Vacations don’t have to involve passports, overseas flights that seem to last forever, or learning to ask “where is the subway” in a new language. With a stay-cation, you can stay close to home while still enjoying the escape from work and school. Australia is world-renowned for its calming oceans, stunning views, where else can you go sailing Whitsundays to the Great Barrier Reef, and if you can avoid the hassle of security lines at the airport, all the better. But where should you go? Check out these 10 best staycation spots in Australia.
1. Beacon Point
Near Victoria? Then check out Beacon Point where you can enjoy ocean views from your private villa, access Triplet Falls, and see the Otway mountain range. This area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want the option of climbing mountains, hiking near waterfalls, and swimming in the ocean, but might also want to just stay inside and pamper themselves.
2. The Pearle
If you want turquoise oceans, head to Cable Beach and book your staycation at The Pearle. Private pools or individual balconies will each give you access to breathtaking views. When you are done swimming in your private pool, enjoy the built-in rain showers.
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3. The Playford Hotel
Near Adelaide, this hotel gives you access to five-star amenities in the form of spa suites with customized accommodation packages.
4. Grand Mirage Resort
Head to the Great Barrier Reef and visit Port Douglas. Enjoy a cozy villa all yours then disappear into the lagoon pools, four-mile beach, or tropical gardens. Each room has a private balcony, and those on the ground floor have a swim-up entrance so you can literally roll out of bed and into the pool. No one would blame you though if all you did was sleep during your staycation and occasionally roll into the pool.
6. Buxton Manor
Looking to disappear into the turn of the century? This hotel is a converted set of mansions from the early 1900’s and in each room, you can climb into an antique bed and watch your open fireplace. The spa cottage and the large apartments each offer ensuites and kitchens so you never have to leave while on staycation. If you do feel the need to get out and explore, you can walk around Adelaide for the afternoon.
Head to Swan Valley in the middle of Perth for a vintage stay at COMO The Treasury. When you forego the extra time and money of travel, your staycation can last much longer and here you will love access to the spa designed to help you escape your hectic urban life.
8. Peppers Lodge
Want a change of pace in Tasmania? Head to Peppers Lodge. This is the perfect place for a wild staycation complete with a private cabin near the mountains. Private verandas give you a feeling of being alone in the wilderness while the alpine spa will help you forget all about your stress.
9. DoubleTree in NT
Head to Darwin Harbour and take in the wharf, Mindil Beach, or Crocosaurus Cove. Here you can enjoy views of the harbour, tropical Australian gardens, and then order in-room gourmet meals so that you never have to leave. The nearby town of Darwin is a quiet seaside town that will help you find your centre and relax before returning to the real world.
Visit Port Macquarie if you prefer tropical rainforests and white sandy beaches. Those travellers who don’t want to limit their activities to hard hikes and swimming can head out on the water to watch for sea life on locally famous whale watching trips or visit a sunny patio in the nearby town for some local wine tasting. The area gives visitors everything they could want in an Australian staycation.
11. Yungaburra Blue Summit
Head to Yungaburra in the Tablelands for an escape in a four-star cottage. You can book your hideaway with cryptocurrency or any other currency and with your cottage booked, get ready for a chance to view the local platypus, eat at the boutique cafes, and swim in nearby waters.
Make Travel Easy by Using a Luggage Delivery Company
When embarking on a staycation to any of these top Australian spots, or your favourite secret hideaway, consider using a luggage delivery company to get your belongings where you need them, when you need them. Such services will pick up your packages, boxes, suitcases, or bags right from your doorstep and deliver them to the front door of your rental home, hotel, or bungalow.