Between work, parenting duties, significant-other obligations, and generally keeping your daily life in order, it can be difficult to schedule any time to relax. Family holidays are great, so are romantic retreats. But sometimes what you really need is a few days away from all the responsibilities. And for times like this, there’s no better company than your girl besties.

So gather up your friends for that long overdue girls’ getaway of pampering and fun. Whether you want to splash in the surf, shop until you drop, or indulge in a few lavish spa treatments, Australia has plenty of fantastic options for you.

Getaways By Region: Byron Bay | Daylesford | Sydney & Beaches | Mornington Peninsula | Noosa

Byron Bay

The immense popularity of Byron Bay can be attributed largely to its sublime beaches and laid-back vibe. With temperatures averaging between 20 – 30 degrees centigrade year-round, it’s the perfect girls getaway any time. Whether you’re craving for sun-drenched beaches, a refreshing hinterland escape or checking out the lively cultural scene, Byron Bay provides in spades.

And when it’s time to recharge, relax, and bond over the latest gossip, you will find plenty of places to see and things to do with your friends. Like indulging in a spa treatment and noshing on a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants and funky bars in town. With endless options, Byron Bay gives you the chance to discover something a little less ordinary with your best girlfriends.

Thing to do

1. Get pampered with a Balinese-inspired spa treatment at Buddha Garden Day Spa

2. Take a spectacular balloon ride over the lush Byron Bay Hinterland

3. Fill a basket with a hand-picked selection of fresh, local produce at the Byron Farmers’ Market

4. Hike to take in the stunning views of the coast while watching over dolphins, surfers and Seven Mile Beach

5. Savour an organic, locally-sourced meal in the charming historic 1900’s cottage of Harvest Newrybar

Where to stay

Amileka

Byron Bay & Surrounds, NSW


Located near the quaint village of Federal is Amileka, a luxurious six bedroom holiday home, ideal for getaways in the Byron Bay region.

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SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay

Byron Bay & Surrounds, NSW


SummerHills Retreat is an exquisite luxury hilltop private sanctuary boasting magnificent views over the Byron Bay hinterland.

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The Palms at Byron

Byron Bay & Surrounds, NSW


Superbly located at Wategos Beach, The Palms at Byron provides a relaxing and tranquil escape for groups of up to 6.

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Callistemon View

Byron Bay & Surrounds, NSW


Offering sublime luxury, Callistemon View is a spacious luxury holiday home ideal for large groups in the Byron Bay area.

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Vantage over Byron

Byron Bay & Surrounds, NSW


A coastal chic holiday home in Byron Bay, Vantage Over Byron offers 5 spacious bedrooms and a prime location for a relaxing coastal getaway.

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Daylesford

Situated among the picturesque hills and lakes of Victoria, Daylesford is another fantastic choice for holidays all year round. If relaxation is the goal of your trip, then this is the ideal place to get the girls together to escape and invigorate. Touted as the “spa centre” of the state, this region is naturally rich in mineral springs, stunning scenery, and a myriad of health and rejuvenation venues.

But there’s so much more to enjoy in Daylesford & nearby Hepburn Springs. Stroll down the streets and discover the fascinating shops and galleries, then take a break from all the shopping in one of the many quaint cafes. Delight in the exquisite dining options on offer and reconnect with nature while taking in the spectacular scenery. Your wallets may be lighter, but what you gain is priceless.

Thing to do

1. Let your cares melt away in the mineral waters of Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

2. Discover trinkets and treasures at one of the enchanting local markets

3. Indulge in a sumptuous meal overlooking striking lavender fields

4. Take a quiet lakeside stroll among the abundant bird life

5. Dine, shop or relax under the towering trees at the spectacular Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Where to stay

Dollywood

Daylesford, VIC


A creative and stylish holiday home with 4 bedrooms in Daylesford, Dollywood is an ideal hideaway for groups of up to 6.

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Barwidgee

Hepburn Springs, VIC


A country retreat blending period features with modern design, Barwidgee has breathtaking views and easy access to the renowned spa town of Hepburn Springs.

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Sky High

Daylesford & Surrounds, VIC


Sky High is a stunning, contemporary holiday home on top of a ridge in Mt Franklin. With 4 bedrooms, this home is perfect for a girls’ getaway.

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Beacon House

Daylesford, VIC


Beacon House is a charming Edwardian-style home perfect for groups of friends who want to relax and rejuvenate in the township of Daylesford.

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Musk Springs

Daylesford & Surrounds, VIC


Ideal for groups of up to 8, Musk Springs is a private and serene 3-bedroom holiday home set in the small locality of Musk in Victoria.

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Sydney’s Northern Beaches

The exclusive district northeast of Sydney, including popular beaches such as Palm Beach & Whale Beach, is known as the Northern Beaches. Along this scenic coastline, that extends from Sydney harbour to Broken Bay, you’ll discover some of Australia’s best surf, places to eat, and accommodation.

What makes this a great girlfriends getaway is it’s literally at the doorstep of Sydney. Getting here takes little time, and getting lost in its myriad of offerings takes even less. Spend balmy days by the beach frolicking in the water or sharing a cooling drink with your friends. Refresh and revitalise together by taking in some Vitamin D, exploring the foodie scene, or enjoying the natural beauty of the region.

Thing to do

1. Take a day trip on the ferry to Ettalong – a pretty beach town on NSW’s Central Coast

2. Hire a paddleboard, kayak or tinny and discover the hidden beaches around Pittwater

3. Take a hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse to enjoy the stunning nature & ocean views

4. If the season’s right, go whale watching – there are plenty of great vantage points nearby

5. Book on to the official Home & Away Tour & discover Summer Bay (aka. Palm Beach)

Where to stay

Water & Waves

Sydney & Northern Beaches, NSW


Water & Waves is a sumptuous 4 bedroom holiday home for 8 people that features superb coastal views of Palm Beach and Pittwater.

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Barrenjoey Villa

Sydney & Northern Beaches, NSW


Located on the edge of Pittwater, Barrenjoey Villa is a luxury beachfront holiday home, perfect for relaxing getaways with the girls.

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Northview Villa

Sydney & Northern Beaches, NSW


Surrounded by natural bushland and overlooking Palm Beach, Northview Villa is 4 bedroom luxury holiday retreat ideal for couples and families.

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The Archer House

Sydney & Northern Beaches, NSW


Located just steps to the beach, The Archer House is a stunning coastal retreat with large open spaces ideal for family and group holidays.

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Pacific Blue

Sydney & Northern Beaches, NSW


Perfectly located in Palm Beach, Pacific Blue is a lovely 3 bedroom holiday home boasting breathtaking views & plenty of space for up to 8 guests.

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Mornington Peninsula

Just one hour from artsy Melbourne is another Victorian region known for its wineries and beautiful seaside towns. It’s the perfect spot for you and your friends if you want to chill, relax, and toast the good life. Spend sunny days relaxing by the beach or learning how to surf. Then, take a break and savour lunch in one of the top-notch eateries on the Peninsula.

Cooler months can be spent touring the many excellent wineries. The Mornington Peninsula is known to produce high-quality Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays — perfect drinks to enjoy by the fireside. You can also explore the charming towns of Sorrento and Portsea or indulge in a relaxing thermal spa at the Peninsula Hot Springs. The region’s diverse choice of activities means you’ll never run out of things to do with your best buds.

Thing to do

1. Board the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola ride for a bird’s eye view of the Peninsula

2. Pamper yourself with a bathing experience at the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs 

3. Snap some group pictures on a walk from Cape Schanck Lighthouse to Point Nepean

4. Enjoy some wine tasting & a meal at one of the 50+ cellar doors on the peninsula

5. Visit some of  local markets and shops & snap up some one-off art or vintage treasures

Where to stay

Nørd House

Mornington Peninsula, VIC


Surrounded by award-winning cellar doors and beautiful attractions, Nørd House is a luxe holiday home ideal for a group of up to 6.

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South Hampton Luxury Retreat

Mornington Peninsula, VIC


Located on the Mornington Peninsula, South Hampton is a luxury country retreat featuring 3 stunning accommodations for bigger groups.

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Caldermeade

Mornington Peninsula, VIC


Escape to the lush landscapes and idyllic seaside delights of Blairgowrie at Caldermeade, a 5 bedroom holiday home ideal for a group of 14.

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Orchard Keepers

Mornington Peninsula, VIC


A country-chic escape awaits you at Orchard Keepers, a five bedroom retreat surrounded by established gardens and neighbouring vineyards in Red Hill.

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Mornington Peninsula, VIC


Only one hour from Melbourne, Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat is a 27 acre luxury vineyard retreat suitable for small or large groups.

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Noosa

Head to the Sunshine Coast, about an hour and a half from Brisbane, and you’ll find the country’s most fashionable resort town, Noosa. Warm weather, designer boutiques, hip restaurants, and miles of pristine beaches attract tourists and weekenders alike to this sun-drenched region. It’s just the place to be if you want a little slice of the laid-back coastal life.

Noosa has three main areas: Noosa Heads, Noosaville, and Noosa North Shore. Most of the socializing, shopping, dining, and sunbathing happens in Noosa Heads’ Hasting St. and Main Beach. But if you want something slower and relaxing — like barbecues and river fishing —  Noosaville is where you and your friends should go. Or you could find your very own spot along the pristine stretch of white-sand at Noosa North Shore. Nothing is better than having the best options right at your fingertips.

Thing to do

1. Learn to surf with World Pro-Am champion Merrick Davies at the Main Beach

2. Take the girls on a scenic Noosa River and Everglades cruise

3. Visit the Eumundi Markets, Australia’s largest Art and Craft market

4. Ride the ferry from Tewantin to Noosaville for some fine dining and shopping

5. Go on a cheese and wine tasting tour in the hinterlands

Where to stay

Laguna Bay Vista

Sunshine Coast, QLD


Offering absolute privacy and breathtaking ocean views, Laguna Bay Vista is a gorgeous 4 bedroom beach house for groups of up to 8.

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River House Noosa

Sunshine Coast, QLD


Set in a premium location in Noosa Heads, River House Noosa is an architecturally designed waterfront retreat for groups of up to 8.

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Azure Noosa

Sunshine Coast, QLD


Offering breathtaking ocean and coastal views, Azure is a stunning & indulgent holiday home with 4 bedrooms, ideal for up to 8 guests.

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Grand Cru

Sunshine Coast, QLD


Ideally situated just metres away from a beautiful beach, Grand Cru is an award-winning 5 bedroom beach house for larger groups of up to 10.

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Noosa Holiday House

Sunshine Coast, QLD


Overlooking beautiful Castaways Beach, Noosa Holiday House is a multi-award winning, pet-friendly beach house ideal for a group of up to 8 girls.

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Looking for the perfect accommodation for a fun Girls Weekend away? Browse our full collection of luxury retreats in Australia.

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