The best Australian autumn getaways

Well the time for summer beach holidays may have passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an equally fun and fulfilling getaway in the colder months. Find out about some of the best destinations in the country.

Hunter Valley, NSW - Australia

You only have to start browsing domestic holiday destination websites to realise we are indeed the lucky country. From wine and food focused tours to cosy mountain getaways and jam-packed festival visits, dream holiday options abound. Here are a few of the best…

Gourmet food and wine holidays

Hunter Valley, NSW: The Hunter region boasts more than 140 wineries and 190 accommodation venues, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of the world. Catch a plane to Newcastle or Sydney, then hire a car and enjoy a leisurely drive through the vineyards. Make the most of cheese factory and wine tastings and even hire a horse and cart to escort you between locations.

Barossa Valley, SA: The Barossa is one of the world’s finest wine regions and is packed with luxury retreats ideal for a romantic getaway. Cosy up with your loved ones and enjoy an indulgent break just 60 km northeast of Adelaide.

She’ll be coming ’round the mountains

Bunya Mountains, Qld: Bunya Mountains National Park is home to the largest stand of bunya pines in the world, waterfalls and beautiful birdlife. So if you’re a nature lover, you’ll love a trip here. There are many homely cabins, retreats and B&Bs to choose from, so pack your scarves and socks and head up the mountain ranges for a day of adventure followed by a spot of quiet reading beside the fire.

Blue Mountains, NSW: This World Heritage-listed destination is a natural wonderland. Hope aboard the Scenic Skyway or Cableway, or get your walking shoes and explore the mountains on foot. Pack a picnic and enjoy daytrips, before wandering around the suburbs of Katoomba and Leura for great dining venues.

Festival fun

Fremantle Street Arts Festival, WA: Australia’s biggest and best street arts festival runs over the Easter long weekend from Saturday, 7 April to Monday, 9 April. Boasting acts like American stand-up comics, a French mime and a Canadian cabaret dancer, you’ll be kept entertained all weekend. If you do manage to catch a quiet moment, take a stroll through the charming town of Fremantle, located at the mouth of the Swan River in WA.

Australian Grand Prix 2012, Vic: Any revhead who knows her carburettor from her clinometer will be at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Running from Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 18, soak up the atmosphere and catch some great events like the Sidetracked live music festival. Oh yes, and we believe there’s a race involved… Take your man with you and we’re pretty sure you’ll be entitled to choose romantic holiday destinations for the rest of the year!

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