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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

Store Discount Expiration Description Last verified Redeem
New Zealand flights from $266 return Valid select dates June 2017 - September 2017, dates vary by route. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. Sample fares include Gold Coast-Auckland for $266 return, Launceston-Auckland for $291.

Last verified 1 Jun 2017

Flights to Auckland from $175 return Sample fare from Melbourne to Auckland $175 return. Valid for travel from 1 June to 30 September. T&C's apply.

Last verified 5 May 2017

Hong Kong from $504 return with Philippine Airlines Valid select days in May and June. Sample fares include Sydney-Hong Kong for $512 return and Melbourne-Hong Kong for $529 return.

Last verified 6 Mar 2017

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$25 off every night + free breakfast

Deal expires 20 Aug 2017

Valid for stays until 31 October 2017 in select hotels across Australia. T&C's apply.

Last verified 22 Jun 2017

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Up to 30% off at Treasure Island Las Vegas

Deal expires 28 Aug 2017

Valid until 30 June 2018. T&Cs apply.

Last verified 15 Jun 2017

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Up to 45% off hotels in Australia and worldwide

Deal expires 3 Jul 2017

Valid on select hotels in Australia and around the world, plus discounts on flights, car hire, activities and more.

Last verified 11 Jun 2017

5 Star Novotel Resort and Spa at Kata Beach, Phuket from $703 per couple for 8 Nights

Deal expires 30 Jun 2017

Stay at $88 per night. Available stay dates from 12th June - 20th June 2018. Conditions Apply

Last verified 8 Jun 2017

Up to 68% off travel deals and escapes

Deal expires 30 Jun 2017

Valid on select packages within Australia and to Europe, Asia, Middle East and New Zealand. Sample savings includes a Nelson Bay stay for $299 (Valued at $938 at 68% off) and a Hunter Valley getaway for $249 (Valued at $700 at 64% off).

Last verified 5 Jun 2017

Save up to 30% on our best available rates

Deal expires 29 Aug 2017

Save upto 30% on your stay at any of 80+ hotels and resorts across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Valid for stays with 2 nights minimum from 1st June to 31st August 2017. Receive a complimentary $20 voucher to spend in the hotel's restaurant(s). Conditions Apply

Last verified 30 May 2017

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Save up to 40% on hotels in Australia Get up to 40% with these Flaming Hot Deals at Wotif. They're constantly updated, so get in quick!

Last verified 24 May 2017

$25 off each night + free breakfast

Deal expires 31 Oct 2017

Valid for stays from 1 June - 31 October 2017. Select NSW and ACT properties.

Last verified 24 May 2017

Cheap hotels across Australia Destination includes Sydney, Queenstown, Gold Coast, Brisbane and more.

Last verified 5 May 2017

Last-minute hotel deals in Australia Save on your next hotel stay with a last-minute special from Webjet

Last verified 28 Apr 2017


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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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

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

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?

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 a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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