Travel Deals for This Weekend: Adelaide, Cairns, Mackay
The best bargains to see you through the weekend.
The answer to hump day is always the weekend and there's nothing better than being able to look forward to a holiday away.
Whether you're taking to the open road or flying further afield, we've scouted out the best deals for a weekend break over 13-15 October that won't break the bank.
Package: Sydney to Adelaide from $543 (flights + 2 nights)
Take a relaxing break to Adelaide this weekend from Friday to Sunday, including hotel stay for just $543 per person.
Available through Expedia, it includes economy flights on Jetstar on Friday morning, returning Sunday morning, and a stay in the Peppers Waymouth Hotel.
According to the official Peppers Waymouth Hotel site, a two-night stay this weekend starts at $408.
Tack on flights, which are coming up at $370 return on the Jetstar website and you're looking at savings of $235.
Package: Adelaide to Cairns from $699 (flights + 3 nights)
Warm up this October by heading north for the weekend.
Lastminute has the deal that can take you from Adelaide to Cairns for three days (Friday to Monday) for under $700 per person, including economy flights and a stay at the Hides Hotel Cairns.
Flights are with Jetstar on the way in and Qantas return. Departures are in the mornings, so you might have to take Friday and Monday off, though you can upgrade to afternoon flights for a fee.
Pricing this one up individually, you're looking at $240 for accommodation and $735 return for flights (price gathered using Skyscanner on the same flights), giving you savings of $276 or your accommodation and then some for free.
DIY: Brisbane to Mackay from $413 (flights + 2 nights)
Sometimes it pays to package a holiday and other times you might like the flexibility a DIY package can offer.
Using Skyscanner, we found flights to Mackay for $213 return on Jetstar which depart ideally on Friday evening and return Sunday evening for a weekend getaway without tapping into the annual leave.
Couple this with a two-night stay at Kooyong Hotel in North Mackay for $100 and you're looking at a weekend with flights and accommodation for under $500.
Roadtrip: Sydney to Melbourne ($5 a day car rental)
DriveNow has one-way relocation deals that can take you to all corners of Australia for a fiver. This weekend, you can pick up your car from Sydney and drive it to Melbourne for $5 a day. Or $15 for the weekend. It's a minimum three-day drive, so start on Friday and end on Sunday to cash in on this deal.
This offer is for a LGM Cruise 3 berth, so you don't even have to think about accommodation outside of caravan parks. It also includes $50 of fuel, and 1,400 kilometres free.
Each week, Travel Deals For This Weekend will let you know about the last-minute holiday deals that you can book for the upcoming weekend.
All flights, hotels and holiday packages are available to book for the weekend at the time of writing.