20 Pictures Proving Australia Does Winter Best | Experience Oz + NZ

20 Pictures proving Australia does Winter Best

Come winter, many people around the world are stocking wood for the fire or gearing up to pay those hefty power bills after a season of heated bliss. However, here in Australia, we do things a little differently.

Over half the country doesn’t change too significantly, yes, the temperatures may get a little lower, but for the majority of the country, it’s still shirt-and-shorts weather. Alternatively, if you’re chasing the full winter experience while in Australia, you can head south and revel in the cold. It’s fair to say that we have the best of both worlds here!

Winter activities vary depending on where you are. In Queensland you can be swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, you can sweat it out in the Northern Territory heat, relax on the beach in Western Australia, or hit the slopes in Victoria and play in the snow in Tasmania.

Here are 20 photos proving Australia just does winter better than the rest.

You can embrace a winter wonderland in the south…

The Snowy Mountains, NSW

Image: IG/ @Elisaeves
Image: IG/ @Elisaeves

Come winter, the Snowy Mountains truly live up to their name and are snowy in all respects, making for a great family ski destination.

Snug Tiers, TAS

Image: Nicole Tuck
Image: Nicole Tuck

Tasmania’s Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area is dog-friendlyly snow-tastic destination in winter.

Mount Hotham, VIC

Image: Klaye Morrison Photography
Image: Klaye Morrison Photography

Strap on your skis and snowboards and get ready join the rest of the snow bunnies, because Mount Hotham is a HOT destination come winter.

Cradle Mountain, TAS

Image: Cam Blake Photography
Image: Cam Blake Photography

Don’t let the snow deter you from this Tasmanian icon. The dusting of snow makes Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park a true winter wonderland in the cooler months.

Brave the southern chill for views like this…

Great Ocean Road, VIC

Image: Adam Dyson Photography
Image: Adam Dyson Photography

The Twelve Apostles don’t mind the cold and neither will you when you’re greeted with a view like this.

Kangaroo Island, SA

Image: Everlook Photography
Image: Everlook Photography

The off-peak season for Kangaroo Island provides some beautiful sights, like the Remarkable Rocks, and when mixed with some crisp weather, it’s a dream winter destination.

Mudgee, NSW

Image: The Mudgee Project
Image: The Mudgee Project

This inland town is no stranger to a good winter, and its local residents (both human and non-human) are quite fond of the average 14 to 16 degree Celsius temperatures.

Morialta Conservation Park, Woodforde SA

Image: IG/@weliveweexplore
Image: IG/@weliveweexplore

Known for its rugged ridges, make sure to rug up when visiting this picturesque, nature-rich park located just 10km from Adelaide.

Clare Valley, SA

Image: Lachlan Swan Photography
Image: Lachlan Swan Photography

Even though the vines might be bare, there’s endless opportunities for some winter indulgence in the Clare Valley. Be it wine by the fireplace or treating the palate to some tantalising culinary offerings, Clare Valley has it all.

Or ignore the fact that it’s winter and explore the rest of sunny, warm Australia…

Lake Gairdner, SA

Image: IG/ @Maxcoquard
Image: IG/ @Maxcoquard

This vast salt lake to the north of the Eyre Peninsula screams summer! With its white and blue contrasts, it’s often likened to that of famed Whitehaven Beach in QLD’s Whitsundays region.

Byron Bay, NSW

Image: Di Lymbury
Image: Di Lymbury

Winter in Byron Bay brings with it cool yet comfortable temperatures, as well one of the country’s most popular music festivals; Splendour in the Grass.

Babinda Boulders, near Cairns QLD

Image: My Colourful World
Image: My Colourful World

Yes, you can go swimming in Far North Queensland in winter without freezing! Some of the most popular spots include the swimming hole, Babinda Boulders.

Between Woodchester & Callington, SA

Image: DIDI Photos
Image: DIDI Photos

Though the temperatures might be lower, the Adelaide Hills’ sun is still often out during winter, with its glow helping show off the region’s beauty.

Our winters provide some perfect outings on the water too…

Hervey Bay, QLD

Image: Tasman Venture
Image: Tasman Venture

The famous whale watching capital, Hervey Bay, is humpback-heaven during winter, as these gentle giants begin their annual migration along the Australian east coast.

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island QLD

Who could resist the turquoise waters and pristine white sand of Lake McKenzie? This popular swimming hole on Fraser Island is begging you to dive in, even in the cooler months.

The Whitsundays, QLD

Image: IG/ @Julesingall
Image: IG/ @Julesingall

Winter? What winter? The Whitsundays might need to be reminded what winter is supposed to be, but when you’re out on the water exploring this world-famous region, who really cares, right?

And the gorgeous sunsets are the perfect way to finish a Winter’s day…

Mindil Beach, Darwin NT

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The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are popular year-round for shopping, eating and watching the sun go down on another eternally warm day in Darwin.

Margaret River, WA

Image: Margaret River Discovery Co.
Image: Margaret River Discovery Co.

Known for its wine and kangaroos, these furry locals can be seen revelling in the winter nights. The question is, why aren’t you?

Cable Beach, Broome WA

Image: Paul Michael
Image: Paul Michael

Reaching tops of around 30 degrees Celsius during winter, Western Australia’s Broome and its iconic camels aren’t familiar with the word winter.

Gympie, QLD

Image: Reighlyn Photography
Image: Reighlyn Photography

Cosy up and spend the night stargazing at this inland QLD gem where temps will reach a low of 10 degrees Celsius. Don’t let the lower temperature scare you if, it’s nothing a bonfire can’t fix.

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Brittney Deguara

Experience Oz + NZ Travel Writer

Brittney loves travelling, so it’s only fitting she’s one of our travel writers! A go-to contact for all things travel in Australia and New Zealand, Brittney is always planning her next adventure away from the desk. If you have any story ideas or questions contact her at brittney@experienceoz.com.au

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