Weâ€™re not sure about you, but weâ€™ve been hanging for this yearâ€™s Easter long weekend for a while now, a four-day sabbath filled with infinite potential to forget our troubles and chill. And while weâ€™re all for a spontaneous road trip or a plan-free sojournÂ not too far from home, sometimes having a plan is the best way to ensure optimal rest and a refreshing break away from your natural surrounds.
To help you with the immense task of choosing a destination amongst a vast array of our countryâ€™s natural gems, weâ€™ve broken it down into six of our favourite destinations â€“Â no passport required.
Burleigh Heads Beach, Qld
Known for its clean barrels â€“ a surferâ€™s ideal scenario â€“ Burleigh Heads sits in between Surfers Paradise and North Coolangatta, a popular pit-stop on many a north coast road trip that is bordered by sky-high Norfolk pines. If youâ€™re looking for a warmer climate, some serious salt therapy and up-and-coming eateries, this is the spot for you.
Wategos Beach, NSW
Recently finding fame thanks to Australiaâ€™s social media influencers, Wategos Beach (pictured top) sits on the tip of Byron Bay. A common holiday metropolis with a plethora of services at your disposable. Instagram-worthy brunch spots, beauty parlours, night venues, and let us not forget Raeâ€™s on Wategos, a boutique retreat with water views is all there for you to soak in. If youâ€™re on a budget, fear not, there are plenty of Airbnb rentals available.
Home to fine wine and good food, this rural town will have you indulging in the pleasures often found in a cityÂ â€“ minus the busy streets and skyscrapers. A coast-meets-country getaway, the town has become a go-to destination for Sydneyâ€™s influential folk, beckoning big profiles, including Rick Stein at Bannisters, and Collette Dinniganâ€™s beautifully curated holiday home, the Surf & Stables, available on Airbnb. And if youâ€™re in the mood for beach, there are many secluded spots bordered by forest just a shuffle away.
McLaren Vale, SA
For a small township, McLaren Vale will leave a lasting impression, brimming with world-renowned vineyards, quality cheese, wine, and vintage architecture that sits among hillside views and fresh air. Just picture sipping on a quality pinot noir while devouring a long read in your loungewear. Ideal? We think so. This country escape sits just inwards of the coast, so that long stroll across the beach is also available to you.
If going rural isnâ€™t your cup of tea and youâ€™re instead looking for a little adventure, Melbourne serves as a bustling melting pot for coffee, art, shopping and culture. If you donâ€™t want to spend your precious few daysÂ rushing from spot to spot, we suggest planting yourself in Fitzroy, home to the infamous Brunswick Street, a burrow that sits just outside Melbourneâ€™s business district and is dotted with top-notch cafes, dinner eateries, vintage finds and smaller clothing boutiques, and punctuated with bold graffiti, making you feel like youâ€™re in the heart of a London art district.
More commonly dubbed “Freo” by locals, the port city is known for its maritime historical remnants left by the British Colony. Among the history-filled sandstone structures, a fresh art-and-food scene isÂ brewing quickly with local bakeries, breweries and edgy interior stores finding their feet and beckoning swarms of international tourists to the town by giving them both an educational and tasty experience.