We’ve put together a list of our favourite Australian winter holiday destinations.
When the cold weather hits, it’s only natural to want to rug up and spend all your time indoors in front of the TV.
The wind and rain make it difficult to work up the motivation to even get out of bed, let alone leave the house.
Thanks to the terrible weather, winter isn’t always the best time to go on holiday. Your own home is often far more attractive and comfortable than any holiday accommodation.
Despite this, Australia has some of the best winter holiday destinations in the world – and some of them are right on your doorstep!
1. Barossa Valley, SA.
The Barossa Valley is one of the world’s premier wine regions, and it’s less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide!
Take in the beautiful countryside and fresh air as you relax with a platter of local cheese and a glass of award-winning Shiraz.
The Barossa region is known around the world for its Shiraz, so it’s the perfect winter destination for travelers who love a good red.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to vineyards and cellar doors, so it might pay to speak to a few locals to find out which ones you should visit.
2. Ski fields, NSW/VIC.
There’s nothing that embodies winter quite like the classic ski trip, and the snow fields in New South Wales and Victoria are the ‘peak’ of skiing in Australia.
Victoria’s Mt Hotham is considered the best place in the country for powder snow, but Falls Creek, Mt Buffalo and Mt Buller are all popular destinations as well.
As far as costs go, a snow trip is one of the more expensive winter holiday destinations, but the trip is definitely worth the money if you’re a fan of skiing or snowboarding.
3. Bunya Mountains, QLD.
Despite being in Queensland, the Bunya Mountains do get quite cold – they’re even prone to the occasional snowfall!
Sit back and relax surrounded by curious native animals and picturesque landscapes, and experience the very best that rural Australia has to offer.
You can also choose from a number of walking tracks to keep the blood flowing on those chilly days!
The most popular trail is the Scenic Circuit Walk, which is about four kilometres long. It takes you through the forest and past Tim Shea Falls, all the way to Pine Gorge Lookout where you can experience breathtaking panoramic views.
4. Broome, WA.
Broome is widely considered to be the best place in the country for a warm winter holiday destination.
A coastal town with an outback feel, Broome harbours an abundance of cafes, restaurants and nightlife, making it perfect for a relaxing getaway.
You can also explore Cable Beach – a 22km stretch of sand perfect for long walks, beach cricket, and drinks at sunset.
5. Port Douglas, QLD.
Number five on our list is Port Douglas, another warm winter holiday destination perfect for escaping the cold and wet southern parts of Australia.
Like Broome, Port Douglas is a coastal town that offers relaxation, dining, sunset drinks and shopping.
Within driving distance to iconic Australian landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef, Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Forest, Port Douglas is the ultimate place for a getaway.
6. Uluru, NT.
Uluru is possibly Australia’s most iconic landmark.
Steeped in Indigenous history, Uluru is a deeply spiritual place that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
The days are warm and dry in the winter, giving you the perfect opportunity to walk or cycle around the base of the rock.
Despite the heat in the daylight hours the temperature overnight can drop quite low, so make sure you bring enough warm clothes!
Watching the sun rise and set over the giant rock can be particularly enthralling, so make sure you add Uluru to your bucket list!
Read here for the best walking trails in Australia.
Do you know of any other winter destinations?
If you know of any other special places we should check out, feel free to let us know in the comments!
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