Birthday weekend? Here are the top 5 places to go

Where are the best places in Australia for a long weekend birthday bash? It all depends on how you like to party – here are our top picks.

Swimming pool by the beach
  • Janine Eberle
  • May 2018

What better excuse than a birthday for a weekend away? For your next special day, get together with some mates or a special someone and fly to a great Aussie destination for a celebratory long weekend.

Group of friends having a good time tasting wine
Wine tasting in South Australia

Adelaide – the wine lovers’ birthday

When you fly into Adelaide you’re landing in one of the world’s great wine hubs, with over 200 wineries just a short drive from South Australia’s capital. For wine lovers with a birthday to celebrate, this is the perfect destination for a weekend spent sampling some of the country’s (some would say the world’s) finest drops.

Just minutes from the city are the Adelaide Hills, famed for cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Drive less than an hour south and you’ll hit McLaren Vale, a long-time favourite with top-class cellar doors at d’Arenberg, Wirra Wirra and Coriole. And just north of the city is the celebrated Barossa Valley, home to outstanding Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon including prestigious brands like Penfolds. Don’t miss the farmers’ market at Angaston on Saturday morning to pick up some gourmet local produce to take home.

Byron Bay – the chill-out birthday

For a birthday getaway that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, Byron Bay can’t be beat. The town is packed with cool places to hang out and soak up the famous Byron vibe: try the sunny lawn at Top Shop for coffee and the beer garden at the Beach Hotel, a great place for birthday drinks.

For beach lazing, take your pick from Main Beach for the scene and the sunsets, Wategos for sheer beauty, or Cosy Corner to escape the crowds. If you feel like a little laid-back action after your daytime lazing, see who’s playing at the Rails Hotel or the Northern and settle in for some live music. To really get in the local state of mind, do some yoga or get a massage at one of town’s health and well-being centres and head home with a Byron buzz.

Calm waves hitting the beach shore
Surfers enjoying Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Hobart – the art lovers’ birthday

Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art – better known as MONA – is a one-stop cultural extravaganza that incorporates all the elements of art and indulgence you need for the ultimate highbrow birthday experience. Stay onsite at one of the super-luxe art-themed pavilions and make a booking at Source, the fine-dining restaurant. Do a tour of the Moo Brew brewery (onsite), visit the cellar door to taste the wines of Moorilla estate, also onsite, and sip a celebratory cocktail in the Void Bar.

In amongst all these festive activities, explore the adult Disneyland that is the MONA collection – sometimes hilarious, sometimes shocking, never boring. There’s a jazz concert every weekend, on the complex’s lush lawns if it’s warm, and festivals and events throughout the year.

A couple fitting hats at the market
Exploring the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne – the gourmet birthday

If your idea of the perfect birthday is a non-stop feast, Melbourne is the city for you. Arguably (but only by Sydneysiders) Australia’s foodie capital, Melbourne has incredible dining at every price point. Do the birthday dinner of a lifetime at world-famous Attica or dine with sweeping city views at glitzy Vue de Monde. Step down a price point or two (without losing a drop of cool) by opting for CBD favourites Cumulus Inc or Chin Chin – then you’re well placed for a string of festive cocktails at the city’s famous laneway bars.

A long lunch at Stokehouse on the beach at St Kilda is the perfect way to round out the weekend, or spend some time exploring the incredible tastes, sights and smells of the Vietnamese hubs in Richmond or Footscray. Stop in at Queen Victoria Market’s Dairy Hall to pick up some tasty birthday treats to take home.