Explore Australia’s ‘burbs - the best cities to visit.

A holiday in the ‘burbs has never looked more appealing! Forget the same old, same old, and discover the new and exciting! There’s so much to see and do in Australia’s many city suburbs, so we’ve chosen a select few ‘burbs that we think you’ll particularly enjoy for a fun-filled holiday.

Fortitude Valley, QLD – Brisbane Holiday

A Brisbane trip isn’t complete without a visit to Fortitude Valley (AKA ‘The Valley’), so why not book your Brisbane hotel in the suburb that never sleeps, because after a day of exploring this vibrant ‘burb, trust us, you’ll want somewhere close by to lay your head.

Local Wares and Fare – Dining and Shopping in Brisbane

Whether you’re looking for a new frock, a designer handbag or an accessory for your lounge room, Fortitude Valley won’t disappoint. Check out Brisbane’s laneways including Bakery Lane and Winn Lane, wander down James Street or check out the Emporium Fortitude Valley to find your treasures. Afterwards, quench your thirst at a rooftop bar in Fortitude Valley and grab some grub in Chinatown or at a nearby burger bar.

Shopping in Fortitude Valley
Chinatown, Fortitude Valley

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Music and Masterpieces – Things to do in Brisbane

Get groovy with a live gig at the Tivoli or The Zoo or grab your partner and practice the salsa on Thursday nights at Cloudland. For something a little more tame, explore Fortitude Valley’s many art galleries or head to the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts for a show.

Catch a live gig
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Where to stay - Fortitude Valley Accommodation

Enjoy spacious Brisbane apartment accommodation at BreakFree Fortitude Valley With a resort style pool, gym and BBQ facilities, it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploring. The hotel is also just a few minutes’ walk to the Fortitude Valley train station which will take you to the Brisbane CBD in approximately 5 minutes.

BreakFree Fortitude Valley

A brand-new luxury Brisbane hotel, FV by Peppers is a retreat in the heart of bustling Fortitude Valley. From the heated u-shaped skyline pool to the VIP private spa lounges and sweeping city views, you’ll feel like royalty in this New York inspired hotel.

FV by Peppers

Located next to The Valley, Spring Hill is within easy walking distance of the Brisbane CBD with award-winning eateries, quaint coffee shops and heritage-listed buildings. Wander through the beautiful Roma Street Parkland or simply soak up the history of one of Brisbane’s oldest residential neighbourhoods. Mantra Richmont Hotel offers contemporary Brisbane accommodation along with the chic Kennigo Social House restaurant, 24-hour reception and a gymnasium.

Mantra Richmont Hotel

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St Kilda, VIC – Melbourne Holiday

With a palm-lined boardwalk, sandy beach, café scene and famous attractions, St Kilda is the ideal place for a Melbourne holiday and should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Melbourne.

Things to do in St Kilda

The iconic Luna Park is a great place to start your day in St Kilda. With rides and events for all ages, you could easily spend all day here! For a slower pace, stroll along St Kilda Beach and St Kilda Pier to see the penguins, buy something unique from the St Kilda Esplanade Market (Sundays) or stop by the St Kilda Sea Baths for a bite to eat or some pampering at the award-winning day spa. At night, catch a live show at the Palais Theatre – a 1927 art deco picture palace and Australia’s largest, fully seated theatre. If all of this isn’t enough, jump on a tram and you’ll be in Melbourne’s CBD within 30 minutes.

St Kilda Pier

Where to stay - St Kilda Melbourne Accommodation

Art Series – The Blackman offers a boutique hotel experience with five-star hospitality to match, just a short tram ride away from St Kilda beach. Hire one of The Blackman Smart Cars to zip around the city, admire the works of Charles Blackman on a tour with the in-house Art Curator or enjoy a meal at one of two of the top Melbourne restaurants – Fleur Depot de Pain or Classico.

Art Series – The Blackman

If you’re looking for a St Kilda holiday apartment, look no further than Mantra St Kilda Road. This art deco style hotel is the ideal place to retreat to after a busy day exploring the Melbourne CBD or St Kilda beach – both just a few minutes away by tram. Enjoy spacious apartment accommodation with kitchens, balconies and air conditioning.

Mantra St Kilda Road

Parramatta, NSW – Sydney Getaway

Culturally and historically rich, Parramatta is a lively city just 25 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD and is a great alternative to the typical Sydney holiday. Check out these things to do in Parramatta and start planning your next stay!

Shopping and Dining – Best shops and restaurants in Parramatta

From small boutiques to designer stores, Westfield Parramatta has it all, but if you can’t find that certain something, head to the nearby DFO Homebush for a bargain at these popular Sydney factory outlets. If you’ve worked up an appetite, visit Eat Street (AKA Church Street) and its nearby laneways for tons of delicious options or on Fridays, the Parramatta Farmers Market at Centenary Square is the best place to grab local produce, freshly baked pastries and a great cup of coffee.

Centenary Square, Parramatta

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Historical Sites – Things to do in Parramatta, Sydney

The people of Parramatta are extremely proud of their heritage, and we can see why. Three of Australia’s oldest European buildings (Elizabeth Farm, Dairy Cottage and Old Government House) are located in the city along with Australia's oldest cemetery (St John’s), oldest surviving church site, oldest military site and more! Grab a map from The Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Centre and take yourself on a self-guided walking tour.

Old Government House, Parramatta

Get Outside and Active – Parramatta Park and Beyond

Enjoy the fresh air and leafy outlook at Parramatta Park. Wander through rose gardens, cycle the 3.2 kilometre bicycle loop around the western half of the park or see how many of the 140 kinds of wildlife you can spot, including eels, turtles, water dragons and flying foxes, complete with their own camp. Beat the heat at James Ruse Reserve, the city’s largest water play area or head to Sydney Olympic Park (just down the road) for a game or the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Sunrise over a rose garden

Alt text: Sunrise over a rose garden

Sydney Royal Easter Show

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Where to stay – Parramatta, Sydney Accommodation

Mantra Parramatta is centrally located in the Parramatta CBD, the ideal Parramatta hotel for your getaway. When you’re not out exploring the city, enjoy spacious Parramatta accommodation in a Studio Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment or 2 Bedroom Apartment or relax at the pool, sauna, spa and in-house restaurant.

Swimming pool at Mantra Parramatta
Stay in style at Mantra Parramatta

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