The tax-man has been kind this year so why not invest your return into rejuvenating yourself for a few days of R&R? The benefits will be long lasting, and much more rewarding than blowing the cash on a short-lived shopping spree.
Take advantage of shoulder season rates and head off for a quick getaway. Check out our suggestions:
Ditch the city and head to the mountains for a real winter wonderland getaway. The ski areas of Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass are some of Australia’s best snow-play options, and provide spectacular views of the Snowy Mountains.
Deals: Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is situated a mere 15 minutes drive from Thredbo, or a 5minute drive from the Skitube Railway that services Perisher Blue. Accommodations comprise 47 one, two and three bedroom self-contained overwater apartments and a range of mountain view chalets to get cosy with your partner. They are offering a 2 night midweek special in the 2 bedroom Gold Mountain View Chalet that sleeps 4 with hot breakfast daily. Price: $1088 per night, save $192.
Powerfully raw, East Gippsland is known for its diverse scenery including turquoise lakes and rivers, rugged coastal outcrops, high country vistas and deserted white sandy beaches. Great for boating, fishing, and taking in the natural surrounds, the region enjoys a mild climate perfect for that winter R&R getaway.
Deals: Captains Cove Waterfront Apartments are offering a Winter Escape Package until the end of August. Set on the peaceful Paynesville canals, these spacious waterfront apartments are self-contained and come complete with private jetty and mooring. Price: $435 per package, save $340.
Escape the Chill
The gateway to the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach fringes the Great Barrier Reef and is a quaint tourist town set against a backdrop of rolling national park hills and spilling onto sparkling azure waters. Enjoy a relaxing weekend in affordable luxury while exploring the Reef and Whitsunday Islands.
Coral Sea Resort is offering 3 night stays in their Spa Suites for the cost of 2 nights. Located on the absolute beachfront, this four and a half star resort is just a short stroll from Airlie Beach resort village in one direction, and the Abel Point Marina in the other. Price: $790 per package, save $395.
At the quieter end of the Gold Coast lies Coolangatta, a town that merges natural beauty and an embedded surf culture with hip cafes and eateries. Make Coolangatta your base for nearby Tiger Moth and Helicopter joy flights, and dive trips at Kirra and Cook Islands or simply tone down from the stresses of everyday life and take in the fresh seaside air from the comfort of your hotel. Keep a lookout for passing whales and dolphins: Point Danger offers a stellar view.
Kirra Beach Apartments are offering a 2 Bed Winter Warmer package where you stay 4 nights and only pay for 3. The luxury pool garden view two bedroom self-contained apartments feature two bathrooms and come with free Austar and movies, and access to the swimming pool, spa and free B.B.Q area. Price: $585 per package, save $195. Add $45 to guarantee an ocean view.
Simply stunning in winter, Byron Bay on Australia’s most easterly point boasts a warm enough barometer to attract winter blues escapees each year. Holidaying in Byron can be as adventure-filled as you want - diving, surfing, sky diving, whale watching, walking – with a plethora on offer in the bay itself or within close proximity. If you’re looking to just slow down the pace of life, Byron is just the place, and the town’s relaxed lifestyle combined with pristine beaches, luscious national parks and healthy living alternative provide the ultimate opportunity to revive.
Friday on the Beach offers intimate accommodation situated right on the beachfront at Byron Bay’s Main Beach. Price: Winter Warmer Deal: Stay 7 nights for $1190 per package, a saving of $340.
Famed for vast wilderness and dramatic sunsets, The Kimberley region in Australia’s far North West provides the ultimate winter escape and a great destination to visit on your tax-return bucks. One of the world’s greatest wilderness expanses, the Kimberley covers 423,000 square kilometres, meaning you’re guaranteed space and a chance to re-connect with nature.
The Berkeley River Lodge is one of The Kimberley region’s most remote coastal resorts, combining the raw Australian outback with absolute luxury. Perched above a sand dune 105m high, the lodge boasts views of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Reveley Island and the Berkeley River mouth. They are currently offering a 1 night free stay when you pay for 4 nights. Price: $1494 per package, save $300.