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4 Family Weekend Away Ideas.

 

4 family Weekend Away Ideas | Our Urban Box

As a family we love to get away for the weekend. We prefer to do a number of family weekend aways than one big holiday. It can break up the long weeks if you have a weekend away planned. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Some of our family weekends away have been staying at caravan parks. The kids love it. It’s about reconnecting and creating memories. But this year I would love to something a bit different. I have been researching different ideas, something out of the ordinary. Here are my top 4 family weekend away ideas.

1. Glamping.

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Image sourced via Happy Glamper

This is totally up my alley! Camping with added glamour… where do I sign up? I found Happy Glamper on a friends Facebook feed the other day and was super impressed. The idea behind Happy Glampers is that they hire out a fully renovated 1950’s caravan or tent and will deliver it to your chosen destination on the Morning Peninsula. They will then deck your caravan or Lotus Belle tent out with books, magazines and board games. Not only that they then STYLE your tent or caravan with funky indoor/outdoor mats, fairy lights, outdoor furniture and all linen! They can even include a bar fridge!! Where do I sign up?!? The rates are quite affordable and they do offer Sunday night free if you stay a Friday/Saturday night combo.

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 Image sourced via Happy Glamper

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That tent is calling my name!

2. Farmstay

My Miss 3 is a animal lover in a big way. She is constantly patting dogs big or small, collects the eggs from Grandma’s chooks and loves nothing more than a petting zoo. At two and half she confidently held a snake and a baby crocodile at a reptile show.  Yes really! I mean the kid is Dr Dolittle! So with this in mind, I think a weekend away at a farmstay would be ideal for this family of 4. Hillview Farmstay is located about halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, approximately 40mins from Wagga.

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Image sourced via Hillview Farmstay 

There is plenty to do at Hillview Farmstay. The kids will love feeding the many animals including chickens, ducks, alpaca’s, ponies and lambs. You can enjoy a walk around the farm on one of the many walking tracks and say hello to the resident kangaroo’s. A short drive will take you to boutique wineries, fishing at Blowering Dam, Yarrangobily Caves and much more! The well appointed cabins are new and fresh and offer a range of sleeping arrangements.

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Image sourced via Hillview Farmstay

No matter where you live, you could find a farmstay in your area.

3. Jenolan Caves.

The Jenolan Caves, located in the Blue Mountains,  are the largest and most spectacular caves in Australia. You can choose from a number of different cave tours, enjoy bushwalking, aboriginal art and adventure caving if you dare! You can stay in the village at one of 4 accommodation options and dining is well catered for. Some age limits do apply to some of the tours so this might be better suited to families with older children.

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Image sourced via Jenolan Caves

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4.  Houseboats.

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 Image sourced via Mildura Houseboats

Hands down, the best holiday I have ever had was on a houseboat going up along the Murray River. It was 7 yrs ago now, before we were married and it was for one of my family reunions. We chose to travel with Wilandra Houseboats in Mildura. It was the most relaxing, easy going holiday I have ever had. And have you seen houseboats these days? They are literally a house on water and luxurious as well. Everything is catered for and more. If your children are old enough, then get a group together and get on board a houseboat! I love the idea that you have all your amenities and comforts on board, but you can pull up each night along the river banks, and have a laugh around the fire. Kinda like camping, but with all the amenities. Not too mention how much fun it is driving the houseboat along the river. I can’t wait to do this all again when my kids are older and can confidently swim.

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Image sourced via Mildura Houseboats

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At the top of my list is the glamping weekend away. I seriously need to do that. Which holiday do you think would suit your family best?

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31 Comments

  1. michelle@geeyourebrave

    January 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I would love to go glamping for a girls weekend. Hubby won’t have a bar of it, only free camping in the bush with a fire and cold showers. We did a farm stay in the Huon Valley and would highly recommend it, our kids loved it. I am clasutraphobic so Jenolan Caves is out and once my son stops having a fear of nothing then a house boat trip is definetely on the cards. It looks incredibly relaxing
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Oh boo to hubby! Leave him home with the kids and enjoy the gleaming with the girls x

  2. Min@WriteoftheMiddle

    January 27, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Oh these look lovely! I’m not really a camper but I think I could do glamping!! I’d absolutely love a houseboat holiday! One day hopefully! 🙂
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Glamping is definitely for the non-campers!

  3. Trish

    January 27, 2015 at 9:17 am

    when we can get our act together, my sister and I are going glamping. Hopefully before winter!
    Trish xx
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Oh fun!! Yeah, I probably wouldn’t do it in winter. Far too cold for me x

  4. Jody at Six Little Hearts

    January 27, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Ooh! I had no idea those house boats were so luxurious! Might look into those!
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  5. Lauren

    January 27, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Um holy crap those houseboats are AMAZE! I’d love to do that. And the glamping looks gorgeous. I could definitely handle camping if it looked like that!

    Thanks for the inspiration Fleur! I want to start planning a fun weekend away now!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      So amazing. I was blown away by the boat we stayed on and it wasn’t even top of the line one. They just have everything you need on board! Happy planning x x

  6. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions

    January 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I would love to do the farmstay, especially as my sister lives in Wagga so it would be the perfect excuse to stop in there for a visit before and after. I also love the idea of a houseboat, I’ve always wanted to stay on one. I am going to bookmark this post so I can remember to talk to Dave about organising something like this!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I hope you get to a farmstay soon. Perfect for the kids too x

  7. di @ lime&soda

    January 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    A houseboat holiday sounds lots of fun!
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  8. Bec @ The Plumbette

    January 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I love weekends away but I find them so much work for such a little time with our three little ones. We go away for a week or two but I can’t wait till they are older and I don’t have to pack so much stuff. I really want to do a farm stay and I’ve always wanted to explore Jenolan caves. 🙂
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      I agree Bec. Mine are 3 and 5 now so no longer need to pack cots, prams, bottles and all that so it is so much easier and doable. Hubby is pretty keen to do a farmstay so I think that is in the plans. x

  9. Sally@Toddlers on Tour

    January 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Wow those Glamping accommodations look fantastic and how modern is the houseboat.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Houseboats are very swish these days, you’ll even find a spa on most the top deck of most of them. And so much fun!

  10. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    January 27, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I have never seen glamping like that – love it, have to do it!
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  11. Maxabella

    January 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Happy Glamper ever since I first read about them. Camping terrifies me, but glaming I think I could manage. There is a ‘glamping’ spot in Jervis Bay called Paperbark Camp that I also would like to have a go at. x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks for the tip on Paperbark Camp. I will have to go and check it out. I’m not a fan of camping either but Happy Glampers looks oh so very cool x

  12. EssentiallyJess

    January 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Oh I love ALL the ideas! The glamping looks so cool! I know quite a few people who have been on the house boats and had a marvellous time. I think I’ll wait till my kids are just a little bit older though.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      January 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Houseboats are the bomb, but yes, you can relax more if your kids are older and can swim x

  13. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    January 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I will take any of those thank you very much. especially the airstream. Actually just a weekend away.. anywhere will do me xx
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  15. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    January 29, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I could do glamping but we are fans of a beach house or a city x
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  16. Christina Mathewson

    January 31, 2015 at 9:32 am

    WOW, they look awesome. My gosh, I would love that tent! I would hate to be the one putting it up and down.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      February 2, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thats the beauty of it, Happy Glampers put the tent up and take it down. All you need to do is enjoy it!

  17. Mum Of Five Girls

    April 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Oh I am in love with that 50’s caravan!!!! And that tent!!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Me too. I definitely want to go glamping as soon as possible!

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