Cheap Weekend Getaways: Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and more

Stephanie Yip 13 July 2017

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We round up the best last-minute weekend breaks you can hop onto on the fly.

For most Aussies, the school holidays are coming to a close, but the Christmas in July celebrations are only just heating up. With our ear constantly to the ground in search of cheap travel deals, we’ve found the best last-minute breaks for you to spend a wintery July weekend away that won’t break the bank.

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$99: One-night stay for two at Melbourne Mercure Albert Park

Whether you’re searching for a staycation in another part of Melbourne or have your heart set on a short weekend away to the cultural mecca that is Melbourne, Mercure has you covered for less than $100.

Standard king rooms start at $99, but you have the option to splash the cash and upgrade to a privilege king room and add in a buffet breakfast for a little bit more.

Book by: ASAP
Travel dates: Until 30 September 2017
Anything else I need to know? Check in by 2pm, check out by 11am. Booking guarantee ensures if you do not get your preferred booking dates within seven days of purchase, you will receive a refund. At the time of writing, weekend dates in July were available for Melbourne Mercure Albert Park.
Book: One-night stay for two at Melbourne Mercure Albert Park


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$119: 4.5-star boutique stay at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane

Until 23 September, the Hotel Grand Chancellor has overnight superior king rooms at over 40% off. Rooms cater for two people and there’s an option to include breakfast for an extra $30.

An extra bed/guest can be included at a surcharge of $40 per person.

Book by: 23 September 2017
Travel dates: Up until 2 December 2017
Anything else I need to know? Blackout periods include 12 July, 20 and 21 October, 23 to 27 November and 2 December.
Book: 4.5-star boutique stay in Brisbane


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$149: Overnight or two-night stay at 4-star Sage Hotel in Wollongong

Take a well-deserved trip to the "gong" for a night or two and get away from it all. The Sage Hotel is located minutes from the beach and is a short drive to Lake Illawara.

Overnight stays start at $149 for a queen or twin room. Two-night stays are $269 for queen or twin rooms.

Book by: 30 September 2017
Travel dates: 13 June to 30 September, excludes 22-25 September
Anything else I need to know? Package includes daily breakfast for two, bottle of wine on arrival, late check-out, free Wi-Fi and free local calls.
Book: Overnight or two-night stay at Sage Hotel Wollongong


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$149: One- or two-night escape at the Seasons Harbour Plaza Sydney

Take that staycation this weekend and book yourself a room in the heart of Sydney.

This 4-star hotel is situated on the doorstep of Darling Harbour and is a stone's throw away from Sydney's wealth of winter activities, including Christmas in July cruises and ice-skating rinks at St Mary's Cathedral.

Book by: ASAP
Travel dates: No end date
Anything else I need to know? Stays start at $149 for a one-night stay for two in a deluxe bedroom apartment. Other options include one-night stays in the premier bedroom apartment ($159) and two-night stays in the premier bedroom apartment ($279).
Book: One- or two-night escape at the Seasons Harbour Plaza Sydney


Each week, Cheap Weekend Getaways lets you know about the last-minute stays and holidays you can book for the upcoming weekend. All hotels and holidays are available to book over the weekend at the time of writing.

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