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Winter Getaways Two Ways!

Love it or hate it, winter has well and truly hit Australia. Whether you long to flee the cold or embrace it with open arms, these winter getaways are sure to please.

Escape Winter

If your mood drops as fast as the mercury, pack your swimmers, sunscreen and Camilla kaftan and explore these warm-weather escapes.


Whitsundays, QLD
With average temperatures in winter of 24 degrees, now is the time to head north for some Vitamin Sea! With 74 islands to explore, we suggest basing yourself in laid back Airlie Beach and immerse yourself in all things nautical with water activities including diving, snorkelling, cruising and a trip to Whitehaven Beach is a must-do.

Where to Stay: at Marina Shores has modern water view apartments from $230 per night.
Browse our handpicked collection of Whitsundays Accommodation.


Sunshine Coast, QLD
Although winter is the coldest months Noosa and the Sunshine Coast experience, the conditions are relatively temperate ranging from 10-20 degrees. With sunny, clear skies and the water still warm enough to swim, it's easy to see why southerners flock to warm up and sun themselves beachside in winter.

Where to Stay: Fairshore Noosa offers absolute beachfront apartment style accommodation from $520 per night.
Browse our handpicked collection of Sunshine Coast Accommodation.


Tropical North Queensland, QLD
Blessed with warm sunny days, low rainfalls and relatively low humidity, winter is the perfect season to enjoy all this region has to offer. Warm enough to swim all year round, the best swimming season is between April and October. By day, explore the rainforest or reef and by night relax and enjoy outstanding dining in Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Where to Stay: Niramaya Villas & Spa for secluded luxury and indulgence from $599 per night.
Browse our handpicked collection of Tropical North Queensland Accommodation.


Fraser Coast, QLD
There's no place like Hervey Bay for an up close whale watching experience and the best time to catch the action is between late July to November. Meanwhile, venture to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island or head to Seventy Five Mile Beach a registered beach highway, complete with shipwreck to explore.

Where to Stay: Seekia Holiday House from $290 per night is the perfect holiday house to share with friends and family.
Browse our handpicked collection of Fraser Coast Accommodation.

Embrace Winter

If you long for the chance to pull out your favourite winter coat or dream of snuggling by the fire; there is no shortage of ways to embrace the chill.


Blue Mountains, NSW
Winter is a magical time to visit the Blue Mountains, with the chance of a little sprinkling of snow and Yulefest celebrations, where many venues offer a traditional Christmas feast. There's no shortage of cosy cottages with fireplaces to relax and enjoy.

Where to Stay: Mountain Whispers offer a range of cosy heritage houses from $360 per night.
Browse our handpicked collection of Blue Mountains Accommodation.


Dandenong Ranges, VIC
Escape busy city life and head for the hills with a relaxing stay in the Dandenong Ranges. Explore eclectic villages softened by mist and a dusting of snow in winter. Plenty of walking and hiking to be done for those feeling adventurous, or simply relax fireside with a good book if you're more inclined.

Where to Stay: Twilight Cottage is a truly magical and delightful cottage from $295 per night.
Browse our handpicked collection of Dandenong Ranges Accommodation.


Hobart, TAS
Hobart is the place to be in winter with the annual Dark Mofo festival celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, music and film. Uncover Hobart's food, wine and creativity at the various art galleries, bars and restaurants dotted throughout this picturesque city. Of course, MONA is a must-visit any time of year.

Where to Stay: Salamanca Wharf Hotel for a boutique stay harbourside from $205 per night
Browse our handpicked collection of Hobart Accommodation.


Barossa Valley, SA
What better time to visit the Barossa than when you can indulge in some red wine fireside? Explore the wineries of the Barossa by day and dine in world-class restaurants by night, retreating to your cosy accommodation for a nightcap. Bliss.

Where to Stay: The Louise offers award-winning accommodation with onsite fine dining restaurant Appellation from $545 per night. Browse our handpicked collection of Barossa Valley Accommodation.

So, do you prefer to escape winter or embrace the winter chill? Where is your favourite winter destination?

Image credit: Tourism Whitsundays, PDDT, TEQ, Tourism Australia
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