Short breaks are difficult to organize right than they really seem like. If you’ve got only a few days to spend, you need someplace which is not too far from your home; just a couple of hours drive or one short flight – yet far enough to make it appear like you’ve escaped your daily groove far behind. And if your concept of the perfect short break is escaping the city for two or three days, then you need to balance it perfectly with one end finding peace and quiet and the other is not getting bored. Therefore, if you are time-poor, touring with family, in need of a beach break or an indulgent escape, or want to discover some new food scene, where should you plan to go? Here are some best places for Australian weekend escapes for a quick getaway.
Daylesford is one of the most popular short-break destinations located in Victoria and is an easy 90-minute ride from Melbourne. There are many reasons to visit Daylesford such as a wide range of boutique accommodation, delectable eateries, quirky shopping and art galleries. This is a great place to relax, unwind and pamper yourself; a great escape from your tedium routine. Get an amazing experience of wines, crafts, and antiques at Daylesford.
If you are into history or organizing a short trip with your children, then you should visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) or Sovereign Hill to reexperience the Eureka Stockade and the glory of the gold rush days. If you are more of an art person than the Ballarat Art Gallery is the place for you. It is the Australia’s largest and oldest regional gallery. Or you could just spend your time exploring the nearby countryside, explore ancient gold rush villages and taste vintage wines at cellar doors.
Mudgee is a three and a half hours’ drive in the west of Sydney. If you are a foodie and a wine lover this is the perfect place for a quick getaway. There are more than 30 wineries (most with cellar doors) in the area and several food producers that entertain tourists. There are also cheese makers, olive groves, a distillery and a honey farm.
Launceston has plenty of places for an enjoyable short break getaway with magnificent natural attractions. You can explore Cataract Gorge, the Tamar Valley wine route, Gourmet local food, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, take a brewery tour, visit historic houses and go for Hollybank Treetops adventure.
Cairns is a wonderful place to escape the biting cold. Cairns is close to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and is a perfect destination for scuba divers, reef cruises, snorkelers’, almost all kinds of fishing, rainforest hikes, remote “bush” adventures, rent a car to explore the waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands, native bird and wildlife watching and tours of all shapes and sizes, adventure activities and accommodation to fit all types of budgets.