Gone are the days of a simple kitchen tea or night out; bridal parties are extending hen’s party celebrations over a weekend or more. Getting away gives everyone the chance to unwind and relax – especially the bride – with the added bonus of exploring somewhere new. So whether she’s a career girl who loves life’s little luxuries or a vagabond always up for an adventure, we’ve thought of the perfect domestic bachelorette party locations to suit every bride and personality.
The Avid Adventurer: Broome
If the bride will be walking down the aisle barefoot with a handmade wildflower bouquet, and setting off on an action-packed honeymoon, then the idyllic surrounds of Broome will be the hen’s getaway of her dreams. A red ochre landscape that contrasts with the brilliant aqua seas is the stuff of any outdoor lovers’ dreams. You can kayak in the morning, set off on a lunchtime boat ride, take a scenic flight over the rugged Kimberley, and be back at your beachfront resort in time for sunset – with a well-deserved platter of nibbles and bottles of bubbles, of course.
The Beach Babe: The Whitsundays
If she’s a barefoot beach babe who loves nothing more than fresh sea breeze and silky sand underfoot, host a hen’s party on the sun-drenched Whitsunday coastline. Whether you base yourselves in Airlie Beach or want to splash out on upmarket Hamilton or Hayman islands hotel rooms, you can spend your days snorkelling the reef; pampering at a day spa; on a catamaran with all the trimmings; or simply laying about on the white sand.
The Boho Bride: Byron Bay
If turmeric lattes are her beverage of choice and she’s forever spruiking the benefits of the latest superfood trend, any green goddess worth her daily spirulina smoothie will love Byron Bay. Striking the perfect balance between hippie haven and glamorous beach town, Byron Bay is all sunny shores, cool coffee shops, healthy eateries and chic cocktail bars. Treat your boho bride to luxurious lodging, like the Elements of Byron, for a well balanced, virtuous vacay – think beach yoga and boutique browsing by day, and wine bars and clubbing by night.
The Up-For-Anything Friend: Gold Coast
If the bride is always the life of the party, and Las Vegas isn’t an option, there’s no better place than Australia’s favourite summer playground: the Gold Coast. There are over 70 kilometres of golden shores to choose from, along with enough apartments and holiday homes to host even the most distant plus-ones. Surfers Paradise is an all-rounder, close to theme parks and strolling distance from bars and nightclubs, while southern gems like Burleigh Heads count perfect beaches and fabulous new eateries and bars among its many highlights.
The City Slicker: Melbourne
If your foodie bride wants a city fix, consider three or four days in Australia’s coolest capital, Melbourne. Celebrate in style with a plush hotel room in the CBD, or stay in a quirky neighbourhood like St Kilda or Fitzroy for the ultimate Melbourne immersion. Fill your hen’s party schedule with great eats – including reservations at the hottest restaurants in town – bar hopping, live music and stage stows, and when morning comes, ease any sore heads with a laneway brunch, complete with copious cups of coffee – very Melbourne indeed.