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
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
Tasmania’s Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area is dog-friendlyly snow-tastic destination in winter.
Mount Hotham, VIC
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
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
The Twelve Apostles don’t mind the cold and neither will you when you’re greeted with a view like this.
Kangaroo Island, SA
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reaching tops of around 30 degrees Celsius during winter, Western Australia’s Broome and its iconic camels aren’t familiar with the word winter.
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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