7 Aussie Weekend Getaways That Won't Break The Bank
2018 summer is almost here!
But as the longer days stretch out in front of us, we've got a fire in our belly to outdo the adventures that are so last year and fill our Instagram feeds with more FOMO-inspiring vacay pics than our friends can handle. You won't find us just lazying about on the beach!
Instead we've rounded up seven Aussie getaways that not only fit into a weekend, but are also sure to get you up, active and enjoying the sunshine safely - without breaking the bank.
So wherever you are across Australia this summer, if you went a little hard on your credit card over the silly season, we've got you covered in more ways than one.
1. If you live in NSW: Port Stephens
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Just two and a half hours drive from Sydney is Port Stephens, home to more than 30km of stunning white beaches, with endless activities to enjoy (without sacrificing your avo toast!)
Stock up on sunscreen cause you've got a massive weekend full of shredding the epic Stockton Beach sand dunes on quad bikes or sand boards, and hitting the icy blue waves for a snorkelling or surfing adventure.
2. If you live in QLD: The Scenic Rim
Want to get your Bear Grylls on without taking out a personal loan? Then Queensland's Scenic Rim is the Aussie getaway for you.
We know it's usually about the coast, but why not ditch the beach and take in a bird's eye view of the region's six national parks via hot air balloon (or hang glider for daredevils). Wet your whistle with a wine or beer tour, learn to cook, horse ride, rock climb, chase waterfalls and camp (or glamp, if you're feeling fancy).
3. If you live in VIC: Mornington Peninsula
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Melbourne you will find Mornington Peninsula, a deadset Victorian stunner that won't cost you an arm and a leg to visit this summer.
Of course all your usual summer activities (sailing, kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding) are available, but we recommend getting ~cultured~ at one of the many art galleries, finding your inner foodie at a farmer's market or cooking class, losing yourself in a hedge maze or hopping in a hot spring. The opportunites are ENDLESS.
4. If you live in TAS: Cockle Creek
If you're looking to go off the grid this summer, Tasmania's Cockle Creek will ensure you truly switch off and tune out.
The tiny settlement is located in the farthest point south one can drive in Australia and there are no shops or services (make sure to pack all your summer necessities!)
But with plenty to discover and endless serenity, make sure you go camping or mountain biking, explore abandoned tramways and visit the incredible Indigenous sites.
5. If you live in SA: Kangaroo Island
Fancy yourself an animal lover, but don't have the dollarydoos for a trip to the Amazon? Kangaroo Island should do the trick.
Just a cheap 30-minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island offers plenty when it comes to craft beer, wine, oysters and art festivals...but is also THE best place in Australia to see native wildlife up close.
Take a walk on the beach amongst colonies of sea lions, spot koalas, kangaroos and black swans, go on a whale-watching tour, swim with bottlenose dolphins, and visit a honey farm.
David Attenborough voice-over, optional.
6. If you live in NT: Alice Springs
Even city slickers need a break from the daily grind. That's why Alice Springs is the perfect Aussie getaway, without the price tag.
Watch the sunset (or rise) over the red rocks of Uluru, get lost in Aboriginal art galleries, marvel at the MacDonnell Ranges, trek the Larapinta Trail or get your lols on at the annual Henley-on-Todd Regatta "boat" race.
Either way, spending some time in the red heart of Australia will only do wonders for the soul.
7. If you live in WA: Kimberley
Fun Fact: the Kimberley is THREE times larger than England, but has a population of less than 40,000. Mind, blown.
If you're keen to see it to believe it, you've made a v. good choice, because it's utterly ~stunning~.
Stay in the unique El Questro Wilderness Park, see the iconic Bungle Bungles, relax in Lake Argyle's infinity pool and cruise the beautiful Buccaneer Archipelago.
Chase waterfalls, explore the coastline via 4WD (or camel ride) or splash out on a helicopter ride over the Kimberley's majestic gorges.
Holiday goals, complete.