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Last minute June long weekend escapes from Sydney

When is the June long weekend? 10-12 June 2017.

That’s right. It’s SOON and you've planned NOTHING. ZERO. NADA. Crap. And then you ask: What can I do over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend? And the answer is: plenty. It’s true. Some of us never learn our lesson. We get so caught up in planning who we’re going to see and where we’re going to go over the Easter break that by the time it’s over, we’ve forgotten there’s another public holiday just around the corner. Oops. (Followed by a joyous “yay!”) It’s at this point you find yourself wondering how you’re going to spend it. The questions roll around in your head: how can I make the most of my three-day break? Is there anything even open on the holiday Monday? Is it TOO LATE to book an escape with my other half? Never.

Best travel deals for the June long weekend

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New York City flights from $925 return

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Valid select dates in May and June. Sample fare is from Melbourne.

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New York flights from $959 return

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Valid for travel from January - June 2018 with China Southern. Sample fare is from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

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London flights from $999 return

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Valid for travel from January - June 2018 with Emirates or Royal Brunei. Sample fare is Melbourne-London.

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Bali flights from $158 return

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Valid select dates February 2018 - June 2018. Sample fare is from Darwin-Bali.

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New York flights from $930 return

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Valid for travel from 2-29 June 2018. Sample fare is Sydney-New York. Also departs from other cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and more.

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Vancouver flights from $899 return

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Valid for travel from March - June 2018 with Air China. Includes in-flight meals and checked baggage. Sample fare is from Melbourne.

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Santiago flights from $1,049 return with Qantas

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Valid for travel from 1 May - 20 June 2018 and 15 July - 15 September 2018. Sample fare is from Melbourne.

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Asia flights from $689 return with Singapore Airlines

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Valid for travel select dates April 2018 - June 2018. Destinations include Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Phuket.

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Up to 15% off flights with code

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Valid on flights booked at least 20 days in advance. Valid on domestic, trans-Tasman (New Zealand), and long/short-haul international.

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$35 off international return flights with Vietnam Airlines

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Valid on all travel dates. Voucher code can only be used once. Valid on all international return flights departing Australia. Excludes Trans-Tasman and domestic bookings.

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Up to 50% off + Extra 15% with code

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Valid on select products across Australia including sightseeing cruises, getaways, food and drink, scenic flights, hot air ballooning and more. Minimum spend of $200 required for extra discount.

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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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$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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Extra 5% off stays

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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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How to decide what to do over the long-weekend

No brainer, really. We give you options, you choose which one suits you best. Remember, there’s always the option to stay at home, catch up with family, clean the house, do some admin… you’re right. It’s a freaking THREE-DAY WEEKEND! You’re not spending it like every other weekend. You’ve got to make the most of this baby because (trying to break it to you nicely here) unless you’re American and are celebrating your Independence or fake a sick at work, you won’t get another “day off” until October. Don’t Google it. It’ll only make you cry. The way we see it, you have three options:

  • Staycation: Stay in Sydney, but spend the evening away from home. This way you can feel like you’re indulging in an escape without having to think about all those niggling travelling details. You’ll also get a nice turndown service in the morning.
  • Country escape: Get out of the city and leave all remnants of your working life behind. Spend the weekend somewhere within driving distance, but outside of the ordinary. At least an hour away from home should do the trick.
  • City hop: Hop to the next major city and go nuts. Remember: Melbourne is just over an hour away by plane.

Our guide to Sydney staycations

Staycations are great for relaxing and re-energising yourself. For those with a limited time off and a small budget, they can make you feel special and pampered in just one evening. Don’t let that stop you from spending three nights away from home, however.


Sydney hotels that still have rooms for the June long weekend

Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney
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Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
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Pier One
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Make the most of your staycation by sleeping in, ordering breakfast in bed, treating yourself to one of the hotel’s spa packages, and leaving all your towels on the floor. For funsies. If you feel like venturing out after all that, why not try one of these activities?


Sydney activities available on public holiday Monday

Vivid Festival Cruise
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Sydney Combination 5 Pass
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Helicopter Scenic Flight for 2, 20 minutes
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Our guide to Sydney country escapes

There are plenty of beautiful cities you can drive to within a few hours of Sydney that have such a changed landscape you’ll think you’ve stepped into another world. Head north and you’ll find yourself up near the Central Coast or even the Hunter Valley. Head south, and you could be in Wollongong. Head west and you could spend a night or two in the Blue Mountains. Completely up to you. To whet your appetite, here are a couple of hotels that just happen to still have availabilities over the long weekend.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a beautiful place to visit for even a night away. It's far enough away from the city to feel as though you're out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to be able to take a relaxing drive out.

Value Suites Penrith
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Leura Gardens
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Ingenia Holidays Nepean River
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Our top three things to do in the Blue Mountains

Segway Tour of the Blue Mountains
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Horse Riding and Cellar Door Tour
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Jenolan Caves Plughole Caving Experience
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The Hunter Valley

Love a good wine? The Hunter Valley is one of Sydney's most accessible wine regions and has some of Australia's best tipples.

Segenhoe Inn Luxury Boutique Hotel
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Cam-Way Estate, Pokolbin
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Cottages on Lovedale
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Our top three things to do in the Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Winery Tour
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Hunter Valley Helicopter Scenic Flight + Picnic f...
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Hot Air Ballooning in the Hunter Valley
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Byron Bay

From the lighthouse to the pubs, there's more to Byron Bay than meets the eye. Why not discover it this weekend?

Bayshore Bungalows
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BreakFree Eco Beach
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Lennox Beach Resort
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Our top three things to do in Byron

Learn to Fly Trapeze
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Learn to surf in Byron Bay
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Skydiving Byron Bay
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Central Coast

Whether you're driving or taking the train up to the Central Coast, it's not as far as you think. Catch it on a warm day and you know where you'll be spending every waking hour. (Hint: it's on the beach.)

Crowne Plaza Terrigal
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Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments
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Pullman Magenta Shores Resort
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Our top things to do on the Central Coast

Learn to surf
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Tree Top crazy rider
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Skydiving over the beach Newcastle
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Wollongong

Down the Gong there's plenty to do. Start at the famous Buddhist temple and move your way into the city and its beach.

Quality Suites Pioneer Sands
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Sage Hotel Wollongong
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Rydges Campbelltown
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Our top three things to do in The Gong

Play Centre entry from $7 at Zoom Wollongong
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Two-hour Trampoline at Flip Out North Wollongong
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Self-guided Scavenger Hunt
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Our Guide to a Long Weekend in Canberra

With the kids in tow you can visit all number of museums like Questacon and the War Memorial, as well as the local zoo. Yes, Canberra has a zoo. Who knew, right?

City Escape with Dinner and Breakfast
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Burbury Hotel, Canberra
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QT Canberra
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Pavilion on Northbourne
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Our top three things to do in Canberra

60-minute flight simulator
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Hot air balloon flight
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Full-day games + 100 Paintballs
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Guide to city-hopping around Australia

With only three days to get thee to a city and explore it, our advice is to book in a package tour to get all the fine details sorted. Expedia has an amazing array of tours, including these three-day beauties.

Melbourne Flight + Hotel packages fr $281
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Brisbane Flight + Hotel packages fr $261
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Livingsocial Vacation Deals
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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. 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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