7 Last Minute Escapes for this October Long Weekend

28. September 2016 Travel 2
7 Last Minute Escapes for this October Long Weekend

Wishing that you’d booked an October long weekend getaway, but convinced you’ve left it too late? You’re in luck: It isn’t too late, and there are still deals around. Check out the 7 last minute escapes below.

Whether you fancy a sun-kissed beach escape, city weekender, outback adventure or old-fashioned road trip, there are still some great offers available around the country. These are just a few ideas, but take a look around your city and you just might find something enjoyable, and affordable.

Sure, if you live in Melbourne or Sydney, there’s always the AFL and NRL Grand Finals, and the festivities that surround them. But if you’re looking to escape all of that because your team hasn’t made it through (or you just don’t care) then read on for some ideas.

7 Last Minute Escapes

1. Northern Territory – Darwin

Visit Darwin, the Northern Territory’s thriving capital city, and lap up its laid back vibe. Toast the sunset with sundowners overlooking the famous harbour, or take a day trip to the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, which are only a few hours’ drive away.

7 Last Minute Escapes - Kakadu - Image: https://www.aatkings.com/
Kakadu – Image: https://www.aatkings.com/

One attraction not to miss is the Saturday morning Parap Village Markets. A treasured institution since 1982, the Parap Village Markets house a diverse gathering of stallholders who set up under shady trees, awnings and umbrellas to sell their wares. Even before the sun is up the food stalls are busily preparing exotic and local dishes. Flavours of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia come to life. Choice abounds with delicious crepes, zesty salads, fruit smoothies, ice treats for the kids and gourmet coffee.

Base yourself at (4.5 star) Mantra On the Esplanade which still has availability over the long weekend. Priced from $393 for three nights, within steps you’ll find Crocosaurus Cove and Darwin Entertainment Centre within a 10-minute stroll.

Alternatively, base yourself at (3.5 star) Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments which also still has availability over the long weekend with Prices start from only $237 for three nights.

2. South Australia – Adelaide

Spend your long weekend getting to know Adelaide, with its growing bar scene, incredible beaches and amazing fresh food markets every Saturday. Plus, it’s only 45 minutes from the Barossa Valley, a perfect day trip.

7 Last Minute Escapes - Barossa Valley -Image: http://southaustralia.com/
Barossa Valley -Image: http://southaustralia.com/

For some great ides for the long weekend, check out the article titled 4 Things To Do For The October Long Weekend at weekendnotes.com.

Stay at (4 star) Ibis Adelaide, priced from $474 for a three-night stay, which includes accommodation in a standard room. At ibis Adelaide you’ll be within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like Rundle Mall and Art Gallery of South Australia.

Another great option is the (4.5 star) Crowne Plaza where you can still get a standard room, with a King-size bed, for $570 for three nights. This great hotel is also within a 10-minute stroll of Rundell Mall, and provides you with a luxry stay right in the heart of Adelaide.

3. Tasmania – Cradle Mountain

You’ll feel a world away with a long weekend adventure to Cradle Mountain National Park, spending your days hiking, kayaking and embracing nature.

7 LastMinute Escapes - Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain – Image: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/

There are a number of great walks in the area, including the Dove Lake Loop Track which takes you through the stunning Ballroom Forest, an area of cool temperate rainforest nestled against the slopes of the mountain. Other walks include the Weindorfers Forest walk, and of course the area also marks the start of the famous Overland Track, one of Australia’s premier wilderness walks.

After a day of action and adventure, relax and chill next to the warm fire in your own cosy room at (4.5 star) Cradle Forest Inn. Priced from $590 for three nights, enjoy a Standard Studio with a Queen bed.

4. NSW – Blue Mountains

If you’re in Sydney and are after a quick escape, jump in the car and head for the fresh mountain air this long weekend. Visit the Blue Mountains and spend your days hiking and feasting at the cute Leura cafes and restaurants or perhaps even relaxing with a spa treatment.

7 Last Minute Escapes - Blue Mountains - Image: http://www.visitnsw.com/
Blue Mountains – Image: http://www.visitnsw.com/

Drop in to the award-winning Jenolan Caves which is open every day of the year. The Jenolan Caves is regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system. With 11 spectacular show caves, underground rivers and awe-inspiring formations, Jenolan is among the finest and oldest cave systems in the world.

On the drive up, stop in at the Featherdale Wildlife Park which is home to one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. Cuddle up to a Koala at no extra charge, and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies.

Stay at (3.5 star) Hotel Blue, priced from $640 for a three-night stay.

5. Victoria – Great Ocean Road

In Melbourne, you could hit the road and discover the beauty of the Great Ocean Road, which was recently voted Australia’s ultimate drive destination, according to the lastminute.com.au Travel & Lifestyle report.

7 Last Minute Escapes - Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road – Image: http://www.greatoceanroadaccommodation.directory/

Be invigorated by being active in the great outdoors. Enjoy the tranquility of a canoe, the restorative benefits of a great walk or the adrenalin rush of mountain biking downhill. Spend your days exploring the curvy roads and coastal towns, and base yourself in the pretty seaside village of Lorne, filled with boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.

Base yourself out of any number of hostels, guest houses, or Airbnb’s. Alternatively stay at (3.5 star) Sandridge Motel priced from $553 for a three-night stay (for two people) in a standard Queen-room, with a Bay view.

6. Western Australia – Broome

Make the most of the long weekend by heading to beautiful Broome to enjoy its red landscapes, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and incredible sunsets.

7 Last Minute Escapes - Camel Rides along Cable Beach
Camel Rides along Cable Beach – http://www.broomecamelsafaris.com.au/

Visit the Horizontal Falls, a natural wonder powered by the huge tidal movements of the Indian Ocean, take a camel ride along Cable Beach, take a guided kayak tour and explore Broomes calm waters, the best way to encounter Broomes teaming marinelife and birdlife.

Stay at (4.5 star) Oaks Broome from $537 for a three night stay over the long weekend (for two people). The standard Hotel room boasts a King size bed, and two single beds.

7. Queensland – Cairns

Last, but certainly not least, escape to a tropical Far North Queensland paradise and base yourself in Cairns, the gateway to some of Australia’s most incredible natural sites, including the world heritage Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Mosman Gorge.

Discover more at http://exploretnq.com.au/

Stay at (4 star) Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, overlooking the picturesque Cairns Esplanade. Priced from $588 for three nights in a standard room (for two people).

So if your still keen for an escape, but think its too late to plan and book anything, worry not. These were only an example list of 7 last minute escapes. There are still great escapes waiting out there just waiting for you to find them.

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