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Who doesn’t need a break after the year we’ve had and the uncertainty we continue to live through? Even those of us who don’t have the luxury of being able to take a long trip or travel far can still make a quick getaway thanks to affordable accommodation options in truly great places. One of our favourite types of short breaks is a country getaway, so here are three very different options to do just that.

The Hunter Valley

What’s better than a short break? A short break with wine! Although just across the road from the Hunter Valley Gardens, and stumbling distance from the Tempus Two complex, you’ll feel a million miles from everything in your own private chalet at the Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill. Perfectly located to make the most of everything the Hunter has to offer, you can walk, bike, drive, or crawl if you have to, as you enjoy the region’s famed fare.

A Landscape With Trees And Grass

The Blue Mountains

Nothing clears your head like fresh mountain air, so if you’re in need of some downtime, head to the Blue Mountains. Enjoy winding hikes and bask in the beauty of the Three Sisters or the Jenolan Caves, or for adventurers of all ages, visit Scenic World to experience iconic rides and views like no other.  Continue the love fest with nature with a stopover at Mayfield Garden and snap some selfies with the scenery! For a convenient stay, drop your bags at Leisure Inn Spires Blue Mountains – it’s just a short drive away from all the area has to offer, or for those who would prefer to leave the car at home, the hotel is conveniently located a one minute walk from Leura Train Station.

A Rocky Cliff With Clouds Below


Step back in time at Leisure Hill Penny Royal Launceston, a heritage property that has been painstakingly restored to its former glory as an 1840 corn mill. Situated on the picturesque Tamar River and adjacent to the stunning Cataract Gorge, there’s every chance you won’t want to venture far. An onsite adventure park complete with zipline and the world’s longest single span chairlift provides a birds eye view of the incredible scenery, whilst those who prefer to sample the best of a region’s food and wine will be happy to wander along the river to find several bistros and even a wine gallery. History lovers and lovers of a great short break will be equally delighted by this quick trip!