3-Day Guides For Your Next Long Weekend

20 August 2014
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The second half of our calendar year may not be teeming with public holidays, but there are still a few golden opportunities to take an RDO. Australian's favourite holiday hubs are more than ready to keep you busy for a few days at a time, but just how will you spend those precious 72 hours?

We've compiled a series of "3-day guides" highlighting the must-dos and lesser-known charms of seven short break destinations across the country. Read up and hit the ground running when that much anticipated Australian tradition rolls around: the classic long weekender.

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3 Days in Brisbane »

 River City living in Brisbane

Southerners may scoff, but Brisbanites take it in their stride. Just a "big country town"? Sure, if country towns are home to fleets of street food vans, world-class galleries, a slew of hatted restaurants and prime riverfront parklands. You can expect all the benefits of modern city living wrapped in a laissez faire attitude on a long weekend in Brisbane.

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3 Days on the Gold Coast »

 Get your dose of Vitamin D on the GC

Glitzy, glamorous and unashamedly garish, the Gold Coast is the epitome of tourist territory. From the splash zone of the theme parks to the offshore swells at Surfers Paradise, the 'Goldie' has all your holiday needs covered. A long weekend on the Gold Coast is a rite of passage for any Aussie holidaymaker – not just Schoolies!

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3 Days in Sydney »

 Harbour-bound heaven in Sydney

Shop, eat, stroll, repeat – this is the perfect formula for a long weekend in Sydney. Whether you're a native Sydneysider or an interstate interloper, Sydney's postcard attractions are hard to pass up, be it as high-class as a night out at the Opera House or as low-key as catching the ferry over to Manly for beachside fish and chips.

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3 Days in Melbourne »

 Culture, coffee and cool vibes are a given in Melbourne

As if you needed another reason to visit Melbourne, the Victorian capital has once again taken the crown as the World's Most Liveable City, AND earned honours as the World's Friendliest City. With restaurants and retailers that are equally dangerous to your bank account, one long weekend in Melbourne is simply never enough.

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3 Days in Hobart »

 Explore moody MONA in Hobart

With an old heart and a youthful soul, Hobart is fast becoming a favourite for hip young things who prefer to savour their experiences rather than slam them down in a hurry. Distilleries, boutiques and artsy hotels take residence among the convict-era sandstone facades, giving plenty of opportunity to sip, shop and sleep away a long weekend in Hobart.

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3 Days in Adelaide »

 There's more to the city than just churches in Adelaide!

Start your long weekend in Adelaide with a leisurely laneway breakfast in the city's well-planned core, and finish it from a different vantage point atop the magnificent Mount Lofty Summit. In between, you can fill your days with a toast to the Barossa, a hop out to Kangaroo Island, or a sunkissed stint at the historic Glenelg seaside – just a quick tram trip away from the CBD.

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3 Days in Perth »

 Soak in an Indian Ocean sunset in Perth

Western Australians have been hiding a secret on their side of this great, brown land! While the rest of us were caught up with the East Coast cool factor, Perth was shaping itself to become an ultimate city retreat. Shops meets sand, bars meet boats, and an enviable European lifestyle meets eager visitors on a long weekend in Perth.

Ashton Rigg

When I'm not at home in Brisbane, you’ll find me wanderlusting around hipster bars, eclectic boutiques and arty nooks. From bagels in Brooklyn to strudel in Salzburg, I believe the best way to experience a destination is by taking a bite! Tweets & 'grams at @AshtonRigg