From each and every city in Australia, you are never far away from a weekend of fun.
Whatever you are looking for in your weekend getaway, Australia is a treasure trove of destinations waiting to fill your heart with memories to return home with come Monday.
We’ve compiled a list of Australia’s ever-growing weekend destinations; whether you’re a foodie on the hunt for a weekend filled with superb dining opportunities and even better wine, or you’re a hopeless romantic-come-outdoors enthusiast, it’s all here!
Weekend Getaways from Sydney
New South Wales (NSW) is home to a wealth of glorious destinations; some of the most romantic getaways from Sydney are just a hop, skip and a jump from the city centre.
First up is a taster of the best weekend trips from Sydney;
Head to Hunter Valley
Just a two-hour drive north of Sydney’s CBD, Hunter Valley is home to over 120 wineries and more epicurean indulgences than you can squeeze into one weekend.
On this three-day Hunter Valley tour, you’ll spend your time indulging your senses in some of the region’s favourite vineyards whilst staying as a boutique retreat where elegance, opulence and privacy are essential.
Escape to the Blue Mountains
The rugged region west of Sydney, one million hectares of stunning canyons, waterfalls and blue hue created by the tall forests of eucalyptus trees create the enchanting landscape that the Blue Mountains are known for.
On this three-day weekend getaway from Sydney, you’ll be able to truly retreat, rewind and rejuvenate in the magnificent surroundings of the Blue Mountains surrounded by luxury. This all-inclusive retreat means that you’ll have nothing to think about besides how you wish to spend your day. Yoga, meditation, wine tasting, rainforest hiking, abseiling and watercolour painting are just a few of the activities on offer.
Wolgan Valley is Calling
If you’re looking for a secluded romantic getaway in NSW where over 7,000 acres of pristine wilderness, a world-class spa and private villas with in-room swimming pools as standard await you, then Wolgan Valley is for you.
By day, you’ll be bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding through these incredible surroundings and by night, you’ll be indulging in a gourmet menu with hand-selected dishes and curated tastings of the retreat’s signature gin.
Beach Short Breaks in Australia
With the technicolour corals of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and laid-back vibes to match, Queensland (QLD) is the perfect dose of paradise.
With so much on offer, it’s no wonder QLD is one of the most popular destinations for domestic travellers in Australia. Besides the Sunshine State, Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia also offer their fair share of sandy delights.
If you’re looking to dip your toes in the ocean on your weekend escape, read on;
Weekend Getaways from Brisbane
If soaking up sun, sand and serenity tips the top of your picture-perfect weekend getaway, then this four-day Whitsundays luxury escape is everything you need. Staying in your own home-away-from-home apartment, you’ll spend your days exploring these turquoise-fringed islands by seaplane, boat and foot!
Alternatively, you can amp up the passion in the beating heart of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, on this three-day romantic getaway from Brisbane. Here, the classic Aussie coastal aesthetic and activities to accompany it forms the backdrop of your trip whilst relaxing in a beautiful boutique retreat.
Weekends Away in Victoria
If it’s time to tick off a few wonders of Victoria, this three-day weekend getaway from Melbourne takes you on a journey to Phillip Island to spot fur seals and the spectacular march of the penguins before taking on one of the most iconic drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road.
When life gets a little busy, an escape to the charming town of Port Fairy, a town that seems to have been paused in time, is just what you need. Take three days for yourself to relax in luxury at the Drift House, a unique and bespoke property that will take your breath away.
Coastal Getaways in South Australia
From Adelaide, you can hop (excuse the pun) over to Kangaroo Island for the perfect dose of thrill and chill. On this three-day getaway from Adelaide, you’ll experience Australia’s most memorable seafood, wines and wildlife on a stunning island where nature is at the centre of everything you do.
Beach Time in Western Australia
Wrap yourself in nature, swim alongside humpback whales, trek through the Cape Range National Park, snorkel the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and more on this four-day beach adventure in Western Australia.
City Breaks in Australia
It may not always be about escaping from the city, but escaping to the city!
Often lined by epic coastlines, filled with streets showcasing the country’s melting pot of cuisines bought in from arrivals over the decades and as stylish as ever, Australia’s cities are unique and iconic.
When considering a weekend getaway in Australia, besides Sydney, these top cities should be up there!
All Things Food in Northern Territory’s Darwin
The smallest state capital in Australia, what Darwin lacks in size, it makes up for in Aboriginal culture, history and activities. This thriving multicultural city is a stepping stone to iconic sights like Kakadu and Litchfield National Park.
Between the plethora of energetic food markets, sunset cruises and Southeast Asian influences, on this city break in Australia, you’ll spend most of your time in the great outdoors, hopping between thundering waterfalls, rainforest pockets and historic sacred sites.
Weekend Getaways to Perth
From one state capital to another, Perth is the iconic city perched on Australia’s west coast. Combining nature and urban living effortlessly, you’ll get the best of both worlds here, where sandy beaches and lush green parks contrast against a thriving hub of street art, boutique restaurants and inviting bars.
On this weekend getaway to Perth, you’ll cover the best of the city as well as its surroundings – Margaret River to tour wineries, Rottnest Island to see the native quokkas and Fremantle, its cool coastal neighbour.
Food & Wine Weekend Getaways in Australia
The enjoyment of superb wining and dining is integral to Australian culture; so, it’s no wonder that food and wine weekend breaks are some of the most frequented by Aussies.
Farm-to-table dining, winery touring, tasting platters and more: let’s get stuck into the best spots in Australia to do all this and more on a long weekend away.
A Weekend in Orange
Just a short flight or a four-hour drive from Sydney, Orange is one of the most elegant inland towns in New South Wales. With tree-lined avenues flanked by pretty 20th-century houses and cool climate wineries, there’s much to keep you entertained in this vibrant region.
In the heart of Orange’s heritage precinct, this three-day weekend getaway in NSW sees you staying at the beautiful Byng Street Boutique Hotel, where sumptuous dining with a strong focus on fresh, regional produce will be at the centre of your trip.
Romantic Getaway to the Adelaide Hills
With a wine region home to abundant vineyards and wineries on its doorstep, a weekend break from Adelaide is just what the doctor ordered.
You’ll discover the rich bounty of the Adelaide Hills, complete with enchanting villages, the historic, Bavarian town of Hahndorf and the outstanding Barossa Valley. Swathed in rolling landscapes of vines, orchards, pasture, and bushland sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend to us!
Wine, Wine and More Wine on the Mornington Peninsula
If you’re looking for something special as a couple, this three-day romantic getaway from Melbourne should do the trick.
Characterised by wildly spectacular coastlines, rolling vineyards and over 50 cellar doors, the Mornington Peninsula is where you go to dot from winery to winery, tasting the region’s favourites, soak in the natural hot springs, hike in national parks, and so much more.
All-Inclusive Weekend Getaways from Brisbane
You read that right. Just a two-hour drive from the bustle of Brisbane, Spicers Peak Lodge takes indulgence to a whole new level.
Set within 8,000 acres of outstanding scenic beauty, this three-day weekend getaway from Brisbane to all-inclusive luxury is award-winning gourmet experiences, revitalising spa treatments, incredible scenic beauty and endless elevated activities rolled into one. Shall we go gin tasting or helicopter touring first?
This is Only the Beginning of Weekend Getaways in Australia
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