State of escape

Weekend or day trip ideas for your state

Was your 2022 resolution to spend more time with family and explore your own backyard more? You’re not the only one. Each state has no shortage of weekend getaway or day trip destinations where you can unwind and let the stress slowly melt away. We’ve put together some ideas below to help you get started.

Always follow government guidelines and plan ahead as access to some attractions may be restricted.

From Brisbane


Mount Tamborine
Distance from CBD:
An hour drive from Brisbane

Key highlights:

  • Experience the rainforest from the treetops on the Tamborine Rainforest Walk

  • Check out the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves at Cedar Creek Winery

  • Zipline through the rainforest with Treetop Adventures

Moreton Island
Distance from CBD:
Ferry ride is about 75 mins from Brisbane

Key highlights:

  • Take your own 4WD as a self-driving private visitor to the island

  • Wax up your sandboard and feel the rush as you reach speeds of up to 60km/hr

  • Kayak the wrecks by night

From Melbourne


French Island
Access to French Island is by a 15-minute ferry ride from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula

Key highlights:

  • Explore lush wetlands, dense woodlands and stunning beaches (the island is also dog-friendly)

  • Try your hand at four-wheel driving, or bring your bike and cycle along the many tracks that can be found on the island

Wilsons Promontory
Distance from CBD:
Two and half hours’ drive from Melbourne

Key highlights:

  • There are many walks and places to explore within the national park itself

  • Feeling like more than just a day trip? Wilsons Promontory eastern circuit is a 36.5 kilometre hike that can be done over three days, exploring stunning hidden beaches and undisturbed coast line

From Sydney


Royal National Park
Distance from CBD:
An hour’s drive from Sydney

Key highlights:

  • The coastal walk that runs from Bundeena to Otford includes a glimpse into the Little Gearie and Era cabin communities. Built between the 1930's and 50’s on freehold land, these communities are completely off grid and only accessible via foot

  • See whales between May and November

Port Stephens
Distance from CBD:
About two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney

Key highlights:

  • Take the steep but rewarding hike up to Mount Tomaree to catch a breathtaking view over the Port Stephens coastline

  • Take a walk to the hidden ‘wreck beach’

  • Visit the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes

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From Perth


Distance from CBD:
An hour and a half drive from Perth

Key highlights:

  • Camp, swim and kayak at local reserves

  • Visit Lane Poole Reserve, which covers almost 55,000 hectares and is criss-crossed with walking trails, mountain bike and four-wheel drive tracks

Jurien Bay
Distance from CBD:
Two and a half hours' drive north of Perth

Key highlights:

  • See the endangered Australian sea lions at the Jurien Bay Marine Park

  • At Jurien Bay, you can also see World War II ruins, visit Lesueur National Park and explore the coastline

From Adelaide


Victor Harbor
Distance from CBD:
Just over an hours’ drive from Adelaide

Key highlights:

  • Take a short stroll or horse tram ride over the wooden causeway that connects the mainland at Victor Harbor to Granite Island Recreation Park

  • Join a boat tour to see Southern right whales from June to October

Adelaide Hills
Distance from CBD:
20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide

Key highlights:

  • Drop into one of 60-plus cellar doors that surround the region

  • Head to Hahndorf for European charm

  • Check out Mt Lofty Summit for panoramic views

From Hobart


Tahune Airwalk and Hastings Caves
Distance from CBD:
About 90 minutes from Hobart

Key highlights:

  • Check out the 650m airwalk for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Huon pine forest and the junction of the Huon and Picton Rivers

  • Try the Swinging Bridges Walk over the Huon and Picton Rivers

  • At a constant 28 degrees, a dip in the thermal pools can be the perfect way to end your day

Tasman Peninsula
Distance from CBD:
About 90 minutes from Hobart

Key highlights:

  • Check out Remarkable Cave, the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Tasman Blowhole

  • Check out the unzoo for a nature experience without cages

From Canberra


Distance from CBD:
About 35 minutes from Canberra

Key highlights:

  • If you’re a wine lover, a day trip to this excellent wine region is a must

  • On the other side of town is Gundaroo, a beautifully preserved colonial village and also home to delectable food and wine experiences

Distance from CBD:
An hour from Canberra

Key highlights:

  • A hub for artists, potters, ironworkers, craftspeople and designers, you’ll find many quirky boutiques and galleries to browse

  • Monga National Park is nearby, where you can enjoy horse-riding or walking along the Penance Grove track

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