Getaways: Say goodbye to city stress


One of the joys of apartment living is that you can lock up, pack up and head off whenever you feel the need for a break from the city. And what better way to share a wonderful weekend or a mid-week break than to treat yourself to an out-of-town adventure. We’ve picked four destinations from around the country that promise something special to suit everyone.

Peppers Convent is a beautifully restored heritage guesthouse set in the heart of NSW’s Hunter Valley wine region. From July to August 30 weekend packages range from $345 to $425 per night and midweek escape packages from $230-$280. Until October 31 an “offer with more”, from $385-$435 per night, includes a bottle of Tattinger on arrival. Address: 88 Halls Road, Pokolbin, NSW. Bookings and details: Tel: (02) 4998 4999

Wine lovers in South Australia need look no further than The Louise in the Barossa Valley for a chance to enjoy excellent cuisine, while sampling the region’s best vintages. Room rates range from $525 to $1, 595 for top-end, two-bedroom suites. Address: 375 Seppeltsfield and Stonewell Roads, Marananga, Barossa Valley, SA. Bookings and details: Tel: (08) 8562 2722. Closed until July 25, 2014

Who can resist a relaxing weekend at the beach?  Soul Surfers Paradise combines 77 levels of contemporary luxury with stunning ocean views and one of the Gold Coast’s premier, two-hatted restaurants. Weekend packages for a one-bedroom, ocean view apartment start at $349 per night, while the four-bedroom sub-penthouse will cost you $1,499. Address: 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Bookings: Tel: (07) 5635 5700

Tasmania’s Saffire Freycinet combines boutique luxury with a promise of an enriching and rejuvenating experience at its unique coastal lodge. With only 20 accommodation suites, it is designed for a relaxing getaway. Room rates per night range from $1,800 (all inclusive for two people) to $2,500. A three-night package costs from $1,750 per night. Address: 2352 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, Tasmania. Booking and details: Tel: 1800 723 347. Saffire will reopen at the beginning of August.




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