Last minute June long weekend escapes from Sydney

When is the June long weekend? 11–13 June 2016. 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?


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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.

First, you’ll have to consider your company. Will you be taking your better half away on a holiday? Or will you be travelling with mates? Think of how much money you’d like to spend over the three days, as this will make it easier to decide whether you’ll stay closer or further away from home.

Also, don’t forget about other people’s schedules. Some may not be able to leave on Friday evening, but will have to wait until Saturday morning to get going. Others may be able to take the Tuesday off and so be able to spend more days away. 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
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
Pier One
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
Helicopter Scenic Flight for 2, 20 minutes

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
Leura Gardens B&B Resort
Active Holidays BIG4 Nepean River

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 & Bed & Breakfast
Cam-Way Estate, Pokolbin
Cottages on Lovedale

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
BreakFree Eco Beach
Lennox Beach Resort

Our top three things to do in Byron

Learn to Fly Trapeze

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
Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments
Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

Our top things to do on the Central Coast

Learn to surf


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
Chifley Wollongong
Rydges Campbelltown

Our top three things to do in The Gong

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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
QT Canberra

Our top three things to do in Canberra

Soundbox Karaoke Bar
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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, and if you keep on Travel Factory, you can also snatch a deal package with accommodation, breakfast, and perhaps even flights. Check their newsletters for last-minute deals as they come. Otherwise, here are a few knocking about to inspire your three-day holiday away.

Melbourne Flight + Hotel packages fr $387
Brisbane Flight + Hotel packages fr $449
Livingsocial Vacation Deals
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Guide to staying home for the long-weekend

Bank account looking a little sad? Thinking of saving up your pennies for a longer holiday somewhere closer to Christmas, perhaps? Perhaps the other half just doesn’t feel like doing anything. None of those are a bad thing, and all of those don’t mean you can’t have a great long-weekend here on home base. We’re not being sarcastic. And to prove it, here it is, the ultimate guide to staying at home for the long weekend:

  • Don’t get stuck doing the housework If you feel like splashing out, then leave the housework for someone else. And by someone else, we mean your very own concierge. RedBalloon sells a Personal Concierge service for 3-hours so you won’t have to sweat the small stuff, but instead can kick your feet up and relax.
  • Sort out your in-house entertainment Movies, games, books. We’ve got all of those covered. Catch up on your TV series with DVD Land – they’ve got Downton Abbey Season 4 and The Walking Dead Season 4 in stock. Or catch up on you reading with The Book Depository. The Fault In Our Stars has just been turned into a movie, and you know what they say: the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. So you better start reading this page turner.
  • Update your wardrobe Winter is here and while you’re sitting there with your snuggie or blanket typing away, you may as well do some online shopping and update your wardrobe –er prepare yourself for the winter ahead. The Iconic does 3-hour rush shipping in Sydney and Melbourne, while ASOS pretty much stocks everything under the sun.

Check out our deals page to save even more on your winter threads with all our special coupons and codes. And because we’re online shopping addicts ourselves (guilty!), we’ll leave with these winter warmers. Just to get you started…

New Look Embellished Bobble Beanie Hat
Quinn Check Coat
G star raw by Pharell Williams cropped RN LS Jump...


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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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