Teresa Ooi finds the best offers on fantastic holiday escapes that also support our struggling regional tourism providers.
NSW South Coast holiday parks
Escape for a bargain getaway on the South Coast. Book a four-night stay and pay for only three nights at Ingenia Holidays Broulee, midway between Moruya and Batemans Bay.
The holiday cabin has a queen and bunk beds, kitchenette, TV and air-conditioning. It is priced at $94 per night - down from $124. At Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola, you can book four nights and pay for only three at $127 per night - down from $169. Stay in a two-bedroom deluxe cabin on the lagoon with views over the park, a kitchenette, air-conditioning and private barbecue.
- Explore more: visit the Hot Deals page at ingeniaholidays.com.au
Port Macquarie family packages
Pack the kids, pack your bags and head to the NSW Mid North Coast to have lots of fun in the sunshine - even in winter.
Pay from $289 a night for the Family Zoo Package at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges, which includes breakfast and a family pass to Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park. The price is based on two adults and two children staying in a standard king suite. You can also pick a Rydges Port Macquarie Family Fun Coastal Escape from $279 per night, which includes accommodation, full breakfasts, four tickets to the cinema and a hamper full of snacks.
- Explore more:rydges.com/weekends-offers/
Blue Mountains at half-price
The Equeva Group is offering more than 50 per cent off if you stay in one of its six affordable hotel properties in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
The Echo Point Discovery Motel has a three-night midweek stay and a two-night weekend stay for $249, down from $565. You can also stay in the Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba Town Centre Motel and the Blue Mountains Heritage Motel which also have special rates for a three-night midweek or two-night weekend stay for $265, down from $595.
- Explore more: equeva.com.au
Cottage in the Gippsland Lakes
Waverley House Cottages at the Lakes Entrance in Gippsland, Victoria, is offering a stay-three-pay-two package for $500 - down from $250 a night.
The spa cottages have a kitchen, laundry and views over the native garden and rural scenery. There is also a barbecue and pool on the property. It's five minutes' drive to Marine Parade where you can hire boats or book a tour to explore the Gippsland Lakes.
- Explore more: waverleyhousecottages.com.au or phone (03) 5155 1257
Group stay on Kangaroo Island
Villas on the Bay at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, is offering a special discount if you book direct.
A two-bedroom villa which can sleep up to four people has been discounted to $225 a night - down from $275 - while a three-bedroom villa which can sleep up to six people has been reduced to $250 a night - down from $300. Continental breakfast supplies, including freshly baked bread, are included on the first morning.
- Explore more: villasonthebaykingscote.com.au or phone (08) 8553 2882
Kangaroo Island luxury
If you fancy some pampering, book a weekend stay at luxurious hilltop retreat Snellings View for $350 a night for two people ($400 for four people and $450 for six).
There's a minimum two-night stay and each booking will receive a $75 welcome hamper full of local produce including wine, olives, honey and hand cream. Each wing sleeps up to six people in one of two identical two-bedroom homes. The spacious, well-appointed retreat has timber flooring and wide verandas with views across rolling hills to the sea.
- Explore more:snellingsview.com.au or phone 0413 532 745