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!
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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: MAHEALANI OF 'GLAMPING HUB'
Make your next Hen Party so much more than a night out on the town.
Imagine spending your last few moments before the biggest day of your life, with your favourite gal pals in the most beautiful and memorable places you could think of. Drop a few hints to your ladies, and get them to plan you the ultimate hen party at an unbeatable glamping site!
Glamping getaways are the perfect combination of a holiday in nature, with all the luxuries and glamour every bride and her friends deserve before the big day.
Wherever you are located in Australia, our friends over at Glamping Hub have come up with the best rentals to spend a few days away before the wedding!
LUXURY BELL TENT
SHOALHAVEN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Nothing says glamorous girls getaway quite like these luxurious and picturesque bell tents overlooking the beautiful Crookhaven River. Enjoy sleeping under the stars and waking up to enjoy an exhilarating day of activities with your gals.
Guests can rent up to five tents depending on the party size. Each tent can sleep 4-5 glampers comfortably, and don’t forget to bring your pup along for the unforgettable weekend, as this site is also pet-friendly!
Whether you can’t wait to plan wine-tasting excursions to the nearby vineyards, enjoy the onsite spa services, or go on horseback riding and kayak excursions, this luxury camping site is the perfect destination for an adventurous hen getaway.
LUXURY SAFARI TENT RENTAL
SHOALHAVEN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Looking to experience the best of both worlds? An accommodation off the beaten path, perhaps?
Right here on the south coast, guests can take their pick from the glamourous bell tents above or these luxurious safari tents!
These eco-certified glamping tents will give you a sense of adventure as you set out for your days of activities with your girls. Not only do these rentals offer the perfect setting for you to enjoy wine under the stars with your ladies; but it will also give you the exact dose of relaxation and tranquility you, as the bride, need to eliminate your jitters and stresses before the big day.
Tucked away in the beautiful tropical gardens along Mission Beach, hens parties will adore this beachfront hut.
While you and your hens are soaking up all the relaxation and serenity on the getaway you always dreamt of, don’t forget to take advantage of every high-end amenity offered onsite. Sip your favorite drinks poolside, catch up on your tan on the beautiful Mission beach, or stroll into the nearby town for dinner and drinks!
Everything you need to plan the perfect evening out or a tranquil day of rest can be found at this villa site.
POP-UP BELL TENTS
WHERE YOU WANT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Are you and your gals located in Western Australia, and still looking for the perfect accommodation to host an unforgettable weekend celebration?
These bell tents are for you!
If it's in your backyard, your favorite park, campground, or maybe somewhere you have always wished to visit, your luxury tents will be brought to you!
Dont worry about a thing, everything is provided and the experience feels incredibly exclusive and luxurious. All you have to do is pick a place, gather your girls, and enjoy the time of your lives.
LUXURY TREE HOUSE
Do your childhood memories of wishing you lived in a tree house revisit you from time to time? Live out your wildest dreams at this beautiful tree house set in 100 acres of lush rainforests.
In the heart of nature, you and your besties will be completely enamoured by everything the great outdoors has to offer as well as the high-end amenities and features found in the tree house.
Stay up all night listening to the river below and reliving stories of the good ole days with your gal pals. This tree house it the perfect combination for your fairytale getaway.
ECO TENTED CABIN
BROOME, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Escape to a private accommodation with your ladies in these stunning raised tents.
Follow the beautiful timber walkways to your stunning retreat to enjoy an outdoor rain shower before going to dinner with your girls; and spend your day relaxing by the pool or on the white sand beaches of Broome.
This is the perfect place for adventurous hiking brides and her troop to get out and enjoy nature for the day, with a luxury rental awaiting their return.
WILLOW VALE, QUEENSLAND
Just a quick 25 minutes from the Gold Coast, you and your friends will find a private 50 acres of stunning nature gardens. At this secluded lodge guests will adore the tranquility and serenity of a luxury getaway tucked away in the great outdoors.
For brides looking for the ideal place to relax and revive on the days leading up to their wedding, then be sure to pick this lodge retreat.
AUTHOR BIO - GLAMPING HUB
GLAMPING GETAWAYS AROUND THE WORLD
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