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Whether you want a romantic getaway or want to explore the Australian East Coast, we have some weekend getaway suggestions that will not only save you money but get you that R&R you deserve. These weekenders are $1,000 or less and that’s before the Cashback!

So, if you have a spare $1,000 lying around or perhaps you’ve won $1,000 (say from our Spend & Win Competitions), these are the perfect escapes for two or for one – if you just need some time out. Whether it’s sunshine, the bush or the city you crave, below are a few spots that are sure to make your weekend perfect!

Airlie Beach, Queensland:
Expedia Australia, Peppers Airlie Beach

Image: Expedia Australia

Sunshine, fresh air, warm weather and golden stretches of beach – that’s what getaways are all about! Airlie beach is a beautiful beach getaway, it’s the hub of the Whitsundays and a gateway to the islands if you’re planning on a longer stay. If you want sun, surf and relaxation and only have a few days to do it in, then this is your ideal destination for a weekender. With plenty of water sports and lush rainforest to explore you won’t get bored. Expedia Australia have some great package deals to this destination and you’ll also receive up to 5.50% Cashback, plus you’ll also get to stay in gorgeous hotels like Peppers Airlie Beach (pictured above).

Byron Bay, New South Wales:
Byron Bay Lighthouse, Cape Byron, NSW

Image: Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

Explore beautiful Byron Bay and immerse yourself in the natural splendour of this area. From its beaches to its beachside culture, this place is heavenly! Offering a great dining experience, Byron is a foodies dream come true. There are also many activities for everyone from markets to water sports or just relaxing and having a spa day, the atmosphere of Byron Bay is something people flock to at every opportunity. For spectacular views of the coastline and a nice walk to take in the fresh sea air, trek up to the lighthouse.

Expedia Australia can arrange your flights and accommodation and you could be staying at places like The Bower Byron Bay, The Byron at Byron Bay and Elements of Byron Bay and best of all you’ll receive up to 5.50% Cashback.

Bowral, New South Wales:

 

Booking.com, Milton Park Country House and Spa

Image: Booking.com

Booking.com, Milton Park Country House and Spa

Image: Booking.com

Bowral is only a 90 min drive from Sydney, located in the heart of the Southern Highlands. Picturesque Bowral is perfect for that romantic getaway or if you just want to relax and hang out with a friend. Pretty in both the summer and the winter months, the town has plenty of fine restaurants, antique shops and quaint historic little towns surrounding it like Berrima that you can explore. If you want luxury, then stay at the Milton Park Country House and Spa (pictured above). Book through Booking.com and receive 4% Cashback on your stay.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to splurge all of your money on the accommodation, then you can hire a luxury car from Europcar, Hertz and other rental retailers plus receive Cashback. Booking.com also have a great selection of accommodation to stay in and around the town to cater for every budget.

 

Melbourne, Victoria:

 

Booking.com, Stamford Plaza, Melbourne

Image: Booking.com

Booking.com, Stamford Plaza, Melbourne

Image: Booking.com

Melbourne is a fantastic destination if you’re looking for a city getaway. The food, the rooftop bars and the cosmopolitan atmosphere give this city a European buzz. Virgin Australia can get you there with regular daily flights and you can also receive up to 3.50% Cashback. If you want to stay in a bit of a fancy hotel, the Stamford Plaza (above) is in the heart of the city on Little Collins Street and is a great hotel to stay at. You can book it through Booking.com and also receive 4% Cashback.

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Daylesford, Victoria:
Expedia, Lake Daylesford Apartments

Image: Expedia

Only a short distance from Melbourne, Daylesford is set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria.  There’s plenty to do here, from sampling local wines to taking in the natural surroundings and going for a dip in the mineral springs. Stay at hotels, cottages or gorgeous apartments like the Lake Daylesford Apartments pictured above. Book through  Expedia Australia for great flight and accommodation packages – and with the money you’ve saved with your Cashback, you can put that towards a massage or facial. Bliss.

With plenty of weekend getaway options on the Australian East Coast available, the hardest part is choosing where to go. Remember, weekenders are supposed to be fun and relaxing so whatever you do make sure you unwind and enjoy!

 

Disclaimer: Some items in this article may not be eligible for cashback. Deals, products, displayed prices, cashback rates and available retailers through Cashrewards mentioned above may change at any time without notice. This article has not been specifically sponsored in any way, by any retailer, although Cashrewards has ongoing partnerships with the stores mentioned above in order to provide you cashback at these stores.

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Maria Schindlecker
Written by Maria Schindlecker
Maria Schindlecker is an avid traveller and book-worm who has a Masters in Journalism and Communications and has contributed to online publications such as The Scavenger and The Huffington Post. Maria likes to write about everything from food to travel and anything in between, because according to her... who wants to be boring and stick to one subject, right?