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13 last-minute getaways for the June long weekend

By Maeve Galea

It’s easy to let long weekends sneak up on you, but we’re here to remind you that June 14 is a public holiday across most of Australia (sorry Western Australia and Queensland!) Regional travel is booming and bookings can be hard to come by, so we’ve done the hard work for you and hand-picked 13 charming Airbnb getaways. They range from humble and homely to high-design holiday houses – and are all still available between Friday June 11 and Monday June 14 (at the time of writing). Run, don’t walk!

New South Wales

North Coast

Gather a group, escape the cold and settle in around the original brick fireplace that sits in the middle of this 130-year-old converted post office. Only three hours north of Sydney, the serene country getaway is perched atop a rise on a large block overlooking farmland, just 30 minutes from the unspoilt coastlines of Seal Rocks and Blueys Beach. The perfect place to station yourself with a good book, board game or glass of wine, it has all the makings of a peaceful and cosy long-weekend getaway.

How many: 10 guests

How much: $1905 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: The kids! With two bunk beds, a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and plenty of space to run around, this is a family- friendly long-weekend spot.

Book here.

mid-North Coast

Halfway between Brisbane and Sydney sits this two-storey tiny house atop a hill on a working farm, with views out to Coffs Harbour. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who are hoping to escape the city, this micro-property is as rural and remote as they come. Head out to the bordering state forest and national park to enjoy the multitude of trails, tracks and roads for hiking, motorbike riding and 4WDing.

How many: Up to three guests

How much: $674 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Your 4WD (flooding combined with a steep and rocky entrance road makes this absolutely essential). Less essential (but still recommended) is your Akubra.

Book here.

Bowral

Embrace country living this long weekend with a stay in this quaint cottage only three minutes’ drive from Bowral’s charming town centre. Nestled among an orchard with chickens roaming around ready to deliver fresh eggs for your breakfast, this is just the spot to live out your cottage-core dreams.

How many: Four guests

How much: $1456 AUD (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: A Laura Ashley–esque ruffled floral dress, crochet needles and your sourdough starter.

Book here.

Southern Highlands

For couples who don’t like to choose, this glamping farmstay experience only two hours south of Sydney offers something for everyone. All the comfort of a hotel (a comfy bed, hot showers and fluffy towels) meets with the excitement of camping (seven acres of rainforest on your doorstep). Watch the sunrise over the ocean and escarpment and get acquainted with your furry neighbours on this rustic but romantic weekend away.

How many: Two guests

How much: $895.35 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Lots of warm clothes (temperatures can get down to 3 degrees at night here) and marshmallows for roasting around the campfire.

Book here.

SAPPHIRE COAST

Sandwiched between Wallaga Lake and Horseshoe Bay on NSW’s far south coast, this light-filled four-bedroom house comes with all the trappings for a family getaway or girls’ weekend to remember. Whether you prefer to spend your long weekend fishing, kayaking , whale-watching or overindulging at the local brewery (complete with live music) only a short walk from the house, NSW’s Sapphire Coast has everything you need for an action-packed long weekend.

How many: Eight guests

How much: $1617 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Your swimsuit! Crazy as it sounds, with the average ocean temperature in June sitting at around 18 degrees, it’s probably going to be warmer in than out. A dip in the famous Bermagui Blue Pool will kick off your long weekend with the immunity-boosting, circulation- improving and endorphin-producing benefits of cold water swimming.

Book here.

Byron Bay

Once known as Byron Bay’s poor neighbour, these days Suffolk Park offers holiday-goers a glimpse of what the now-home to Hollywood’s hottest stars was like 50 years ago. There’s an understated glamour to this spacious bedroom (a private room within the host’s home) that makes it the ideal last-minute long weekend destination if you’re in need of some R & R. Park yourself on the sunny private balcony that looks out over the plunge pool and into a cypress tree canopy, and feel the serenity.

How many: Two guests

How much: $785.60 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Your car. Suffolk Park is a one-pub town, so if you want to enjoy the restaurants and comparative bustle of Byron it’s only a ten-minute drive away!

Book here.

Victoria

Blairgowrie

While you may think that this luxe coastal retreat would be better enjoyed in the summer months the house is kitted out with a gas log fireplace and gas ducted heating throughout to make it a cosy cocoon for family and friends. The large central kitchen is designed for entertaining, so gather your loved ones around the dining table and enjoy quality time together.

How many: 10 guests

How much: $2093 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Board games and books for chilled nights in.

Book here.

Dromana

If you’re looking for a last-minute luxury getaway for a large group, look no further than this impressive cliffside property with expansive views over Port Phillip Bay. The curvaceous timber boardwalk that weaves throughout the foliage allows you to take in the impressive aspect while multiple living zones means there’s plenty of space for guests to spread out and relax.

How many: 10 guests

How much: $4618 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Your camera! Trust us, you’ll want to capture those views so you can remember them when you get home.

Book here.

The Grampians

Rated as one of the top 10 destinations in Victoria by Tourism Victoria, there’s still time to book Aquila Eco Lodge – a four-star, award-winning loft house – for the long weekend. Nestled in the Southern Grampians National Park, this is your go-to getaway if you’ve been craving the scent of fresh eucalyptus and the sights and sounds of native fauna including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and emus.

How many: Four people

How much: $1334.37 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Boots for bush bashing. Set on 100 acres of Australian native forest, the Lodge has it’s own walking track – so get out amongst the gums!

Book here.

Tasmania

Flinders Island

The Black Shack may take a little extra effort to get to, but once you settle in for a soak in the outdoor clawfoot tub overlooking the gumtrees and across the sea, you will never want to leave. Located on Flinders island which is serviced by daily direct flights from Melbourne (Essendon) and Launceston, you’ll feel a million miles from the daily stress of city life in this isolated haven.

How many: Four people

How much: $982 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: All your belongings – because trust us, once you get here you really won’t want to leave.

Book here.

north-east tasmania

Only an hour’s drive from Launceston, this is the perfect leave-on-Friday-afternoon country getaway for a busy, active family. The homely cabin is hugged on three sides by the South Esk River where you can fish trout and salmon and spot platypus during a picnic, or pay a visit to the farms’ many animals and seasonal wildflower and vegetable gardens. In the evenings come inside to warm up by the wood-burning fire.

How many: 10 guests

How much: $866 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Hiking boots! You’re staying right beside Mt Saddleback, Mathinna Falls and the Evercreech forest reserve which features the famous White Knights, said to be the tallest White Gum trees in the world.

Book here.

Western Tamar Valley

Attention bargain-hunters: this beachside solar home is offering a discounted price for the June long weekend. Located only an hour’s drive from Launceston airport on a secluded bush-covered acre, the property suits holidayers who are as happy enjoying the nearby beach, national park walking trails and golf course as they are putting their feet up in the two-person bath on the verandah. Plus the home’s solar-powered heating system will keep it cosy during those cold June nights.

How many: Four guests

How much: $1294 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Clothes – but the house comes equipped with everything else: a flat screen TV, a library of more than 200 DVDs and over 100 books.

Book here.

South Australia

Eyre Peninsula

Only 15 kilometres out of the seaside town of Cowell, this four-bedroom coastal property sits atop South Australia’s rugged coastline, where red dirt meets bright blue ocean. Visit the sealions, head to the sandhills for sand boarding or pack a picnic and explore the surrounding secluded beaches. The interiors are simple and sweet – and the home comes at an absolute steal. 

How many: Six guests

How much: $537.21 (three nights)

Don’t forget to pack: Fishing rods! Catch dinner on the beach in front of the property for a long weekend like no other.

Book here.

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