travel again soon, Australia has so much to offer.

  7. This is such an ultimate guide!!! I know I’m biased to the western australian content but everywhere else looks so stunning! I want to explore them all! Love your opera house shot too Cassie. Great post!

  8. Love this Cassie! I mean it makes sense that a country as big as Aussie would have soooo many fab options. This makes me dream of travelling with friends (well, right now, even just seeing friends would be fab!)

    I think my fave option here is Rottnest Island with those quokkas!

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