With social distancing restrictions starting to ease and a few public holidays in the pipeline, now is the time to get inspired to travel in our own 'backyard'!
Here are our top recommendations for weekend getaways, Australia wide.
Best for families
Wilsons Promontory – Victoria
Wilsons Promontory is a National Park southeast of Melbourne. Set along the Peninsula, Wilsons ‘Prom’ is sought out for its wildlife, walking trails, and beaches. About three hours out of Melbourne, this is a great long weekend escape for families with plenty of activities to do including historic walks to Sealers Cove or the Lighthouse, wildlife to spot, mountains to climb and beaches to explore.
Jervis Bay – New South Wales
Just under three hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra is the beautiful area, Jervis Bay. With stunning beaches and hundreds of water activities, this is a wonderful destination for families. Hyams Beach, Murray’s Beach, and Blenheim Beach all offer safe and stunning spots to enjoy year-round. The White Sands Walk is also a must, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Whales and Dolphins!
Kangaroo Island – South Australia
Kangaroo Island is an absolute delight for families, with an abundance of nature-friendly activities! Simply board the ferry from Cape Jervis with your car or motorhome and begin your adventure. Search for sea lions at Seal Bay, climb Remarkable Rocks, explore Admirals Arch, fish at Kingscote and swim at many beautiful beaches around the Island.
Hunter Valley – New South Wales
Located two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a wonderful destination for a quick romantic getaway. Enjoy a weekend of wineries, gourmet food, and day spas. View the vineyards from above with a hot air balloon ride, improve your skills with a cooking class, and enjoy the fresh air with a hike around the bushlands.
Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair – Tasmania
For a romantic getaway which involves a little bit of adventure, head to Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park. Approximately 2.5 hours from Launceston, or four hours from Hobart, this area has some of the most amazing walks in Australia. Don’t miss the stunning views from Marion’s lookout, the incredible Cradle Mountain Canyons, or The Boat Shed, via the Dove Lake circuit walk.
Daylesford – Victoria
In need of some serious ‘R&R’? Just an hour and a half outside of Melbourne is the quaint village of Daylesford. The area is best known for its natural mineral springs and wellbeing spas, but Daylesford has much more to offer. With delicious local produce to try, galleries to explore, and vintage treasures to find, Daylesford is the perfect Victorian destination to relax and unwind.
Fraser Island – Queensland
If you are in search of picturesque beaches with crystal clear water and dunes, look no further than Fraser Island. The World Heritage-listed island is like a nature-made theme park with subtropical rainforests, mangroves, lagoons, and beaches to explore. Best known for 4WD tracks and adventures, Fraser Island is the perfect destination for a weekend full of sand, sea, and escapades.
Greens Pool – Western Australia
Although a five-hour drive may seem like a lot just for a weekend getaway, once you arrive in Greens Pool, we can guarantee it will be worth it. The stunning stretch of coastline and emerald waters is one of the state’s best spots for diving, swimming, and snorkelling. You can also enjoy playing and ‘bathing’ in the warm rock pools and exploring the giant ‘Elephant Rock’ boulders.
Litchgielf National Park – Northern Territory
Not technically a beach, however, Litchgielf National Park is a must for those who love exploring and swimming. Just two hours south of Darwin, and with lush waterholes, tumbling waterfalls and monsoon forests to explore, the national park is a great destination for a weekend away. Must-do’s include; Florence Falls, Wangi Falls hike, Buley Rockhole, and Tolmer Falls.
Tamar Valley – Tasmania
Situated along both sides of the Tamar River, the Tamar Valley is one of Tassie’s best regions for delicious local produce. From Hobart, head North for about two hours and 45 minutes to discover a world-class winery route, incredible farm to table produce, and the infamous Tamar truffles.
Stanthrope – Queensland
Just two hours and 45 minute’s drive from Brisbane, you will find yourself in the quaint country town of Stanthrope. Hidden on the western side of the Great Diving Range, the area is best known for local produce. From 5-course degustation and cellar door experiences to top-notch coffee and classic country bakeries, you will be spoilt for choice!
Port Lincoln – South Australia
Fondly known as the ‘Seafood capital of Australia’, Port Lincoln is the perfect destination for a weekend filled with amazing meals. From Adelaide it takes about seven hours to drive but trust us, it is worth it! Enjoy delicious, fresh seafood including; southern bluefin tuna, Yellowtail kingfish, prawns, Boston Bay blue mussels, and southern rock lobster, while soaking up and sun and sea of the Eyre Peninsula.