By Leigh O’Connor.
Travel is therapy for many of us – a therapy that we have been deprived of during the past eventful 12 months.
With Easter on the horizon and international travel off the table, there’s no better place to go to chill out than our own backyard. Fill your life with adventures, not things; have stories to tell, not stuff to show.
Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets…here are seven of our choices to spend an Easter to remember:
Experience local wildlife at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village.
Experience natural wilderness without compromising comfort at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, nestled in a secluded bush setting in Cradle Valley on the edge of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Relax in a hub of native plants and wildlife in private, cosy self-contained cottages, which have been carefully sited in the bushland.
After a day spent exploring the best of what Cradle Mountain has to offer, finish your adventure by sitting back and relaxing at onsite Hellyers Restaurant. This stylish restaurant serves some of the best local produce on offer alongside Tasmania’s finest beverages, in rustic surrounds of a stacked stone fireplace, wooden beamed ceilings, comfy booths and intimate tables for two
Stunning Sydney views at Four Seasons Hotel.
For an all-encompassing and luxurious getaway head to Four Seasons Hotel on George Street in Sydney. Stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, this vibrant and elegant hotel delivers an unforgettable five-star experience from deluxe city rooms to premier rooms with harbour views, an onsite spa and restaurant.
Explore all the city’s highlights just footsteps away, from bustling Circular Quay to vibrant business, dining, entertainment and shopping districts – before returning for a skincare and aromatherapy treatment, or swim in the heated outdoor pool. This hotel is ideal for all occasions, whether a romantic getaway, family holiday or business meeting; what are you waiting for?
Revel in natural beauty and animals roaming freely at The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo.
Revel in the natural beauty of bushland and step into a lush sanctuary, where animals roam freely at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo in Mosman. Nestled among the zoo’s landscape, thoughtfully curated designer rooms allow you to wake up and come eye-to-eye with the wildlife, alongside stunning Sydney Harbour views.
This eco-retreat embodies Taronga’s commitment to securing a shared future for wildlife and people, with options including accommodation, breakfast, animal tours, complimentary zoo access and exclusive dining at onsite restaurant Me-Gal.
Fun-filled family times await at North Star Holiday Resort.
For a fun-filled family holiday, visit the multi-award-winning North Star Holiday Resort on Tweed Coast Road in Hastings Point. Located only metres from the beach, choose an accommodation style to suit your needs, whether a luxury pool-side villa, spacious self-contained family cabin, caravan, or campsite and make the most of all the activities on offer.
Tennis courts, a games room, playground, kids’ club and water park will keep the kids entertained, while parents chill out in the leisure centre with massages and beauty treatments, unwind in the spa and sauna, or work out in the gym. Onsite eatery Ripples Licensed Café provides nourishment for all the family from pasta dishes to burgers, salads and seafood.
Blissful getaways can be found at Bali Hai in the Mossman Valley.
Yearning for a Bali-style break on home soil? Head to Bali Hai in the magnificent Mossman Valley, just a short drive from Port Douglas. This thoughtfully designed retreat offers a blissful getaway among tranquil rainforest surrounds – life here is about defining luxury, from the stunning wet edge pool to looking out to the Daintree Mountains, with not a soul to disturb your peace and privacy.
Sleeping up to 8 guests, this unique accommodation offers three ensuited bedrooms in separate thatched bures, along with all mod cons, including sunken baths, a state-of-the-art kitchen and entertainment system. Day excursions can be arranged to explore the region, or stay in and spoil yourself with a range of indulgent spa treatments.
Bring your fur baby along to Zagame’s House in Carlton.
Can’t bear to leave your fur baby behind over Easter? Never fear, Zagame’s House on Lygon Street in Carlton is happy for you to bring your pooch along and enjoy the best of modern interior design and luxurious amenities. A unique hotel experience with a quintessential Melbourne neighbourhood feel awaits - from the art to the menu, every centimetre of this hotel has been designed to inspire.
Dive into the wine list, work out in the gym, or take Freya the rental Fiat for a spin around the city; choose from one of five rooms available and unwind thanks to sound proofing, or rev up with your in-room Bluetooth speaker. When the urge arises stop by onsite Lord Lygon Wine Shop & Bar for a top drop, small bite or charcuterie board pairing.
Find serenity in the natural forest at The Bower on Broulee.
For a romantic and absolutely private getaway from the ‘rat race’ head to The Bower on Broulee on George Bass Drive and indulge in a couple’s retreat like no other. This NSW South Coast escape allows you to find serenity in a natural forest, while relaxing in Ultimate Spa Bower, or for something different check out the Bambino American Airsteam travel trailer.
Located just 1km from the blue Pacific Ocean of Broulee Beach, listen to the birds as you chill out alfresco; or take a walk through pristine rainforest in nearby parks. Each Premium Spa Bower is equipped with piped music into the bathroom, King beds, flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, bathrobes, slippers and eye masks, along with a covered private BBQ deck.
Wherever you go…go with all your heart. For more Australian accommodation destinations, click here.