Long Weekend Locations That Will Leave You Feeling Re-Energised
We know the long weekend is only four sleeps away (hooray!), but if you haven’t yet made plans, it’s not too late. Three day weekends are few and far between, so this weekend is the perfect excuse to take yourself on a trip—hello, holiday! Avoid long weekend FOMO by booking a bucket list worthy escape that will not only leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised, but ready to take on the last few months of the year. Travel giant, lastminute.com.au has rounded up the best last minute long weekend escapes that will leave your Instagram followers green with envy at every scroll. From beachside bliss to city staycations and wine country retreats, you’re going to want to book them all. Read on and make this long weekend your best one yet.
Set off for a weekend in the heart of country Victoria and head to the quaint town of Daylesford. It's only one and half hour’s drive from Melbourne, at the foot of the Great Dividing Range and home to more than 60 mineral springs, day spas, and streets brimming with boutique shops. Daylesford proves you don’t need to jet off to Europe to enjoy Swiss charm and Italian food, because just a 10 minute drive north of the town, you’ll find the lavender farm, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. The farm’s cafe serves up Italian food and local wine, or you can indulge in afternoon tea. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or want to gather the girls together for a weekend getaway, Daylesford should be your go-to.
Sleep: Check in to the Bellinzona Grange Country Retreat in the historic village of Grange just a 10 minute drive from Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm.
For an escape where the sun shines almost all year round, head to Port Douglas—the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Soak up the sun at the iconic Four Mile Beach then visit fine dining restaurants at Sugar Wharf for a memorable culinary experience. Don’t miss: The Daintree National Park.
Stay: Make yourself at home for the weekend in a villa at Bay Villas Resort, within walking distance to restaurants at Sugar Wharf.
If wine and cheese tasting sounds like the dream long weekend to you, make your way to Margaret River and to one of Australia’s greatest wine regions. Explore the picturesque countryside and drop into one (or five) of the 90 cellar doors.
Sleep: After a day of the best kind of indulgence, retreat to the Quality Inn Margaret River just by Xanadu Winery.
Start summer early and spread your towel out on the white sandy shores of Cable Beach, stretching across an impressive 22km. Unwind, get a dose of vitamin D, and paddleboard in aquamarine waters.
Sleep: Be within walking distance to the beach at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, surrounded by gardens and two pools. If you’d prefer to stay closer to Broome, drive 15 minutes from Cable Beach and check in at the Mercure Broome, within walking distance of Town Beach.
For a weekend of long lunching at some of the country’s finest cafes and restaurants, wandering through graffiti-lined streets, exploring art galleries and rooftop cocktails at sunset, don’t look any further than Melbourne. From luxury hotels to boutique accommodation, there’s still time to plan a spontaneous long weekend in the world’s most livable city.
Sleep: Whether you’re a Melbournite looking for a staycation or you’re travelling to the city for a getaway, the luxurious Sofitel Melbourne on Collins or Oaks on Market will make you feel like you’re on holiday as soon as you check-in. Or if you’d prefer a beach escape, the art deco Tolarno Hotel is only stone's throw from St Kilda beach.
Lorne, one of the seaside towns on the Great Ocean Road, is a tranquil location with hidden waterfall walks and lookouts. Hire a bike and admire the coastal view by riding from Erskine River to Lorne Pier along the edge of the beach. Once you’ve explored the charming town, explore the rest of the Great Ocean road including the Twelve Apostles.
Sleep: Be in the heart of Lorne at the luxe Mantra Lorne—you’ll have a tennis court, world-class restaurant, and indoor pool right at your doorstep.
An hour and a half south of popular Byron Bay, you’ll find the laid-back coastal town of Yamba. It’s home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, minus the crowds. It’s the ideal destination for beach lovers looking for a quiet break.
Sleep: Stay at the Angourie Rainforest Retreat in the middle of the rainforest just a few minutes’ drive to the beach and get ready to recharge your batteries.