Australia is lucky to have a string of public holidays throughout the year, and for 2018, the Easter Holidays fall as soon as March. There’s no better time to take a break than over a public holiday, especially when it extends over a Friday and Monday, like it does this year. Why not use the extended break for a romantic getaway? Since you only have four full days to play with, keep the destination domestic and wallet-friendly with these five dreamy locations.
1. Noosa, NSW
Noosa is a beach lover’s dream, where you’ll be spoilt with sunshine and great food, thanks to the incredible produce that comes from the region. Hastings Street is particularly a culinary delight with a generous stretch of cafes and restaurants located parallel to the beach.
Spend your long weekend swimming or surfing, perusing the boutique shops or indulging in a unique spa experience. Nestled in the heart of the town is the recently refurbished 10 Hastings Street, where you can enjoy staying at a modern suite just minutes away from Noosa Heads Main Beach.
2. Phillip Island, VIC
Spending a lengthy time traveling for a short vacation is never ideal, which is what makes Phillip Island a perfect spot for those residing in Melbourne. Located just two hours from the city centre, Phillip Island is a picturesque destination for couples looking to unwind and chill out.
At the Ramada Resort the self-contained cottages are surrounded by beautiful bushland and the Koala Conservation Centre. If you enjoy wildlife you may be lucky enough to witness the penguin parade that happens on the beach at sunset. The resort also has a stunning pool, gym, sauna spa, tennis court, in addition to bicycle and walking trails – you’ll never get bored.
3. Magnetic Island, QLD
Escape north where the sun shines bright and autumn still feels like summer. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Magnetic Island and book yourself into the Grand Mercure, an exclusive 4-star beachfront resort located amidst a tropical oasis. The apartments are self-contained with a stylish outdoor balcony/terrace, large living area and four swimming pools including an infinity pool to choose from.
Venture out for mini day trips to explore Magnetic Island’s National Park, which holds the largest colony of koalas in Northern Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is also only a boat ride away, where you can marvel at the incredible coral reefs and marine life.
4. Busselton, WA
For couples looking for a touch of luxury without making a severe dent in the wallet, look to the pristine shores of Geographe Bay in Busselton. The Aqua Resort is a 5-star modern beachfront accommodation with stunning views of the bay. With direct access to the beach and to a host of local restaurants and wine bars, this is the ultimate getaway for couples who are looking for a well-deserved break. Nearby are the Margaret River vineyards, which makes for a perfect, romantic day trip to sample some of the best wines in Australia.
5. Cape Jervis, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
The southern tip of South Australia is a naturists’ splendour. Bathed in sprawling gum trees that meet the sea, visitors can expect a tranquil but active experience exploring the beautiful natural landmarks. Stay at the Cape Jervis Holiday Units, just minutes away from the SeaLink Ferry Terminal to the majestic Kangaroo Island. Spend a day touring the famous destination, tasting the fantastic produce and spotting the vast wildlife.
With so many exciting getaway options available within Australia, there’s something to suit every type of couple. Mini vacations aren’t meant to break the bank, so be sure to do your research and shop online before packing your bags and jetting off.
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