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Heads up holidaymakers, Australia Day falls on a Saturday this year, so you're looking a pretty sweet three-day weekend ahead of you without even trying. Or having to sacrifice any annual leave.
This calls for a getaway.
Yeah, you know where we're going with this. To help you celebrate Australia’s national day in style, we've come up with a guide to some of the best long weekend destinations in Australia you can take this year.
Image: Visit Canberra
Canberra comes alive on Australia Day with all your standard celebrations and more. This includes the flag raising and citizenship ceremonies as well as an Australia Day in the Park festival and fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin at night.
Hip cafes, boutique shops and a walkable city centre make Melbourne the ideal destination for a short getaway. Wherever you turn on Australia Day, celebrations with be rife with parades, concerts and fireworks to highlight the day.
It's one of those escapes that you can cover in anything from a few days to a few weeks. If you've saved yourself four, why not rent a car and road trip your way around this picturesque island?
Be sure to stay in Hobart on Australia Day though as its local beach Kingston hosts a great event which includes an iconic inflatable thong race – something that other Australian cities have stopped doing.
Family-friendly activities fill the island from December to January so if you're taking the brood out for a long one this weekend, you'll not be short on activities.
That's not to say that couples or sunseekers can't enjoy Hamilton on their own. With plenty of activities and private bungalows at your fingertips, you're sure to find exactly what you need to unwind on Hamilton Island.
Sydney goes off with a bang on Australia Day with a fantastic 15-minute pyrotechnics display. Traditionally over Darling Harbour, the city of Sydney now celebrates the day at Circular Quay. See our Australia Day Sydney guide for all the best vantage points.
During the day there are more celebrations than you can poke a stick at including a concert at the Sydney Opera House and a ferrython race through Sydney Harbour. With three days, you can sightsee the city and then some, making it an ideal destination for a long weekend – especially if you've never made the trip before.
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