Most of us save holidays for the summer, but who says you can't go for a mini-break any time of the year? Think about it, there are a total of 12 public holidays every year in Victoria throughout the year – plenty of opportunities to experience new adventures. Mark your calendars for the next long weekend – the AFL Grand Final Friday in Victoria, and Labour Day on October 3rd for NSW, ACT, Queensland and South Australia – and make the most of your next holiday with these four-day itineraries by Mastercard's Priceless Getaways, put together by a bunch of professional wanderers.
Wake up at Park Hyatt, just a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. From there, catch a train to Circular Quay, where you can walk to Harbour Bridge and the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Make sure to check out Sydney’s hottest neighbourhood, Barangaroo, for lunch at Public House and a coffee or pastry at Bourke St Bakery or doughnuts from Shortstop. Swing past the Inner West for a pub lunch at the historic Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale and, once you’ve put the kids to bed, make a booking for dinner at Automata, currently among Sydney’s best fine dining spots. Of course, you can’t have a trip to Sydney without a day at the beach. Head over to family-friendly Cronulla beach for a walk down the Esplanade, pretty rock pools and a beachside fish and chips lunch.
By Brie Stanley (@beebeesxthree)
Family-friendly Singapore: fun activities, stunning sky-high experiences and colourful local culture
There’s no reason why you can’t make your next long weekend getaway an international one. Singapore is an ideal short-haul destination for travellers after a bit of everything, from brilliant food, entertainment, and family friendly activities. Start with a swim the Marina Bay Sands' epic rooftop infinity pool and be enthralled by the Gardens by the Bay, where kids can have a dip in the water play area and play in the lush gardens. Explore the streets of old Singapore: the Arab street and Little India areas are full of colourfully painted buildings and delicious local eateries. The rainbow-hued Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Arts (MICA) at building Clark Quay is another stunning spot for cool family travel snaps. Don’t miss Sentosa, the Singapore Aquarium is always a hit with kids, and the Universal Studios offers theme park fun for all ages.
by Claire Cosh (@clairecollected)
Singapore is a great destination for the solo traveller with a sense of wanderlust. Wander the streets of Chinatown to admire the historical architecture and stop by Haji Lane nearby, where vintage stores await with pre-loved treasure. Rest up after your retail therapy at local coffee shop The Populus Coffee & Food Co or stick around until the evening, when the area comes alive with lively bars. Eat like a local at Maxwell Hawker Centre, where there are over 100 food stalls to choose from, including local delicacies chicken rice and chilli crab. Kick back with a night cap at Martini Bar in the historic Raffles Hotel, and make a note to see Singapore’s iconic Merlion the next day. Finish off the trip with a trip to Sentosa and head to Tanjong Beach Club for a relaxing sunset dinner on the beach.
by Lex Mak (@mrgumbatron)