Another break from our 2009 trip to Hong Kong and Eastern Europe, with my list of of potential long weekend break ideas. As usual, with so many possibilities it's hard to narrow it down:
1. The Great Ocean Road Victoria
With some stunning scenery, it's clear why The Great Ocean Road is on so many peoples list of things to do when they visit Australia. The most iconic site on the Great Ocean Road however, would have to be The Twelve Apostles (below). Did you know there's actually less than 12 and that over time with the wear and tear of the ocean they will become less in number again.
2. Hobart, Tasmania
The issue with Tasmania, is choosing the right time of year to go, as it can get quite cool in the winter months. But it's a beautiful harbour location with many things to do and see. There are a host of festivals if you go at the right time of the year, or you can spend your time wondering the streets and local area.
3. Broome, Western Australia
The problem with this location is the distance, from Sydney you need to take two flights. But it seems like such a beautiful location, especially for water sports, that it has to make my list. It's know as the place where the sky meets the land, and the desert meets the sea, and from the pictures I've seen you can see.
4. Noosa, Queensland
I would put Port Douglas in Queensland on the list instead of Noosa, but fortunately, I've been there, done that (and HIGHLY recommend it). But I've heard many great things about this coastal town just north of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. The sunny local, the boutique shopping and water view restaurants make it a great location for a recharge of those batteries, particularly after those cooler months.
5. Fremantle, Western Australia
Located just south of Perth, Freemantle is a well known vibrant port city. Freemantle has world heritage buildings, as well as a great pub scene. A great place just to lay back and chill.
6. Launceston, Tasmania
The second largest city in Tasmania, it's compact enough to easily explore, but is also a gateway to other spots, such as Cradle Mountain and wineries. While it's only a two hour drive from Hobart, you can also catch direct flights from Melbourne, making it easier to access without the need to drive.
7. Norfolk Island, New South Wales
A small Island off the coast of New South Wales, it's a location that seems so laid back, and looking online you get the feeling of relaxation from just looking at the photographs, let alone actually being there yourself. It truly seems like unspoilt beauty, and I hope it remains that way for a long time.
8. Gold Coast Theme Parks, Queensland
The reason this one keeps on being pushed back, is being child free, a Gold Coast Theme Park long weekend is NOT for those who don't have children of their own. But I'm young at heart and I have fond memories of my trips to Disneyland in California (as a child, teenager and adult) and therefore the trill of the theme parks is never far from my mind. There are four main parks, depending on your time, budget and interests. 1. Wet n Wild, 2. Dreamworld, 3. Sea World and 4. Movie world.
So which not an inclusive list, they are my high priorities when it comes up to deciding on where to go for our next long weekend.
Do you have a favourite long weekend destination? What's on your list?