5 Great Australian Weekend Escape Destinations

Going away for the weekend is a great way to recharge the batteries and to explore new regions you may not have visited before. However, sometimes it can be hard to decide on the best place to go. To make things a bit easier for you we have listed our top 5 destinations within Australia that are perfect for a weekend escape. From a Blue Mountains tour to a trip to Phillip Island, we’ve got some great ideas on how you can spend your weekend.

Blue Mountains, NSW

The stunning Blue Mountains region is located just over an hour’s drive from Sydney CBD. It is renowned for its incredible views of the picturesque mountains and its many bushwalks and other nature based experiences. It is a perfect getaway escape for couples as well as families. Take a Blue Moutains Tour to experience everything the mountains have to offer, then cosy up at night by the fire in a cabin overlooking bush land.

Cliffs at the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Sydney
Sheer Cliffs at the Blue Mountains

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Byron Bay, NSW

Visit the beautiful Byron Bay which is situated about an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast. Byron Bay is a wonderful place to spend a weekend by the beach, eating delicious local produce, watching the sunset and exploring some of the regions alternative restaurants and tourist attractions. Take a walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse before heading down to Watego’s Beach and getting in some solid surf time. Then head back to the town centre to catch some live music. Byron Bay is a great place to visit with your friends and family for a weekend of fun and relaxation.

Beach at Byron bay
Byron bay

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The Barossa Valley, SA

Just under an hour’s drive from Adelaide the Barossa Valley makes the perfect destination for a weekend escape. Take a tour into the region to explore the wineries, restaurants and other attractions. A trip to Hahndorf, a Bavarian village located in the hills is full of old-world charm and a must see when visiting the area. The region is renowned for its local produce and wineries and a popular destination with many couples.

Vineyards in the Barossa Valley
Vineyards in the Barossa Valley

See Gray Line’s Barossa Valley Tours.

Phillip Island, VIC

Phillip Island located just outside Melbourne and offers visitors remarkable wildlife, water sports and breath-taking sights. Enjoy the natural wonders of the area and watch the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach. The whole family will enjoy this natural phenomenon as you witness the little penguins returning to their burrows at dusk. The Island is a great place to take the whole family as there are so many things to do and see including Churchill Island, Koala Conservation Centre, The Nobbies and beautiful sandy beaches.

Little Penguins at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Little Penguins at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade

See Gray Line’s Phillip Island Tours including the Penguin Parade.

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Mornington Peninsula is one of the most picturesque regions in Victoria and is renowned for its stunning coastline, local produce, abundance of wineries and its natural attractions including the Peninsula Hot Springs. It is a perfect place to visit as a couple, with your whole family or for a special girl’s weekend away. The Peninsula hot springs is a natural hot spring experience where you can bath in over 20 different and unique bathing pools. A newer edition to the region is the Eagle Sky lift located at Arthurs Seat lookout. This sky lift allows you to take in the stunning panoramic views of the peninsula.

Mornington Peir and beach on the Mornington Peninsula.
Mornington Peir and beach on the Mornington Peninsula.

See Gray Line’s Mornington Peninsula Day tours

Need to get away but not sure where to go? I hope our list of ideas has given you some inspiration for the perfect place you can go to recharge your batteries on a weekend sometime soon. For a more comprehensive list of day tours to some of these wonderful Australian destinations listed please feel free to visit grayline.com.au

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