Indulge in some well deserved R&R

Even though there is practically no limit of things to do in Melbourne, sometimes it's nice to take off for the weekend and broaden your cultural horizons. Alternatively, if you don't want to venture too far from home, become a tourist in your own city and embrace your inner Melbournite with a Flight Centre hotel deal to suit your taste and budget. Cruise across the Tasman for a scenic sojourn to Tasmania – lace up your hiking boots and delve into the wilderness of Freycinet or Cradle Mountain where mossy rainforests edged by tranquil lakes and majestic mountain peaks beckon to be explored.

For a complete contrast, head to the east coast of Queensland and journey offshore to island-hop the Whitsundays. Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and, of course, Whitsunday Island will satisfy your cravings for perfectly white sandy beaches partnered with sparkling turquoise sea. Sail, snorkel or settle in for the full tropical island treatment. If you would prefer a beach break on the country's western frontier, book your sun-drenched stay in Broome, find your sea legs with a surf lesson in Margaret River or spend some time getting to know Perth's beautiful beach towns.

Pack up the car and cruise the Great Ocean Road on a weekend road trip from Torquay to Warrnambool, taking your time to discover some of Victoria's most beautiful coastal towns along the way. Don't forget an essential stopover in Port Campbell to see the weatherworn Twelve Apostles rise proudly from the Southern Ocean. Pushing on to South Australia, spend a romantic weekend away on Adelaide's outskirts where Clare Valley and Barossa Valley will tempt you with a tipple and a taste of gourmet regional fare. What are you waiting for? Contact a Flight Centre consultant today to arrange your well overdue short break from Melbourne.

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