Last minute ideas for the long weekend

by on June 11
in Tips

The Queen’s Birthday long weekend us just about upon us (well, most of us – sorry Western Australia!).  If you’re getting just slightly jealous at your friends’ plans or are cursing yourself for not having anything organised, here are a few last minute suggestions to get the ball rolling.

Visit a national park

Australia is blessed with an abundance of national parks.  When was the last time you and the kids explored one?

Go to the beach

Our northern friends are fortunate to have beautiful beach weather for a good part of the year.  Down here in the south we’re a bit on the chilly side.  But that’s no reason to give the beaches a miss!  Rug up with beanies, coats and scarves and you’re ready for a seaside adventure.  Dodging waves and building sandcastles is fun no matter what the weather.  You get to experience a whole new side of the coast in wild and wooly weather.

Be a tourist in your home town

It is so easy to ignore the wonderful attractions on our own doorsteps.  We still haven’t done all the “touristy” things around home, even after living here for over 10 years.  Shameful, I know.

Pretend to be a tourist in your home town.  Visit the local tourism website if you’re really stumped for ideas.  A wander around the local historical trail (every town has one!) can unearth new finds and give you a new perspective. Find out what the visitors know.

Take a drive

My parents used to do this and I was reminded recently by a friend when she did it with her family.  Pile the tribe in the car and head off to who knows where.  Let everyone have a go at choosing the direction you take when you come to an intersection.  Even the local area can be an adventure if you take little travelled back roads.

Visit a museum

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of museums around Australia.  From the major state museums in capital cities, to community projects in country towns, they’re a treasure trove of history and activities.

Find a rail trail

With the demise of rail transport in many regional areas comes the rise of the rail trail.  Many rail trails wander through beautiful countryside.  Take the bikes or your sneakers and enjoy!

After something a little more specific?

This is a small selection of events on around the country on the Queen’s Birthday weekend

Victoria

Mt Baw Baw Opening Weekend

Lake Mountain Family Fun Day

NSW

Milton Scarecrow Festival

Neville Family Kite Flying Festival

Queensland

Cooktown Discovery Festival

Campdrafting: events are on right across the state over the long weekend.

Tasmania

Hawthorn vs Adelaide

South Australia

Port Broughton Family Fishing Day

Tell us about your plans for the weekend in the comments section below …

Happy travels,

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3 Responses to “Last minute ideas for the long weekend”
  1. We actually did the be a tourist in your home suburb thing and went to a place 10 minutes from home and had such a wonderful time. The kids have already asked can we go back again in the school holidays.
    .-= PlanningQueen´s last blog ..Tips For Visiting The Art Gallery With Kids =-.

  2. Leanne says:

    @PlanningQueen – Isn’t it lovely to find those little gems that you can easily go back to whenever the whim strikes?

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