Come winter, many people around the world are stocking wood for the fire or getting ready to pay those hefty heating bills by at the end of a chilly three months. However, here in Australia we do things a little different; over half the country doesn’t change significantly – yes, the temperatures may get a little lower, but for a large portion of Oz it’s still shirt-and-shorts weather. Alternatively, head south and revel in the cold – we truly have the best of both worlds here!
Our winter activities offer numerous chances to enjoy the outdoors, be it in Queensland swimming on the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the Daintree, thawing out while exploring in the luxuriant Northern Territory heat, relaxing on the beach with kangaroos in Western Australia, going it “full-winter” style and hitting the slopes in Victoria or play in the snow amongst gorgeous nature in Tasmania.
Don’t believe us? Here are 20 photos proving Australia just does winter “better”. Sorry, rest of world.
You can embrace a winter wonderland in the south at the likes of…
The Snowy Mountains, NSW
Come winter, the Snowy Mountains truly live up to their name… “snowy” in all respects, making for a great family ski destination.
Snug Tiers, TAS
Tassie’s Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area is a dog friendly snow-tastic destination in winter.
Mount Hotham, VIC
Strap on your skis and snowboards and 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 one.
Kangaroo Island, SA
The off-peak season for Kangaroo Island provides some beautiful sights – such as the Remarkable Rocks – mixed with some crisp weather (and lower prices).
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 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 with some tantalising culinary offerings.
Or even ignore the fact that it’s winter and explore the rest of sunny, warm Australia at…
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.
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 your pants off – at various spots including popular 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 showing off the region’s verdant beauty.
Our winters provide some perfect outings on the water at…
Hervey Bay, QLD
The oestensible “Whale Watching Capital of the world”, Hervey Bay is humpback-heaven during winter, as vast quantities of the gentle giants perform their annual migration.
Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island QLD
Who could resist the turquoise and cobalt waters and pristine white sand of Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island that are 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 aboard an Ocean Raft ogling marine life, who really cares, right?
And the gorgeous sunsets on offer are the great capper to a winter day in…
Mindil Beach, Darwin NT
The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are popular year-round for both some light shopping – and to watch 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 – so the question is: why aren’t you?
Cable Beach, Broome WA
Reaching tops of around 30 degrees during winter, Western Australia’s balmy 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 – nothing a bonfire won’t fix.
Check out our range of Aussie experiences for a range of things to see and do around Australia to begin your next great Aussie adventure – in winter or any other time throughout the year!