By Freya Ensbey.
For most of us the beginning of the year seems to get away on us, Easter is a time to slow down, re-group, relax and recharge for the next few months to come. Whether you’re a large family wanting an action packed holiday full of adventure and high energy, a couple seeking a little luxurious romance, single and needing some ‘me’ time or with a group of friends eager to make memories, taking a long weekend break is made easy with this list of inviting Easter weekend getaway options.
For those beach bunnies who love a holiday with sand between their toes, head to Adelaide Luxury Beach House. With absolute beachfront views set along Henley Beach and only a short 10 minute drive from the city centre, it’s no wonder the Beach House is a popular holiday destination year round. Offering accommodation to cater from two to eleven people, enjoy the ocean breeze from your balcony whilst you sip on a complimentary glass of sparkling Barossa Wine and chocolates.
For a fun family holiday, visit the award-winning BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort in Hastings Point, less than half an hour’s drive south from the Gold Coast Airport. Choose an accommodation style that suits your needs, whether a luxury poolside villa, spacious, self-contained family cabin, a caravan or simply a camp site and make the most of all the activities. The kids can wear themselves out to their heart’s content at the tennis court, the games room or splashing around in the water park, leaving the parents to enjoy the leisure centre with a massage and sauna.
Cockatoo Hill Retreat | QLD
Make like Tarzan and escape to the tree house style cabins at Cockatoo Hill Retreat, perched among the lush Daintree Rainforest between Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas. Awaken to the sound of birds as early morning mist rolls between the undulating hillsides in one of four secluded luxury lodges nestled in this World Heritage listed location. Awake to admire breath taking views stretching to the horizon of the Coral Sea and dive into the freshwater pool with a cascading waterfall and drop-off edge, working up an appetite for a tropical continental breakfast to start your day on the right foot.
Villa Howden | TAS
Enjoy the finer things in life with a weekend of charm and refinement at Villa Howden on the South East coast of Tasmania. Set amongst manicured cottage gardens, a sandstone guesthouse welcomes guests into a warm interior styled with tasteful décor and antique furnishings creating an air of elegance. The peace and privacy of Villa Howden allows anyone seeking a romantic getaway to bask in the tranquillity of this establishment. Guests can enjoy an included full breakfast before taking the time to wash any stress away in the indoor salt chlorinated pool or perhaps dabble on the grand piano in one of the many lounge areas, whilst the more adventurous travellers may spend the day exploring the length of the Huon Valley Trail.
Set just a short walk back from the kilometres of sandy shore and tropical blue water that make up Peppermint Grove Beach, is the ideal weekend getaway location Peppermint Grove Beach Holiday Park. Take the short 350 metre walk to the beach for a quick swim, before heading off for a four wheel driving experience along the beach, a captivating bush walk or bike ride along Tuart Drive or simply kick back and watch the native wildlife, enjoying the feeling of being truly connected to nature.
ParkSide Stay | VIC
Situated alongside leafy parklands, ParkSide Stay provides an elegantly furnished, pet friendly, self-contained apartment in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. Just 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, this boutique accommodation in Clifton Hill offers a great alternative to city hotels and perfect for that couple or family that want to explore the Melbourne, this Easter.
To experience Katherine’s raw beauty and untamed wilderness, opt for a stay at Cicada Lodge, nestled in bushland 300km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway. The Lodge offers sunset drinks and tapas on the pool deck and a choice of 18 eco-friendly lodges each with a private balcony and a mesmerising view out across distinct sandstone lands above the gorge. An ideal place for beginning a journey of exploration into Nitmiluk Gorge’s ancient landscapes, Cicada Lodge can organise a sunset dinner or Nit Nit Dreaming river cruises, Jawoyn rock art tours and even an adventurous waterhole swimming tour.
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