Yay, the Australia Day long weekend is around the corner. We can all agree that this holiday is ideal for a self-drive getaway, but the real question is: Where do you want to go? No need to worry any longer, we've collected the best self-drive getaways for the Australia Day Long Weekend!
Mollymook: If you're looking for paradise on driving distance, Mollymook is the place to go. With the harbour port of Ulladulla and historic rural Milton around the corner, Mollymook has something for everyone to enjoy. Its excellent surf beach is surrounded by forest and mountains. It is, just like the drive down, simply stunning. Cockatoo Island: This is more a 'staycation' since Cockatoo Island is actually located in Sydney. Cockatoo Island functioned as a prison for over a 100 year before it got converted into a school. When the school moved back to the shore, the island was used as a naval shipbuilding and repairs dock. Today, it's a camping side - with great city views! Drive your rental car down to Paramatta or Balmain and get the ferry across to enjoy this local Australia Day getaway.
Port Fairy: This historic Fishing town is only three and a half hours from Melbourne. Port Fairy is filled with little boutiques and lovely restaurants. Visit the Moyneyana Festival on Australia Day for a brekkie ceremony and spend the other days going to beach - don't forget to visit the Port fairy Lighthouse! Mildura: This town is famous for its acres of grape vines and fruit trees that sit on the banks of the Murray River. It's a six hour drive from Melbourne so ideal for the Australia Day long weekend. Drive your car to one of Mildura's amazing national parks. You can take a ride on the old paddle-steamer or of course sit down on the waterside and watch them go by.
Mount Tamborine: Mount Tamborine is a little over an hour from the centre of Brisbane. With its wet subtropical rainforest it's the ultimate destination for a weekend away. The Rainforest Skywalk is a unique way to see the rainforest. Do you have a sweet tooth? Go to Fudge Heaven - they are famous for their 'adults only' fudge like Rum and Raisin. Go on an adventure with the kids at the Thunderbird park, where you can participate in one of their 83 jungle games! Byron Bay: Even though it might be tempting to stay on the Gold Coast, it is worth to drive an hour extra to Byron Bay. This town has several beaches which are popular for surfing. Next to that it's a great location for diving or snorkeling. For those who prefer the land, walk along the coastline and visit the subtropical rainforests. The scenery will amaze you!