Even though Australians get 4 weeks holiday a year, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best Aussie destinations to visit when you’re got an extra day to your weekend, thanks to a sneaky sickie or the perfectly timed public holiday. From weekends in the desert to seaside getaways, Australia truly has something to offer everyone.
Easily one of Australia’s most underrated destinations, Tasmania is akin to Queenstown in New Zealand, with its cool temperatures and glorious food. Exploring all that Tasmania has to offer can certainly take longer than a weekend, but if you pick your highlights, you can get the best from the destination in just a few days. Rich in culture and history, Tasmania is home to the 19th century Port Arthur penal settlement and Mona, the museum of old and new art. From artisan markets every Saturday in Salamanca, to afternoons drinking wine at Mona, Tassie has something for everyone.
HOW TO GET THERE: Fly direct into Hobart or Launceston, depending on your itinerary. It’s best to hire a car once you’re there if you want to visit attractions such as Port Arthur.
WHERE TO STAY: Salamanca Wharf Hotel
To book Salamanca Wharf Hotel now click HERE
*Images via ABC, Tasmania, Wikipedia
If spending the weekend in nature is what you need to recharge your batteries, then Ayers Rock is the place for you. Located in the Northern Territory’s ‘Red Centre’, Ayers Rock is the name of the town that is home to Uluru, the sacred indigenous rock in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru’s indigenous history dates back 30,000 years and you can hear the details of their rich history, as told by the Aboriginal elders through their incredible Dreamtime Stories. Beyond Uluru’s history, you can get in touch with nature by hiking through the desert on foot, or exploring nature trails on the back of a camel. Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations that everyone should definitely discover in their lifetime.
HOW TO GET THERE: Fly straight into Ayers Rock Airport and you’re practically at Uluru. Most accommodation is just 8 minutes drive from the airport and the rock is about 15 minutes away.
WHERE TO STAY: Sails in the Desert
*Images via Her Wandering Eyes, Hitched, Travel Online
Mollymook is a small little beachside town that is located about 3 hours south of Sydney, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s the ideal destination for those that love the ocean, or spending time seaside. Mollymook is known for its beach, offering pristine water, white sand and at certain times of the year it is the perfect destination for whale watching. An ideal weekend getaway, spend your days soaking up the sun, eating fresh seafood or enjoying a day on the green at Mollymook Golf Club.
HIGHLIGHTS: The beach and Rick Stein Restaurant at Bannisters.
HOW TO GET THERE: The easiest way to get to Mollymook is drive. Consider extending your stay and doing a road trip along the South Coast.
WHERE TO STAY: Bannisters
*Images via Lovemelovemydog, Love Birds, The Versatile Gent
Located on Moreton Island in Queensland, Tangalooma is just 75 minutes from Brisbane. Surrounded by crystal clear water and white sandy beaches, Tangalooma offers picturesque views with unforgettable experiences. From soaring to new heights in an island helicopter, to feeding wild dolphins by hand, there’s really no limit to what Tangalooma can offer. It’s the perfect destination no matter what your travel style, from those seeking some serious R&R through to those chasing their next adrenalin rush.
HIGHLIGHTS: Helicopter joy flight or feeding the wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset.
HOW TO GET THERE: Fly direct from Brisbane from most Australian cities and catch a passenger transfer on a catamaran from Holt St Wharf, located about 10 minutes from Brisbane airport.
WHERE TO STAY: Tangalooma Island Resort
*Images via Australia, Tangalooma Island Resort, Flight Centre
Located off the Queensland coast in the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is a beach lovers’ paradise. Offering picturesque views and nature at every turn, it is a destination that is larger than life (even though the island itself is relatively small). Hamilton Island offers arguably the best sunset location in the world with clear views out onto the horizon and beyond. It’s a great destination for families and couples alike, the perfect balance of relaxation and entertainment.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hiking trails, sunset watching with a wine in hand at One Tree Hill or White Haven Beach.
HOW TO GET THERE: Fly direct into Hamilton Island airport from most major Australian cities. Once you’re there, hire a buggy and drive around the island. There’s also daily trips out to other popular attractions such as Whitehaven Beach.
WHERE TO STAY: Beach Club
To book Beach Club now via Expedia click HERE
*Images via Hamilton Island, Kusa Dasi Tour Company
Located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Noosa is the perfect holiday destination. It has everything you need for a weekend getaway, full of sunshine and plenty of shopping. Whether it’s time spent surfing, laying poolside, or hiking through the National Park, Noosa appeals to young and old. Home to the Noosa Food and Wine Festival and some of the world’s best beaches, Noosa is the place to go if you’re ready to relax and unwind.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hiking in the National Park, dining on Hastings Street or Noosa Food and Wine Festival.
HOW TO GET THERE: There are direct flights into Maroochydore Airport from some Australia cities and Noosa is just a 30 minute drive from there. Or alternatively fly direct into Brisbane and it’s about a 2 hour drive north.
WHERE TO STAY: Noosa Beach Cottage
*Images via Discover Queensland, Expedia, Surf Forecast