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Who else is guilty of jetting off to anywhere other than an Australian destination whenever there is a long weekend? Bali, New Zealand, Fiji…

In a recent study by Wotif, it was discovered that taking four or more mini-breaks over a 12-month period increases your recharge levels by a huge 18% when compared to the national average. While getting away for a week or more increases your recharge levels by 9%, the humble mini-break and multiple of them prove to be the optimal way to recharge the batteries.

There are so many amazing sites to see in Australia – so save your money on the flights, grab some snacks and get in the car. Road trip!


Road trips near Sydney


#1 Jervis Bay – 200km south of Sydney

Jervis Bay


Jervis Bay



“I don’t want to see dolphins, kangaroos and fur seals” – said no one, ever. As well as discovering the resident sea life from the beautiful sandy beaches, there are also tons of activities you can check out, such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing and fishing tours. Or if staying on land is more your thing, then how about taking a scenic walk through the Jervis Bay National Park? Watch out for the kangaroos!


Camping Jervis Bay

Image: Wotif


Check out the luxury camping accommodation at Paperbark Camp – with canvas safari-style tents placed amongst the soaring eucalypts and paperbarks, built above the ground to give privacy and to capture the sea breeze. Who wants to lug around all that camping gear anyway!?

Book now through Wotif and receive up to 5.50% Cashback.


#2: Mudgee  – 270K West from Sydney

If you’re bored of the ever-so-popular Hunter Valley wine region (because who gets bored of wine and cheese?!) then give Mudgee a try. It’s a lot less crowded, so shhh…


Mudgee Vinyards



If you happen to be in Mudgee on the third Saturday of the month, you’ll be lucky enough to catch the Mudgee Fine Foods Farmer Market’s, where everything sold has to be grown, baked, smoked, cooked, or made within a 100 mile radius of the town, delicious!

For those of you that are looking to get moving in between sips of wine, then we have found just the thing for you – a 3-day self-guided winery cycling tour! Cruise down country lanes and dusty roads that lead to award-winning vineyards, then savour a guided wine tasting and gourmet lunch.

You can book the cycling tour via Expedia and receive 5.40% Cashback on activities.

After you’ve exhausted yourself with the local delights, unwind with (another) glass of wine and breathe in the fresh country air at this boutique farm stay cottage. Available to book via Expedia, not only can you collect Expedia+ Points but also receive up to 5% Cashback for hotel bookings.


Mudgee Wineries

Image: Expedia


Road trips near Melbourne


#1: Mornington Peninsula – 74km from Melbourne

Whether you choose to take the freeway or soak up the sights via the coastal track, either route will lead you to the oh-so-tranquil Mornington Peninsula.

What nicer way to unwind after your journey than to visit the Peninsula Hot Springs. Or go one better and book the Enchanted Adventure Garden Day Trip, a beloved retreat for city-weary Melburnians. You can book the hot springs tour via Wotif and score yourself some Cashback, perfect if you need some pocket money for Mornington Peninsula Chocolates – the chocolatiers that use traditional French, Belgian and Swiss techniques.

Mornington Peninsula



If you are staying overnight then book a night or two at the Jackalope Hotel – to help fuel your day of activities the hotel offers complimentary cooked to order breakfast, as, after all, relaxing is hungry work!

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 Jackalope Hotel

Image: Wotif


#2 Great Ocean Road – 200KM from Melbourne

This is a great one for those who don’t want to commit to just one location. Pack up the car and jump onto the Great Ocean Road to explore everything from the fishing village of Port Fairy to Lorne – with its Mediterranean atmosphere.

A trip to the Great Ocean Road isn’t complete without visiting the legendary Twelve Apostles and Kennett River, don’t forget to look out for the Koalas! If you fancy catching some waves then head to Bells Beach, Australia’s most renowned surfing beach.


The Twelve Apostles


If you just can’t get enough of that Great Ocean view, book a stay at the Seafarers Getaway Hotel. Available to book on (3.50% Cashback on hotel bookings), perfect for when you want to just book and rock-up on the spot.


Seafarers Getaway Hotel



Road trips near Brisbane


#1 Scenic Rim – 100KM from Brisbane

Right on Brisbane’s doorstep, you’ll find the Scenic Rim, offering the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest, award-winning restaurants, local vineyards and much more to explore in your mini-break.


Scenic Rim



Keep the outdoorsy-vibe going by booking a stay in the Songbirds Rainforest Retreat. You couldn’t be any more at one with nature, this hotel is situated actually on Tambourine Mountain! Perfect for a staggered walk back from the Tamborine Mountain Distillery (you’ve just trekked up a mountain, you’ve earned it!)

Songbird Rainforest Retreat


Songbird Rainforest Retreat



Book the Songbird Rainforest Retreat now with and receive up to 5.60% Cashback.


#2 Hamilton Island

If you do decide to incorporate flying into your journey, then why not visit the renowned Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays? They often have deals such as stay 5 nights and only pay for 4, free breakfast or complimentary activities like a full-day Great Barrier Reef diving adventure. Keep an eye on their store page on Cashrewards for their latest offers, plus don’t forget your bonus 4.20% Cashback!


Hamilton Island



If you don’t have one of the key requirements for a road trip (a car!) then fear not, there are tons of car rental companies all over Australia. Save 20% when you book early with Europcar, plus book through Cashrewards and receive a bonus 5.50% Cashback!

If you do manage to mini-break like a pro, then tag @cashrewardsau on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – we would love to see your adventures!



Disclaimer: Some items in this article may not be eligible for Cashback. Deals, products, displayed prices, Cashback rates and available retailers through Cashrewards mentioned above may change at any time without notice. This article has not been specifically sponsored in any way, by any retailer, although Cashrewards has ongoing partnerships with the stores mentioned above in order to provide you Cashback at these stores.

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