Advice
|17 May|4 mins

5 of the best Australian winter destinations

Not escaping to Europe this month like everyone else you know? We’ve got you sorted.
Lucy E Cousins
17 May
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We know. Your newsfeed is clogged with pictures of Paris, Milan and Berlin right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an insta-worthy holiday closer to home. Australia is big and beautiful, people. Go forth and explore!

For the snow bunny

Victoria’s Falls Creek is the closest thing we have to a European ski resort in look and feel. It’s a beautiful, pedestrian-only village in the alpine mountains, boasting true ski-in/ski-out accommodation. New to skiing or boarding? Falls Creek also has the longest beginner’s run in the country. Just over 2km of easy terrain that finishes right at the ski lifts and, more importantly, the bars.

Advice
|17 May|4 mins

5 of the best Australian winter destinations

Not escaping to Europe this month like everyone else you know? We’ve got you sorted.
Lucy E Cousins
17 May
Share:

We know. Your newsfeed is clogged with pictures of Paris, Milan and Berlin right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an insta-worthy holiday closer to home. Australia is big and beautiful, people. Go forth and explore!

For the snow bunny

Victoria’s Falls Creek is the closest thing we have to a European ski resort in look and feel. It’s a beautiful, pedestrian-only village in the alpine mountains, boasting true ski-in/ski-out accommodation. New to skiing or boarding? Falls Creek also has the longest beginner’s run in the country. Just over 2km of easy terrain that finishes right at the ski lifts and, more importantly, the bars.

Falls Creek. Image via @fallscreek

For the culture lover

Love yourself some art, history and gastronomy? Darwin’s your girl. In our most northerly capital city, you’ll find incredible Indigenous art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, a range of Asian-inspired food stalls at Mindil Beach sunset markets, and you can learn all about the 64 times the city was bombed during WWII at the multimedia Defense of Darwin Experience.

For the fitness freak

So, how are you going to sweat today? Well, on Magnetic Island, just off Townsville, you can choose from over twenty different beaches, snorkelling hotspots, hiking paths, SUPing classes and horse riding routes. Or if you just can’t leave it at home, there are a bunch of boot camps and outdoor fitness workouts to choose from. And when you’re done, there’s always a great café nearby.

Karijini National Park. Image via @waparkswildlife

For the serious hiker

If long walks and spectacular scenery are more your style, head west to Karijini National Park in the Pilbra, Western Australia. This tropical, semi-desert wilderness area has over 620,000 hectares of weathered red bluffs, chiseled cliffs, cool water cascades, and deep gorges. You can camp among the trees or if you’re wanting a little more luxury, stay at Karijini Eco Retreat in Joffre Gorge (as in GOT’s least favourite character).

For the paradise seeker

With average winter temperatures of 29 degrees in June, the Cocos Islands are the place to thaw out. Where, we hear you ask? The Cocos Islands comprise of 27 tiny tropical islands on two coral atolls in the Indian Ocean (halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka). And they are an Australian territory. So, no currency exchange needed, folks! Think Whitehaven beach on steroids. Beautiful, near-empty turquoise beaches ringed with untouched coral and surrounded by miles of ocean. Bliss.

Cocos Islands. Image by K Singer, via Regional.gov.au

Now all that's left is to find your getaway outfits, luggage, hat...

Lucy E Cousins
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