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There’s nothing better than a mid week break. There are so many benefits for health, mind and body. We love to hop on the net, and do a search on Google for mid week breaks. I might also type in words like midweek deals, or weekend lodge breaks, or last minute short breaks, or short break holidays, or even cheap short breaks and see what comes up to give me inspiration.

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Why we’ve just taken a mid week break

They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. 

Well, yes, it is! I agree with that. And to be honest, we should know by now.

As a family we’ve moved 21 times, 11 of those moves international moves.

Recently we completed yet another move as we headed back to the south west after spending 3 enjoyable years getting to know Perth, a wonderful city, but that’s another story.

Tired and jaded after dealing with all the things you have to do and organise during a re-location, we were feeling exhausted. With a move there’s not only all the physical things you need to find energy for, but there’s a mental transition you go through about the actual ‘leaving’ and letting go, as well as coming to terms with your new home and territories.

For us coming heading south from Perth to somewhere we were previously quite familiar with has been relatively easy. We’ve been lucky to reconnect with familiar faces, a family doctor, and a host of other things that we didn’t really have to relearn. This was a real blessing.

But none the less it was a tiring process and a couple of weeks ago, Dave and I looked at each other and said:

“We’re tired, and we need to get away for a few days because we have a hectic few months looming ahead.”

“How about Bali? “I said because it’s the closest (and least expensive) international destination from Perth.

“Hmm, that sounds nice,” said Dave, “And I know this sounds terrible because Bali is lovely, but we’ve been there a couple of times, so perhaps we should be more adventurous and go somewhere new like Vietnam?”

“Yes that would be great, but you know … flights … transfers … waiting around at airports ,” I mused.

And so our conversation went on. First world problems, I know.

We talked around in circles. And finally we looked at each other and said:

“Hey why don’t we get re-acquainted with the south west? We do love it after all. It’s on our doorstep. It has the most amazing biodiversity and there are tons of things to do. The weather’s looking good. We’d have no flights to worry about. Oh and the spring flowers are just starting to bloom.”

Mid Week Break is good for you

Why go on a mid week break?

A Mid Week Break

Mid Week Breaks

Where to stay on our Mid Week Break?

So I did a quick search on the net and saw one of our all time favourite lodges was doing a mid week special. That decided it! We were off to Cape Lodge for a midweek break in the Margaret River region, and our lake view room was along an idyllic petal strewn path, overlooking the … you guessed it – Lake 🙂

Tips for a mid week break

Mid Week break at Cape Lodge

Things to do on a short break in Margaret River

A few weeks ago we’d been put in touch with Adam from Margaret River Tours (by a good friend of ours).

A Mid Week Break in Margaret River

We called Adam and he said, “Hey why not join our tour tomorrow? We have a great bunch of people on board and we’ll be visiting some of the very best wineries in the region.”

Margaret River Tours, mid week break excursion

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Mid week break, wineries to visit

Mid Week Break tips

The tour was fabulous. It took all day from 10am to 5pm and we took in 6 wineries, a cheese and chocolate factory, as well as a gourmet lunch. While we chatted about what else we would do over the next couple of days, Dave and I got chatting about why a short break is good for you …

Reasons why a Mid Week Break in your own backyard could be good for you.

Why take a short break in your backyard, and why it’s good for you.

  1. The distance you have to travel will be minimal.
  2. No waiting around at airports or stressful flights.
  3. If you book a midweek mini-break out of season you’re likely to get some very good prices.
  4. It’s likely to be quieter.
  5. We’ve reached a time in our lives when a midweek break is more possible – less crowds, less families with children.
  6. You can concentrate on quality ‘me’ time, alone or with your partner.
  7. A short break is a great way to get away from work hassles or domestic chores.
  8. You are likely to feel refreshed and renewed after a few days away from home.
  9. If you go on a longer holiday, sometimes your enthusiasm for all the things it offers can wane after a few days as your energy for ‘new’ depletes.
  10. Psychologically, a short break is probably going to make you as happy as a longer one.

Mid Week break article.

And we’re off!

To give you an idea of how much you can do in a few days … and to lure you to the South West of Australia (obviously!) here are some of the things we did which you could fit into a 3 day itinerary.

We left home on a lovely sunny morning arriving at Cape Lodge less than an hour later. I’ve written much more about Cape Lodge Here on my blog ZigaZag.

Compare hotel prices and save yourself up to 80% on some deals – Find the Best Accommodation Deal in Margaret River Here.

Reasons for a mid week break

Wow, this is the way to travel on holiday, we thought. Just too easy!

Drew, the Cape Lodge General Manager gave us a very warm welcome and we were shown to our gorgeous Lake View room by the friendly receptionist. Soon we were settled and ready to head out on a wine tasting tour.

Winery tour on our mid week break

A pioneer of wine tasting tours

Adam gave us a rundown of the history of his business Margaret River Tours. He actually pioneered wine tasting tours in Margaret River 23 years ago and his insights about the region back then and how much it’s changed in the ensuing period were fascinating.

I’ve written more about Adam and the wine tasting tour we went on (including the iconic wineries we visited)  on my Western Australian travel blog ZigaZag – Click Here for the Wine Story when it’s up  (in a few days time from the date of this post.)

The Margaret River Wine Tour

We joined the tour at around 10am and met Andrew our guide for the day. Andrew’s also a stalwart of the Margaret River wine industry, having been in the region for more than 20 years. It was a privilege to have him look after us for the day and we learned so much about the places we were visiting and the history of the area.

After visiting acclaimed wineries and enjoying a gourmet lunch at Watershed Winery, we were served a complimentary vineyard platter between destinations onboard the bus. We also visited the Margaret River Dairy Company and the Margaret River Chocolate Company for some free tastings and we bought gifts for me to take back to friends and family in the UK. 

Why take a wine tour?

First of all it’s fun! You get to meet new people, and learn about different wines. You’ll most likely see some stunning scenery and beautiful cellar doors. Taking a wine tour is really a great way to visit the cellar doors – much better than doing it alone because you have someone ‘in the know’ to give you information as you drive around, and also you don’t have to worry about driving (or drinking – those little tasters soon add up).

Walks and ambles

We walked to the beautiful Quinninup Falls which are about half an hour from Moses Rock on the Cape to Cape Track.

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Why go on a mid week break?

… spent a couple of hours on a beautiful morning walking along the coastal cliffs looking down onto Contos Beach, and admiring the wild flowers along the track.

Mid week holiday

… had a wonderful three course lunch at the oldest winery in the region: Vasse Felix.

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… enjoyed a fabulous ‘fine dining’ dinner at Cape Lodge, along with a Harvest Supper on another night (part of a wonderful off season deal on offer).

Short break

mid week break

… stopped at a fabulous gallery – Boranup Gallery – had a coffee outside in the forest then headed for another walk along the coast.

Our mid week break

… drove to beautiful Canal Rocks near Smiths Beach near Yallingup for some early morning photography. Dave dropped his lens cap in the (ffffreezing cold) sea while taking photos from a small jetty, and tried to retrieve it – no luck!

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Canal Rocks on a short break

 

Canal Rocks

… had a gourmet lunch at Watershed Winery and gazed at the sea of vines outside the beautiful restaurant.

Taking a break

Fine dining on short break

… visited Hamelin Bay, and enjoyed walking around the interpretative boardwalks and short limestone cliff walk, looking out across the aquamarine blue sea that day.

Hamelin Bay on our getaway

hamelin bay

… poodled around the area enjoying the beautiful lush scenery and flowers.

 

What to do on a few days away

We stopped at Amelia Park wines for a fabulous cellar door experience – look at that view!

Mid Week Breaks are good for you

Then we headed home – refreshed, renewed, a little fatter – oh and minus a lens cap!

Our mid week break

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, and my tour with ‘Margaret River Tours’ was complimentary.

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  • Kathy Marris
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    The South West is so gorgeous Jo and the perfect place for a midweek break or weekend away. The beauty of being semi-retired (in our case), is that we can take advantage of some of the great off-peak accommodation rates. One of our midweek breaks earlier this year was to a Farmstay out west of Brisbane about 2.5 hours drive away from the Gold Coast. We loved it as it was completely different to the coast. Your photos are fabulous and they really take me back to this scenic part of West Australia.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      That sounds lovely Kathy 🙂 and thank you 🙂 Midweek breaks are definitely times we have the opportunity to be a little exploratory and inventive with our choices.

  • Marvi
    Reply

    Great post! I also need a good mid-week break at the moment and this post just elevate my need to have one! Taking breaks like this is very important to relax and rejuvenate.. Glad to see that you had a great mid-week break yourselves! <3

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hi Marvi, yes if work permits, it really is great to plan a midweek break for mind, body and soul benefits 😉

  • Paul (@luxury__travel)
    Reply

    I love short breaks and agree with the sentiment of trying your own backyard. Sometimes we get so bogged down in our own daily routine that we forget what’s on our doorstep.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hello Paul, Absolutely. I think our own backyard can be a treasure trove if we just take a little time to plan and explore more.

  • Punita Malhotra
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    Usually one tries to club a break (even a mini-one) with the weekend to take advantage of the off-days from work. But I see your point. Just the thought of a mid-week holiday sounds invigorating and refreshing. The destination you chose was great too!

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Punita – yes, there are also advantages to making the weekend part of the midweek break, although that means you may not get the same discount benefits I guess.

  • Life Images by Jill
    Reply

    I agree Jo. Taking a short break is great for recharging the batteries, and here in our beautiful south west corner we don’t have to go far. When we were both working we would occasionally take off early afternoon Friday and go south for the weekend. Amazing how relaxing and rejuvenating it was. Enjoy the rest of your week Jo.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Recharging the batteries over a few days away Jill in this lovely corner of the world can be just the ticket, hey? 🙂

  • Rishabh & Nirali
    Reply

    Your getaway looks wonderful but midweek getaways, as idyllic as they sound are quite difficult for us. But going by your post and experience, it might just be what the doctor ordered 🙂

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hello Rishabh and Nirali, definitely what the doctor ordered – if at all possible 🙂

  • Tami
    Reply

    A mid-week break is a great idea – less crowds to deal with and usually cheaper too. One of our favorite mid-week activities is taking the ferry to Catalina Island (in southern CA) for a day. You found a great area to explore and relax in as well!

  • Carol
    Reply

    I totally agree with you that mid-week breaks are the best…if you can swing them. There are always lodging deals and you can often have the place to yourself. Good luck with your move.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hi Carol, thank you. Yes, good deals and quiet places – the essence of a midweek break!

  • Carola
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    Couldn’t agree more! If you have the liberty of arranging your schedule without regard for working days (or bosses), it’s definitely a great idea to swap the weekend getaways for mid-week breaks. Well done you!

    Happy continued travels!
    C

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hi Carola, yes – way to go if we have the time, and liberty to do this. Thank you!

  • Jane M
    Reply

    I love this concept. A mid-week break somewhere fairly local is just such a great idea to get refreshed and recharged without the jetlag!

    I like to remind people who can’t afford the time or money to travel extensively that your local is someone else’s truly exotic, so try to see it with stranger’s eyes.

    Jane M

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Hi Jane, yes local is not mundane, and as you say is someone else’s exotic travel. Often the best travel stories are written by locals of a place.

  • Donna Meyer
    Reply

    Your getaway to Margaret River looks wonderful. I agree with this whole idea of quick, near-by getaways. I’m currently planning one to Puebla, Mexico, just a few hours from my home on an affordable luxury bus. I kn ow that, like you, I will come rejuvenated and full of new experiences, images, and ideas.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Oooh, a short break in Puebla, Mexico – now that sounds like exotic to me. Have fun Donna 🙂

  • Victoria
    Reply

    Cape Lodge looks amazing! A mid week break especially when moving is perfect! I love the vineyard too! Glad you has fun

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Victoria! Cape Lodge is just perfect for a midweek break or any other break for that matter 🙂

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