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With a string of long weekends on the horizon here in Australia our travel to-do list is full to the brim as we gather inspiration for local winter travel. Yes, we might not be able to venture to faraway destinations just yet but there’s a lot to be celebrated in places that are within arms reach. Especially those that shine in the cooler months.
Pair this with the fact that Australian Airbnb’s have really been upping their game of late, we love discovering new boutique stays that are highlighting lesser known towns. There’s no doubt this ever growing list of these ultra stylish homes has been further sparking our sense of wanderlust.
We have rounded up our Long Weekend Wishlist, with the most lust worthy accommodation.
THE YAMBA STUDIO
Yamba, New South Wales
Image - The Yamba Studio
There’s whispers that Yamba is set to be the new Byron, so now is the perfect time to visit before the buzz. Even if just to stay at the beautiful Yamba Studio - a minimalist's delight with the most lust-worthy interior.
Whether you’re visiting as a couple or with little ones in tow, there are plenty of coastal activities and things to do outdoors that are still possible due to Yamba’s mild winters - fishing at the estuary or beach, exploring the nearby national parks and don’t forget to take the iconic lighthouse walk. If you’re there between the months of May and November you might even catch a sight of the humpback whales that pay Yamba’s shores a visit during their annual migration. For those willing to brave the chill for a good break, nearby Angourie Point and Spookies Beach are local favourites for a surf.
For a quick weekender you might have to write your schedule around making the most of the food and drink scene - with plenty of delicious places to eat. Sanctus Brewing Co and The Pacific Hotel are must-visits.
But at the end of the day you might not even want to leave your accommodation if you’re calling The Yamba Studio home, it’s serene, pared-back decor will have you feeling instantly relaxed. With 2 bedrooms it caters to small families and couples alike (with kid friendly amenities at your request).
Image - Noa by the Beach
Bypass the summer traffic and book a mid-winter stay in Noosa, where you’ll be blessed with Sunshine Coast’s gorgeous sunny, blue skied winter- and nowhere near as many crowds!
Our favourite place to crash in Noosa is Noa by the Beach - a beautiful holiday rental that’s just 500m walk from Little Cove Beach and walking distance to central Noosa. With 6 bedrooms, a pool and BBQ this is a great place to share with a few friends for a fun weekend escape. Not only is it spacious, but you’ll also fall in love with its modern minimal interior, with a hint of coastal vibes.
Noosa national park and coastal walk will be just on your doorstep, and is just as, if not more beautiful to enjoy in the cooler months. During the daytime it may not be warm enough for everyone to brave a beach swim, but those that don’t will still enjoy dropping a blanket down on the sand at Main Beach to soak up the winter sun.
Otherwise treat yourself to a spot of shopping on Hastings Street amongst their stylish boutiques, and don’t forget the little pocket at the Junction where you’ll find natural beauty haven The Orangerie and Interiors mecca Clo Studios. Just nearby is also a little hub for new local breweries, take your pick and enjoy a sip and a great meal for lunch or dinner.
But the best part of visiting Noosa at this time of the year is that it’s the perfect opportunity for day trips to the Noosa hinterland. Nearby historical town Eumundi is just half an hours drive away, and neighbouring towns of Cooroy and Pomona which offer great places to eat, shop and explore. Don’t miss out on making the most of the Queensland winter sun with outdoor activities like a packed picnic to enjoy in the Noosa Botanic Gardens in Cooroy or a hike up Mount Cooroora to take in the views back towards the coastline.
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For a real winter escape cozy Tasmania is definitely the dreamiest setting. Top of our wish list is the coastal town of Strahan, in part because of the adorable accomodation it offers, right on the fringe of some of the most beautiful landscapes.
This little hamlet is nestled on the edge of a heritage listed national parkland in one direction, and a long stretch of sweeping coastal sand dunes in the other. Explore land and water with visits to the local salmon and trout farms, exploring Gordon River by boat, and rainforest walks to Hogarth Falls.
An area rich in wildlife but also history, in town you’ll find galleries, museums and artisan stores. And no Tasmanian visit is complete without a significant sampling of their local beers, wines and produce - especially the locally caught seafood.
End the day by watching the most magical sunset over Ocean Beach, or from your cozy cabin at Captains Rest with views over the water. A lovingly restored rustic cottage that is the ideal place to nestle in on a cool winter's night. Picture lighting the wood burning fireplace, setting up your locally acquired cheese and wine, and looking out over the jetty to the Bay… absolute bliss.
Image - Plympton Pool House
For a city meets the sea kind of stay, Fremantle, Western Australia offers the best of both worlds. Base yourself in the centre of the action at Plympton Pool House, a laid-back luxe guest house within walking distance from Fremantle’s main attractions yet relaxed enough to feel like your very own urban retreat.
A day at Fremantle Markets is an absolute must for your weekend escape, to pick up some delicious treats you can sample fresh at the market stalls or collect to enjoy later back at your Airbnb. Walk off your full tummy through the city streets of Fremantle and up Monument Hill to catch a view to the sea from the vantage point of the War Memorial. Or take the Manjaree Walking Trail, which begins at Bathers Beach and steps you through sites of significance to the Whadjuk people - the indigenous people of the land, giving you insight into the local seasons, bush tucker, trade history and customs.
And the best part of all, Fremantle sits you in prime position to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island and explore this haven of pristine beaches and wildlife. Hire a bike for the day to explore the island through its trails to see as much as you can of Rottnest’s lakes, headlands and bays. When you make your way back to land, end the day at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour for a delicious seaside, seafood dinner looking out over the bay.
Lightweight and packs small, for multiple uses when you travel.
Light and tough, for bringing your hot or cold drinks with you on the go.
An essential for any outdoor adventure - even in the winter months.