Queen’s Birthday is just weeks away and for those in Australia lucky enough to have the day off, this will be the last long weekend we have for a while.
Australia’s winter season makes this long weekend extra special, with plenty of great spots to rug up and get warm.
Here are 6 Long Weekend Getaways – a list put together by our team of travel lovers:
1. Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Victoria
Australia’s most famous spa country is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. Accommodation usually fills up quickly but the Daylesford Visitor Centre did a wonderful job of finding a stay for me last long weekend — right at the very last minute.
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are separated by a 5 minute drive. The centre of Daylesford is great for gift shopping, degustation pubs, lake views and wineries while Hepburn Springs dedicates itself to its famous mineral spas.
This combination makes for pure self-indulgence.
To get there from Melbourne, take the Calder Highway from the city to Woodend or Kyneton and head east to Daylesford from there.
2. Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Nestled on the Victorian coast line, the Mornington Peninsula is just over an hour’s drive from central Melbourne. The region is famous for its cellar doors (all 50 of them), olive groves and ocean views.
The Mornington Peninsula offers wonderful scenery you can explore by foot. Explore Point Nepean National Park, Mornington Peninsula National Park or Arthur’s Seat State Park during your stay, or climb the Cape Schanck Lighthouse.
3. Blue Mountains, New South Wales
The Blue Mountains’ region is a 2-hour drive from central Sydney, but the experience feels far deeper removed from city hustle and bustle.
People stay at the Blue Mountains seeking relaxation. A variety of day spas pepper the region, but the key focus is on nature itself.
Walking and bike riding are the best ways to see the region’s waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and wilderness up close – all of which are World Heritage protected.
4. Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia’s most famous wine region is a mere 70-minute drive from Adelaide airport. The valley’s roots can be traced back 165 years ago, when immigrants thought to use the land for the production of cool-climate wines.
You’ll find locals friendly and the food abundant, which makes the short-drive to the Barossa Valley even more worth its while.
Don’t forget to try a Shiraz — Barossa Valley’s most award winning style of wine.
5. Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River is a scenic 3-and-a-half hour drive from central Perth via Bunbury and Rockingham.
The beachside spot was originally reserved for surf lovers and now, is shared with those who love world-class wine and food.
A guided tour will take you through the best wineries in Margaret River and give you plenty of ideas for evening dining.
6. Port Douglas, Queensland
Port Douglas is home to Four Mile Beach, one of Queensland’s favourite beaches. The family friendly beach is great for beach cricket, evening strolls and snorkelling.
Without a doubt, the 67km drive from Cairns to Port Douglas makes for one of the warmest Queen’s birthday long weekends in Australia.
Webcarhire can help you get there.