Sniffing out great weekend escapes for over 40 years



I’m Sandy, Founder and Editor of Weekend Escapes Australia.

I live in Brisbane, Australia with my husband John, 2 young-adult children and our new puppy Penelope. We also have a daughter in Melbourne.

Growing up as an Airforce brat I got to explore Australia extensively before I even left home and have lived in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth ( 3 times!). My Grandparents lived their whole lives on the Atherton Tablelands and I consider myself a Queenslander.

John is Greek and you will also find me over at Greece Travel Secrets which used to get much of my attention. When COVID19 hit in 2020 it allowed us to revisit many of our favourite Australian destinations and spend time scheming to visit many more. Hence Weekend Getaways Australia was born.

With people likely to be quite time-poor and budget-conscious in the immediate future I hope this site creates lots of inspiration and ideas for short breaks in Australia and enables you to create lots of happy memories in the lucky country.

Safe Travels,



Sandra Papas

Founder & Editor