If you were smart enough to take off the extra days between Easter and Anzac Day, but not quick enough to lock down your travel plans – don't fret! To help you curate the long weekend of your dreams, we've put together an essential list of places to go, stylish accommodation and must-do Australian adventures. Whether you're after a decadent gourmet escape or stylish city staycation, this is your guide to the perfect Easter vacay.
Still hoping to escape over the Easter weekend? Whilst most of you will already have your travel plans locked down, for those who like the spontaneity of a last-minute getaway (that's part of the excitement, right?), we've found some fabulously chic accommodation options that are still available to book over the Easter break. Or indeed leading up to Anzac Day (if you were clever enough to book those three days off to get an entire week off in between).
From charming country retreats to stunning beachside hotels, here are 10 gorgeous getaways you can still book for the upcoming long weekend.
Whether you’re looking for a chic place to base yourself while exploring Australia's gorgeous countryside, or you’re just looking to curl up in front of an open fire with a good book and a glass of red, the charm and beauty of the country is just waiting to be explored. For Sydneysiders, a Bowral treescape may just be what the doctor ordered, or a leafy Daylesford getaway for Melbournians looking to get out of the city. Escape the grind and discover some of NSW's and Victoria's most picturesque country retreats.
Forget planes and trains, the open road is the only way to explore the country's breathtaking landscapes. A place where desert, rainforest and rugged coastlines collide — an Aussie road trip proves that it’s always worth taking the scenic route. Wind your way through windswept beaches or brave it through bushland on the dirt tracks of the outback, Australia has endless open roads. So crank up the stereo, put your foot down and set off on one of these bucket list Australian adventures.
Thinking about a pre-winter escape? There’s no need to jet set across globe when the world's most beautiful coastal towns are right on Sydney’s doorstep like Byron Bay, Palm Beach and Killcare. Sure, you might not be swimming, but you can cosy up and listen to the waves crash against the shore. Plus, there’s something ever so slightly sweet/smug about soaking up sea views for a lot less $$ than you would in summer. Just sayin’.
Australia is one big, beautiful island – but did you know there are a whopping 8,222 islands within its borders? While many are uninhabited, the rest are little slices of paradise, with turquoise waters, sandy shores and lush landscapes that were made for adventure. There’s an idyllic island for every traveller, from the kind who like to relax and rev up the romance to those who seek high-octane thrill and adventure – Australia is your passport to the ultimate island getaway….
Forget long-haul flights – when you’re ready for a holiday, the Sydney staycation is the ultimate in relaxation. From restaurants and bars to health clubs and spas, these sleek hotels have everything you need, all under one roof.
Want to treat yourself to a luxury hotel stay? Perhaps it’s for a special occasion, like an anniversary or birthday? Or perhaps you don’t have an excuse at all — we won't judge you for wanting to spoil yourself.
If Melbourne is on your radar for a swanky stay, then you’re in for a treat. After all, the city is beaming with luxury hotels, ranging from old-world elegance to modern marvels. For a Sydney staycation, these must-book city retreats are guaranteed to have you checking into hotel heaven.
With lush landscapes, beautiful beaches and a warm climate to boot, Australia is the perfect stomping ground for a weekend in the great outdoors. But when faced with the harsh reality of tent pegs, sleeping bags and embarrassing outdoor toilet stops, camping is all in all, a bit of an effort that some us just aren’t cut out for. So, for those who want to enjoy the wonders of the wilderness with a few luxe finishing touches – glamping offers the best of both worlds. From romantic countryside retreats to chic costal hideaways, we’ve whittled down the best glamping spots in Australia, to inspire your next glamorous outdoor adventure.
Famed for its natural beauty, Australia has the perfect backdrop for a stunning rural escape. And there are plenty of places to experience the romance of the rugged landscapes, from the comfort of a roaring fire or curled up beneath swathes of luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Whether you're looking to bunker down in a cosy country cottage or blow the budget in a swanky ultra-modern hotel, these luxurious stays more than have you covered.
There’s something special about treehouses. For many of us, they were a childhood fantasy (or if you were lucky, a reality), a place we could go to escape our parents and play in peace. For others, the thought of sleeping high in the sky, surrounded by nature, is nothing short of divine. To help take your holiday to another level – literally – there are treehouse-style accommodations popping up across Australia. Some are rustic and others are decked out with creative comforts, but they all tick the novelty box.
For your very own home among the gum trees, book a stay at these scenic spots.
There’s something so soothing about staying on a lake. Maybe it’s the beautiful backdrop, whether it’s country or the coast. Maybe it’s the stillness of the water, broken only to swim, fish, boat, or indulge watersports. Or maybe it’s the thought of sipping coffee (or wine) while watching the sky change colours above. Whatever it is, we’re always down for lounging by the lake. If you are too, this is the most lovely lakeside accommodation across Australia.
When it comes to vineyards, Aussies are spoilt for choice with wonderful wineries spread all over the country, from coast-to-coast. From Borossa Shiraz to Hunter Valley Chardonnay, there are endless options to sample the delights of Australia’s renowned regional vintages. Better still, many of these vineyards offer boutique accommodation at the cellar door, so you can sip, swill and quaff well into the night. Whether it’s for a group holiday, romantic escape or indulgent foodie getaway, check-in to one of these beautifully chic wine stays where you can indulge and unwind with a glass – or two – in hand, before curling up into bed.
Eco-tourism has come a long way. Once upon a time, ‘green’ getaways were associated with less-than-luxurious conditions, but with more and more travellers choosing to connect with nature and stay in sustainable places, that’s changed. These eco escapes don’t just tread lightly on the environment – they teach you how to do it, too. On your trip, you can learn about the natural surroundings – whether it’s the beach, bush or rainforest – and how the resort is making a conscious effort to conserve it. At some, you can even step up your own green game and get involved!
For a feel-good holiday, check out these conservation hotels across the country.
Lovers of gastronomy know that any getaway worth its salt needs to be planned around three central themes: breakfast, lunch and dinner. From rustic farm stays through to quaint country cottages and charming coastal retreats, these edible escapes are sure to hit the spot.
If peace and quiet is high on your list of priorities, a holiday in the mountains is the ultimate getaway. Grounding and good for the soul, these scenic spots provide endless adventure. Walk amongst wildlife, breathe in the crisp countryside air and spend your days connecting with nature. There’s no better setting to relax and unwind.
From private village retreats to romantic alpine hideaways, we’ve handpicked the cosiest lodges, chalets and cabins spanning every corner of Australia, to inspire your next outdoor adventure.