There comes a time when the only thing that makes sense is stuffing your bag and living out your weekend to the fullest. Whether it’s splashing in the surf and basking in the sun over white sand, or losing yourself in a row of lavish spa treatments, Australia is full of fantastic girl getaway destinations. These fabulous ideas will definitely motivate you to pack your weekend bag more often. Here are my top five ideas for a girls’ getaway weekend in Australia.
Byron Bay – New South Wales
Combining carefree bohemian-style traditions with modern day cool, this essential getaway town has always been a melting pot of artisans, musicians, farmers, and craftsmen.
The whole region is brimming with amazing things to see, hear, and taste. The food is delightful, organic, wholesome and delicious. The scenery flows from legendary surf breaks to dazzling hinterlands, and the whole region is inlaid with natural beauty, history and spiritual folklore.
Balinese-inspired spa treatments that the resort is known for will leave all your senses reinvigorated, while long walks along the coasts will stoke your appetite for locally sourced dishes in charming 1900s cottages.
Daylesford – Victoria
Daylesford is a place where richness of mineral springs, stunning scenery and a plethora of health and rejuvenation venues melt into its unique and laid back character.
Indulge in magical healing powers of the local mineral waters, mingled in with the artist community or embark on a shopping spree with the girls. The exquisite dining options vary from five-star venues to charming and unique cafes. And after mind-cleansing Hepburn Bathhouse sessions, the only thing that comes to mind is a hearty meal overlooking enchanting lavender fields.
The diversity of the Daylesford region is the perfect setting where you can rediscover the harmony of both body and soul.
Port Douglas – Queensland
Know to travelers and hikers as the gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park, Port Douglas is the whole nine yards tropical getaway. It’s easy to disappear into its laid back vibe and balmy evenings, but the resort is also bursting with activity and unique things to see and do.
Refresh and revitalize exploring the amazing foodie scene or delve into the picture-perfect natural beauties of the region. In Port Douglas, you have a unique experience of dining under the canopy of the world’s most ancient rainforest. Its boutique stores, retail shops and markets make it a popular shopping destination that your girls will absolutely love. If you’re looking for an adventure, take a scenic helicopter tour for an unforgettable reef and rainforest experience. And if you haven’t enjoyed your breakfast in a cacophony of birds and kaleidoscope of colors, you haven’t experienced the true Queensland.
Cruise the Pacific Islands
Whether you’re in for lounging on an raised adult-only sun deck at the bow while the magnificent cruiser glides into the sunset, gulls cawing, or you’re in for a spa treatment with a full mani/pedi and Thai massage, a weekend cruise of Pacific Islands from Melbourne or Sydney is guaranteed to be the weekend you’ve expected for so long, and then some.
Be on the lookout for popular last minute cruises available from reputable cruise lines. These sampler cruises are perfect for relaxing single weekends as they are for girls celebrating. If you’re on board for the latter, prepare for sultry nights with a Mexican Fiesta Deck Party.
Tasmanian East Coast
For the girls looking for a completely different experience of the great Australian weekend escape, the east coast of Tasmania offers a full taste of spectacular landscapes, natural beauty, and awe-inspiring beaches.
The region is made for road tripping or hiking expeditions, with local wine cellars and gourmet inns at every turn. The unique blend of continental and oceanic landscapes and climate has provided a plethora of the most delicious experiences in breath-taking locations. Hire a camper and take the girls on the Great Eastern Drive, one of Australia’s longest road trip routes with stunning views, or head into the hinterlands for a gourmet picnic of the region’s mouth-watering produce, and let adventure find you.
Whichever route you take, keep in mind that sampling a glass of bubbles at sunset over Great Oyster Bay is hard to forget.
A good old girls’ weekend is an all-time bonding experience of pure joy and fun adventures. Finding the perfect spot to shoot off with your favorite Spotify sing-alongs and immerse in a relaxing weekend with your girls is not so easy. Sometimes the regular destinations lack the edge and glam of tailored girls’ retreats. These five Australian trips have everything, so you’ll feel like you’ve really got away from it all.