1. Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW
If a love of secluded luxury and awe-inspiring nature sum up your hen perfectly, then why not indulge in a girl’s getaway at Wolgan Valley. Bordering the Blue Mountains and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, this extraordinary property is guaranteed to blow the bride-to-be away. Each of the 40 beautifully appointed suites comes with its own double-sided sandstone fireplace and private heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool. Better still, all meals and most drinks are included in the room price, so once you’re there you won’t need to think about a thing!
2. Bells at Killcare, Central Coast, NSW
Situated on the Bouddi Peninsula, a 90-minute drive from Sydney, Bells at Killcare is the ideal hen’s destination for beach-loving brides-to-be. This boutique hotel offers 25 private coastal cottages boasting Ralph Lauren interiors, gas fireplaces and plenty of room for the girls to relax and unwind. Whether you’re strolling one of the many walking trails, taking a dip at the beach, or devouring Stefano Manfredi’s delights at his award-winning onsite restaurant, the bride and her gal pals will be in heaven.
3. Peppers Convent, Hunter Valley, NSW
This quaint Hunter Valley retreat, located two hours’ drive from Sydney, takes romance and charm to new heights. Luxe lovers are sure to be swept off their feet as Peppers Convent comes into view. The heritage building offers 17 gorgeous guest rooms, each with French doors opening onto a deep verandah – perfect for cheese and vino. Spend the weekend exploring the many boutique wineries located on your doorstep or simply relax with a hit of tennis or a bike ride around the estate. There’s plenty to keep all the girls entertained for a fun-filled hen’s weekend.
4. Villa Howden, Hobart, TAS
Hobart is the ‘it’ place to be right now. Just 15 minutes from the Tassie capital, Villa Howden is the ideal location to spend quality girl time, enjoying the buzzing art and food scene of Hobart and the serenity of the Tasmanian wilderness. This quaint hideaway offers 10 suites, each decorated with luxurious furnishings. Add to that a heated indoor pool, fireplace, piano bar and high tea on weekends, and you may never want to leave. If you’re looking for an extra-special touch, why not book the Tower Suite? This lavish abode boasts an antique king-size French bed and gorgeous ensuite with that all-important clawfoot bath.
5. Kingsford Homestead, Kingsford, SA
If a rural foodie retreat is what you’re after, why not book out historical Kingsford Homestead? Located 45 minutes outside of Adelaide, Kingsford Homestead caters for up to 14 guests at a time, so larger groups can book the whole abode. Each of the seven suites includes a large comfortable bed with fine linen, a choice of pillows, L’Occitane en Provence bathroom goodies and dressing gowns and slippers – the perfect addition to a girl’s night in. A two-night stay at Kingsford Homestead includes alternating five- and three-course dinners, country breakfasts and drinks and canapés served as the sun sets, promising gourmet indulgence at its best.
6. QT, Gold Coast, QLD
The Gold Coast is a much-loved hen’s weekend destination for those looking for a mix of beach, sun and pumping nightlife. If this is exactly what you’re after, the next question is, where’s the best place to stay? With an enviable location within easy walking distance of the beach, Cavill Avenue shopping and the entertainment district, the QT hotel is your answer. Relax in the revamped pool area or indulge in the marketplace-style Bazaar restaurant after sipping a coastal cocktail creation in Stingray Lounge. Then it’s time to hit the myriad bars lining Cavill Avenue for a night you’ll all (hopefully) remember for many years to come! Make sure you don’t wake up feeling too dusty: the breakfast buffet is one of the best around.
7. Crown Metropol, Perth, WA
When you think of the ultimate hen’s weekend, do you picture a luxurious resort with days spent lounging by the pool before hitting the town for a night out? If you answered ‘yes’, then you’ve met your match with Crown Metropol , located only five minutes from the Perth CBD. Why not go all out and book a Loft? The elegantly styled, 150sqm loft suites boast panoramic views from the balcony, bedroom and breezy living area – the ideal place to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne before venturing to the city for a night of girly fun.
8. Injidup Retreat, Yallingup, WA
Perched high above the Indian Ocean, Injidup Retreat is home to 10 spacious and very private villas, each with a private plunge pool and panoramic ocean views. This tranquil escape provides all the indulgence required for the ultimate hen’s escape. Relax during the day on your private deck, soak in the spa or, for the more active bride-to-be, stroll down for a swim at the beach below. For the wine-lovers in the group, Injidup Spa Retreat is ideally located close to the world-renowned wineries of Margaret River. There’ll be no reason not to say cheers to the soon-to-be newlyweds time and time again.
9. Lindenderry at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Relaxation is the name of the game at Lindenderry at Red Hill. This secluded retreat in the heart of Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. On this country-chic 30-acre property, English inspired gardens surround the hotel, extending down to the vineyard and lake. To get everyone in the spirit, there’s a plethora of options: team horseback riding and wine tasting on a guided tour; soak away any pre-wedding stress at the renowned Mornington Peninsula hot springs; or simply sit back, relax and chat the night away, as ladies do best!
10. The Olsen, Melbourne, VIC
If wandering beautiful boutiques sounds like your kind of fun, set up for a weekend of pure indulgence at The Olsen hotel. Set on Melbourne’s most prestigious shopping strip, Chapel Street, The Olsen boasts 229 elegantly appointed five-star suites, each adorned with breath-snatching works by famous landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Gather the girls, pour a glass of champagne and enjoy the stunning city skyline views. Relax by the glass-bottomed pool on the sundeck or pamper the bride-to-be with a session in the Norbu urban retreat day spa. If you really want to impress, the Olsen Penthouse is the way to go. Offering two private bedrooms with king beds, private ensuites and a Jacuzzi on the balcony, you may not be tempted to hit the Chapel Street shops after all!