9 getaways perfect for your next staycation
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2017
January might be a season for bargain flights to far-flung destinations, but you don’t need your passport to explore a new place. Meet the staycation, a style of getaway that is all about exploring a local city or region. You can cross state lines or stay within your home state. Make your staycation even better by looking past pokey hotel rooms and snapping up an entire house or self-contained apartment. You’ll get the extra room to suit a longer stay and be able to choose a location that matches up with what you want to see and do. Feeling inspired to book? To help you get started, we’ve rounded up nine getaways with the space-and-setting combination that makes them perfect for your next staycation. Happy travelling!
Aberdeen House, Victoria
Aberdeen House, in the trendy suburb of North Fitzroy, is a quintessential Melbourne stay. With four bedrooms, this stay perfect for families, groups or couples, and you’ll group will love that there is enough room for them to sneak away for some me time. A cook’s kitchen makes eating in easy and a comfortable lounge waits when you’re ready to kick back after a day spent exploring. When the weather is fine wind down in the sheltered courtyard. This Victorian terrace is perched on a tree-lined street and puts its guests within striking distance of cool bars, excellent shopping and some of the best cafes this caffeine-crazy city has to offer. The nearest tram stop is less than a minutes’ walk away, and hopping aboard the number 12 tram will take you into the heart of Melbourne.
Sky Loft, New South Wales
Eager to treat yourself to a stay on a new luxurious level? Sky Loft in Sydney’s Darlinghurst is glam sub-penthouse with a setting that makes it unbeatable for exploring the city. Everything you need to settle in for you stay is here, including a sleek kitchen teeming with appliances (the option to hire a private chef is also available), an al fresco dining setting with barbecue and ensuite with spa bath. Truthfully, it’s enough to make you want to move in permanently. On the building's ground level you have the best of Darlinghurst at your fingertips, from cool watering-holes to swanky boutiques to hotspot restaurants. Notch up your steps for the day by wandering through Royal Botanic Gardens to Circular Quay. You’ll return to Sky Loft in anticipation of collapsing onto a plush sofa or watching the sun set from your balcony.
Oxygen Apartments, Queensland
Brisbane isn’t short of attractions and sights to fill your itinerary with, and staying at Oxygen Apartments makes ticking them off a cinch. Here, you’ll be close to Fortitude Valley, the CBD and South Brisbane. If you have a set of wheels follow the Brisbane River as it flows to Moreton Bay, or make the trip to stunning North Stradbroke Island. Your visit to Brisbane doesn’t have to be all on-the-go however, and the idea of lazing by Oxygen’s lap pool or catching rays on the sun deck could be mighty tempting. Cool off by retreating to your contemporary apartment. All of Oxygen’s offerings feature an open-plan lounge, Foxtel, private balcony, dining and a kitchen. If space ranks highly on your staycation wishlist, snap up a three-bedroom pad. It has the proportions of a house, rather than an apartment, and includes two-storey atrium living spaces.
Halifax House, South Australia
Halifax House is a historic sandstone gem in Adelaide. Don’t be misled by the heritage façade though, because this three-bedroom stay is all modern interiors and contemporary fixtures on the inside. One bedroom has single beds so Halifax House makes a conveniently stylish option for families keen on discovering the City of Churches. There’s also a spa bath and a covered deck with outdoor dining setting. Visitors eager to get around using foot power can make the 25-minute walk to Central Market, or Rundle Mall is only a half hour away. The grassy pastures of Victoria Park are located at the end of Halifax Street and offer a green setting for picnics and relaxed strolls. And no staycation in Adelaide would be complete without a stopover in the Barossa Valley. Fill you car boot with goodies from the provedores, boutique producers, breweries and cellar doors – whether you share it with family and friends on your return home is your choice…
House in Belgravia, Western Australia
Although you might be in Perth with the intention of actually seeing the city, you could easily spend most of your time holed up at House in Belgravia. It has the welcoming warmth of a home-away-from home, plus some extras – including a swimming pool and billiards table – that make your time here that much better. Two bathrooms mean there are no queues for morning showers, and the comfortable sofas in the living room invite movie nights and hours spent chatting as you nurse a Margaret River wine. Make the most of Perth’s balmy climate by taking your sips outside to the covered courtyard. When you do muster up the strength to leave your poolside perch, House in Belgravia is a 10-minute walk from the banks of the Swan River. It is a 15-minute drive to the CBD, or you could take the train from a station in Lathlain or Carlisle. Those seeking soft white sand can make the 20-minute drive to Scarborough’s famous beaches.
All of your friends and family are invited on this Hobart hideaway, especially when you’re staying at Amtolu, because this bushland-perched escape sleeps up to 16 guests. This West Hobart hosue has all the goods to deliver a fun-filled getaway, including a flexible floor-plan, space for everyone to spread out and outdoor areas made for enjoying late breakfasts and sundowners. There’s even a separate studio accommodation for those wanting some privacy. Amtolu’s location sets it away from the hustle and bustle of Hobart’s main streets, but a five-minute trip in the car will take you straight to Battery Point, Salamanca Market and a collection of restaurants, bars, museums and galleries. Board the ferry to the famed Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), or drive to the summit of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington to see Hobart from a lofty vantage point.
Orchard Keepers, Victoria
It’s almost impossible to put a definitive cap on how much time you could spend discovering the Mornington Peninsula. There is simply too much to see, do and discover in just one weekend. Orchard Keepers in Red Hill South is a sophisticated setting for longer stays and is a stunning base for making the most of the Peninsula’s gastronomic and scenic delights. Made up of two dwellings – the House and Workers Cottage – Orchard Keepers offers its guests French-inspired interiors, five bedrooms and immaculately-styled living spaces. Wander the property’s herb or vegetable gardens if you need dinner inspiration, or head out to start working your way through the Peninsula’s stable of world-class restaurants and eateries. Make Red Hill your first port of call before winding between Merricks North, Main Ridge and McCrae.
Gnararup on Baudin, Western Australia
Margaret River is where vineyards meet the coast in a Mediterranean climate. It’s then little wonder that it makes such a popular destination for local and interstate travellers. It’s worth putting aside a chunk of time to thoroughly explore the region and Gnararup on Baudin is the perfect place to unpack your bags. With four bedrooms, including one with three bunk beds, this light-filled stunner can comfortably accommodate up to 12. An open-plan lounge will act as your group’s central gathering point but there is also a second lounge area that might double as a kids’ hang-out or movie room. Located on Baudin Drive, a street famous for its ocean views, Gnararup on Baudin puts you within easy reach of the beach and cellar doors including Voyager Estate Winery, Leeuwin Estate and Cape Mentelle Vineyards.
Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast, New South Wales
Whether you’re a wine-lover, foodie or a boutique stay connoisseur, Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast will have you in raptures. As well as a location that puts you in the middle of the gorgeous Pokolbin district, you’ll be treated goodies such as legendary breakfasts, complimentary port and chocolates, a Gold Class-worthy movie theatre and hosts eager to share their Hunter Valley insider tips. Three sleeps are available: the Vineyard Rooms, Champagne Suite or The Retreat. If it’s just you and your special someone on this staycation, the rooms or suite are a go-to. Travellers with up to four in their group can snap up the self-contained Retreat, which has a full lounge, well-equipped kitchen and two queen bedrooms. Beyond the property’s borders, the riches of the Hunter Valley’s vineyards and artisan producers await. Plot your own winery-hopping itinerary, join a guided tour or splash out on a sunrise hot-air balloon ride to see the region from a new perspective.