5 Best Winter Escapes in Australia

Though our sunny hot days might make you think otherwise, summer in Australia is officially over. We may be known for our stunning beaches and beautiful weather, but there are still plenty of places to visit in Australia during the winter months. Being in the Southern Hemisphere means we’re blessed with milder winters that won’t leave you snowstormed in your home or hiding from freezing rain, so here are the top 5 Australian winter getaways – the best places to escape to as the weather turns chilly.

Top 5 Australian Winter Getaways

1. Hunter Valley, NSW

For lovers of wines, don’t miss a trip to the Hunter Valley in the winter. With days averaging a lovely 18 degrees celsius and cozy fireplace cabins to retire to at night, visitors can enjoy the region’s renowned wines with wine tasting events and wine cellar tours, or stroll through the dormant grapevines and take in the display of winter grass and flowers.

Top 5 Australian Winter Getaways: Hunter Valley Destination NSW
Hunter Valley before a storm. Photo on Flickr: Alex Healing / CC by 2.0

2. Mount Wellington, Tasmania

1270 metres high, Mt Wellington towers above the city of Hobart and the Derwent River, cloaked in snow in the winter and offering a stunning view of a city nestled among its natural landscape. Rug up and brave the hike up the many trails to its windswept, snowy peak for a beautiful panoramic view of the city from above the clouds.

Mt Wellington Hobart
Mount Wellington over Hobart. Photo on Flickr: Paris Buttfield-Addison / CC BY 2.0

3. The Blue Mountains, NSW

Just two hours drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a cosy retreat for those looking to escape from the bustle of city life. From rugged sandstone tablelands to the cool ancient caverns of Jenolan Caves to waterfalls tucked away deep in the valleys, the Blue Mountains offers a truly nature-based winter escape. The colder weather also makes it ideal for hikes and a trip down the Giant Stairway – an impressive three hundred metre descent down to the Jamison Valley via nine hundred and eighty steps hewn out of cliff faces.

Top 5 Australian Winter Getaways: Grose Valley from Mount Hay
Grose Valley from Mount Hay: Photo Winam / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

4. The Whitsundays, Queensland

The place where it’s summer all year round – a stretch of islands famous for their dense rainforests, hiking trails and beautiful white sand beaches. The Whitsundays is a perfect winter destination for those who really don’t like winter. With crystal clear aqua waters and blue skies, visitors can explore the tropical climate through water-based activities such as snorkelling or a walk through the World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest for a summer-inspired getaway.

Top 5 Australian Winter Getaways: Airlie Beach, Queensland
Sunset over The Whitsundays: Photo on Flickr by Steve Davidson / CC BY 2.0

5. Warrumbungle National Park, NSW

Located in central NSW, this impressive mountain range and national park are the remnants of a large inactive volcano from 18 million to 15 million years ago. Scale Warrumbungle National Park‘s jagged remains and dramatic volcanic pinnacles for an amazing hiking experience, or enjoy a night under the stars at Australia’s astronomy capital Coonabarabran, with the winter weather making skies perfect for stargazing.

Top 5 Australian Winter Getaways: Split Rock in Warrumbungles National Park NSW
Split Rock in Warrumbungles National Park: Photo Philip N Young / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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