Short Trips for the Long Weekend

The October long weekend is one of our favourite times to holiday. It’s not as cold or windy as the June long weekend, and it lacks the heat and the crowds of the summer holidays. More importantly, it’s a wonderful time of year for both red and white Australian wine; making it the perfect time of year for any kind of escape.

If you think that you’ve left it too late to get away, don’t panic; we’ve collated some of our favourite short trips from all over Australia. So whether you fancy an easy drive, or a short flight, you’re bound to find the perfect escape here.

Tamborine Mountain, Queensland

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If you’ve never been to Tamborine Mountain, then quickly make the time to do so. At just over an hour South of Brisbane, Tamborine Mountain is nestled high in the hills of the temperate, Gold Coast Hinterland.

We definitely recommend the rainforest skywalk; but Tamborine Village is filled with cozy, country pubs; cute cottages; and more trendy eateries and cafes than you can fit into a long weekend. So whatever kind of holiday you need, Tamborine Mountain has everything you could need for a short escape.

Jervis Bay, New South Wales

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Some say that Jervis Bay has the whitest sand the world, and if you get the chance to explore some of the sheltered coves and beaches in the bay – you’ll see why.

Even though Jervis Bay is worth a drive just to see the dolphins playing out by the heads and explore the gum forests of Booderee National Park; we implore you to go and check out Paperbark Camp.

The camp opened in 1998, and has since become a staple for couples looking to escape Sydney, Canberra and beyond. Guests stay in lofty, canvas tents with bush showers and private spas; which are all hidden in the surrounding bushland.

Now many places offer the glamping experience, but trust us; there’s nothing like Paperbark Camp.

Lorne, Victoria

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If you don’t plan on sticking around in Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final, then pack the car and drive two hours along the coast to Lorne.

Originally a sleepy fishing village on the Great Ocean Road, Lorne is now home to a sumptuous myriad of fine eateries, bars and cafes. We recommend getting a room at the Cumberland Resort, as it’s in the middle of everything, and close to our favourite restaurant, Nino (who have a fantastic wine list).

So whether you plan on soaking up the sun, or just relaxing with a glass of your favourite Australian wine, Lorne is the perfect place to relax.

Jenolan Caves, New South Wales

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Now that the worst of Winter has passed, Jenolan Caves is a stunning place to visit. Whether you fancy exploring the actual caves, taking in a bushwalk throughout the surrounding wilderness, or just enjoying a candle-lit dinner for two; Jenolan Caves is a truly unique destination for relaxation. 

The Eden Valley, South Australia

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Only a few hours drive from Adelaide, lies one of Australia’s best kept secrets; The Eden Valley Wine Country.

Okay, so we’re a little biased, as that’s where we grow our award-winning Millon Estate Wines; but there’s a reason they named this place after paradise.

From the hectares of vines, to the stunning eateries and village stores; Eden Valley is the perfect place to while-away a weekend and relax.

Just remember, the same altitude that lets us grow our award-winning wines does mean that The Eden Valley has a cool climate – so pack warm.

Roberta Marchesini