Expedia.com.au recommends Australia’s best long weekend destinations

On May 26, 2010 at 09:41 PM

weekendgetaway.jpeg According to recent research from Expedia.com.auTM, operated by Expedia. Inc., the world’s largest online travel company, 86 per cent of Australians will take at least one short break holiday in 2010. And with the majority of Australians (63 per cent) defining a short break as anywhere between two and four nights, what better way to do it than to add a day or two around a weekend and escape for a well-deserved weekend break.

Australians are spoilt for choice with beaches, bush, wine regions and cities all easily accessible for a two-, three- or four-night stay. To help you on your way, Expedia.com.au has compiled a collection of Australian destinations perfect for a long weekend break. And with Expedia’s easy to use website, it’s never been easier to consider your options and find inspiration for a weekend away on its short breaks page.  

Expedia.com.au’s Top Ten Long Weekend Destinations:

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Stunning scenery, combined with fabulous food and nights curled up by the fireplace make the Blue Mountains the perfect long weekend getaway. Within two hours’ drive of Sydney, the Blue Mountains area is a paradise for nature lovers and for those who love the finer things in life. Time will fly as you explore the local art galleries and national parks or pamper yourself at one of the many luxurious day spas.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 5*Lilianfels Blue Mountains in Katoomba for a really special experience. Expedia.com.au is currently offering a stay three nights and save 15% deal. Prices start at $264 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at Lilianfels Blue Mountains or call 13 38 10.

Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne is the quintessential city break destination. As well as outstanding shopping, Melbourne has an exciting live music scene, and a passion for first-class food, wine and coffee. Melbourne is also known as the cultural capital of Australia, hosting events such as the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Expedia.com.au’s Melbourne Travel Guide recommends staying at the 4.5* Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne. Prices start at $126 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne or call 13 38 10.

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Noosa, Queensland

Noosa is the Sunshine Coast’s premier beach resort. The town’s calling card, aside from its white sandy beaches, is Hastings Street, the main strip which offers visitors outstanding shopping and dining options. The famous Eumundi Markets, held under the shade of the massive ancient fig trees in the Noosa hinterland, offers a great change of pace for a few hours.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 5* Sheraton Noosa Resort. Prices start at $239 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at the Sheraton Noosa Resort or call 13 38 10.

Port Douglas, Queensland

With its unique laid-back atmosphere, Port Douglas is the perfect place for those looking to escape the chilly winter months and soak up some sun. One hour’s drive from Cairns, Port Douglas boasts world-class restaurants that will have your mouth watering, whilst offering an ideal base to explore the 'Reef and Rainforest Coast', a spectacular 200km stretch of Coral Sea coastline that includes the World Heritage rainforest areas of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 4* Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas. Prices start at $119 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at Rydges Sabaya Resort Port Douglas or call 13 38 10.

Barossa Valley, South Australia

The Barossa’s expansive, rolling hills are dotted with pristine vineyards that have been producing world-class wines for the past 150 years. Around an hour’s drive from Adelaide, you come to the Barossa for an unbeatable Australian wine and gastronomic experience. There are four main communities and many tiny hamlets where you can explore the art galleries, antique shops and boutiques. On Saturdays, Angaston hosts the Farmers Market where you can taste some of the magnificent local produce.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 4.5* Novotel Barossa Valley Resort.  Prices start at $209 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at the Novotel Barossa Valley resort or call 13 38 10.

Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Launceston provides the perfect base to visit the picturesque Tamar Valley and its numerous natural attractions including the Cataract Gorge and the Tamar Valley Wine Route, which has over 20 cellar doors to visit. There are also numerous antique and art shops to explore along the way.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 4.5* Mercure Hotel Launceston. Prices start at $149 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at the Mercure Hotel Launceston or call 13 38 10.

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

The Mornington Peninsula coastline reminiscent of the Mediterranean, is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne and has long been a favourite beachside destination. Idyllic beaches, first-class golf courses, gourmet food and outstanding wineries make the Mornington Peninsula an unbeatable long weekend destination. The only challenge will be deciding whether to stay in the hinterland or in a small coastal village.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 4* Woodman Estate. Prices start at $350 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at Best Western Brooklands of Mornington or call 13 38 10.

Sydney, New South Wales

Taking a ferry trip across the world-famous Sydney Harbour, it is hard not to pinch yourself as you gaze up to the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Sydneysiders are a lively and outdoorsy bunch, and the best place to soak up the atmosphere is somewhere by the water. If you don’t feel like taking a dip, you can always people watch from one of the many excellent beach-side cafes and bars.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 5* Westin Sydney right in the heart of Sydney. Prices start at $145 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at the Westin Sydney or call 13 38 10.

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Margaret River, Western Australia

The Margaret River region, renowned for its wineries, is a relaxed three-hour drive south of Perth, Western Australia’s capital city. What you will discover whilst exploring the region is that there is more to the Margaret River than fantastic food, wine and luxury accommodation. The area features brilliant beaches and stunning forests that have you marveling at the beauty of nature. Don’t miss the historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse just south of Augusta and situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 4.5* Quay West Resort Bunker Bay. Prices start at $299 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at the Quay West Resort Bunker Bay or call 13 38 10.

Broome, Western Australia

Broome, located in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia, was once one of the world’s great pearling ports. The town has a unique culture, heavily influenced by Asian communities which came to find their fortune years ago. Guests can still tour pearl farms or browse the world-class pearl jewellery studios. Cable Beach, with its white sandy beach, is Broome’s best beach. A camel ride at sunset along the white sand is a must for anyone visiting Broome. 

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the 4.5* Broome Sanctuary Resort. Prices start at $340 per room per night. Visit Expedia.com.au to book a stay at the Broome Sanctuary Resort or call 13 38 10.

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