Ah, bless the royal family. Aside from drumming up some good wedding hype (got the H&M big day marked in the calendar, dw), they also bestow us plebs an annual holiday for Queen Lizzy’s birthday. Whether you’re a royal-lover or republican, no-one’s gonna complain when we get a June long weekend. If you’ve left your getaway planning to the last minute, we’ve scoped out some holiday homes and staycay hotels that are still available (at the time of writing this article, anyway).
Black Dog Creek
Berry (South Coast)
This holiday house lies halfway between Berry and the Kangaroo Valley, which we’ve translated as “halfway between the Berry doughnut van and the Kangaroo Valley pie shop”. Once you’ve stocked up on both, make your way to your secluded escape. This place promises privacy, and they mean it. It’s only accessible via a gravel road and a creek ford, so you gotta borrow the 4WD from your nearest soccer mum. Once there, you’ve just gotta bask in that covered verandah that looks onto lush foliage and your own babbling brook, or get cosy 'round the wood fireplace. There are three bedrooms, so get your besties together and make your long weekend a good one.
Eagleview Park Guest House
Foxground (South Coast)
After that Bachie finale, maybe you’ve also got the luuuurve feels. Well then, get to this studio-guest house, because it’s set up for all your couple romancin’. The circular building has incredible views from atop a hill for your sunset-watching needs and even has its own infinity pool for the ultimate lap of luxury. There’s only a small kitchenette for simple food and beverage prep, but you can tack on breakfasts and a 3-course dinner to your stay. PS did we mention that it’s on a dairy farm?
Casa Della Vigna
Belford (Hunter Valley)
We love a good fireplace. They’re as rare as feel-good Tinder dates in metro Sydney, but we can’t get enough of them in weekend holiday houses. If your tiny inner-west apartment don’t got it, this place does: a fireplace, a spa-bath, double vanity sinks, French doors that open out to a backyard dam and mountain and vineyard views. It’s luxe farmhouse vibes galore. Plus, it’s also deep in Hunter Valley’s wine country for all your shiraz-quaffing needs. But for now, is it sad that we’re most excited about the king-size bed?
Faulconbridge (Blue Mts)
Thank goodness for the Blue Mountains. They’re only a merciful 90-minute drive away if you’re in need of a quick and easy escape from the Sydney hubbub, and these studio cottages in Faulconbridge will do the trick. You get a cosy cottage with a green-tiles-and-wood-panels vibe, a log fire and a spa bath, with a rock pool for your gazing pleasure. Plus, you can book ahead for a massage. Perfect for couples.
Lovedale (Hunter Valley)
This six-bedroom mega house can sleep up to 15 guests…. or just a couple who really like doing cartwheels. The split-level estate has some sweet north-east facing views of the 100-acre property, which you can check out from the balcony or from the MASSIVE POOL. This is the dream holiday house, so set up that group WhatsApp right now and get your pals together to make the long weekend a good weekend.
Killcare Beach House
Killcare (Central Coast)
No more fighting for the room with a balcony. At this Central Coast beach house, each of the five bedrooms (count ‘em, five!) has its own balcony with a view. There’s a lot of outdoor-indoor fluidity, with large floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the outside world and the ocean views. Killcare Beach is right on your doorstep, but if the ocean swim doesn’t take your fancy (are you nuts?), you laze by the pool deck. This is some Vogue-Living business right here.
Casa La Vina
Pokolbin (Hunter Valley)
When a holiday house calls itself a “casa”, you know it’s going to be upmarket. Casa La Vina is designed Santa Fe vibes in mind, so don’t be surprised that your private couples’ villa turns up the luxe-New-Mexico dial to 11. If you’re lucky, you’ll score one of the two villas with their own outdoor jacuzzi, so you can do what you’ve always wanted to do—have a warm, bubbly spa while gazing at the nighttime stars. This is one casa that you’ll want to “mi casa”.
The Seidler House
Joadja (Southern Highlands)
Yep, as in Arthur and Penelope Seidler, the phenomenal architecture power-couple. It’s more sculpture than house, with its iconic undulating wave-form roof, and tasteful use of granite and stone materials. I mean, the house is practically built into the frigging hillside, so you’re going to get some unforgettable views of the surrounding Southern Highlands bus, so it’s no surprise it’s been featured in slew of international magazines. This is where nature and design combine to a heady, all-consuming luxury cocktail, and it’s outrageously impressive.
Since opening in 2012, the QT has made its mark on Sydney’s hotel scene with its quirky, tongue-in-cheek design. Set in the iconic Gowings building, QT combines gothic and art deco design with modern touches, and lots of red and gold soft furnishing. Downstairs is the very decent Gowings bar and grill, and of course, you’re in close quarters to the Sydney CBD dining options. There’s still a good selection of its 200-odd suites left for the long weekend, so you better get cracking.
As part of the Merivale group, you can expect great things from Establishment hotel: swish interior design, impeccable service and A plus food. There are 31 guest rooms on offer, and you’re in luck—the penthouse is still up for grabs! It’s 100 square metres of top-floor, top-shelf luxury, right in the heart the city. Try to squeeze in a booking at the very excellent est. too (you know they have a champagne cart there, right?).
Said together, Ovolo Wooloomoolloo sounds like a Mary Poppins song, which is part of the reason we love it so much. It’s got some prime real estate on Cowper Bay Wharf, and is thus within walking distance of Harry’s Cafe de Wheels (very important). They’ve still got their loft-style rooms up for grabs, including the huge Ultraroo. It has its own cocktail bar, for reals. Plus, the much-hyped plant-based restaurant Alibi is in the same premises.
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Image credit: Karsten Würth