You don’t have to venture too far at all to find whatever it is you’re looking for in a holiday – whether that be adventure, relaxation, exotic food or exhilaration. Australia is perfectly positioned in that way…

It’s amazing what a short and sweet escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can do for the body, mind and soul!

Here are four destinations that are easily accessible on a short flight from home that promise amazing experiences and lifelong memories.

 

1. Blissful Bali

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Bali, known as the Land of the Gods, is literally on our doorstep. And if you haven’t already visited our friendly neighbours, then paying them a short visit should definitely be on the to-do list.

Family holiday – Take the family to Jimbaran and check into one of the locale’s all-inclusive resorts for swimming, sun and smoothies overlooking the bay.

Romantic getaway – Bali is an incredibly romantic island, both by the sea and in the centre near Ubud. Check you and your partner into a private villa (with an infinity pool) somewhere on the island and spend some quality time getting intimate…

Weekend with mates – Whether its hitting up the clubs and bars in Kuta or learning how to surf together on one of Bali’s best breaks, Bali is always a hit with friends.

 

2. Tantalising Thailand

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An Aussie favourite, Thailand has every holiday metric covered. It’s affordable, beautiful, filled with amazing people, and exotic enough to quench that explorer spirit. And don’t get us started on the food…

Translation: Visit – now!

Family holiday – Fancy a beach holiday with the fam? Or perhaps a jungle experience? You’ll find both options (and many more) in smiling Thailand. Stay at the family-friendly Centara Karon Resort Phuket for days of sun and fun, or head to Chiang Mai and take the kids to the Zoo followed by Pad Thai and massages for mum and dad.

Romantic getaway – Snuggle up with your lover overlooking the still Andaman Sea at one of the gorgeous hotels or villas on Thailand’s south coast, such as the Ramada Khao Lak Resort.

Weekend with mates – Go zip lining through the jungle in Chiang Mai, sink back a Chang (or two) at a pool side bar in Koh Samui, or just spend the night grazing on lip-smacking food in one of Bangkok’s lively night markets with friends.

 

3. Navigable New Zealand

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Our brothers and sisters across the ditch are sitting on a gold mine of short break escapes. Whether it’s getting outdoors, staying inside, or flying in the sky, New Zealand is a smorgasbord of experiences, and there’s a seat at the table with your name on it…

Family holiday – Go whale watching with the family in Kaikoura, and teach your kids about the range of aquatic life found in this part of the world. You can also go for a short hike along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway where you’ll visit a seal colony, limestone formations and a seabird colony.

Romantic getaway – Jump onboard a magical balloon flight in the North Island and fly over bucolic landscapes whilst sipping on a glass of bubbly with your significant other. You’ll remember it for yonks.

Weekend with mates – Spend a weekend in Auckland, the City of Sails, and sample the city’s choice selection of eateries, bars and music venues, such as the Golden Dawn in hipster-friendly Ponsonby.

 

4. Awesome Australia

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We’re quick to whip out our passports at the mere thought of a holiday. But most of us haven’t even exhausted our own backyard  – and what a big, beautiful and bloody awesome backyard it is! Australia is a short escape destination of continental proportions. Are you prepared to discover what’s behind that backdoor?

Family holiday – Fly to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays and spend a weekend (or week) zipping around on golf carts with the kids, followed by snorkelling, swimming and a spa treatment for mum.

Romantic getaway – A romantic weekend spent at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat in Byron Bay is a weekend of intimacy, laughs and walks in nature, thanks to the 8km of walking tracks that wind their way through a World Heritage National Park.

Weekend with mates – Grab some of the girls (or guys) and book a trip to the stunning Margaret River region in Western Australia. You won’t only find award-winning wine here, but also craft beer breweries, chocolatiers, artisan cheese makers and diverse flora and fauna.

To book your own short and sweet escape to one of these four spectacular destinations, visit www.exciteholidays.com and get the ball rolling on your next mini holiday today.

Where do you like to go for a short and sweet holiday? Let us know in the comments below.

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