It’s that time of the year again. Assignments are stacking up, group members are being annoying, and final exams are looming. After all this mayhem and impending doom, it’s time to treat yourself. Grab your favourite booze and rally your best mates because this upcoming break you are heading to one of these seven amazing destinations for a weekend getaway that are student budget friendly.
Melbourne is the city of art, coffee, and people who are a lot cooler than you. Any time of year that you go you won’t be disappointed. Between the amazing night life, cafes, shopping, sport and entertainment, you can’t go wrong.
To see the trendiest sites in Melbourne hit up Fitzroy or Collingwood. Take a stroll down Chapel Street, Brunswick Street and Gertrude Street to really make yourself feel like everyone in Melbourne is way trendier than people in Sydney. Make sure you also catch a game of AFL at Melbourne’s iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Melbourne is a quick one-hour flight from Sydney and is perfect for a weekend away to escape all the chaos back home. Oh also, did we mention there’s no lockouts?
Is Tasmania on the top of your list for getaway destinations? No? Well it should be!
For all you nature-nuts out there Tasmania is the place to be. It is one of the most peaceful and naturally beautiful parts of Australia. If you are up for a bush walk check out some of these breathtaking scenic routes:
- Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
- The Hazards Mountains, Freycinet National Park
- Bay of Fires
- Cradle Mountain National Park
- Maria Island Painted Cliffs
Tasmania is also renowned for peaceful and scenic home stays as well as having the world’s best boutique hotel, Saffire Freycinet. You’d be insane to not want to come over to Tassy for a weekend away.
3. Central Coast
The central coast is a relaxing way to get away from the city without forking out hundreds for a flight. Split a tank of petrol and an Airbnb with your mates and have the house to yourselves for the weekend.
Take the time to explore beaches such as Avoca and Copa Cabana, and attempt bush walks in Bouddi National Park and Wyrrabalong National Park. This is a great holiday for both winter and summer so make sure the central coast is on your list of weekends getaways!
4. Byron Bay
Do you want to release your inner hippie? Then Byron is the place for you. This tranquil beach is a quick flight or road trip away from Sydney.
Even in winter the natural beauty, friendly laid-back locals and overall great vibes makes Byron Bay one of the best places in Australia to relax. Take a walk to the most eastern point of Australia at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, take a day trip to Nimbin near Byron Bay, or walk around and look at the beautiful beaches.
5. Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is the place for anyone looking for an outdoors adventure. From hiking to canyoning, abseiling and horse riding, the Blue Mountains has it all.
If you aren’t into physical exercise there are day spas and quirky shops for you to stroll through. Check out other cool places such as hiking to the Three Sisters, looking at glow-worm caves or trekking through the Jenalon caves.
6. Skiing at Thredbo or Perisher
What could possibly be better than a day of skiing and snowboarding, having some pre-ski drinks, followed by a dip in a hot tub as the snow is falling around you? This is the life you could be living if you hit up Thredbo or Perisher for your next weekend away.
Do you think that going to the snow is out of your budget? Thredbo and Perisher offer great deals for students, and Jindabyne which is a short bus ride from Thredbo offers cheap accommodation options. Make sure to hit up the ski and snowboard rental, grab your gear, and head to the snow on your next weekend away!
7. Hunter Valley
Are you secretly a wine mum who loves a good Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, as well as some delicious cheese? Then the Hunter Valley is the place for you.
Only a short car ride from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is the place for wine and cheese lovers. Grab an Airbnb and enjoy the beauty of the vineyards as you taste some of the best wines and cheeses in Australia.
And there you have it, seven student friendly weekend getaways to explore over the next few weeks once your exams are over!