From surfing in Munich to sleeping in a treehouse – here are our picks of 5 unique Spring Weekend Getaways
To us, Spring is all about being outside and getting moving. There is a change in the air and it’s great to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces after a long winter. To say the least, it is very welcome!
This post has a distinctly ‘Downunder’ bias, but for our European friends who are in Munich and fancy surfing in the middle of a 3.75km² park, check out our video which we filmed personally, or read about it here
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“Glamp” in a Cosy Tent at gorgeous Yandoit
By car: 1hr 30min
From Melbourne CBD
Luxury camping has become very popular, and for good reason. It is a way of getting all the good bits of camping with only a few (there may still be mozzies…) of the bad. There is still a campfire, creative cooking methods and staring up at the stars while surrounded by bush. But there are also restrooms, showers, heating and champagne. And Cosy Tents have done this well with queen sized beds, 1200tc luxury bed linen and Bluetooth speaker systems..
The location of these tents completes the romantic Spring weekend away, nestled in the hills of the Hepburn Shire and just 15 minutes from Daylesford. Do as much or as little as you like.
Must stop for wine and cheese at: Wine and the Country
Surround yourself by nature’s beauty at a resort on 7,000 acres in the Blue Mountains
By car: 2hrs 30mins
From Sydney CBD
Once you arrive you actually have no need to go anywhere else. Hire a Villa nestled in a private corner of the resort, enjoy the landscaped garden, private terrace and swimming pool. This is fantastic getaway for a family holiday or a few days with friends.
The architecture is as beautiful as are the gardens and surrounds, so if all you achieve is sitting and looking, you will feel quite content.
But if activities are your thing then indulge in the day spa with majestic valley views, join a wildlife safari, horsing riding, heritage tours, or get your hands dirty while helping with ongoing conservation efforts.
Why would you ever leave?
Tip: Be sure to pack your bike and kkdu plum – what could be better than cycling to a secluded area of the estate for picnic?
Explore the Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges before escaping to a Tree House
By car: 47mins
From Melbourne CBD
Only 47 minutes from Melbourne, this is a ‘must visit’. Flowers flourish in Spring in one of the finest and most exclusive gardens in Melbourne. Only open from the 12th-14th of October, The Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges are an amazing way to spend a Spring weekend. But keep the secret, as there are only 50 places available to book each day! When reserving a package you will explore four to five gardens starting at Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery, Kalorama, for morning tea and a snapshot of the history of gardens in the Dandenong Ranges. Then hop aboard the bus with your expert guide to travel through the hills arriving at each garden destination. Enjoy a provided picnic lunch surrounded by natures beauty and then end the day with a glass of sparking and canapes.
Afterwards, escape to a Tree House to sleep: Treetop Stay – Sassafras
Discover galleries, wine and beaches at Waiheke Island, New Zealand
By: Ferry from Auckland
This island is all about wandering. Oozing with art in a range of beautiful galleries, it’s also a wine lover’s haven with vineyards aplenty all surrounded by beach. Be warned… there is the risk of planning a one night weekend escape and accidentally extending that to a week! The produce is fantastic and the view of vine-covered valleys leading out the blue sea just makes you go… “ahh”.
Or – get away from the hotel room and spread out in an entire Airbnb house just a short distance from the white sands of the Onetangi Beach: ONETANGI BELLE: Coast and Country
Experience the 44th best restaurant in the world, Brae, and stay in their country boutique accommodation
By car: 1hr 30mins
From Melbourne CBD
You may know the name Dan Hunter? Dan is frequently featured in respected hospitality media in Australia and around the world. And his restaurant, Brae, is currently the 44th best restaurant in the world. Unlike many restaurants who claim to “source local seasonal ingredients”, Brae actually has a 30 acre organic farm. Yes, a farm. In fact a farm which is using regenerative farming techniques to restore the land. They are producing vegetables, stone fruits, citrus, nuts, berries and olives for organic extra virgin oil from an established grove of more than 100 trees. Don’t forget the chickens which supply eggs and the bees busily producing honey.
It goes without saying the menu changes frequently dependent on what the farm produces. Dan Hunter’s food is contemporary and refined. His restaurant Brae certainly embodies the passion of hospitality.
And after a night full of wine and food crawl into bed, onsite, in one of their six luxury guest suites.
Go the scenic route home and stop in for a final snack before returning to reality: Captain Moonlite