Indulge in a few days of sunshine - our staff picks for short escapes close to home.
Mini Breaks with BIG sunshine
Last week us Melbournians were treated to a day of bright sunshine amidst the usual grey skies of winter in August. It was a surprise gift at this time of year, and put such a spring in our step! Clifton Hill came alive with locals out and about relishing the warmth and feeling of wellness.

It reminded us how nourishing sunshine is for the soul, and in actual fact we don't have to travel too far, or for too long, to soak it up for a little while. With that in mind some of our team have put together their top picks for short escapes close to home that you can enjoy over a couple of days.

Long weekend in the sun anyone?
Kelli's Pick - Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island
Stepping off the ferry onto Hamilton Island, I felt an immediate sense of awe and wonder as the picturesque scenery unfolded before me. Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this tropical haven promised an extraordinary escape from the ordinary. My experience on Hamilton Island was nothing short of enchanting, leaving an indelible mark on my heart and soul.

For an extraordinary stay on Hamilton Island and a chance to experience the epitome of luxury and exclusivity, I wholeheartedly recommend booking a stay at Qualia—the island's most esteemed resort. Nestled amid the lush landscape and overlooking the Coral Sea, Qualia offers an unparalleled level of elegance and personalized service, promising an experience like no other.
Read more about Kelli's Hamilton Island stay here
Emma's Pick -Darwin Discovery
My holiday in Darwin was an unforgettable journey of mesmerizing sunsets, mouthwatering international delicacies, and a deep dive into Australia's captivating history. The moment I arrived, I could feel the city's warm embrace as if it was welcoming me with open arms.

For a truly enriching and adventurous addition to your stay in Darwin, consider embarking on a glamping experience in the Top End with Abercrombie & Kent. Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness and rugged landscapes, while still enjoying the comforts of a luxurious retreat.

Read more about Emma's Darwin journey here
Mandy's Pick - Reef House Spa & Resort Palm Cove
Staying at the Reef House in Palm Cove made me feel relaxed and special. They focus on you as a person, and it’s like a little oasis with no outside guests.

The cocktail-making classes were an absolute highlight of my stay. Learning the art of mixing flavours and crafting delightful concoctions was both educational and entertaining. The skilled mixologists made sure to engage us in the process, ensuring that each cocktail we created was a reflection of our unique tastes.

Read more about Mandy's stay at the Reef House Spa & Resort here
Courtney's Pick - Brooklet Luxury Villas, Byron Bay Hinterland
When visiting the Byron Bay Hinterlands I could hardly get enough of the sweeping views of the lush hinterland that stretched out before me. It was a truly immersive experience of nature at its finest. Each morning, I woke up to the soothing sound of birdsong and the gentle rustling of leaves, creating a tranquil ambiance that set the tone for a relaxing day. 

With their opulent interiors, expansive glass windows, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and free standing bathtubs overlooking the countryside beyond, the Brooklet Luxury Villas serve as the perfect base to explore the Byron Bay Hinterland wonders. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, a solo adventure, or a peaceful family retreat, this hidden gem promises to be an oasis of serenity and discovery that will stay with you long after you've left.

Read more about why Courtney loves to keep warm in Byron Bay here
The next little getaway is waiting for you. We have so many luxurious options to refresh you, from all inclusive resorts to private and secluded villas. Best of all, they are close to home and can be enjoyed with just a few days. For more inspiration, or to book one of the featured properties get in touch with one of our travel designers. Sunshine is just around the corner....

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