Winter is coming real quick and fortunately for us Aussies we have the best of both worlds. While the southern half of the country experiences cold snaps ripe for skiing or snuggling by the fire, the top end bathes in months of glorious sunshine.
From the slopes of Victoria to the balmy waters around Hamilton Island, it’s safe to say Australia has a winter destination for everyone. Here are our top locations for your next winter getaway.
#1 Extend the Summer on Hamilton Island
If you’re not ready to rug up and brace the cold – Hamilton Island has you covered. If you have a few extra dollars saved away, take yourself north in order to experience clear blue waters and balmy temperatures of 24 degrees. Hamilton thrives in the winter months, with temperatures only getting warmer during July and August. There is no need to pile on those winter layers, instead you’ll be shedding them – which makes snorkelling, bushwalking and kayaking the activities of choice (just to name a few).
#2 Bushwalk The Blue Mountains
Winter is the perfect season to break in the bushwalking boots. The Mountains is reputable for its hiking opportunities providing some of the best trails that Australia has to offer. Whether overnight hikes are your thing, or you’re just looking for a leisurely day walk, The Blue Mountains has it all. You could tackle the 45km Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, or take an easy stroll around the Leura Cascades. Whatever you choose, there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping views and colourful wildlife.
#3 Explore The Kimberley
As the Kimberley emerges from its long wet season, the winter months offer the best weather to explore some of Australia’s most epic landscapes. But of all the Kimberley’s breathtaking attractions, it’s the famous gorges that take the cake. Exploring this intricate maze of multi-coloured rock walls and river inlets is an experience you’ll never forget. Whether it is by bush or by boat, the area is a feast for the eyes and ears. So expect to hear a rich chorus of native birdsongs, spot a barramundi or two, and even eye-off with a freshwater croc.
#4 Ski Victoria’s best slopes
When it comes to skiing in Australia, we aren’t very spoilt for choice. However, it’s about quality not quantity. And as far as that goes, Victoria is home to plenty of quality skiing spots. If you’re looking for steepness and thrills, you can’t go past Falls Creek. On the other hand, Mt. Buffalo offers up some great toboggan runs, cross-country and easy downhill skiing. Plus, with a nickname such as the ‘powder capital’ of Australia, hitting the slopes at Hotham is a must for all ski enthusiasts. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, there’s plenty of snow on show.
#5 Indulge in Tasmania
Australia’s most southern state knows a thing or two about celebrating winter. Find yourself there in the month of June and you’ll want to dive headfirst into the world of Dark Mofo – Mona’s (Museum of Old and New Art) weird and wonderful winter festival. With major exhibitions at the museum itself, international musicians and artists performing around the city, and plenty of delicious food and drinks, it’s the best way to ward off the cold. That, and perhaps a sampling or two of some of the world’s finest whiskies.
Whether you’re ready to stretch out the summer or embrace the chills, the Aussie winter caters for lovers of both the cold and the hot.
Image sources: Hamilton Island, Tourism Australia, Blue Mountains Australia, The Urban List, Discover Tasmania