Sun-kissed days and balmy nights are well and truly on the way. And with the October long weekend just around the corner, we’re sure many of you have already booked your weekend escape. But for those of us who like to leave things to the last minute, there are still plenty of beautiful stays with all the trimmings available to book now.
From seaside inns to chic inner-city hotels, it’s time to pack your bags and book yourself a well-deserved long weekend away.
Barefoot luxury with a dash of urban chic, Bangalay Villas is one stunning seaside destination. Overlooking Shoalhaven Golf Course and moments from the beach, the 16 self-contained villas are entirely kitted out with everything you need for a beachside getaway. From a well-equipped kitchenette and laundry to extra storage for golf sticks and surfboards. Their on-site restaurant, Bangalay Dining, is a sophisticated, yet unpretentious dining experience that shines a spotlight on regional fare.
From $900 for three nights.
Fusing contemporary design with heritage features, the Old Clare's beautiful boutique lodgings tick every box for a stylish Sydney staycation. The public bar downstairs is always fun, but for a more intimate drink, head upstairs to the hotel’s heated rooftop pool, where you'll discover a lounging deck and tempting cocktail list. The Old Clare Hotel also boasts two impressive dining options – Automata and A1 Canteen – which score high on the foodie wish list.
From $296 per night
The perfect getaway for all the art lovers among us, The Fantauzzo (the latest edition to the Art Series Hotels collection), has urban cool down pat. Inspired by Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, the hotel sits along the river's edge, beneath the iconic Story Bridge, and overlooking the revitalised Howard Smith Wharves. With soaring cliffs behind, the six-storey hotel boasts 166 suites, a rooftop pool, a bar and gym. Experience first-hand three original artworks, a series of giclée prints, and complimentary art tours, in-room art channels and libraries.
From $209 per night
Tucked away in the beautiful seaside town of Stanley in Tasmania, Ship Inn is a stylishly chic getaway. Boasting a story-telling style, Ship Inn pays tribute to Stanley’s local folklore – merchant sailors, local shipwrecks, English colonial gentry and the hardships of farming a remote land. Sitting at the base of The Nut, the original 1800s inn, turned luxurious guesthouse has seven sophisticated suites — each with a thoughtfully designed kitchenette and a contemporary ensuite.
From $190 per night
Check-out completely over the long-weekend at Lake House Daylesford where they will truly pamper you in every sense of the word. From luxe guestrooms which overlook the glistening lake, to the day spa that has every treatment on hand. Relax and unwind doesn't even cut it. But, first and foremost, Lake House is a foodie destination that showcases fresh produce straight from their garden beds. The two-night stay includes a three-course à la carte dinner at the award-winning restaurant on one evening and full country-style breakfast daily.
From $1554 for a two-night stay for two people
With sun-bleached pinks, sandy-beiges and gilded décor throughout, the Calile's self-styled 'urban resort' has ‘Insta-worthy’ written all over it. But it's the outdoor pastel-hued pool, chic cabanas and exotic surrounding palm trees that give it that added tropical elegance – this architectural gem has Palm Springs written all over it.
Cool in every sense of the word, the rooms are on point, the pool is positively dreamy, and it's also home to one of Brisbane's best Greek restaurants, Hellenika, which overlooks the pool deck and James Street. And luckily for you, if you're Brisbane-bound this long weekend, there are still some stunning rooms available to snap up. But be quick, they might not be for long...
From $386.10 per night
Off the well-worn tourist trail, along Western Australia’s remote south coast is the gorgeously rustic Esperance Chalet Village. Sitting along the water’s edge and within walking distance to pristine beaches, the chalets at Esperance Village are simple yet homely. There's a selection of private accommodation, and firepits are sprinkled throughout, all in the setting of native bushland. Take our advice and take a few extra days off, because we guarantee you’ll be extending your stay well before you check out.
From $160 per night
A traditional Victorian terrace in one of Sydney’s most stylish hangouts, Paddington Terrace II is within walking distance from Five-Ways Village as well as Oxford Streets shopping and dining precinct. The terrace’s contemporary, light-filled interiors have three bedrooms; one king, one queen and two single beds, plus two bathrooms. The living, dining and gallery style kitchen is perfect for entertaining and what’s more, it also has highly prized off-street parking. And since its available through Luxico, you get a few extra perks, such as a welcome hamper, on-call concierge and luxurious linen and toiletries.
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Perfectly positioned on Hobart’s Old Wharf, MACq01's luxurious timber-clad lodgings really capture the city's colourful past, with 114 uniquely styled rooms which are themed around historical figures. Let yourself be truly pampered with a spacious suite that has uninterrupted views of Hobart’s harbour and butler service. Plus, walk-in robes, private balconies and deep soak baths. And when you finally pull yourself away from all this, head down to the restaurant for a five-course chef table dining experience that serves fresh-from-the-trawler seafood.
From $310 per night
One for the foodie’s, Royal Mail Hotel is a country getaway at the foothills of the Grampians. Wickens at Royal Mail offers five- and eight-course menus made from the produce harvested daily from the hotel’s 1.2-hectare kitchen garden, as well as a 28,000 bottle wine cellar. For a more relaxed dining affair, Parker Street Project offers casual dining throughout the day. As for accommodation, you can pick from their deluxe mountain view rooms, courtyard rooms, apartments, and cottages.
From $270 per night