Top Destinations to Escape to this Winter

There are two distinct ways to approach the cooler months: embrace winter woollies and cold weather activities with open arms or escape to warmer climes. To help you make the most of your preferred method, here’s an enticing selection of destinations for you to add straight to your winter bucket list.

Embrace

If you want to immerse yourself in everything wonderful about winter, Tasmania is the place to do it. Bursting with food, art and rugged wilderness worth writing home about, the Apple Isle won’t disappoint. Dark Mofo, the gloriously progressive winter arts festival brought to us by the brains behind MONA, blazes a trail from Launceston to Hobart throughout most of June. You can push your boundaries with the nude solstice swim in the Derwent River, expand your horizons with a contemporary piece of performance art, or indulge in some of the state’s best produce in front of a roaring fire at the Winter Feast. Festivals aside, there are plenty of other things to delight your senses in our southernmost state. Indulge in fine food and wine at the famous Salamanca Markets and discover the state’s best seafood pies, cheeses and whisky on beautiful Bruny Island. Burn it all off with a walk through the breathtaking scenery of Wine Glass Bay, Cradle Mountain or Mount Wellington, all of which offer a variety of trails to suit every level of adventurer. With so much to see, picking a central place to stay is key. We suggest Travelodge Hotel Hobart, which will put you in easy distance of the best attractions.

A three month-long truffle festival and some of the country’s best up and coming wineries make Canberra the ideal gourmet winter destination. The city has just the right chill-factor needed to enjoy long lunches and hearty reds, with temperatures regularly staying in single digit territory. Warm yourself up with a truffle hunt followed by a long degustation beside an open fire, venture to one of the 30 boutique wineries within 35 minutes’ drive of the city to sample the wares and chat with the vigneron, or go the whole hog and make the 45 minute trip to Corin Forest to ski, board or toboggan your way through the snow. Click here to discover our wonderful range of Canberra hotels.

Escape

Nowhere in Australia has warmer winters than the Northern Territory. Clear, sunny days average close to 30 degrees across much of the state and humidity is low, making it the perfect time of year to explore the region. If you need any more convincing, this year’s wet season was one of the biggest on record, meaning many of the waterfalls and waterholes will be at their most spectacular over the coming months. Set up camp in Darwin – a city which really knows how to make the most of sunny winter days – and take day trips or overnight stays in the nearby Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Swim in spectacular natural plunge pools, discover ancient rock art and head back to the city in the evening to feast at one of the famous sunset markets and watch a movie under the stars. Explore our range of Darwin hotels.

For a warm, urban winter escape, pack your bags and make your way to the Gold Coast. Located midway between Brisbane and Byron Bay, the mercury stays steady at around 20 degrees throughout the cooler months. The long, sandy beaches are perfect for leisurely walks and refreshing swims, with water temperatures sitting pleasantly between 21 and 22 degrees. Man-made attractions also abound, with Australia’s most famous theme parks calling the area home, as well as some truly delicious cafes and restaurants. Indulge in some celeb spotting alongside a flawless pastry at Bam Bam Bakehouse or sit down to a spectacular seafood feast at The Fish House. Once the sun goes down, enjoy the area’s buzzing nightlife with a cocktail on Cavill Avenue, a cheeky game at The Star Casino and a satisfying nightcap at one of the small bars in Broadbeach, all before resting your head at the perfectly located Vibe Hotel.

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