Budget: Reef View Hotel
Anniversary coming up? Perhaps you've looking for the perfect excuse for a weekend escape with your other half?
To get you on your way, we've handpicked a destination in each state that are absolute bliss. We've even included a few levels of accommodation for each so you can have that getaway without blowing your budget.
Hamilton Island is less than a two-hour flight from both Brisbane and Cairns, but feels like a million years away.
Its coastline is dotted with white-sand beaches lapped by turquoise seas, and it's within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef.
For ideas on what to get up to, we've tried, tested and recommend having drinks on One Tree Hill, snorkelling or diving and paying a visit to Whitehaven Beach.
Condé Nast Traveller describes the luxe qualia resort, our pick as a go-to splurge on the island, as "sophisticated, contemporary and elegant".
The picturesque Southern Highlands region, about 50 minutes from Wollongong and 90 minutes from Sydney, is a perfect weekend escape.
There are plenty of vineyards and berry farms, quaint towns, valleys and waterfalls to explore.
Popular townships that are worthy of your visit are Bowral, Berrima, Exeter and Penrose.
The area has much of the charm of the Hunter Valley, but a smaller price tag for weekend stays.
Escape the city to the nearby Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, both just an hour from Melbourne.
The regions are known for their rolling green hills, wine production and parklands that are great for bushwalking.
While in the area, consider joining a wine tour, taking a hot air balloon ride or relaxing in a mineral spa.
After taking the 1.5 hour drive and 45 minute ferry ride from Adelaide, you'll find yourself on a peaceful island full of wildlife (everything from penguins and seals to koalas and wallabies) and lined with pristine beaches.
Unfortunately the island was stuck hard in the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires. Its luxury retreat Southern Ocean Lodge, which has been described as "remote retreat combining true ecotourism with extravagant amenities along a picturesque stretch of naked coastline on the southern shore" by Travel + Leisure, sustained sufficient damage and has been closed until further notice.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't visit the spot. Kangaroo Island thrives off tourism and to encourage visitors to its shores is offering half-price ferry tickets from 25 January to 30 June 2020.
Situated about half-way between Hobart and Launceston, it's an easy weekend trip from either city.
The park is home to Wineglass Bay, which is best visited by taking a bushwalk up to the panoramic lookout point and then down to the sandy beach.
Alternatively, you can skip the DIY and taking a cruise through the turquoise waters.
The region is also well-known for its seafood, especially its oysters. So stick around for a meal to taste the produce fresh from the ocean.
While the area is famous for its wine production, there’s much more to Margaret River than just vineyards.
Explore caves, visit the area's renowned beaches, and walk along parts of the Cape to Cape Track, which follows the turquoise waters along the Indian Ocean Coast. Or, join a tour to easily pack it all into one day. All of this is just three hours south of Perth.
Melbournians looking to make the most of a long weekend can fly directly to Margaret River from 25 March 2020.
There's nothing more romantic than watching the sunrise or set, and the Red Centre is famous for them.
See the sky illuminated in brilliant shades of pink, orange and red during sunrise or sunset.
Consider joining a tour with wine and nibbles included to make the event extra special. Or, stick around in the evening for the award winning Field Of Light. This art installation is comprised of 50,000 spindles of light across an area larger than seven football fields.
While this one may require extending your weekend into a three- or four-day break to get the most out of the area, it's worth it.
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