Top 12 hens party destinations in Australia

Your girl is only getting married once right? So why not go big with the hen's party and celebrate the bride-to-be somewhere out of town! Whether the hen is an outdoor adventure lover, or she loves to be wined and dined, we have picked out our top 12 hen's party destinations across Australia for the ultimate girls weekend away!

Before we get stuck into the good part, there are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to including and deciding on a destination.

First and foremost, the bride's expectations around what the celebrations are to entail. If she wants something local with no frills attached, then stick within that ballpark. If she's given you free rein, and you know she's always up for a surprise girls' trip, then this is your time to shine!

Secondly, consider the budget. This will need to be decided on nice and early and relayed to everyone that's going to attend. There's no point in organising the best weekend away with no expense spared if the bride's nearest and dearest can't afford to go. Bear in mind, as the bridal party, you'll probably be shouting the bride as well, so factor that into your costs!

Lastly, don't forget to think about the time of year. Whilst there's always something to do in each destination no matter what the season. If the bride-to-be loves the sunshine and the heat, maybe a trip down to Tassie in the wintertime (as beautiful as it can be) isn't what she had in mind.

Ok ladies, are we ready to have a look at some fabulous locations? In no particular order here goes…

Exmouth

If you've got a bride-to-be that loves a bit of adventure, then this could be the destination for you! Situated in the top West Cape of Western Australia is the small resort town of Exmouth. This is a haven for marine life lovers, from the migrating whale sharks to the nesting marine turtles, the area is full of locals! Suit up and go scuba-diving at Ningaloo reef or visit the red rocky gorges of the surrounding National Park. If you're up for an adventure, this will keep you busy! The best time to visit is April to October when the days are sunny and warm. However, if you're looking to catch the Whale Sharks the window is usually March to August.



Barossa Valley

A stunning region not far out of Adelaide, this is an ideal location for winding down with a wine in hand. Wander through the vineyards and enjoy an afternoon picnic of local produce, this area is all about fine wine and delicious food! The best time to visit is from September to November when the days are mild and sunny.



The Daintree Rainforest

Did someone say tropical forest getaway!? Stay in the treetops and listen to the sounds of the birds in the morning. Or try your hand at jungle surfing, where you speed through the forest on a zip line. There are day spas, river cruises, forest walks, and much much more to explore. There's nothing quite like getting amongst nature and what better place to do that than our most famous rainforest. The best time to visit the Daintree is from May to September in the cooler, drier months.



Daylesford/Hepburn Springs

A region located right in the middle of the largest concentration of mineral springs in Australia. This is the place you come to for a spa day ladies! Soak away the wedding stresses in the mineral pools, explore the delicious local food in the area at one of the chef-hatted restaurants, or shop to your heart's content down the main street in the local boutiques. The best time to visit is April, October, and November.



Byron Bay

The land of the laid back. If you're looking for chilled vibes look no further. Whether you want to take it slow and do yoga on the beach, or a sunrise walk up to the infamous Byron Bay lighthouse, Byron is a lovely getaway for the girls. You could incorporate some outdoor activities and take a surf lesson, or even some sea kayaking. It's a pretty creative place as well so there are plenty of places to take an art class with a wine in hand or try your skills at making a flower crown etc. The best time to visit is September to November when the rainfall is at its lowest and the temperatures are comfortable.



Melbourne

Whatever you are looking for, Melbourne probably has it. If you're wanting to party the night away in clubs that don't seem to ever close, come to Melbourne. If you're looking to catch a stage show or theatre performance as part of the party, come to Melbourne. If you're wanting to be spoilt for choice with food and bar options on every corner, come to Melbourne. Ok, you get the picture! Try and take the time to find some cool underground bars, or time your visit with a big event that's going on to really experience the city at its best. If the bride-to-be is into sports, check out what's on the calendar as you might be able to attend an international or even a local sporting event! May not be your traditional hen's party activities, but Melbourne will cater to it all!



Hunter Valley

This region north of Sydney is one of Australia's first wine regions. Explore the destination by car or if you're looking for something slightly different rent a bicycle and enjoy the trails between vineyards, or ride horseback on a horse riding tour. There are art galleries, historic gardens, and plenty of other activities to enjoy as you sip on your Shiraz. The best time to visit is from March to May when the temperatures are mild and there is little rain.



Airlie Beach

One of the beautiful regions of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is a beautiful beachside destination. Luxury resorts to stay in, coral reefs to snorkel over, and National Parks to wander through, this is a region that's full of sunshine and sandy toes. The best time to visit the Whitsunday region is September to November.



Sydney

The hustling and bustling city of Sydney is a hive of activity, waiting for you and the bride tribe to arrive! Take a hot air balloon over the city. Sit back and soak up the sun in Bondi. Enjoy a cocktail at a rooftop bar or even take a boat cruise in the harbour. You'll be spoilt for choice as to how to celebrate, but that's not a bad thing, right? It's time for the girls to hit the town! The best time to visit Sydney can be anytime, however September to November and March to May are outside the usual crowds yet you're still able to enjoy mild temperatures.



Tassie

The southernmost state in Australia. This sometimes overlooked destination is a hidden gem. If you're looking for the outdoors and adventure, there are plenty of National Parks, caves, islands, and quiet beaches to explore. If you're looking for something more cultural, visit one of the many art galleries or museums. Then there's the unrivalled local produce that will leave your mouth watering! The best time to visit Tasmania is between December to February when it's dry and warm.



Mornington Peninsula

Explore the rugged coastlines, visit boutique breweries, distilleries, or wineries (you name it, they've got it!), swim with dolphins, or tee off on a world-famous golf course. There are hot springs and day spas and places to ride horses into the ocean! A beautiful part of the world that has something for all kinds of brides! The best time to visit is February through to April. Outside of school holidays is advised as it can be extremely busy!



Gold Coast

The Goldie just south of Brisbane is famous for its sandy beaches and surfer lifestyle. The city has clubs and bars if you're looking to hit the town. Or, if you're looking for an adrenaline rush, hit up the theme parks and find your inner child again! The best time to visit is between December to February to enjoy the best of the beaches. Then March through to May when it's a little cooler is great for the theme parks.



It's soo hard to narrow it down to our top 12 hens party destinations across Australia, but we've tried our best! Each location is unique in its own way. And ultimately each destination can be tailored to suit the style of each individual bride as well. Wherever you chose to go, and however you choose to party, I'm sure you'll have a blast!

Until next time,

House of Hens xox

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