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The cheapest holidays you can book right now to relax.

This post originally appeared on Skyscanner Australia and was written by travel writer Elizabeth Pratt.

The silly season is upon us, and if you’d rather be sunning yourself in a tropical paradise than hitting the shops on Christmas Eve we have good news. It’s not too late to book a last minute escape without breaking the bank! Here are some ideas from Skyscanner Australia…

Many people have their summer getaways locked in before July, but for some of us, the festive season creeps up without warning every year. If you’re hoping to get away from it all this summer, don’t lose hope. There are still plenty of bargain holidays to be found for the last minute organiser (or as we like to say spontaneous organiser…)

Here’s a roundup of some of the best holidays in Australia you can book right now to relax over the summer.

Noosa

For some fun in the sun, fly into the Sunshine Coast and head to Noosa. Take advantage of Noosa National Park and walk some of the coastal trails or head to the summit for an excellent view. There are many beautiful beaches on offer for you to cool down or spend an afternoon with a book.

Hastings Street offers a variety of restaurants and cafes as well as shops ranging from high-end fashion to affordable surf wear.

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On your way to or from Sunshine Coast airport, consider stopping at Australia Zoo for a close encounter with some crocodiles, Steve Irwin style.

Anchor Hotel Noosa has free wifi, free parking and a swimming pool within a five-minute drive of Hastings Street.

Fly return from Sydney from $169
Fly return from Melbourne from $220

Melbourne

Come late January, Melbourne will be overflowing with people ready to watch the Australian Open. But grab a bargain and visit in November to early January for a fabulous city escape.

Take in a show, jump on a tram and be sure to check out some of the cool street art for a fun (and free) outing. Melbourne is a food lovers paradise, try Shanghai Village Dumpling on Little Bourke Street or head to Naked for Satan for delicious tapas and rooftop cocktails.

Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel offers stylish accommodation on a budget, within walking distance to Federation Square, The Princess Theatre and the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Fly return from Canberra from $179
Fly return from Sydney from $119

Hobart

In case you missed the memo, Tasmania is the new place to be. So book a flight to Hobart and prepare yourself for a holiday full of tasty food, incredible scenery and intriguing art.

Don’t miss a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), housing 1900 unique works and counting. But if you’re going with your grandmother, be prepared for the exhibit of plaster lady-parts.

If you’re visiting on a Saturday head to the Salamanca markets, open from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Clothing, beautiful items carved from Tasmania timber, food, jewellery and fresh produce are all on offer.

The Edinburgh Gallery Bed and Breakfast is a boutique hotel offering 10 guest rooms and a hearty continental breakfast using local produce.

The Central Hotel Hobart offers ensuite rooms just a five-minute walk from the Salamanca waterfront.

Fly return from Sydney from $189
Fly return from Melbourne from $52

Canberra

Our nation’s capital may not be the first thing you think of when planning a summer holiday, but with some beautiful hotels at bargain prices you should add it to the list.

Museum lovers are spoilt for choice in Canberra. The Australian War Memorial, Questacon and the National Gallery of Australia are all popular options. The National Zoo and Aquarium will appeal to nature lovers and Lake Burley Griffin is a great spot to try stand up paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking.

Canberra is also surrounded by an established wine region and has more than 30 wineries just 35 minutes drive from the city. Take a tour to enjoy some of the top Shiraz, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in Australia.

There are some great deals in Canberra over the summer, particularly in January. The Crowne Plaza Canberra offers luxury accommodation with a swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna and an extensive buffet breakfast.

Fly return from Perth from $495
Fly return from Melbourne from $179

Now that you’ve got some ideas for a last minute getaway search Skyscanner Australia for the best deals on hire car, hotels and flights.

This post originally appeared on Skyscanner Australia, and has been republished with full permission.

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