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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.

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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 or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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