Spend a weekend with the girls at one of these getaway destinations. By Alissa Jenkins
OLD-WORLD OPULENCE, NSW
Where? // Lavender Majestic Manor is located in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, about 100km west of Sydney CBD.
Why? // It’s a decadent destination: the girls’ getaway package in this stunning restored house from 1890 offers things like butler service throughout your stay, massages and facials, hot spa and sauna and lavish breakfast spreads. Outside the house are a variety of local restaurants and cosy bars, and several local weekend markets.
How much? // Ultimate Girls Weekend Package from $450 per person, including two nights’ accommodation, massage or facial, robes and slippers.
TOUR OF GLORY, VIC
Where? // Belles, Bikes and Bubbles is a girls-only cycling package centered on the Rutherglen wine region, 300km north-east of Melbourne.
Why? // Jump on your bike and cruise along the Murray to Mountains bike path, taking in scenic views of local wineries and the Murray River before stopping for sparkling wine and lunch. Retreat to the Victoria Hotel for a massage, bubbles at sunset, a two-course dinner and a big, plush bed.
How much? // $275 per person, plus $30 for bike hire.
THE RIVER HOUSE, NSW
Where? // Cornwallis House is a three-minute drive from Windsor, about 60km north-west of Sydney.
Why? //A wraparound verandah, views of the Hawkesbury River, a six-person spa and four lavish bedrooms to retire to once the wine is finished. Hire the house for the weekend on the Girls Getaway deal and you’ll also receive a one-hour pamper treat for each guest.
How much? // Girls Getaway packages from $300 per person for two nights’ accommodation.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS, VIC
Where? // Luxury horse rides through Victoria’s High Country, based in Mansfield, about 190km north-east of Melbourne.
Why? // Reawaken that childhood horse obsession and follow bridle tracks through mountains, across open plains and along rivers, with regular stops for meals, plus wine and an overnight luxury stay at the stylish River House at Howqua Dale.
How much? // $550 includes tour guide, all meals and accommodation. Minimum two guests.