Aussie Adventure: Must-Book Holiday Destinations in Australia
To help you curate the antipodean getaway 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, these are the Australian holiday destinations to add to your bucket list. This is your guide to the perfect Aussie weekend getaway.
Let’s not sugar-coat it: hotel stays are expensive. And Sydney and Melbourne aren't exactly the most budget friendly locations. But if you know where to look, you can seek out some beautiful and affordable gems. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured streets for designer digs that won’t have you pinching pennies, so you can still relax in style without blowing your entire weekend budget.
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.
There’s no need to jet set across the globe when the world's most beautiful coastal towns are practically on your doorstep. Byron Bay, Central Coast, Palm Beach and Killcare are just a few of our favourites. You might not be swimming quite yet — that water can be unforgiving outside of summer — but you can cosy up and listen to the waves crash against the shore from the comfort of your sandy beachside picnic. Bliss.
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 city staycation is the ultimate in relaxation. From restaurants and bars to health clubs and spas, these sleek Sydney hotels have everything you need, all under one roof.
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. 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 Victoria and NSW, to inspire your next glamorous outdoor adventure.
Girls' Weekend Getaways
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, there's every reason to get the gals together for a weekend of wine-fuelled pursuits. No matter where you choose to go, be it the countryside, the mountains or the beach, here are 6 genius ideas sure to suit every type of girl gang.
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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, relax atop the pristine sands or blow the budget in a swanky ultra-modern hotel, these luxurious stays more than have you covered.
When it comes to booking a weekend away, we're all about aesthetics. So we've pulled together a stylish edit of Sitchu-approved staycations that are guaranteed to give the wow factor. From secluded country cottages and boutique city boltholes to quirky Airbnbs and reimagined retro motels, these one-of-a-kind stays are designed to deliver.
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From dinner parties overlooking vineyards to historic estates doubling up as dream wedding venues — get ready to fall in love with our pick of swoon-worthy party venues, guaranteed to kick off your celebrations in style.
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.
From secluded idyllic islands and outback oases to on-trend city hotels, we’ve rounded up the most romantic getaways in Australia where you can sip, spa, pucker and swoon until your hearts are content. Here's our pick of
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 and pinch me food experiences 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 escape. 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. Here's your ticket to your next outdoor adventure.
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