So your kids have flown the coop, and you find yourself with ample amounts of spare time. What to do with your weekends? It’s time to start treating yourself to some luxury weekend getaways. We’ve listed our top 5 most indulgent spots in Australia.

1. Cape Lodge, Margaret River, WA

Think fresh countryside air, gourmet dining and some of the finest wines in the country. It’s no secret that the Margaret River region is one of the most gastronomically diverse, offering produce such as sought-after seafood, black truffles, and artisanal cheeses, and award-winning wines to match.

Hire your rental car from any Perth location and enjoy the 1.5-hour scenic drive to Cape Lodge, a private country house hotel, part of the Luxury Lodges of Australia Collection, and arguably one of Western Australia’s most coveted dining experiences.

2. Niramaya Villas and Spa, Port Douglas, QLD

For an idyllic beach getaway, pick up a luxury vehicle from our Cairns store and head an hour north to Port Douglas.

Stay at the Niramaya Villas and Spa, a five-star resort, and enjoy a suite cradled within fifteen hectares of lush rainforest landscaping. The villas are designed to offer tranquil privacy and each comes with a plunge pool, poolside pavilion and day bed, gourmet kitchen, lounge and dining facilities. If a secluded getaway is what you are after, look no further.

However, should you wish to venture into town, Port Douglas is but a short walk from the resort. Then there are the private helicopter tours, boats or guided walking trips to the World Heritage Sites in the area including Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

Thrifty also has a car hire location in Port Douglas should you wish to pick one up here.

3. Hepburn Springs, VIC

Hepburn Springs is a resort town located in the middle of the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia. Heavenly all year round, but particularly stunning in springtime. You’ll go there to unwind and rejuvenate, staying at the region’s premier wellness destination Hepburn Bathouse and spending your days in the natural waters of the springs, which are full of enriching minerals. Once you’ve pampered yourself at the Boathouse Spa, head into town to discover the lively community of artists, gardeners and musicians that bring this sleepy old town to life.

Why not pick up your vehicle from our Driver Experience Range from any of the Melbourne metro locations, or beyond that Thrifty have car hire locations all throughout Victoria.

4. Mudgee Wine Region, NSW

Compared to some of its sister regions, the Mudgee Wine Region doesn’t always get the accolades it deserves, which is surprising because it’s one of the largest producers of wine in New South Wales. With more than 30 cellar doors (many of which are known for their robust reds) sprinkled throughout the picturesque towns in the region, this is one weekend escape where you can leave your car at the hotel and opt for a Wine and Country tour instead.


5. Barnbougle Golf Resort, TAS

Golf enthusiasts listen up. Barbougle holds not one but two of Australia’s top ten golf resorts, which are located in this extraordinary landscape on the north-east coast of Tasmania. Situated on the coastal strip where the sounds of crashing waves meet the wide open fairways.

Accommodation ranges from Ocean Villas to Cabins and a Lost Farm Lodge and the dining scene is just as impressive as the perfectly manicured lawns of the two iconic links golf courses.

There’s plenty to do in surrounding regions including cool climate vineyards, lavender fields and the city of Launceston (where you can pick up your hire car).

It’s a great time to embrace the extra time and plan new adventures. There’s no shortage of places to visit in Australia. And now that you can splash out on the more luxurious resorts why not make it a regular occurrence. With more than 170 Thrifty car hire locations all around the country, you’ll never be in need of a car for that luxury weekend escape.