Girls' Trip: 7 Weekend Getways to Inspire Your Next Friendcation
Planning your annual girls trip? From the nature hikes in the Blue Mountains to wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, these weekend getaways have 'girl gang' written all over them.
Girls' getaway, girls' trip, friend-cation – call it what you will, but the most important part of a girls' weekend, is spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. Whether it’s an annual tradition, an end-of-year reunion or just another trip with your closest pals – we’ve got your travel* plans sorted. No matter where you choose to go, be it the countryside, the mountains or the beach, here are 7 genius ideas sure to suit every type of girl gang.
*In light of COVID-19 travel restrictions, make sure you check your state's guidelines before booking any intra or interstate travel.
1. For a Beachside Girls' Trip: Central Coast
The Central Coast is one of those quick getaways, ideal for the kind of trip you decide to take on a whim. Being only 90 minute's drive from Sydney, this trip is easy to execute, and you’ll be feeling those laid-back holiday vibes in no time. From wild national parks to trendy boutiques and trendy bars, this pocket of paradise has an infinite amount of places to explore. That being said, we totally won’t judge you if all you want to do is veg out on one of the gorgeous beaches (Terrigal is our favourite!).
2. For a Girls' Trip Amongst the Vines: Yarra Valley
If you plan your trips around good food and even better wine, head to the birthplace of Victoria’s wine industry, the beautiful Yarra Valley. Spend your days winery hopping and sitting down to long, leisurely lunches. Don’t leave without exploring the picturesque Healesville Village, where you'll an array of cafés and local providores. With so many wonderful things on offer, the hardest part is choosing where to go first...
3. For a City Escape Girls' Trip: Blue Mountains
Some of the most beautiful hiking paths and mesmerising views in Australia can be found in the Blue Mountains, just a couple of hours out of Sydney. With the bush as a scenic backdrop and all that fresh, mountainous air – this is the kind of place you can visit and return feeling totally recharged. The lush surroundings are home to a host of activities, like bushwalking, canyoning and horse-riding (to name a few). After taking to the great outdoors, visit the quaint, tree-lined village of Leura for cafés, galleries and boutique shopping.
4. For a Wellness Weekend Girls' Trip: Daylesford
Head to Daylesford for some much needed end of year relaxation. It’s one of Australia’s premier spa towns, so get ready to bliss out and work your way through this regional wellness haven. Start with the obvious drawcard – the famous mineral waters of the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, which have long been considered a special place of healing.
5. For a Gourmet Girls' Trip: Bowral
If you’re after an indulgent trip with the girls, then hightail it to the highlands for the ultimate foodie escape. It has some of the best restaurants and cafes in the area, thanks to the chefs and producers who call this place home. Bowral is all about the finer things in life, so go on and try the hatted restaurants, sample the local wine scene or hit the produce markets and cook up a storm back at your accommodation.
6. For a Girl's Road Trip: Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula is best known for its beautiful beaches and national parks, making it the obvious choice for a getaway in Victoria. Breathtaking and serene, not only will the allure of the coastline have you hooked, but the surrounding hinterland and wineries will make you never want to leave. Also home to an amazing selection of award-winning restaurants and eateries, this coastal locale really does have it all.
7. For a Girls' Trip in the Country: Berry
Stylish Berry turns on all the charm, with it’s heritage buildings, enviable foodie scene, boutique shopping and beautiful homesteads. It really is a storybook town set amongst sprawling valleys and mountains. It feels like a hidden treasure waiting to be explored. At this time of year, Berry really stands out, ticking all the right boxes for a winter getaway.
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