Australian winters are truly unique. Travellers can embrace the cold weather and travel to the snowy peaks of our southern states, or escape it entirely and bask in the sun on a tropical island up north.
What’s your Australian winter style? Do you embrace the cold or escape it?
Here are our favourite winter destinations, hot and cold, to help you decide which to do this winter:
Tropical North Queensland
Make your friends jealous, travel to our Tropical North and make like winter doesn’t exist.
Trade the brisk winter air for balmy sea breezes, your winter coat for a swimsuit, and a city view for swaying palm trees and blazing sunsets.
Winter is the best time to travel to the Tropical North. The gleaming ocean is crystal clear, stinger free, and remains at a swimmable temperature throughout the winter months where the average daily high sits at around 25 degrees. It’s also the best time to get out on the ocean due to near perfect weather.
Embrace the cold and go all out on Mt Buller, the most easily accessible major snow resort in the country.
Mt Buller is a fantastic place to embrace the season.
There’s a variety of activities on offer to get amongst the snow, and with over 300 hectares of terrain to explore by ski and/or snowboard, you’ll never get bored. There’s a run for every level and back country slopes for those adventurous snow-lovers. You can also toboggan the slopes of the two dedicated parks, or even take time out to make a snowman. After a day spent immersed in the snow, warm your bones in Australia’s highest day spa.
Be sure to take time out to stop and marvel at the stunning views of the Victorian Alps.
Mt Buller Village offers up a decent range of on-mountain accommodation options, so you can make every minute on the mountain count.
Experience Kakadu at its finest, when the consuming heat that the Northern Territory is famous for has nearly subsided, and the summer storms are a distant memory.
The stunning World Heritage listed area of Kakadu National Park will leave you in absolute awe of our country’s immense natural beauty.
Spend your days learning the history of the area and marveling at ancient rock art. Take time to delve into the rugged terrain and discover the sky-high waterfalls that are hidden in the rock formations. A cruise along the tropical wetlands that are interspersed throughout the region will reveal a plethora of native flora and fauna.
The top end is a popular holiday destination for a reason.
Winter is one of the very best seasons to visit Tasmania, the state is in its prime.
The sheer natural beauty of Tasmania is hard to beat, particularly once Jack Frost works his magic. While the entire state is a traveller’s dream, the mountains are where winter really shines.
Cradle Mountain is doused in sugar-like snow and the shores of Lake St Clair are adorned with shimmering shards of ice. It’s a stunning scene for those willing to brave the icy conditions for a stroll through nature.
The simple pleasure of snuggling up next to a fire with a hot cup of cocoa will become the norm of your evenings.
Get back to nature this winter on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island.
The moderate temperatures of this World Heritage listed island mean it’s perfect to explore year round, but the winter months mean fewer crowds and near-perfect days.
Fraser Island is the perfect winter playground.
Take in the natural wonders of the island with the variety of hikes through pristine rainforest on offer, float around the picturesque waters of Lake McKenzie, 4WD along long stretches of sand and marvel at the coloured sand cliffs, or take a tour to see the annual migration of hump back whales that bask in the seas just offshore.