Scrolling through social media and staring at envy at your friend’s holiday posts has sent your Europe FOMO through the roof. Whilst your mates are off gallivanting along the Mediterranean coast line you’re stuck suffering through the chilly, windy nights of the Aussie winter. Unfortunately your tight budget didn’t permit for a glamorous getaway this season. But it doesn’t mean you have to put any hopes of travelling to a new and exciting location on hold. I have personally gone out and found you some of the weekend getaways across the country for a cheeky escape. You and your wallet can thank me later.
#1 Yarra Valley
Find yourself a cheeky return flight to Melbs or grab your car and hit the road. The Yarra is a comfortable hour drive outside of the Melbourne CBD and makes for the perfect winter escape. The wine region is filled with amazing scenery, fresh produce, cosy accommodation and of course an abundance of wine. You can snag an AirBnB for four nights for just over 100 bucks, if you plan the journey with a few of your mates. You can even throw in a private wine tour for as low at $50 per person. Winning. So if you’re after a weekend of luxury and relaxation, get booking.
Often when we think weekend getaways in the proximity of NSW our minds run north, Byron Bay, The Central Coast, maybe even Port Macquarie. But the south has plenty to offer and plenty to see. Picture yourself on a scenic coastal walk admiring the spectacular views of the east, you even spot some majestic whales along the way. Yeah, throw that in the face of your returning friends from Europe, I dare ya. Snag yourself some seaside accommodation for around $100 a head and be sure to bring a few mates the spread out the price. Prepare yourself to bask in the glory of Australian nature. Be sure to make a sneaky stop at ABC’s Cheese Factory, you certainly won’t regret it.
This picturesque town is a little more challenging to get to, but trust me; once you arrive you’ll never want to leave. Those is search of sun, sand and clear blue water, this is literally the ideal place. It might not be beach bathing weather, but when you get to walk along near isolated beaches thanks to off season, no complaints are in order. Be sure to head to Twilight Beach and if you’re feeling brave throw in a night of camping (think of the money you’ll save on accommodation). Don’t prepare yourself for a raging weekend, only chill vibes will be found in this coastal town.
Weekend getaways don’t have to be domestic only. If you’ve got a little extra cash the splurge and you don’t mind hopping over to our neighbours in NZ, Queenstown is the ultimate city to visit over winter. It’s certainly the adventure capital filled with plenty of outdoor activities for avid snow lovers. But if you’re simply looking for a retreat, no need to fear. The city is filled with amazing bars and restaurants ready to be indulged in. Be sure to hit Rhino’s Ski Shack for a little taste of European apres-ski madness. Nomad’s Hostel is the perfect blend of budget accommodation and luxury, plus a great place to meet some tourists if you’re travelling solo.
Image Sources: Good Times Tours, Haylsa, Queenstown Insider.