Top 7 budget holiday destinations when building your first home.
It can feel like a long time between signing the paper work to build and finally moving into your new home. And even though it’s an exciting time, there are a lot of decisions to be made and things that need to be taken care of.
That’s why more and more couples are taking Homebuilder Holidays – affordable mini escapes that can help you reset, refresh and clear your mind. Here are a few of our top picks that give you the break you deserve, without breaking the bank.
A three hour drive from Perth, Bridgetown has been dubbed WA’s winter capital, but it’s a beautiful spot to visit anytime of the year. There’s a great mix of bed and breakfasts, farmstays and private lodgings available, all nestled within prime bushwalking and nature-spotting country. The town itself is full of country character and charm with lots of local producers and craftspeople. There is something for the whole family here with lots of outdoor activities, funky shops and wineries and is the only town the in Southwest awarded heritage status by the National Trust.
The Perth Hills
Closer to home, but far enough away to feel like you’ve escaped the daily grind, the Perth Hills region caters for couples and families wanting to get away from it all. The Perth Hills Discovery Centre is your family-friendly gateway to camping in the area. Located among the many walking and cycling trails in the area, the site is already equipped with BBQs, picnic tables, hot showers and toilets – all you need to do is bring your own tent and food. If camping isn’t what you’re looking for, Mundaring and Kalamunda offer some cozy bed and breakfasts and lodges, along with restaurants, cosy pubs and attractions.
Often overlooked, Pemberton really is a special place just 3.5hrs drive from Perth. You’ll find a great range of places to stay here, as well as a host of activities to take you away from, like Glouster National Park or for those that want to take it easy, Pemberton Tramway. Home to forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, as well as access to cycling and hiking trails, it’s the perfect place to get active and outdoorsy. Pemberton’s also blessed with some world-class wineries and great food – the perfect reward after a day’s adventuring.
There’s a reason why Rottnest is at the top of the list for anyone visiting WA. This stunning island paradise is just 20-30 minutes from Perth by ferry, and boasts some of Australia’s best snorkeling beaches, scuba diving and fishing locations.
Pick the right time of year, and the right days of the week, and you’ll be surprised by some of the deals on offer. Accommodation on the island has improved over the years and Rottnest still manages to retain that sense of peace and calm that make it a great place to unwind with friends and family.
Dunsborough and Margaret River
The favourite of weekend trippers, you can make a trip to Margaret River and Dunsborough as decadent or as basic as you like. You’ll find every type of outdoor activity imaginable under the sun, nestled among picturesque countryside that takes in everything from lush forests to beautiful beaches. Similarly, your stay here can be as action packed or steadily paced as your mind and body see fit. But whatever mood you’re in, you stay won’t be complete without a visit to at least one world class winery, brewery or restaurant. Chances are you’ll want to make that weekend getaway an extended long weekend stay instead.
The Swan Valley
If you’re not up for the drive down south, the Swan Valley is a great place to spend a relaxing night or two. From the more luxurious Colony at Mandoon Estate to dozens of quaint bed and breakfast, there is a place for every taste and budget.
It also happens to be Perth’s premium food and wine destination. Follow the Food and Wine trail to explore over 150 wineries, cellar door tastings, breweries, galleries, restaurants and gourmet food producers. You’ll also find other unique attractions, including paintballing, Supa Golf and our very own wildlife sanctuary, Caversham Wildlife Park.
Our very own city of Perth
Whether you work in the city, or stop in occasionally, actually spending a night or two in Perth will give you a whole new appreciation of our capital. The recent development of Yagan Square connecting the city to Northbridge has transformed the area into a bustling and fun place to spend an afternoon or evening. High end restaurants compete with funky laneway bars and quirky eateries to give you a range of dining options. And the area’s hotel boom means you’ve got no excuse when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay. From the luxurious Crown Towers and Aloft at Burswood, to the COMO Treasury, Alex Hotel, and the new Melbourne and Intercontinental Hotels, you’ll feel like you’re a world away from home.
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