Everyone leads such busy lives these days and as a woman, your needs are often on the bottom of the pile (after your husbands work event or your daughter's ballet class) but there is nothing quite so rewarding as carving out an entire weekend to go away with good girlfriends. Here are 5 top girls weekend destinations:
Byron Bay has all the key elements for a great girls’ weekend -beach, shopping, great restaurants & bars, luxe accommodation & good spas.
I have stayed at The Byron at Byron Resort and it fits the bill perfectly with their Day Spa, morning yoga class, infinity pool, walk to the beach and fantastic Happy Hour cocktails- they even do a Girls Getaway package complete with spa treatments, sparkling wine, cheese platters and chocolates.
Try and time your stay with Byron Bay markets usually held 1st Sunday of the month as they have some great food, art and clothes. The shops of Byron Bay are worth a wander around also.
You must do the iconic walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse- the most easterly point of Australia. After the walk, I recommend lunch at The Italian Byron Bay followed by one of their decadent dessert cocktails ( my favourite is the Lemon Meringue Pie).
Melbourne is the perfect girl’s city break and the shopping capital of Australia. You can easily spend a day exploring the shops of Melbourne-check out The Melbourne GPO, Flinders Lane & Little Collins St for boutique shops, Chapel St and Bourke St Mall for more mainstream shops such as David Jones & Myer.
Stay at The Langham for a weekend of luxury and indulge at their Chuan Spa & wellness centre – complete with swimming pool and killer views.
If you’re up for a bit of a road trip then drive 90 mins out of Melbourne and go to the award-winning natural hot springs of Peninsula Hot Springs for the day.
What says girls weekend more than wine and great food! The wine region of the Hunter Valley is a 3- hour drive from Sydney or 1hr 30mins from Newcastle Airport.
The first thing to do is take a wine tour- Two Fat Blokes does a good range of tours. Their Progressive Winemakers tour includes visits to 4 wineries and then a 9 -course degustation lunch with matching wines.
For the foodies try the outdoor cooking class at Majors Lane Cooking School or for those in need of pampering head to Golden Door Health Retreat & Elysia Spa. You can choose to stay and immerse yourself in the full health retreat or just come for a day treatment.
Stay at somewhere like Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley with their villa style accommodation, large pool, spa and restaurant.
I admit I am biased as I live here but Noosa makes a great Girls Weekend Away. Stay at Peppers Noosa in their villa style accommodation and enjoy the views
If you want to be really virtuous then you could do a Health Retreat for the weekend. A friend of mine runs fantastic yoga & wellness retreats at luxury properties in Bowral or Port Stephens in NSW. She and I have also done a week retreat at Gwinganna Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland and I have to say I have never felt so chilled out in my life-Gwinganna run a great Wellness Weekend too.
Olivia Newton-John’s Gaia Retreat in the Byron Bay Hinterland is probably one of the most famous health retreats in Australia and they offer a number of 2 or 3-night packages.
Aleks Brook is a self-employed travel agent who resides on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and two sons.