Julie and Ian Mackintosh enjoy the pool area at the Kingscliff Seaside Guest House.
Julie and Ian Mackintosh enjoy the pool area at the Kingscliff Seaside Guest House. Blainey Woodham

Holiday in your own backyard on the Tweed

FORGET jumping in the car to drive hours and hours for a short getaway, the Tweed region has plenty to offer those who want to take a break in their own backyard.

Money saved on fuel and general travel costs can be substantial when keeping it local.

Bed and breakfast accommodation like The Kingscliff Seaside Guest House offer an easy, relaxing and luxurious option when considering a quick getaway close to home.

Looking and booking for bed and breakfast short break specials, like the one The Kingscliff Seaside Guest House is offering, is one way to save on a short break.

The guest house is offering a two-night bed and breakfast special, which includes a lovely, large and luxurious room with a big home-cooked breakfast every morning, including fresh fruit, yogurt and a hot breakfast, as well as a surprise gift upon arrival - all for $265 per suit, per night.

"An average day for a guest when they stay is a sleep-in followed by a big fresh breakfast, then a little relax time, a drive for late lunch and then an afternoon sleep," Mrs Mackintosh said.

"Our customers are wonderful, we enjoy them and they enjoy us, and after being open for business for over four years, the place still looks and feels brand new because of the quality of customer we attract."

Bill Tatchell, CEO of Destination Tweed, said he always encouraged people to holiday in Tweed.

"We always encourage people to take a holiday in their own backyard, come in to the visitor information centre and see what the region has to offer," Mr Tatchell said.

We always encourage people to take a holiday in their own backyard, come in to the visitor information centre and see what the region has to offer.

The notion of spending a relaxing break with two or three other couples may not appeal to everyone, although it does not necessarily mean you have to see much of each other and group bookings often come with a discounted rate or bonus gift.

"We supply extras if the house is booked out by one group - things like food platters and bottles of wine," Mrs Mackintosh said.

If a mid-week getaway is possible then so is the possibility of a discounted rate, although a lot of bed and breakfast accommodations have a fixed nightly rate.

Subscribing to specials alerts online is also another great idea.

An email outlining a cheap getaway can be all the incentive one needs.

Currently there are a few great deals on last-minute websites such as Lastminute and Wotif, for example Tailwaggers Rainforest Retreat for $99 per night; Crabbes Creek Cottages for $120; Hastings Cover Waterfront Holiday Apartments for $129 (minimum stay applies).



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