Forget the Beach—These Are the Destinations You Should Visit This Autumn

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

Even though summer is reaching its end and those long, balmy beach days may be almost over, that doesn’t have to mean holiday season should end. Now that autumn is upon us, we’re swapping our togs for turtlenecks and booking our next escape. Because who needs the beach when you have breathtaking mountains, rain forest, and wine regions to explore?

We enlisted the knowledge of the travel experts at KAYAK.com.au who have recommended their most seasonal-suited and sought-after autumn escapes—and it’s safe to say our wanderlust has returned, in a big way. From the beauty of the Blue Mountains to the scenic vines of the Margaret River, these bucket list-worthy destinations will put a stop to your summer woes as quickly as it takes to book yourself on the next flight. Read on for the very best autumn vacations. What beach?

Barossa Valley, SA

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Not dissimilar to Margaret River, South Australia’s Barossa Valley is synonymous with good wine and hidden gems. The Valley is only 60 kilometres out of Adelaide, making it an easy-to-access destination for a weekend visit. Travellers short on time should see (and sample!) as much as they can by locking in a day tour, encompassing a variety of wineries. Aspiring sommeliers, get booking.

Where to stay: Stay at Jacob’s Creek Retreat at Moorooroo Park, starting from $399.

Blue Mountains, NSW

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Just a short drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is the ultimate weekender. With panoramic views of NSW, first-class restaurants and cafes, and an array of Instagram-worthy walking trails to suit any fitness level, the only thing you’ll regret is not going. While you’re there, be sure embark on a day trip to witness the natural beauty of the iconic Australian sites such as Three Sisters and Govetts Leap.

Where to stay: Stay at The Hydro Majestic Hotel, starting from $296.

Margaret River, WA

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Food and wine buffs, you should look no further than WA’s Margaret River region, which offers some of the country’s best paddock to plate experiences. Many of the vineyards have their own restaurants, like the popular Leeuwin Estate, which offers a seasonal menu featuring local delicacies from venison and asparagus, to cheese and berries. Yallingup, arguable Margaret River’s trendiest town, is a prime place to base oneself and offers sublime accommodation, including luxury villas with private outdoor showers—dreamy.

Where to stay: Stay in Yallingup at Empire Spa Retreat, starting from $350.

Cradle Mountain, TAS

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A trip to the jaw-droopingly beautiful Van Diemen’s Land needs to be experience by every Aussie and there’s no better place to venture than Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. The rugged parklands is home to mirror-like glacial lakes, ancient rainforests, and alpine heaths. Not to mention some of the crispest air in the country.  

Where to stay: Stay at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, starting from $484.

Queenstown, NZ

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Want to skip the country? Head across the Pacific to Queenstown—the city’s spectacular scenery is second to none. Beyond the soaring mountain ranges, picturesque lakes and explore its world-class boutique wineries, the New Zealand south island hotspot is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants, a thriving art scene, and adventure sports aplenty for the thrill seekers.

Where to stay: Stay at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, starting from $436.

Ready to keep the holiday season alive? Shop this weekender for your most stylist getaway yet. 

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