It’s summer, time to relax and indulge. Time to get in the plane, or pack up the car and roll the windows down, and head to your go-to beach-side destination. But you certainly deserve more than just the same-old beach break.

And, increasingly, even Australia’s most popular destinations are catering to a more discerning Christmas holidayer – just like you. So, we’ve done the leg work, discovering what’s new, chic, surprising or ‘must-do’ about the destinations you’ve been going to for years. Enjoy.

10 ways to avoid the holiday crowds in Byron Bay