Its the annual summer break, the kids are on school holidays and are bored. Most of the fantastic beach resorts are booked out so where do you go for a few days with the family or friends, thats not too far from home? We suggest you head inland, hike the mountains, float along the river…
There are some great discounted hotel special deals still available on our ‘last minute hotel deals‘ for hotel bookings inside 28 days.
BLUE MOUNTAINS – A short 2 hours drive west from Sydney. Drop in at the Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre for some local tourist information on walking guides, maps etc. There are a range of B&B, Country House style and motel accommodations to choose from in the area.
FAMILY – Stay with the family at the Leisure Inn Spires Blue Mountains in a 2 bedroom apartment (rates around $200 per night) for up to 6 people.
FRIENDS – York Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is on the edge of the magnificent world Heritage listed Blue Mountains and offers a timeless mountain resort atmosphere. Rooms around $220 per night.
VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS – Located in the geographical centre of Victoria, Bendigo is a comfortable 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. V/Line are offering some fantastic family rail deals with free travel for up to 4 kids during off peak periods.
FAMILY – Quest Apartments Bendigo feature a solar heated pool and BBQ area. Spacious 2 bedroom apartment for a family or 4 around $185 per night.
FRIENDS – Relax at the Quality Inn Colonial Bendigo with a swim, spa, sauna in the indoor leisure centre, BBQ or cappuccino on the pool deck. Standard room around $120 per night.
ADELAIDE HILLS – From Adelaide you only need to drive around 90 minutes to find yourself in the fabulous wine district of the Barossa Valley.
FAMILY – Kooringal Homestead Barossa Valley is a secluded homestead B&B overlooking the water of the Barossa Reservoir, featuring a courtyard and bush gardens where kangaroos can sometimes be seen at dusk. 2 bedroom family suite for 4 around $220 per night.
FRIENDS – Barossa Weintal Resort features deluxe accommodation, fine dining, bistro & alfresco doning, Tavern Bar, pokies and a bottle shop. Deluxe rooms around $125 per night.
TASMANIA – Huon Bush Retreats at Ranelagh in the Huon Valley is a perfect place to relax, explore and experience the natural wonders of the area. Drive carefully as the last section of road is unsealed!
FAMILY – A 2 bedroom cabin offers a full kitchen, amazing ‘outdoor bath’ and are located on a cliff-top where you can spot the local wildlife from your private verandah. Around $300 per night, sleeps 6.
FRIENDS – Deluxe Tepee rooms are best suited to couples, and environmentally designed to blend into the natural surroundings with minimal impact. Around $95 per night.
If your time or budget does not permit an overnight stay, you can also take a sightseeing tour from your major city to most of these regions.