It’s almost that time of year again, where we replace the five food groups with a steady intake of hot cross buns, booze and chocolate – it doesn’t count if they’re mini eggs, right? But most importantly for Aussies, it’s a time to revel in the excitement of a four day weekend! For many, this entails grabbing the fam or significant other, packing the bags and heading off on the mini getaway that you’ve been counting down to for the last few weeks (or months!). For those less organised few, the sudden realisation that the Easter Long Weekend is creeping up faster than expected and the prospect of sitting home alone eating your weight in chocolate is fast becoming a reality – it’s enough to send anyone into a panic! But fear not, we’ve got you covered with some of our favourite last-minute getaway spots.

QLD

One of our top go-to destinations for a super luxe getaway is the always glam, Noosa. Whether you’re a beach bum or a shopaholic, Noosa has enough sandy beaches, designer shops and boutique bars to make your weekend away one to remember. The best part? You don’t have to venture too far to find everything you need. Pound the pavement on Hastings Street and treat yourself to a luxe designer piece or local treasure, visit the Noosa Regional Gallery and immerse yourself in local contemporary art, hit the beach for a day of fun in the sun, take the kids go-karting on the longest commercial track, or dust off the leggings and head to Laguna Lookout for panoramic views – just don’t forget the camera! Whatever you fancy, Noosa won’t disappoint for a last minute escape.

WHERE TO STAY


Sebel Noosa

Offering a range of accommodation options, from one bedroom apartments to deluxe two bedroom apartments, each room comes complete with a separate dining area, kitchen and even a spa!

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WA

When it comes to casual weekenders, it’s no secret that West Aussies have it down pat, which unfortunately means that unless you booked a year in advance, any hope of a last minute trip to Margaret River or Esperance is probably off the cards – sorry slow pokes! Luckily, nestled perfectly in-between is the charming little town of Albany. With white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and a variety of delicious restaurants and bars, not to mention some of the most amazing sightseeing opportunities in W.A., it’s a wonder you haven’t booked a trip sooner. Get up close and personal with nature on a hike through any one of the many National Parks or soak up the last of the summer rays with a day spent relaxing on the secluded Lowlands Bay Beach. Whatever you’re after, Albany is our pick for a weekend well spent – seriously, what are you waiting for!

WHERE TO STAY


Emu Point Motel

For a no-fuss stay just minutes from the CBD, this motel offers onsite parking, plenty of BBQ facilities and comfortable rooms complete with a kitchenette and lounge area. Perfect for families!

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NSW

When it comes to ditching the hustle and bustle for something a little less chaotic, it doesn’t get much better than a sneaky road trip to the Hunter Valley Wine Region. Located an hour west of Newcastle, and with more wineries than you can poke a straw at (see what we did there?) it’s an obvious pick because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to spend their weekend wining and dining? From the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop to the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, the artisan chocolates at Cocoa Nib and the famous Hunter Valley Gardens, there is just so much to see, do and EAT! This one’s not just for the NSW locals either, with daily flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and more, anyone can get in on the action.

WHERE TO STAY


H Boutique Hotel

For all those home away from home feels, this hotel in the heart of Pokolbin ensures easy access to the best that the food and wine region has to offer!

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TAS

Whether you’re glamping, roughing it or going all out, the Apple Isle is perfect for a weekend getaway. There’s a good chance that the Easter Long Weekend may bring a few showers, but if you ask us, there is nothing we’d rather be doing on a rainy afternoon than getting pampered at a day spa before making our way to dinner for a delicious night out – Fico Restaurant is our pick! If you’re looking to fill your days with something other than restaurant-hopping, be sure to squeeze in a bit of culture with a trip to MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, or wander through the iconic Salamanca Market, treat the kids to a day out at the zoo or have an Easter egg hunt at The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – we know the big kids will love that too! Feeling like a road trip? Launceston is a 2.5 hour drive from Hobart, with Cradle Mountain just over another 2 hours from there, so if you’re keen for an adventure, Tassie is where you need to be!

WHERE TO STAY


Wrest Point Hotel

Just minutes from the Hobart CBD, this waterfront hotel offers guests the chance to soak up unbeatable mountain or water views. There are also a variety of bars and restaurants on offer, as well as a boutique casino if you’re feeling lucky!

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SA

Whilst those hailing from Adelaide are busy planning their escape route out for the long weekend, the rest of us are busy making a last minute beeline for the Southern state, and there has never been a better time to pack a bag and head for this little gem! We’re all about variety and what better way to see Adelaide than with a day trip (or two) to the Barossa Valley. Known for producing robust reds, a visit to one of the many wineries is sure to be a fun and fruity day. And whilst you could easily spend your entire getaway sipping your way through the vines, the Feast on Foot Tour also comes highly recommended for all those avid foodies. Need to work off that last drop or bite? Hire a bike and pedal your way around the city – don’t worry, it’s mostly flat! Travelling with the family? Catch the tram to Glenelg Beach for a day of fun in the sun, or head to the outdoor Rundle Mall and give the credit card a workout!

WHERE TO STAY


InterContinental Adelaide

Located on the banks of the River Torrens, this luxurious hotel features stylish furnishings, city views and a variety of eateries, with each suite and room boasting a marble bathroom complete with separate bathtub and walk-in shower.

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