Need a dose of vitamin sea? Dive into this list of weekenders which will reduce your stress, lower your cortisol levels and boost your health and wellbeing in fell swoop – science says so.

We chatted with Melanie Aslanidis, founder of Beachside Collective and lover of all things beach, to get her fave list of weekenders so you can book a dose of vitamin sea.

Byron Bay

There’s no denying that this is a hot spot ideal for a weekend away, but let’s break down why Byron is always a good idea. You can fly into Ballina or Coolangatta airport and be in Byron in under an hour. Indulge in the exquisite coastline such as Tallows and Wategoes beaches, shop boutiques like Spell and The Gypsy Collective, Hendrix and Harlow, Hope and May.

You’ll have a plethora of fit-bod friendly eateries on tap with The Farm, Miss Margarita and the Roadhouse. Plus, some amazing luxury accommodation options just out of town with The Byron at Byron and Elements of Byron.

Before you pack your bags and dash out the door this weekend, try to twist your bosses arm and steal some annual leave for the Friday or Monday so you can soak up a lil more R&R.


Just an hour from Melbourne – nestled on the Mornington Peninsula, the village feel of Sorrento is perfect for a weekend break. You can wander the historic limestone buildings, browse some seriously lush designer boutiques or enjoy an extravagant brunch. There is no shortage of activities to keep you entertained if you want to stay active – with kayaking, surfing or even seal or dolphin tours on tap.

With accommodation ranging from quaint cottages and beach houses, to camping and caravans, Sorrento has something for any budget. Jump on your girl gang group chat and find a date that works for your gal pals and make a trip out of it – there are some seriously luxe houses on this coastline.

McLaren Vale

Only 40 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, this region with its majestic coastline is a must visit. Who doesn’t love a glass of vino with your weekend? You can stay anywhere from a gorgeous coastal bed and breakfast to an apartment on the beach like the Coast Motel at Seaford, or venture inland and go for a luxury vineyard option like Serafino or The Vineyard Retreat.  With endless wineries and cafes, beaches such as Moana and Maslin, your weekend will leave you rested, fed and blissed out (if not a little over indulged).


If you’re looking to max out on the lush weekend escape, Vanuatu is the way to go. A 2-hour flight from Brisbane and a 3-hour flight from Sydney, Vanuatu is a tropical paradise just about on our doorstep.

Efate is half an hour drive from Port Vila airport and is surrounded by pristine coastline and island views. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing are everywhere. You can even clock some deep-sea diving, with 17 dive sites within a 15-minute radius. The Havannah Resort is worth checking out, and for the luxury lover you must check out the Deluxe Waterfront Vilas (complete with your own private chef!)


An hour from Brisbane, Mooloolaba is home to crystal blue waters and white sands, and with small waves it’s the perfect spot for those a little more timid in the surf. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in this region – swimming, snorkeling, fishing, whale watching and shark diving for the fearless. You will love Mooloolaba if you’re down with ocean front views, or luxury boutique style accommodation (who isn’t!).