In a country where the seasons are as topsy-turvy as could be, winter creeps by ever so treacherously from the months of June, July and August; the peak time for peaks, slopes and skis in Australia. Still, for a handful of travellers, when everything in sight is smothered in powdery white snow, you know it’s time to retreat where the warmness tickles and the sun’s aglow.
While adventures await those who are fans of serious thrills, winter is a season most tourists want to escape from. For those who would rather thaw away the frost through the sun’s touch we’ve listed down great escapes, for all seasons, from the winter in Australia.
The Top 10 Tourism Winter Destinations in Australia!
Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
It goes without saying that the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site and is the world’s largest coral reef system, is known across all states of Australia and all over the globe. Adding to the accolades of this colour explosion is being the biggest single structure made by living organisms that can be seen from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef is best experienced through a snorkelling trip, by seeing and feeling underwater life. After being immersed in a cool blanket of aquamarine, open up to visual wonder as corals and fishes dance and prance about. Waste no time in getting here and book a campervan from the Apollo Motorhomes branch located in Sheridan St., Cairns.
[[ Learn more: Road Tripping Along the Great Barrier Reef Drive ]]
4WD in the Simpson Desert
There are several kinds of retreats from the winter in Australia but nothing compares to the rush of adrenaline coming from one of the driest of them all; a 4WD in the Simpson Desert. The expansive desert road will take on a track where only the brave of heart dare cross and only the free of spirit dare challenge. Let the engine roar wild and leave behind a trail of your adventure and a cloud of red dust while a you juggernaut your way through the arid sands.
Culture in Byron Bay
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we’ve been here before and we’ll definitely go back. That’s how much we love our Byron Bay! Although the beachside town is located among stretches of other scenic beaches in the region, it’s electrically-charged and unique vibe just keeps us wanting more. A trip to the town might just prove to be a retreat to one of the busiest and buzziest towns in Australia. The crowd is pulled magnetically to its coastal surf culture, crazy nightlife, endless days of beach bumming and it’s jolting fine gastronomy. With Apollo, we’ll help you say hello to Byron Bay through our nearest branch in Nudgee Road in Brisbane.
Camel rides in Broome
As the sun sets gracefully on its own respite, walking on a single file, slowly but surely are camels, with immaculately happy faces perched gently on their backs. The long shadows sway on the other side while crisp silhouettes make for picture-perfect memories. Imagine tranquility from this lazy adventure set with quiet, lovely and trained camels; the perfect thing to do when in the equally splendid coast of Cable Beach in Broome. The sands span 22 kilometres and are not only for cosy camel walks but for contrasting, heart-stopping 4WD across the beach.
Surf at the Surfers Paradise
If the name still fails to convince, let us take you there. Surfers Paradise is a gift to those who have prayed to the sea gods for them to be one with the waves and the water. Tucked in the Gold Coast in Queensland, this surfing frontier puts all other surfing destinations to shame, with its mildness fit for beginners and kids and the less than friendly waves for those who dare defy the sea’s power to seek great adventures. When it’s time to eat, “heaven” surely never disappoints with more than 150 restaurants on its sleeve. When it’s time to relax, meanwhile, its array of accommodation places will give you enough room for rest.
Sydney, of course
Perhaps Vivid Sydney, a splash of colourful events wrapped in a kaleidoscope of a festival, foreshadows what Sydney, the city, is all about. The range of colors may represent how much of a spectrum for the senses the vibrant city provides for the frequenter, the first-timer and for those who treat it as their homeland. Sydney is where it all should begin and end. Start your retreat touring some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks; the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Opera House. Meanwhile, can cap off your escape by relaxing in the beaches and soaking up the sun for summer glow in winter.
Would love to spend more time around Sydney? [[ Read more: A Scenic Drive from Sydney to Canberra ]]
Wines at the Barossa
There are no beaches nor sand. Barossa Valley lacks the elements that most will stereotype as a perfect Australian touristy getaway but there is still very little to whine about. The valley’s charm lies on not having the scenic coasts, pristine and crystal clear beaches and lively reefs but on the relaxation and affinity for rich culture it provides. Wine is aplenty in the Barossa Valley of South Australia, and is even called the heart of wine culture. Cellar doors from labels big and small are visited by specialists and enthusiasts often meeting in the interest of creating the best wine flavours. The food is as splendid as the wine culture as it has thrived in keeping and be the perfect partner.
Sometimes, all you need is one step back to move forward. A glimpse of the past will help you understand how things come to be, how the old influences and inspires the new and how the stories have unfolded and changed the future. In your escape from winter to the island state of Tasmania, travel in time and discover how the region was once was once a convict colony. Turn the history books a few pages back through historic museums and landmarks. In Hobart alone, you’ll get to see the charm of the past and present, intertwined, through destinations like the Museum of Old and New, Battery Point or the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Before you go, have a read of this ultimate travel guide in Tassie! [[ Read more:The Campervan Guide to Tasmania! ]]
Wake up at Whitsunday
Dreamlike and surreal, being in the Whitsunday Islands is like being wonderfully trapped in a travel magazine lazing away through pages upon pages of beautiful scenery captured through a lens. True enough, the continental islands located in the fringes of Queensland are the perfect getaway from the cold and icy winter of Australia. The days are warm and relaxed with cool water flowing as the breeze lovingly enchants. The crown jewel among all Whitsunday beaches is the Whitehaven Beach, often rated as number one among those in the world. Meanwhile, what they call as the gateway to the Whitsundays are the equally beautiful but busier Airlie Beach.
Persistence in Perisher
Although we’ve listed down nine items to retreat from winter in Australia, we can’t just let you get away that easy. Winter in Australia makes for some of the best skiing sites in its Alpine mountains. Perisher, being the largest ski resort in the Southern hemisphere, is surely one winter adventure destination that is not to be missed. The resort is located in the Australian Snowy Mountains and the nearest city is the capital of Australia; Canberra. From our Apollo Motorhomes Sydney branch, drive away to Perisher for slopes, skis and a whole lot of snowy adventure.
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