Short breaks are harder to get right than they sound. If you’ve only got a few days up your sleeve you need somewhere that’s not too far from home – just a few hours’ drive or one easy flight – but far enough away to make you feel like you’ve left your daily grind far behind. And if your idea of the perfect short break means escaping from the big smoke for a day or three, it can be a fine line between finding peace and quiet and being bored out of your brain because there’s nothing to do and nowhere decent to eat. Here’s our pick, in no particular order, of 4 of the best towns in Australia for a quick getaway.
1. Daylesford, Victoria
There are a 100 good reasons why Daylesford, an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, is one of the most popular short-break destinations in Victoria. The range of boutique accommodation, really good eateries, art galleries and quirky shopping are just four. But the main reason to head to Daylesford rather than anywhere else is there is no quicker way to relax than soaking in a hot mineral bath and there are 72 of them here.
Where to stay: Lakeside Suites
Set on the banks of Lake Daylesford, Lakeside Suites is a 1-bedroom apartment featuring a patio and stunning lake views. Guests will experience ultimate relaxation with warming fireplace and a spa bath.
Lakeside Suites Daylesford is within a 5-minute drive of both Central Springs and Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens. Hepburn Springs is a 6-minute drive away.
The air-conditioned apartment features a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area. The lounge area has a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. It has a bathroom.
You can enjoy a meal in the outdoor dining area on the patio, or share a meal using the BBQ facilities.
2. Newcastle, NSW
For reasons we don’t quite understand Newcastle seems to get overlooked when it comes to quick getaways. Just two hours’ drive from Sydney it makes for a relaxing city break with everything, including a string of beautiful beaches, within walking distance or a short ferry ride away from the city centre. There’s a great cafe culture going on, a vibrant arts scene and some fascinating historic attractions left over from the convict years. A bonus is that the Hunter Valley wineries are less than half an hour away.
Where to stay: Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Located directly on the historic Newcastle harbour front, Crowne Plaza Newcastle boasts a range of well-appointed guest rooms with spectacular views, plus an on-site restaurant and fitness centre with 25-metre pool.
Enjoy an indulgent meal at Seasalt Restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, renowned for its fresh seafood and dishes prepared from fresh local produce. You can relax in the hotel bar and watch the sunset over Newcastle harbour.
Crowne Plaza Newcastle is just a 25-minute taxi ride from Newcastle Airport and only 800 metres away from Newcastle’s beaches.
3. Noosa, Qld
This Sunshine Coast holiday hot spot is a heavy hitter when it comes to enticing well-heeled escape artists to its sunny, cafe-lined shores. It’s a relatively short drive from Brisbane and there are direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne. But such popularity comes at a price and a summer weekend within coo-ee of Hastings Street doesn’t come cheap. Take a few days off midweek and head north in early autumn for great deals, less traffic snarls and sea water that’s still delightfully warm.
Where to stay: The Rise Noosa
The Rise Noosa offers luxury open-plan apartments with spacious furnished balconies, just 400 metres from Noosa Main Beach. Facilities include a 20-metre heated infinity-edge swimming pool with spa pool.
The shops, cafes and restaurants of Hastings Street are only 400 metres from The Rise Noosa Accommodation.
The architects have used wood, stone and corrugated iron to create a distinctive exterior that is sympathetic to the native surroundings, incorporating nature-inspired ponds and waterfalls.
4. Margaret River, WA
The town of Margaret River in WA’s south-west, around three hours’ drive from Perth, is justifiably famous for its food and wine, but it has a wilder side that not that many people know about. Home to some of the finest – and tallest – karri forests in the country, an extensive limestone cave system, a string of spectacularly good surfing beaches and some fantastic coastal walking trails, you can spend three days here without going anywhere near a restaurant or winery. But you’d be mad not to.
Where to stay: Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River
The Moon Restaurant serves fresh Australian cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. Private dining among olive trees with views of the Indian Ocean can also be arranged. Guests can enjoy a selection of regional wines and relax at the poolside bar.
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