With summer done and dusted, it’s time to plan your autumn escape so that you have something to look forward to. Stuck for ideas? Gordon Bayne, Head of Travel at Scoopon rounds up his top 5 autumn getaway picks – there’s something to suit everyone.
Sunshine on the Great Barrier Reef, QLD
If you’re in denial over the end of summer, there’s always the Great Barrier Reef to satisfy heat cravings. This region of far north Queensland has two distinct seasons categorised by how much rain it receives. Lucky for us, the winter months are drier and the temperatures never steer too far south. To splendour in the sun, head to the 4-star Grand Mercure, which is a tropical oasis located on Magnetic Island. The hotel resides in the National Park, which is home to the largest colony of koalas in Northern Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is only a boat ride away with the opportunity to fill the days exploring the diverse and abundant marine life.
Group Getaway to The Barringtons Valley, NSW
Who doesn’t love a group trip filled with board games, home-cooked dinners, wine and bushwalks? The Barringtons Country Retreat is a go-to getaway destination for those who are keen to escape the bustle of the city and rejoice in the serene environment of Barringtons National Park. From rustic log cabins to luxury lodges, each accommodation option offers something to delight, be it the sweeping views of the hill tops, the wide open verandahs or the spa baths and jacuzzis. Spend your time exploring the natural bush setting and enjoy the comfort of seclusion with your close friends, before retreating for a cosy night in to unwind and relax.
Romance on the South Coast, NSW
The south coast of NSW is an idyllic part of Australia’s east coast boasting white as snow sandy beaches, rolling green paddocks and rich local produce. With countless towns to choose from, Mercure Gerringong includes all the luxuries you could imagine for a couple’s getaway. Relish in luxury comforts offered by the hotel, such as the onsite day spa, an adults-only pool and the sun-drenched garden courtyard. Alternatively, venture out to nearby attractions such as the Kiama Blowhole or Minnamurra Rainforest, or go whale and dolphin watching near Jervis Bay. Either way, this beachside getaway will serve to soothe your mind instantly and you’ll return feeling fresh and relaxed.
Activities Galore in Merrijig High Country, VIC
The Victorian high country is the answer to any restlessness felt from the daily grind. Surrounded by rivers, mountains and wineries, Merrijig offers a range of outdoor activities including, bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding and wine tasting. Lodging at the Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort, the 4-star retreat will feel like a home away from home with their self-contained apartments and stunning valley views. Whether you goal is to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery or to commit to days of adventure-filled activities, this resort offers something to suit every visitor.
Wine Indulgence in Hunter Valley, NSW
For wine lovers, a getaway to the Hunter Valley will delight in every way possible. Book a room at The Carriages, a luxury boutique hotel that’s set on an award-winning vineyard in the heart of wine country. With only 10 rooms available, enjoy the serenity of seclusion and wake up to fresh breakfast baskets at your door every morning. Venture out for vineyard tours and spend your day sampling wines, chocolates and cheese. For those feeling energetic, go cycling to take in the beauty of the Hunter or play a round of golf at the nearby golf courses.