AUTHOR: KELLY ROBERTS OF ‘WONDROUS STAYS’
It’s time to gather the girls and celebrate! But rather than another night out on the town, why not plan a unique weekend away instead? Hen party weekends are the perfect opportunity to celebrate and connect with your girlfriends before the next chapter begins.
Whether your ideal hens weekend is an escape to your favourite city, a trip to the vineyards, or some bubbles and relaxation; Wondrous Stays will have the accommodation for you. Listed below are just 5 of the amazing options available, with many more on offer around Australia and, if you’re keen to take the party abroad, the world!
Perched on the rooftop of a nondescript Melbourne carpark, this accommodation is like no hotel you’ve ever been to. Spend your weekend enjoying Melbourne’s shopping, markets, cafes and bar scene before retiring to your luxurious Airstream.
The 6 chrome Airstream trailers, completely refitted as designer urban accommodation, can be hired for your hens getaway.
MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA
Escape the city and explore the Macedon Ranges wine country; spending the weekend in an 1890’s homestead with glorious views across the vineyards.
This property is only 40 minutes from Melbourne Airport and set upon 100 acres. It’s the perfect location for a relaxing weekend of massages, visiting cellar doors, and strolling around local markets with your friends.
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Spend the weekend in one of Sydney’s oldest heritage locations. Hidden amongst native Australian bushland with stunning views overlooking Sydney Harbour and the skyline of modern Sydney on the horizon, you can feel like you are removed from the hustle and bustle of city but be just a short ferry ride away.
There are accommodation options to suit any group size, offering a truly unique setting to experience relaxation and rejuvenation. The Station offers both retreat suites and a 3-bedroom historical cottage.
Make your historical hens a weekend to remember by combining it with a thrilling Ghostly Encounters Tour that runs every night from 8.00pm!
MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Escape the city and retreat to Margaret River wine region to connect with your girl (and/or guy) friends. The Retreat is hugged by Forest Grove National Park and adjacent to Wadandi Track and trails, on a privately-owned farm (75 acres) which forms part of a natural wildlife corridor between Augusta, Margaret River and Nannup all the way to Contos Beach.
The Retreat offers an array of accommodation from sustainable and beautifully styled Glamping Cabins (tents) and self-contained studio rooms to an event camp-site!
ST ALBANS, NEW SOUTH WALES
About to walk down the aisle? Why not stay in a church!
This Guesthouse is a restored and renovated sandstone church building from the mid 1800’s – the perfect location for a group getaway.
The level of activity that may be of interest to you ranges from a quiet weekend (laying by the pool) through to socialising at the guesthouse, hitting either of the local pubs or even bush walking/bike riding/horse riding.
AUTHOR BIO - WONDROUS STAYS
UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION DIRECTORY
Wondrous Stays is a unique accommodation directory, specialising in Australia and New Zealand. And these options for hen party weekends away are only just the beginning!
Available: Worldwide (although specialises in AUS and NZ)
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AUTHOR: PETA OF 'CAR RENTAL BUDDY'
It’s amazing to know what you can get up to once you leave the kids and the other half at home; heading off to enjoy the night with one of your girlfriends who is about to take the plunge into marriage. As we get older, the mischievousness that we got up to in our younger years seems to vanish. But it does come out on the odd occasion!
Now the standard hen night usually involves some sort of drinking and parading – and that should still continue. But there is usually the stay at the hotel, home or spa.
Why not do things a little different and opt for an experience-hopping hen do instead?
Hire a driver and a minivan for the day; I assure you that you’ll be able to pack in more experiences and more fun!
YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHAUFFEUR FOR CLUB AND BAR HOPPING
Now this obviously depends where you are based in the world. If you are based in a city where the bars are quite far to get to, the last thing you want to be doing is jumping in different cabs every time you want to move to the next location, racking up an expensive bill. Instead, opt for a driver for the day who will be waiting for you, taking you wherever you want to go.
GETTING BACK TO NATURE
The club scene not for you?
Take in the fresh air of the countryside and enjoy the scenic views that your driver takes you to instead. You girls can go to the beach, go for a walk, have a picnic with some drinks, and/or just take in each other’s company; then decide to go home when you are ready.
A MINI ROAD-TRIP
Another option is to make a complete day of it by visiting spots as part of a day-long road trip.
For example, you may start at your accommodation and then drive up the coastline; listening to your favourite tunes and doing a sing-along. Stop off at a cafe for a bite to eat or some lunch, and then make your way to the next location. This second part of the trip could include games or gossip – just make sure that the driver isn’t someone you know!
HOW CAN YOU MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
The best thing you can do is use Car Rental Buddy, who do car hire comparisons worldwide. That way you can find an option in your city. It shouldn’t cost more than $300.00 for the day, which is less than $40pp.
Not bad for a full day out travelling, right?!
Before you book your hen do?
Select some activities and make a rough itinerary. For Every Hen has some great inspiration, with all sorts of options such as kayaking, arts, food, wine and even dance. So have a browse and see what kind of activities might interest your hen group – then take the stress out of travelling to each experience by hiring a mini bus and a driver!
AUTHOR BIO - CAR RENTAL BUDDY
CAR HIRE COMPARISONS, WORLDWIDE
Peta Daniels is an entrepreneur based in Queensland, Australia. She runs the car hire comparison website, Car Rental Buddy. When she isn’t working, you can find her helping out her local gridiron team!
AUTHOR: NICOLE OF 'LASER TAG IN A BOX'
Here’s a fab idea for your hen’s party. It is high-tech hide and seek where party-goers can experience the fun of a live video game. It is a way for your guests to star in their own real-life action blockbuster.
What am I talking about?
If your crew love Wonder Woman and Lara Croft, or they simply love to watch re-runs of M*A*S*H, then this is the party for you. It’s a way to enjoy the thrill of an army-themed hens party... without the risk of bruises; and it’s perfect for day or night, indoors or outdoors. Better yet, by hiring equipment from businesses such as Laser Tag in a Box, the battles can be right in your own backyard!
BATTLE ROYAL IN YOUR BACKYARD
Popular laser tag game options include Capture the Flag and Team Death Match. Both games are intuitive, but the number and type of missions you play is limited only by your imagination.
Let’s start with Team Death Match.
It’s a simple eliminate the enemy type game that is perfect for getting the party started. To play, divide the group into roughly equal team sizes. Teams start at opposite ends of the battlefield (a.k.a. your backyard), with unlimited re-spawns from their base and 5 hit points per person (in other words, hits a player can take before they must go back and get a respawn from their team’s medic box). The computer inside each team’s medic box will count the number of respawns, with the winning team being the one who has the least respawns at the end of the game. This mission is a great ice-breaker because every gamer plays the whole mission and it’s very forgiving of mistakes.
Next we have Electronic Capture the Flag, which is a new twist on an old favourite!
To play, guests must once again divide into two teams (the ‘red team’ and the ‘blue team’), with the aim of the game being to tag the opposition’s flag box. To get started, each team receives one medic box (with unlimited respawns from their home base, which is wherever the team’s medic box is placed), and one friendly flag box (which is positioned on their side of the battlefield, a short distance from their medic box). The goal is to shoot the opposition’s flag box and get back to your team’s flag box and shoot it. Once someone shoots a flag box, that player gets a special sound and light effect. So guess what? They become a target! If the player doesn’t make it back to their base, she doesn’t earn a point for her team. It’s loads of fun and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
TAKE YOUR LASER TAG HEN PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Why not level-up the fun and theme your event with fancy dress and themed food?
You can get decked out with a G.I. Jane costume and some camo paint, or you could don aviator glasses and Andrew Sister’s style uniforms complete with fight caps! It’s also fun to dress up the backyard with rented camo nets and anything else that will get your guests excited for a day or night of action.
After the combat games, you can then kick back and enjoy some themed food such as an Asian Buffet and vodka martinis.
So ladies, lock ‘n’ load and book your hen’s party today!
AUTHOR BIO - LASER TAG IN A BOX
READY, AIM... FUN!
Laser Tag in a Box is Australia’s number 1 laser tag party hire place. We rent coast to coast and all hire packs include video clips explaining how to operate the gear and run the games.
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
It’s funny – when you think about a hen's party, the most common images that come to mind are those that involve sipping on wine/champagne, playing games, getting pampered, perhaps some semi-naked (or completely naked!) men roaming around.
And for good reason! Such events are always fun and full of laughs.
BUT... what if your beautiful hen doesn’t actually enjoy this type of celebration? What do you do if her idea of a good time is more catching waves and less painting nails?
If this sounds like your BFF, read on for some great outdoor adventures and activities that will satisfy her thirst for adrenalin (without being so extreme that the rest of her guests' don't want to attend)!
PAINT THE TOWN!
Run, duck, sprint, hide, jump, weave and... pull that trigger!
Fun and extreme all in one, Paintball offers all the excitement you'll need to really get the party started!
If you haven't heard of this action-packed team sport before, it involves a competition in which players eliminate their opponents by 'shooting' and hitting them with 'paint' (i.e. dye-filled capsules that explode on impact).
As Prue of Paintball Skirmish says, you'll 'have an absolute ball running around shooting your friends, diving behind cars and trees; [all] in your best commando style!'.
Be warned though - those splattered colours may look pretty, but the pesky capsules also leave their mark! To avoid your bride-to-be arriving at the alter covered in bruises, consider hosting her Paintballing hens at least one month prior to the big day (or invest in some good makeup to cover the evidence!).
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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN THE LASER SKIRMISH?
Keen on the idea of Paintball, but not so sure about the little mementos it may leave on your body?Then clip on a vest and grab a laser gun, my friend, because laser tag has the fun without the bruising (unless, of course, you’re a bit of a clutz like me...)!
Much like paintball, laser tag is a team sport with an overall goal. This goal will depend on the type of laser tag game you play (for instance, your objective may be to grab the flag from your opponent’s base). It’s a great way to begin your celebrations as it will loosen everyone up and get your guests working together!
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO GET OUT IN TIME?
Think you could handle being thrown into a real-life puzzle, whereby solving riddles and clues is your only bid for freedom?
A fun, physical adventure game that requires skill could be the very activity you’re looking for!
“It’s a unique and immersive experience, pushing the limits while safely ensuring you’re free to go... eventually!” says Aaron of Rush Escape Game. “We’ve had many hens and bucks nights – even a few proposals! [It’s] a fantastic auxiliary activity for the start of a hens night, or the middle of a full hens day, as we provide fuel for even more conversation and frivolity for the whole evening”.
RUSH ESCAPE GAMES - LOCATED IN SOUTH YARRA, VIC & OFFER 60 MINS OF FUN FROM ONLY $36.00 PP
LAUGH OUT LOUD FUN
If you're after an activity that will have guests rolling around with laughter... literally; this may be the perfect choice for you!
"[Bubble Soccer] involves being strapped into a zorb ball and running around playing a full contact game of soccer" says Elliot of Bubble Soccer 2 U. "[It's] a relatively new sport, physically demanding, however it provides exciting and laugh out loud fun for everyone".
In addition to bringing the laughs, Elliott also notes that Bubble Soccer can be conveniently played at your desired location. "Be it your own private property, a local park/reserve or an indoor sports venue; we take care of the whole booking process [including] the permit".
BUBBLE SOCCER 2 U OFFER BUBBLE SOCCER & OTHER INFLATABLE GAMES IN VIC, ACT, NSW, SE QLD & WA!
HORSEBACK WINE TOURS
A TRULY SPECIAL EXPERIENCE FOR ANY WINE & ANIMAL LOVER!
For a memorable and unique experience (even for the most novice of riders), consider treating your beautiful bride-to-be and her friends to a day full of wine, food, views and adventure!
This journey won't only be about the delicious produce and drinks (although, they are definitely a highlight!); but also the magnificent animals that help make your day special. As Alisha of Horseback Winery Tours puts it, your surrounds are 'slowly revealed in a way that can only be experienced by horseback... it's the perfect, intimate fun for the excited hen [and will be] an experience to remember'.
Combined with a picnic dinner (i.e. platters, cheese, dips, etc.), more wine, stories about your day, a couple of games and plenty of laughs; this could be the ultimate send-off for the wonderful hen in your life!
CATER TO EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP
If your hen absolutely LOVES the beach/water, you should definitely consider including the big blue (or some sort of blue, anyway!) in her celebrations. And what better way to do this than with an activity that caters to all levels of fitness and experience - kayaking!
Kayaking is a fantastic group activity that will have you cruising around, playing games and chatting. 'We [offer] double or single kayak tours', says Simon of Walking on Water & Ullandulla Surf Schools; '[they're] a great laugh, especially when we get the tug of war happening!'.
Slot this fun activity into a day spent hanging out on the sand, playing a few beach/river games and enjoying some sneaky bevs for a treat your hen won't forget!
BASED IN SHOALHAVEN, NSW, WALKING ON WATER IS A MULTI-AWARD WINNING COMPANY OFFERING 8 DIFFERENT SPORTS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY!
STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD
PADDLE, CRUISE AND SWIM
And last but certainly not least, if you're after a water-based activity that, once again, provides fun and excitement without being too daring; this could be exactly what you've been searching for!
Like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding involves balancing on a board in an upright position; the major difference being that you then propel yourself through the water using a paddle.
As Joanna of WATSSUP Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling says, "[It's] an awesome way to celebrate the bride-to-be. Learning how to paddle, cruise and swim in amazing beaches and bays... [it's] a great way to kick off the day!".
Add in some snacks and friendly games on the beach, followed by dinner and cocktails at a nearby water-front restaurant and you have yourself a unique celebration that any beach babe would adore!
WATSSUP OFFER TOURS IN WHICH GUESTS LEARN TO STAND UP PADDLE WHILE EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL LOCAL BAYS & BEACHES SURROUNDING WATSONS BAY, SYDNEY.
HAVE THE BEST TIME!
There you have it - some great outdoor adventures & activities for your thrill seeking best friend!
If, after reading this, you believe your hen would like something a little more low key (such as a glamping getaway!), check out the other wonderful ideas in the'Activities' section of For Every Hen.
As always, feel free to share your feedback via the comments section below or social media! (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram). I'd love to hear your experience and/or thoughts on any of the above adventure sports.
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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