Group of friends in a camper van near Injidup Beach ©  Tourism Western Australia

Mates’ breaks: 7 epic weekend trips made for friends

Group of friends on a houseboat on the Hawkesbury River ©  Destination NSW

Able Hawkesbury River Houseboat, Wisemans Ferry, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Fun fact

The Hawkesbury River is so grand, it was once described by a colonial judge as the “Nile of New South Wales.”

Couple hiking near the ocean in Wilsons Promontory National Park © Visit Victoria

Wilsons Promontory National Park walk, Squeaky Beach, Gippsland, Victoria © Visit Victoria

Tables set for service at d'Arenberg Cube restaurant © d'Arenberg

d'Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale, South Australia © d'Arenberg

Lemon tree and grapevines at the Packing Shed orchard © Tourism Western Australia

Lemons and grapevines on Lawnbrook Estate, Bickley, Perth Hills, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia

Insider’s secret

Be sure to ask about pop-up food events at Bickley Valley Cottage. The asparagus farmer’s son Nic is a fantastic chef.

Fat Pig Farm, Glaziers Bay, TAS © Liam Neal

Fat Pig Farm, Glaziers Bay, Tasmania © Liam Neal 

Girls relaxing in from of a waterfall in the Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Ashley Dobson

Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Ashley Dobson

Aerial view of a car driving along the beach on North Stradbroke Island © Tourism and Events Queensland/Jesse Lindemann

North Stradbroke Island, Brisbane, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland/Jesse Lindemann

Local tip

Point Lookout isn't just great for grabbing a coffee – it's also an excellent whale watching spot. Look out for migrating humpbacks between May and November.