June Long Weekend Getaway Ideas in Australia

Where to go for a right royal three-day weekender over the Queen’s birthday long weekend.

The June long weekend a.k.a. The Queen’s birthday long weekend is on 10-12 June 2017 and it is the time to cash in on a trip away while the weather's still nice.

Yes folks, winter is coming.

With three days at your disposal and travel deals popping up all over the place, the only question is: “which trip should I choose?”

Here are a few three-day itineraries to get your imagination going:

Top June long weekend getaway ideas

1. Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Boasting an average of 245 days of sunshine, if the weather is looking bleak where you are, the Gold Coast is a choice location to brighten your long weekend.

We call this destination Australia’s playground because it has fun for everyone, from coastal relaxation and watersports to thrilling amusement park rides and market shopping.

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one: Relax on Gold Coast Beach
  • Day two: Have some fun at an amusement park (or two!)
  • Day three: Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland region

Browse flights to Gold Coast

June long weekend accommodation specials in Gold Coast

Broadbeach Holiday Apartments Hotels
Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast Hotels
Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort Hotels

2. Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Whether you’re flying direct from Sydney or Melbourne or driving up from Brisbane, there’s endless adventure waiting for you on the Sunshine Coast.

Choose to dive into the sea for a underwater adventure, stretch yourself across a beach and nab that last-minute summer tan or take in some of Australia’s most iconic structures - like the Big Pineapple.

Suggested itinerary:

  • Day one: Drive up to Noosa heads to swim, surf and/or paddle board
  • Day two: WalkCaloundra Coastal pathway
  • Day three: Have a close encounter at Australia Zoo

Browse flights to Sunshine Coast

June long weekend accommodation specials in Sunshine Coast

Beachfront Towers Hotels
Mantra French Quarter Noosa Hotels
Noosa Blue Resort Hotels

3. Coffs Coast

Coffs Coast

Approximately halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, Coffs Harbour is one of those coastal locations worthy of a road trip.

Once in town, the beauty of Australia’s flora and fauna opens up to you, with the Solitary Islands, Forest Sky Pier, Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden being just a few of the highlights that should not be missed.

Suggested itinerary:

  • Day one: Day trip up to the Solitary Islands
  • Day two: Bushwalk through a National Park (e.g. Dorrigo, Cascade, Bongil Bongil)
  • Day three: Soak up some rays on Coffs Harbour beach before heading home

Browse car hire to Coffs Coast

June long weekend accommodation specials in Coffs Harbour

Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort Hotels
Opal Cove Resort Hotels
Comfort Inn Big Windmill Hotels

4. Melbourne


Melbourne is one of those cities you can return to time and time again, so it’s great for a long-weekend away. In town you can bar hop, alternative shop or city walk the day away. If you want to take things beyond the city centre, why not use this as an excuse to tick the Great Ocean Road drive off your bucket list?

You know you want to.

Suggested itinerary:

  • Day one: Drive to Cape Otway and Twelve Apostles
  • Day two: Drive to Bay of Islands and return back to Melbourne
  • Day three: Spend a day in the city

Browse flights to Melbourne

June long weekend accommodation specials in Melbourne

Phoenix Apartments Lorne Hotels
Clarion Suites Gateway Hotels
Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra Hotels

5. Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

With the day off work and the kids (if you have any) off school, all the stars have aligned to take that great Australian pilgrimage to see one of our country’s top natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef.

Airlie Beach is your ideal base point as it’s the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast and offers tours, watersport activities and two white, sandy beaches.

Suggested itinerary:

  • Day one: Hire a sailboat (or go “bareboating”) along the coast
  • Day two: Book a cruise or sailing day tour
  • Day three: Explore the tropical rainforest by embarking on the Conway Circuit walking track

Browse flights to Whitsundays

June long weekend accommodation specials in Airlie Beach

Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Hotels
Toscana Village Resort Hotels
Marina Shores Hotels

6. Broome


Tired of going up and down the east coast of Australia in search of sun, sand and sea? Opt for an alternative route this long-weekend and head west for your getaway. Set amongst the backdrop of the Kimberley Region, Broome might just be the beach town resort you’ve been looking for. It’s beautiful beachfront is speckled with dazzling red rock that you can tour by camel.

Can’t say that about the Whitsundays now, can you?

Suggested itinerary:

  • Day one: Take time to explore the beach
  • Day two: Tour the Pinnacles and the Kimberley Region
  • Day three: Tour pearl farms and take a beach camel tour

Browse flights to Broome

June long weekend accommodation specials in Broome

Ramada Eco Beach Resort Hotels
Oaks Broome Hotels
Habitat Resort Broome Hotels

7. Sydney


If you’re more inclined toward big cities than big beaches, a trip to Sydney is a must. On top of its tourist hotspots like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, a number of festivals generally coincide with the Queen’s long weekend, including Vivid and Sydney Film Festival, which make for both a fun and full itinerary.

Suggested itinerary:

  • Day one: City highlights by day, Vivid by night
  • Day two: Day trip out to the Blue Mountains
  • Day three: Taronga Zoo (including its Vivid highlights)

Browse flights to Sydney

June long weekend accommodation specials in Sydney

Eva's Backpackers Hotels
QT Sydney Hotels
Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central Hotels

Top Queen’s birthday accommodation deals

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Up to 58% off Yarra Valley stay

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Valid for stays until 30 June 2018 at Forget Me Not Cottages. Includes wine, chocolates and breakfast. T&C's apply.

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50% off parking, free upgrade + more in Sydney

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Valid on all stay dates, including Christmas and New Year's, at Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour. Includes free upgrade to next room type, 50% off parking and two tickets to the Australian Museum including the Woolly Mammoth exhibit.

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Up to 20% off hotels across Australia: Early bird deal

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Valid for stays until 31 December 2017, including over Christmas. Conditions apply.

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Up to 25% off stays + extra 10% with code

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Valid on select dates at hotels across Australia. Code applicable for MyOaks members, membership is free. Destinations include Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and Port Stephens.

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$40 off hotel bookings

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Valid on stays worldwide until 30 June 2018. Includes Christmas and New Year's. Minimum spend of $360 required to get discount.

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7-nights at the Hard Rock Bali from $1,399

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Valid for stays until 30 June 2018. Also valid for Christmas holiday from 23 December 2017 - 5 January 2018 with surcharge. Includes breakfast, massage, transfers and more. T&C's apply.

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10% off stays in Australia and New Zealand Valid for My Oaks members. Membership is free and also entitles guests to late checkout and complimentary internet use. T&Cs apply.

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Extra 5% off stays

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Valid on stays worldwide until 30 June 2018.

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Luxe 5-night Port Douglas QT stay for $999

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Valid for stays until 28 June 2018 at QT Port Douglas including buffet breakfast plus food and spa credits.

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Stay 2 nights and save up to 25%

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Valid for stays until 30 December 2017 in Swiss Belhotel Brisbane, Australia. T&C's apply.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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