Get off the grid with one of Australia’s best country getaways

by Brittany Wheeler

Are you dreaming of fresh country air and staying somewhere other than your own 4 walls? With intrastate travel permitted in most parts of Australia, it’s time to escape the rat race of the city and disconnect from the stresses of daily life with a regional getaway. Between a gruelling year of drought, fires, floods and the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never been a more important time to visit regional towns and remote communities. If you’re looking to support the #EmptyEsky movement but don’t know where to start, these are some of the Australia’s best country escapes to add to your road trip radar.

Block Eight Hunter Valley villa getaway
NSW: Midweek Hunter Valley getaway with case of wine – 2 nights

Just 2 hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region and attracts wine lovers from all over the world. Settle in for a 2 night stay in a self-contained villa inclusive of afternoon tea on arrival, daily breakfast, a case of estate-grown wine and complimentary snacks. It’s the perfect base to explore the delights of the Hunter.

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Flash Camp Coolendel glamping, NSW South Coast
NSW: Shoalhaven River glamping with canoe hire – 2 nights

If you are looking to escape the grid lock and get away from it all, look no further than this glamping getaway nestled on the upper Shoalhaven River. With no mobile phone reception, you can truly unwind and reconnect with your significant other. Explore the region with complimentary canoe hire and spend your evenings stargazing by your own private campfire. The definition of tranquility!

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Airstream Caravan Escape on the Brunswick River - 2 Nights
NSW: Airstream caravan escape on the Brunswick River – 2 nights

If you love the idea of an off-the-beaten-track holiday but don’t want to sacrifice the creature comforts, then this Airstream caravan stay is for you. Including all of the luxuries of a hotel plus your own bathroom and shower, you’ll experience the best of both worlds with beautiful Mother Nature at your doorstep.

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Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains
NSW: 2 night Blue Mountains family stay with Scenic World pass

Treat the whole family to an unforgettable holiday in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Check in to the award-winning Fairmont Resort in Leura and be spoilt with a range of resort facilities to keep the kids entertained including an indoor KidsZone and garden maze. You’ll also receive a VIP pass to Scenic World, home to a selection of high to low rides.

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Countryside getaway with outdoor spa
NSW: Relaxing midweek getaway with wine – 3 nights

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or complete seclusion, you’ll love this gorgeous cottage stay in Stroud. Steeped in country charm and just an hours’ drive from the Polkolbin wineries, this is the ultimate escape from the big smoke. Relax in the hot tub, drink the local wine and explore the stunning countryside.

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2 Night Winery Escape with 8 Course Dinner and More - For 2
QLD: 2 night winery escape with 8 course dinner and more 

Enjoy life’s indulgences with a 2 night sojourn at the renowned Sirromet Winery, set amongst 560 acres of natural bushland and vineyards. Your luxurious tented pavilion is kitted out with all of the mod cons and boasts gorgeous views of the lake. A behind the scenes tour, premium wine tasting, 8 course restaurant dinner with matching wines, breakfast and 2 bottles of estate-made wine makes your stay one to remember!

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Overnight Cottage Getaway with Hot Springs and Moet - For 2
VIC: Mornington Peninsula cottage getaway with hot springs and Moet

Located in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, this whimsical cottage is just an hours’ drive from Melbourne making it the perfect weekend getaway or midweek escape. Relax and recharge the batteries with all day entry to the famous Peninsula Hot Springs then return to your adorable cottage home to further unwind over a bottle of Moet.

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Glamping in Gippsland
VIC: Midweek Gippsland getaway with private bath

Trade the city for the countryside and hideaway in Gippsland for 2 nights. Perched high on the Strzelecki Ranges and overlooking Mt Baw Baw, your glamping tent offers total privacy with uninterrupted views of the spectacular landscape below. Relax and reconnect in your own private bath, explore the natural wonderland around you and feel your worries slip away.

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Yarra valley mountain lodge retreat
VIC: 2 night Yarra Valley mountain retreat

Immerse yourself in a world of tranquility at Eagles Nest Luxury Mountain Retreat, set on 10 acres of lush rainforest. Boasting a cosy fire place, outdoor spa, wood fired pizza oven and claw bath tub, this charming log chalet is the perfect place to rekindle the romance with your partner. If you wish to get out and explore the sights and delights of the region, the Yarra Valley’s acclaimed cellar doors and the snow fields of Lake Mountain are just a short drive away.

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Couple inside glamping tent
VIC: Bendigo midweek glamping getaway with breakfast and wine

Disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with nature and your loved one with this overnight getaway at Balgownie Estate. Treat your taste buds to a wine tasting in the cellar door and leave with a bottle of Balgownie Estate Black Label wine to take home with you. After waking up from a restful nights’ sleep, you’ll stroll to the onsite restaurant for a delicious cooked breakfast.

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Romantic Castle Escape with Winery Tour
SA: Romantic castle escape with winery tour

Turn your fairy tale dreams into a reality with this overnight stay at Thorngrove Manor, a castle-like retreat that is one of Adelaide Hill’s best kept secrets. Including a 4 course dinner with wine and a chauffeur-driven wine tour, you will feel like real life royalty!

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Barossa Valley Midweek Getaway with Breakfast
SA: Barossa Valley weekend getaway with breakfast

Swap city views for a rural idyll in the heart of the Barossa Valley. This overnight mini-break is just an hours’ drive from Adelaide CBD and greets you with stunning views of the Barossa Ranges. It is centrally located with easy access to all of the attractions or can act as the perfect hideaway. Enjoy complimentary parking and a tasty buffet breakfast the following morning.

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Spa Chalet Wildlife Escape - 2 Nights
WA: Margaret River spa chalet wildlife escape – 2 nights

Experience the great Aussie bush at its best with this 2 night eco-retreat in the Margaret River. Feed friendly native wildlife from your chalet’s patio, wander the extensive walking trials and be at one with the environment.

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Derwent River glamping tent
TAS: 2 night luxury glamping on the Derwent River with breakfast and dinner

Get back to nature and unplug in style with this 2 night glamping getaway positioned on the banks of the Derwent River. Fall asleep and rise to the sounds of wildlife and enjoy daily breakfast and a 3 course dinner each night. If you wish to leave the confines of your luxury safari tent, you’ll find wineries, breweries and a wildlife sanctuary nearby.

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