Weekends Away Holidays : Article

Queensland

Weekend Away: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast

Simon Holt The Spit has become a popular getaway for Queenslanders, writes Simon Holt.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Astra Lodge, Falls Creek

Larissa Dubecki Larissa Dubecki made the most of a spectacular snow season at FALLS CREEK.

New South Wales

Weekend Away: Horizon Mudgee

Photo: Horizon Mudgee

Nina Karnikowski Nina Karnikowski finds the spaces wide open, inside and out, near MUDGEE.

Weekend away: Brisbane Riverview Hotel

The Brisbane Riverview Hotel is about 15 minutes from the city, at Hamilton.

Simon Holt Service certainly lives up to the 5-star rating, and the rooms have had a pleasant facelift. And don’t underestimate the restaurant which by hotel standards carries an affordable price tag for its...

Weekend away: Turtle Beach Resort, Gold Coast

Scott Beveridge Trees, gardens and water parks disguise the main road frontage, with units set so far back there is no traffic noise at all.

New South Wales

Long weekend away: Watermark at Watego's in Byron Bay

Watermark on Watego's Byron Bay.

Joanna Savill finds a tiny jewel of a beach a few kilometres from Byron Bay.

Weekend away: Sea World Resort and Water Park

Sea World has undergone an upgrade of its rooms, and remains a family favourite.

Simon Holt Avoid queues with resort-only access, and dodge crowds with resort-exclusive entry into the first dolphin training session.

Weekend away: Gambaro Hotel, Brisbane

Gambaro has succeeded in adding a quality boutique hotel to the Brisbane skyline.

Simon Holt Brisbane's latest boutique hotel is quickly making an impression, set right in the heart of arguably the city's most vibrant entertainment precinct.

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Canberra

Weekend Away: QT Canberra

QT Canberra.

Veronique Mandray Veronique Mandray checks out the new, sleek, designer QT Canberra.

Victoria

Weekend away: Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Melissa Singer This is the funky hotel Bendigo lacked to help woo the art-loving crowds, and makes a great bolthole for a short stay.

Weekend away: EcoRidge Hideaway, Toowoomba

Simon Holt Let’s face it, there’s not a lot to do here, but therein lies the attraction – an immaculately-kept 3km walking track, stunning sunrise, the occasional wallaby, cold fridge and a stool for tired feet.

Weekend away: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is four-star comfort with a view of the beach from the shower.

Neil Herdegen You can't miss the walk-in spa and shower combo with a curved glass wall that lets you stand in the middle of the kitchen while you shower and enjoy the ocean view.

Weekend away: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Sanctuary Cove was designed as a playground for the wealthy, and still retains its old charm.

Simon Holt Sanctuary Cove has been a playground for the rich and sometimes famous for the past 25 years, and unlike some other ageing getaways, doesn’t seem to have lost much of its charm and grace.

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NSW

Weekend Away: Petersons Armidale Winery and Guesthouse

Comfort and elegance greet Victoria Cosford in Armidale.

Victoria

Weekend Away: L'Atelier, Daylesford

L'Atelier, Daylesford.

Kylie McLaughlin Mist shrouds hilly landscapes during a stunning dusk, making it clear why Daylesford is an attractive weekend destination for Melburnians.

Victoria

Casilla, Inverloch: Weekend Away

Jane Reddy Jane Reddy finds the beach house of her dreams does exists at Inverloch.

NSW

Kerambi Cottage, Blue Mountains: Weekend Away

Sarah Maguire Kerambi Cottage captures the charm of the Blue Mountains, writes Sarah Maguire.

ACT

Weekend Away: East Hotel, Canberra

East hotel, Canberra

Sarah Maguire The East Hotel is emblematic of an emerging Canberra, writes Sarah Maguire.

Tasmania

Weekend Away: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania

Vibrant display: The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart has more than 300 artworks on show.

Craig Platt Craig Platt samples the gentle art of a Hobart break.

NSW

Weekend away: Surf and smooth interiors

Horizon, North Avoca.

Anna Anderson A chic beach stay on a clifftop at North Avoca is worth celebrating, writes Anna Anderson.