Great Holidays in Margate, Australia
Just sixteen miles from Brisbane, Margate is a great little place for family holidays. Sitting in the Morton Bay region, Margate was only established properly around forty years ago. The main beach area in Margate is a mile and a half of redeveloped land which offers family accommodation, viewing shelters and barbecue set ups so that food can be cooked right at the beach. There is also a central business district here which has been revamped to attract more visitors and to make life a whole lot more comfortable for local and international visitors.
Things to Do in Margate
As with all beach oriented holidays, things to do revolve around swimming, snorkeling, fishing and just lying around in the sun. Along this particular coastline there is plenty of interesting trails to hike along which take people to Scarborough, Redcliffe and Scotts Point among other places. In the main part of the town find plenty of shops and cafes to hang out in when the sun gets a little too much.
The unusual thing about Margate Beach is that it has a boardwalk that spans the whole length of the beach. Picnic areas make this a place where tourists and locals alike come to rub shoulders and meet new friends. Redcliffe nearby has more than enough accommodation and rental apartments etc to allow people to stay within easy reach of the beach and its environs. On Sundays, most people end up at the Jetty Markets to snap up a bargain or two.
While in the area, try out the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens and the museum to get a taste of local history. Then go on to Scarborough Boat Harbour for a nice stroll among the fishing fleet and private boats.
Scotts Point, at the southern end of Margate Beach, is absolutely ideal for wind surfing and, since it is not really affected by tidal differences, it is a great place for beginners to try out this fun sport. There is also a rather unusual swimming pavilion at Scotts Point which really harks back to days gone by and the one hundred and fifty year old Norfolk Pines along the esplanade add yet another quaint look to this end of the beach.
Some of the best theme parks in the world can be found in Australia and Queensland and Brisbane boasts many of them. Some of these have accommodation on site so this is yet another option for visitors who don’t want to travel every single day.
Since Brisbane is right on the doorstep, so to speak, this is a great opportunity to try out an extreme sport like sky diving for example. Or, for the quieter members of the group, a leisurely champagne breakfast balloon flight over the city or a river cruise through it.
Where to Stay in Margate
Margate accommodation comes in many forms from self catering apartments, and these are usually taken over by families, to holiday homes that offer even more privacy. For those who want to have a longer stay, the beach front rental apartments and holiday homes are a good bet and there are usually some discounts for long term rentals.
When to Go
Because Australia is literally opposite to the UK on the globe, the seasons are also opposite. Cooler weather hits Margate anytime from April through to October. However, for the British in particular, the weather does not get as bitter as in the UK so even a ‘winter’ holiday will be quite pleasant. The warmer months must be January and February so those who like the heat should visit in these months.
How to Get There
Since Brisbane has an international airport, it is quite easy for the British to fly direct into this city. Flights out of Heathrow, offered by many different carriers these days, can either go direct or stop over in Singapore for a day or two’s sightseeing and recovery. They may want a night or two in Brisbane itself to recuperate from the long flight if it is straight through. However, since it is only a short distance from Margate Beach, transfers or hire cars can be arranged in the UK before departure to reach your holiday accommodation with ease.