If you couldn’t make it to Australia this past summer, don’t hesitate on booking a trip in the cold months! Vast skiing fields, charming vineyards and the biggest festival in Sydney are only a few of the things that await you.
Australia in the Winter may not be what first comes to mind, but we promise you an equally awesome holiday! Here are the reasons why you should consider it:
For those of you who love some energetic vacation, the Australian peaks are your destination. The ski season kicks off in June and you can rely on snowy mountains until early October.
Ski fields sit only a few hours drive, at most, from the main Australian cities. If you are in Melbourne, hit the slopes in the Victoria Alps for some ski-in ski-out accommodation experience. The largest resort in the Southern Hemisphere though is Perisher, in New South Wales and the one with the most family entertainment.
Whatever you choose, rest assured that it will be fun for everyone! For the uniqueness of skiing in Australia is that every mountain welcomes both experts and beginners. Venture out on the steep pistes of Falls Creek or enjoy a smooth slide among the iconic gum trees.
2.Whale Spotting and other Sea Life Wonders
Australia’s warmer waters are the winter destination for the whales that live in the Antarctic Ocean. You can spot these magnificent creatures from May to November along the Eastern coastline. Book a memorable tour and keep an eye out for playful newborn calves.
For other kind of sealife spotting, head to Montague Island on the south coast of NSW. It’s on the whales’ route but you will be busy playing with… the local seals! Here you can jump in the water and learn the twists and twirls of the sea puppies. If this close interaction doesn’t appeal to you, you can greet them from afar as they lay on the rocky shore. Wrap up your day in this beautiful island with the punctual penguin parade.
One of the perks of visiting Australia in the Winter is to get the views all to yourself.
Go on a date with nature at the breathtaking trails of the Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney. Stroll down the valley among the tree-fern forest after that indispensable picture with the Three Sisters.
For the experienced bush walkers we recommend the six-day Overland Track in Tasmania. It’s as demanding as it’s unique, for you will be immersed in the best of Tasmanian Wilderness. Enjoy a full digital detox while crossing creeks, hiking snow dusted mountains and encountering the infamous Tasmanian devil.
4.Wine by the Fire
For the winter lovers who can’t wait for cosy dates with the sofa, Barossa Valley will be your favorite retreat.
Rest your eyes in the lushing green vineyards while indulging in first-class wine tastings. Visit exclusive cellars and discover what goes into the making of the unrivaled Barossa Valley Shiraz. The cool air invites you to sip the local produce by a crackling fireplace. The perfect background for romance in Australia in the Winter, wouldn’t you say?
This is one of those laid back vacations where you will enjoy the best that life has to offer. Pamper yourself with gourmet meals directly at your charming country hotel. Or visit the local farms for a taste of organic cheeses, jams and pates at the source.
Whatever your plans, can you imagine a more relaxed getaway than at Barossa Valley?
5.The Top End at its best
If you’ve been favouring the Gold Coast over the Northern Territory for beach holidays, give it a go in the winter. This is when the monsoon season is over so you avoid the damp weather and tropical storms. Also, the waters are free of stingers so you can enjoy ocean swims before hitting Darwin’s sunset markets.
You could also take this time to visit the Red Centre, when the temperatures are more tolerable. No flies either on your spiritual walks around Uluru. Check our complete guide for some awesome days in the Outback and pack your bags!
6.VIVID, Sydney’s most brilliant Festival
It’s pretty possible that Sydney is on your bucket list, if you haven’t yet been. Now imagine it ten times more beautiful, as the iconic city is magically illuminated!
From May 25th to June 16th, Sydney hosts VIVID, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the world. Not only will you visit the museums, theaters and harbor you will get to interact with it! The buildings are “dressed” in playful projections and the colored streets come to life in a big happening throughout the city.
The dazzling vibe welcomes a crowd of millions, for the festival promotes innovation talks and live music in parallel. Acclaimed music artists are often in the agenda and this year we’ve heard that the american artist Solange is coming!
If you’re sold on the idea, then get all the best tips on what to see in Sydney from our self-drive itineraries
As you can see, Australia in the Winter has its own charm and unique possibilities. Beat the high season masses and put in this year’s agenda!
Australia in the Winter