Ideas for Long Weekend Getaways With Your Mates

We've rounded up great ideas for weekend getaways with your group of friends without breaking the bank. Check them out now and enjoy some downtime with your mates.

A trip away with your mates doesn't have to blow your monthly budget. A sneaky weekend getaway to reconnect and bond with your best buds can be jam-packed full of laughter, sunshine and good memories; even if you don't go to the finest restaurants and stay at the flashiest hotels. The trick is – you just need to know where to go! Here are some ideal spots for long weekend cheap getaways with your mates.

Weekend getaways in Currumbin

If a relaxed, seaside town is the kind of vibe you and your friends are after, then Currumbin is the way to go. Located on the Southern Gold Coast, it's the perfect town to kick back and just take in the surrounds. You and your squad can kick start your weekend with the Friday night foodie Sanctuary Markets before a surf club crawl around some of the town's most popular haunts, including the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club.

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Your Saturday can be filled with trips to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and several of Currumbin's famous beaches, where you can learn to surf and have a blast with some other water sports. For your Sunday, recharge at the famous Currumbin Rock Pools and immerse yourself in the beauty of World Heritage listed sub-tropical rainforest, the Cougal Cascades. Your final stop of the trip should be the award-winning Currumbin RSL, which has been named ‘the best little club in the world'. Here you can enjoy stellar food, live bands and chats with the locals.

Cheap getaways in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the best place on the east coast for all kinds of holidays, whether it's romantic, for big groups or part of a family fun-fuelled holiday. Not only that, but there are all kinds of holiday options available for a variety of budgets. Whether you and your mates want to split a good deal on an Airbnb, or camp in a caravan and tents; you'll have an amazing time soaking up the culture and good vibes in Byron.

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The perfect place to dump your bags before heading out for a whirl of a weekend could be at the Byron Bay Beach Hostel, Backpackers Inn On The Beach, Byron Bay YHA and Cape Byron Hostel YHA. Make sure you enquire about their rates and see which one is best in terms of price and location for your crew. If camping is more your squad's jam, then you might want to look into prices at some of the best holiday parks in the area, including First Sun Holiday Park, Byron Bay Tourist Village and Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park. Booking ahead is a good idea, especially in Summer or if your visit is on the same weekend as one of Byron's many popular festivals.

Airlie Beach

So, this one's a bit of a stretch, as it's a 12-hour drive from Brisbane and 13 hours from the Gold Coast. But, if you happen to score cheap flights, then a trip to Airlie Beach is definitely worth a 4-day long weekend adventure with your best buds. Airlie beach has amazing coastal hotspots with a rich offering of activities, while it also boasts great access to Hamilton Island and other Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday areas.

The best part about going away with a big group of mates, is you can split the bill on everything! What would normally be a $1,000 – $2,000 holiday by yourself or with a partner, becomes extremely cheap the more people you add to the getaway. So why not hire a boat with your mates and explore the Whitsunday coastline? Pre-pack lunches, snacks and drinks and make a day of it with snorkel gear, swimmers and cameras to capture the memories! The whole day will end up being quite cheap for a large group, and it's a small price to pay for an amazing experience.

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