Corals, rainforests, islands, vineyards, mountains, and snow. Australia is the land that has it all! Just when you’re getting over the Great Barrier Reef, the Ocean Road, and the Gold Coast, treat yourself to these10 best Australian weekend getaways with your college friends.
1. THE KIMBERLEY
Wander around or cruise through the unexplored reaches of the beautiful Kimberley coastline. From the panoramic beauty of the Bungle Bungles to the endless white-sanded expanse of the Cable Beach, Kimberley is easily one of the best weekend getaways in Australia.
2. THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
The name itself is beckoning. These majestic and vast mountains rank in the top ten weekend getaways in Australia in almost every list and are the most popular weekend destination near Sydney. The dense eucalyptus forests on these mountains and the numerous viewpoints are a photographer’s dream. Visit the famous Three Sisters, a unique rock formation perfect for your next #wanderlust photo!
3. JERVIS BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Discover this magical weekend escape in New South Wales just a few hours away from Sydney. Serenity by day transforms into sheer magic at night when bioluminescent planktons come out for their glow-in-the-darkdance performance! The water turns a luminous blue that is so enchanting, you will continue to dream about it for years to come.
4. THE CUSTOMARY WINE WEEKEND
Charming vineyards, heritage wine cellars and boutique inns lie just outside the city of Adelaide. This is one of the best weekend getaways in Australia for small groups covering either one or several wine regions like Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and the cozy little Langhorne Creek. Come back refreshed from this wonderful break to take on Unichallenges with a newfound zeal.
5. BRUNY ISLANDS, TASMANIA
Student life in Australia is incomplete without exploring its fauna. A must-visit and a delightful weekend trip, these islands are a well-preserved biosphere for numerous species of plants and animals. From seals, penguins, and wallabies to albatross, wedge-tailed eagles and many others can be seen in these exquisite islands.
6. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK
It’s the tagline, ‘The world’s oldest rainforest’ sells itself! Tall trees, lush green landscapes and jungle sounds are something straight out of a movie. Drive through this picturesque forest for a cinematic experience. You will run out of energy but not of angles to click in this Instagrammable paradise.
7. ATHERTON TABLELANDS NEAR QUEENSLAND
Whether it is a long weekend or a regular one, you can plan a trip to this territory any time of the year. From gorgeous waterfalls to sceneries, this is a place of interest for photographers, hikers, filmmakers and more.Peter Andre’s famous ‘Mysterious Girl’ video was shot in the Millaa Millaa falls right here in this region. Also, don’t miss the surreal Paronella Park, a moss-covered marvel with a rich history that will give you Lara Craft-Tomb Raider vibes!
8. HIPPIE TOWN OF MULLUMBIMBY
An interesting and quirky trip to the hippie towns of New South Wales is one of the best weekend getaways in the region. Mullumbimby, known as ‘The Biggest Little Town in Australia’, is a fun and offbeat destination to explore with your friends. From cafes and local architecture to the calm natural beauty of this town will be a relaxing break from the hustling city life you are used to as a student.
9. WINTER ESCAPE IN THE SNOWIES
The best way to enjoy a weekend in the snow is…drumroll please…the Snowy Mountains! From a range of winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and mountain climbing, there is so much to enjoy in this scenic, alpine winter wonderland.
10. THE UNDERGROUND COOBER PEDY
One of the most interesting places to visit, probably in the world, is the town of Coober Pedy. This historic town known for the discovery of opal is a completely underground settlement! Owing to harsh weather conditions, the idea of building the town underground was born and has remained that way ever since. Now wouldn’t you love to see that?
Anupama Kumar is a content writer based in Bangalore, India. She writes blogs, stories, articles, and social media content and has a passion for helping people and connecting with them through her writing. A professional writer by day and a creative one by night, her own stories, musings, quotes and poems inspired by her travels are also published on various platforms.
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