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Weekend away - $500 budget - thoughts?


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#1 froglett

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:34 AM

It's DH's birthday in August and I want to take him away for the weekend (just us, not the kids). Budget is $500-600 ish.

Where would you go (we're Sydney based)?

#2 AllyK81

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:42 AM

I am not sure that budget would get you much. Can you do a staycation - have someone take the kids, book a nice restaurant for dinner? Go out for a massage, sleep in etc?

#3 born.a.girl

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:44 AM

One, two or three nights?

#4 qak

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:45 AM

Hunter Valley or Blue Mountains?

#5 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:45 AM

I would probably just book a nice hotel or apartment in the CBD for the night. Go out for dinner drinks in town somewhere in kid friendly.

#6 born.a.girl

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:55 AM

Sign up for Luxury Escapes, there are often special deals there for a couple of nights at places. We've used it twice and have had good value.

There's this one in the Blue Mountains at $359 for two nights inc breakfast, which is available on three August Weekends.

https://luxuryescape...ampion&sfmc_id=

#7 JBH

Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:58 AM

I agree you’ll be able to do more in Sydney. Outside of major tourist times some of the city hotels do good weekend deals because their peak times are during the week. You can sometimes get better deals by calling than looking online. We had a lovely time at the Hilton. Went for a stroll around the city, a glass of wine at the hotel, a casual dinner in the city, a movie at the hotel, sleep in and great breakfast in the morning and then a ferry ride to Manly before heading home. But we took the kids!

#8 seayork2002

Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:04 AM

For us it is the Blue Mountains in Winter

The Carrington is nice but a bit run down sadly, there is probably not many places in the mountains we have not stayed (not the 5 star ones though) so I can suggest others

For a bit quirky the V&A at Mt Victoria

#9 seayork2002

Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:07 AM

View PostJBH, on 19 June 2019 - 10:58 AM, said:

I agree you’ll be able to do more in Sydney. Outside of major tourist times some of the city hotels do good weekend deals because their peak times are during the week. You can sometimes get better deals by calling than looking online. We had a lovely time at the Hilton. Went for a stroll around the city, a glass of wine at the hotel, a casual dinner in the city, a movie at the hotel, sleep in and great breakfast in the morning and then a ferry ride to Manly before heading home. But we took the kids!

I forgot we stayed at the Novotel at Manly and loved that place!

We have also stayed in the CBD at the Mantra, Novotel darling harbour

#10 lozoodle

Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:13 AM

I'd book a nice hotel somewhere and have a bit of a staycation. $500 won't get you much otherwise.

#11 froglett

Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:31 AM

Thanks for the thoughts. Yeah I know the budget isn't huge, but we're about to start building a house so I'm trying to squirrel every penny we have!

Staycation seems like it might be the winner!

BAG - I'd prefer two nights, but maybe we should do one night and have a nice dinner out.

Thanks everyone :)

#12 sophiasmum

Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:15 PM

Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains! I've booked a night there in September, and I love exploring the area & Leura retail strip in particular.

Or any hotel there, really.

#13 Loungelizzard

Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:25 PM

When we were living in Sydney, our favourite winter weekends away were in Bowral, Kangaroo Valley, Berry. I don’t recall ever paying more than $180 per night (we did tend to book well in advance) and we have stayed in some lovely properties.

Edited by Loungelizzard, 19 June 2019 - 12:33 PM.


#14 blimkybill

Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:33 PM

I'd go somewhere near a beautiful quiet beach. Get a cabin or holiday house via Stayz, walk on the beach during the day, go out to a nice restaurant Saturday night. Jervis Bay is divine but may be too far to drive? Kiama area perhaps? Or even Terrigal or Bateau Bay on the central coast?
Personally I would not bother spending good money on a hotel in the place I actually live, I would rather get modest accommodation in a place which is different.

#15 froglett

Posted 19 June 2019 - 02:46 PM

All good thoughts. I'm kind of thinking I might just get mum to take the kids for the weekend and then stay at home. But make it a 'special' weekend.

We live in a pretty beautiful part of Sydney and have access to good restaurants locally, so I'm thinking a literal staycation.

Maybe spending the cash on good restaurants / going for breakfast and having a massage will be better than spending the money on a hotel.

#16 born.a.girl

Posted 19 June 2019 - 02:58 PM

A lovely breakfast, a massage and a dinner sound like a perfect day. If you could do that on his actual birthday even better.

The trouble with one night is that you can't check in until early after noon, and you're barely up and breakfasted the next day before you have to check out.

The one I linked is $259 for two nights that don't include Saturday, but I'm guessing his birthday is on the weekend.

#17 just2ofus

Posted 19 June 2019 - 04:27 PM

Try Air BNB - there’s a gorgeous place up called Logan Brae Orchard. It’s about $500 for the night but it’s stunning!

#18 MarciaB

Posted 19 June 2019 - 05:05 PM

The Anchorage Port Stephens

https://www.anchorag...stephens.com.au

Some good deals to be had since Bannisters opened up there.

#19 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 22 June 2019 - 08:33 PM

Kiama? Blue Mountains? Southern Highlands? The old quarantine station at Manly?




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