Have the school holidays crept up on you? They have for us! Around Australia, depending where you live, the Easter break is only a little over 2-4 weeks away.
So in case you’re wondering what to do, here are 10 great, last minute ideas at home and overseas from Australia’s leading holiday home rental website, HomeAway.com.au.
1. Ubud, Bali
Villa Laba Puseh is everything you could want in a family friendly holiday home. The villa is located on Temple Land in the quiet village of Penestanan, on the outskirts of Ubud, the cultural hub of Bali.
Both the Ubud Market and the well-known Monkey Forest Road can be easily accessed after a short taxi ride or a leisurely walk through town.
Bali offers a wide variety of activities to choose from, including scuba diving ship wrecks, elephant riding in the jungle, hiking through rice fields, or strolling through museums and art galleries. Be as active as you want or just relax by the beautiful pool and read a book.
2. Savusavu, Fiji
This luxurious bungalow is situated right on the beach within an estate that stretches out over 700 hectares of land.
With its lush wood panelling, high beams and polished floorboards, the bungalow offers a family retreat full of authentic offerings.
Koro Island offers sensational diving, snorkelling, kayaking, bird watching and waterfall hiking and relaxing. There is also a private dive/fishing boat for charter available to guests.
3. Nelson, New Zealand
The locals pronounce it ’Neelson’ in case you get confused!
Ruby Bay, Mapua & the lights of Nelson provide the stunning backdrop for Kereru House at “The Bluffs” -located conveniently between Nelson, & Abel Tasman National Park and only an hour from Golden Bay.
Walk to the beach; admire the views and hand feed the cute Highland cattle with the kids. Close to beaches, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks, golf clubs, restaurants, shopping, museums and world class dining are all within easy short driving distances.
4. Utah, USA
This luxurious 2300 square foot holiday retreat is a tri-level home with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a private den.
The nearby town of Park City was not only home to the 2002 winter Olympics, it’s bursting with historic tours, museums, art galleries, spas and traditional salons. You can also catch a play, enjoy shopping on Main Street or indulge in the famed cuisine at the Park City restaurants.
5. Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka
This cottage is situated at a breathtakingly beautiful location with spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Peaceful and serene, South Point Cottage is an ideal holiday destination throughout the year.
Fish from the pier stretching out over the lake or purchase fresh fish, prawns and crabs from traditional canoes gliding past.
Diving, visiting a turtle hatchery, ancient temples and tropical fruit plantation, and whale and dolphin watching are all family friendly activities that Kathaluwa offer.
6. Daylesford, Victoria
A fresh new take on the traditional miners cottage, this spacious new property is located just a short stroll to the shops, restaurants and cafes in Daylesford.
Reminiscent of years gone by, Daylesford’s bluestone facades reflect the settlement of early Swiss-Italian migrants while its streetscapes burst with character echoing the historic gold rush era.
Visit the renowned art galleries and cultural heritage sites before setting down with a coffee for the grown ups and a locally sourced treat for the younger family members.
If mum and dad get a chance to escape from parenting duties, Daylesford is famous for its luxurious day spas and relaxation retreats.
7. Phillip Island, Victoria
Stay centrally in Cowes, in a modern holiday home only two blocks from the beach. This beautiful house features an outdoor spa with alfresco area, wood gas heater and polished floorboards.
Walk to Cowes shops and restaurants in 5 minutes. Stepping onto Phillip Island feels like you’ve gone back in time to a quaint fishing village, but you’re only an hour out of Melbourne. Take some time to watch the famous little penguin parade one evening, which will delight children and adults alike!
8. Wamberal, New South Wales
This luxurious three bedroom beachfront apartment will take your breath away! With polished floorboards overlooking the sands of Wamberal Beach, this beautiful property offers a little luxury for your family holiday.
Wamberal, famous for its beach and kid-friendly lagoons, is also enriched by a wealth of surrounding National Parks and nature reserves.
The Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve protects the estuary and is comprised of over 100 hectares of shallow coastal lakes rich in fish and birdlife.
Wyrrabalong National Park offers spectacular headlands, cliffs and rock platform with coastal rainforest with Bouddi National Park and Kincumba Mountain Reserve nearby.
It is a great place to set up base and explore the activities and attractions of the Central Coast. These include deep-sea fishing, horse riding, kayaking, bushwalking as well as Old Sydney Town.
9. Palm Cove, Queensland (Tropical North Queensland)
'Villa Blue,' a luxury fully self-contained, three-bedroom home located at Cairns premier beach, Palm Cove.
Visit Wild World, Palm Cove’s tropical zoo, to cuddle a Koala, pat a Wombat, or feed a Kangaroo. Or for the adventurous family bunch, you can’t go past snorkelling or diving the Great Barrier Reef.
There is also fishing, sailing, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, the Skyrail rainforest cableway, Kuranda scenic train, and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
Or simply relax by a freshwater rainforest swimming hole or by lounging on the beach. It’s the ideal place to do as much or as little as you like.
10. Port Hughes, South Australia
With its beautiful wood flooring and a quintessential coastal ambience, this holiday home offers stunning views over the pristine waters of Port Hughes.
With its clear blue waters and fantastic long jetty, Port Hughes is widely renowned as a fishing hot spot.
Cast some lines out with the kids in hopes of snagging some garfish, tommies ands quid.
The Port Hughes Coastal Trail that begins at Simms Cove is a gateway to discover secrets about the towns colourful past.
If mum or dad is interested in spending some time teeing off on the green, Port Hughes boasts a nine-hole PGA standard course, designed by Australian golf legend Greg Norman.