While it’s tempting to flee north during the cold months and soak up some sun, there is an alternative, stick around and embrace the cold!
From skiing to cosy fireside drinks, there’s lots to celebrate in winter! Here are five Australian holiday destinations that really know how to do winter.
South Australia – Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest Island, situated south of Adelaide. You can fly there from Adelaide or catch the ferry with your car from Cape Jervis, a 2 hour drive from Adelaide.
KI’s rugged coastline and cooler temperatures make it a great getaway destination during winter. There’s outdoor activities like walks and wildlife including the famous KI seals and lots of natural beauty to enjoy. If indoor activities are more your thing then there is some great food and local produce available on KI. And if you’re after true indulgance, you might like to check out accommodation at the Southern Ocean Lodge on the South west coast, its panoramic views of the Southern Ocean look truly spectacular (I certainly can’t afford to stay here!).
Victoria – Skiing
Of course there is also the ultimate winter activity – skiing. Victoria has some great spots such as Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Fall’s Creek, all a few hours drive from Melbourne. Most of these ski slopes cater for beginners through to experienced skiers and have quite a few other options available like snow boarding, cross-country tours, tobogganing, snowmobile tours and ski school for kids.
Tasmania – trekking
Not for the faint hearted. The overland track runs between Craddle Mountain and Lake Sinclair, it’s a 65km, 6 day trek through spectacular world heritage wilderness. The most popular (and recommended) months to do the track are spring through to autumn, so it’s pretty ambitious to take on during winter but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenes of a winter wonderland! Of course you can choose to take on shorter sections of the track and perhaps pair that up with another winter friendly activity like a visit to the famous Mona Gallery in Hobart.
Canberra – Fireside festival
Visit our capital city during August and join in the various activities on offer as part of the Fireside Festival. Sit by a fire and enjoy the local produce, wine, art, performances and exhibitions – need any more convincing! Events are held at various locations in the region throughout the month, for more details and bookings visit. There are plenty of other indoor activities to keep you busy too, Canberra is home to the National Gallery, Museum, Library and War Memorial perfect for cold wet days.
NSW Blue Mountains – Yulefest
Enjoy a white Christmas in Australia, in July, in the Blue Mountains! Each year the annual Winter Magic Festival is held on the Saturday closest to the Winter Solstice which is part festival, part Christmas cheer. The Blue Mountains are yet another World Heritage listed region with scenic walks and cute little towns to visit, a great long weekend getaway.