Australia is a vast, varied country and a weekend break is the perfect way to explore a new destination in a handy, bite-sized chunk. Whether you are on the lookout for a cheap family holiday, a wild weekend getaway with mates or a romantic escape with your partner, take the opportunity to see somewhere different and experience some of the exciting sights and wonders of our fabulous country.
New South Wales
New South Wales has plenty to offer visitors looking for a few days of R&R and whilst Sydney has sufficient attractions to keep sightseers coming back again and again, it is far from being the only destination for a weekend getaway.
Beautiful countryside, thrilling coastlines and sandy beaches, wonderful food and produce and some of outstanding wineries – Victoria has a lot to recommend it for a weekend away.
The Festival State has loads going for it, whether you’re seeking a cultural weekend break, built around one of South Australia’s busy calendar of events, or romantic getaways to spectacular locations such as Kangaroo Island or the Barossa Valley.
One of the best destinations for a weekend getaway has to be Queensland’s Gold Coast – especially if you’re looking for a family holiday. Starting 80 kilometres south of Brisbane, the glorious sandy beaches of this prime tourist hotspot run south all the way in Coolangatta and there are plenty of places to stay and enjoy the all year round sunshine.
South Australia has a number of great destinations for weekend getaways; not least it’s charming capital, Adelaide. Whilst less celebrated than it’s brasher big sisters, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, Adelaide has loads to see and do, especially if you like culture, sport and food, and it’s layout means that everything is easily accessible, either by foot or a short trip on public transport.
Great Ocean Road
If you live in Melbourne, then one of the most attractive and accessible destinations for a weekend away is the fabulous Great Ocean Road to the west of Geelong. This stunning stretch of road hugs the dramatic coastline from holiday hotspot Torquay, skimming down past the Great Otway National Park and passing along the Shipwreck Coast all the way to Warranambool.
Sitting neatly in the waters of Western Port, almost within spitting distance of the Mornington Peninsula holiday towns of Flinders and Shoreham across the bay and linked to San Remo by a concrete bridge, Phillip Island is a popular bolt-hole for Melbournians in need of a weekend getaway. The Island is close enough to Melbourne (less than 2 hours) for convenience and yet offers tourist attractions that are unique enough to set it apart from other Victorian holiday favourites like the seaside communities of the Great Ocean Road and enticements of the Yarra Valley.