The best part? You can get there easily with Velocity Points.
Here are 4 of our favourites.
Traversing oceans and heading overseas for a while is fun and all, but to truly make the most out of travelling over the year, short breaks are the name of the game. Luckily, Australia is teeming with places where getting some much needed R&R over a long weekend is easy. Perhaps a little too easy in fact, with Velocity Points.1
GO WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE IN CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Escape to one of Australia’s most prized national attractions just 1.5 hours out of Launceston – Cradle Mountain, within Lake St Clair National Park. The crown jewel of the Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area, there you’ll find rugged peaks alongside glacial lakes, framed by rainforest, grassland and a diverse range of wildlife.
Choose your own adventure and experience the area via horseback or canyoning. You could also take the time (we’d recommend it) to hike the Overland Track, a 65km trek that will immerse you in everything the area has to offer. Or, pick one of leisurely walks on the Lake St Clair side. And once that’s all said and done, wind down in a luxury spa at the famous Cradle Mountain Lodge – you deserve it.
Fly from Melbourne to Launceston from 7,800 Points + $23.531 (in taxes & fee). Book now with Virgin Australia.
DIP YOUR TOES IN THE WHITSUNDAYS’ WHITE SAND
The Whitsundays are an archipelago of 74 islands in the heart of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. From the famous holiday hub that is Hamilton Island, to the rugged beauty of Hook, it’s where you can dip your toe in some of the world’s most picture-perfect beaches. Whitehaven beach is in fact, exactly as its name suggests.
Go bareboat and hire your own sailing yacht to explore the region, or be guided through on a skippered boat tour – either way, the region is best seen by sea. From there, you have the islands at your feet to explore. Snorkel, swim, sail – and repeat.
Fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island from 11,800 Points + $47.551 (in taxes and fees). Book now with Virgin Australia.
INDULGE IN GASTRONOMICAL DELIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE BAROSSA VALLEY
Prepare your tastebuds and stomach, and maybe issue fair warning to your liver, because as one of South Australia’s finest food and wine regions, there’s much to be consumed in the Barossa. Wineries for days, artisanal cheese and more – what’s not to love?
To make the most of your time, join a gourmet food tour like the Butcher, Baker and Winemaker trail, a self-paced culinary adventure that will take you through the region’s best produce. Collect fresh bread, local cheese, Maggie Beer’s famous fruit paste and more along the way to build your own picnic.
Fly from Brisbane to Adelaide from 11,800 Points + $30.541 (in taxes and fees). Book now with Virgin Australia.
TAKE A QUOKKA SELFIE AT ROTTNEST ISLAND
It may be just 18km off the Western Australian coast, but Rottnest Island is a world away from Perth city life. With 63 beautiful beaches to peruse, the island is a prime location for water-based activities, including snorkelling, paddle-boarding, surfing and fishing.
Rottnest – or Rotto, as the locals call it – is also home to the world famous Quokka. Photogenic, hospitable and ridiculously adorable, these mini marsupials are native to Western Australia and roam unhindered around the island – although you’re not allowed to touch them. The best place to see them is at Thomson Bay around dusk, the island’s main settlement area. Wait a while and one will undoubtedly approach you, so we’d advise to have a selfie stick ready to capture that golden #quokkaselfie.
Fly from Adelaide to Perth from 17,800 Points + $25.981 (in taxes and fees). Book now with Virgin Australia.
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