School holidays are the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax and get back to nature after a busy term. On the other hand, schoolwork is piling up and day feels shorter and shorter - we understand, planning a getaway may be the last thing teachers want to do. So why not look closer to home? Short breaks and weekend getaways are less stressful than long holidays and often more enjoyable as a result. Here are some of our favourite spots around the nation’s capitals.
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Hervey Bay is a beautiful coastal city south of Brisbane that has crystal clear waters, and is famous for its
whale-watching July to November. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Whale Watching Capital of the World’, but even off-season there’s plenty to do. Horse riding, skydiving and go-karting are just a few things the town has to offer.
Located just over an hour south of Sydney is one of the city’s best kept secrets; Bundeena. Nestled inside the Royal National Park this small coastal village is picturesque to say the least. With emerald seas, and towering gums, it offers affordable accommodation and a range of activities to choose from: hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding. This is a spot you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.
The Snowy Mountains, also known as ‘The Snowies’, is only a two and a half hour drive south of Canberra. As the highest mountain range on the mainland, the region has a lot to offer in natural beauty – including Mount Kosciusko, one of the seven highest summits in the world. In winter, snow-capped peaks teem with skiers and snowboarders who wind their way down the glistening slopes at Perisher Ski Resort and Thredbo. But even off-peak in summer there is plenty to do; mountain-biking, hiking, horse riding and fishing are just a few activities the area has to offer.
The Grampians National Park is only a three-hour drive, west of Melbourne. It’s famous for its soaring sandstone mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife such as echidnas and wallabies. It’s a veritable paradise, and caters to everyone’s accommodation needs; whether it be something a little bit more rustic, or on the finer side of life, The Grampians has you covered.
We have two words for you when it comes to Adelaide; Barossa Valley. It’s only an hour drive from Adelaide, it’s one of the country’s most famous wine regions, and it also happens to be known for its food - which makes sense, because where there is good wine, there is usually good food. With red wine offering health benefits such as antioxidants preventing heart disease and cancer, that sounds pretty sweet to us!
Speaking of wine - if you hail from Perth, Margaret River is where you want to head for a tasteful weekend away. Call us biased, but this place may be heaven on earth. Why? It is known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries, but it gets better. Margaret River is also located on the coast. Beautiful beaches are only a stone’s throw away. It’s the perfect spot for those looking to de-stress, and relax in nature and from June to November migratory whales cruise the coastline.
Nothing says Australia like red dirt, soaring sandstone gorges and cascading waterfalls. If this is striking a chord in you, you need to head to the town of Katherine. A three-hour drive from Darwin, it’s where the outback meets the tropics. The scenery is straight out of an outback fairytale. The town is located on the fringes of Nitmiluk and Kakadu National Park. This place has a lot to offer and is steeped in indigenous history. For the bold, you can swim with freshwater crocodiles in Katherine Gorge and for those looking for something a little more laid back there’s always Katherine Hot Springs.