Travelling to Australia is a huge to-do for many foreigners, especially in the summer. However, most of them do not know that the Land Down Under is as beautiful and appealing in the winter as during summer.
With warm temperatures, lesser crowds but still a lot of things to do, Australian winter is a fabulous time and one which will not hurt your wallet.
Choosing the chilly part of the year, you will be able to save a huge amount on airfares, tour packages, rentals and activities. If you planning to visit Australia in the winter, here are some of the best destinations during that time.
Perisher, Snowy Mountains, NSW
Perisher, the country’s largest ski resort set in the scenic beauty of the Snowy Mountains, is the most popular winter destination in the country.
Perisher has four ski parks and 47 ski lifts with a terrain that attracts the world’s best snowboarders and skiers, as well as the locals, to come and enjoy the snow.
The main period for skiing in Perisher is between July and August. The official seasons start from the first weekend of June and end on the first weekend of October.
Uluru, Northern Territory
The Red Centre in Uluru, Northern Territory, has one of the most extreme climates in the country. While the summer months bring scorching heat to the region, you can comfortably enjoy everything Uluru offers in the winter months.
Ensure to check out the Uluru Field of Light installation, a desert area where artist Bruce Munro planted over 50,000 spindles of light.
You can watch the beautiful Field of Lights by self-guided tours, by touring on a camel or taking a helicopter tour.
Bunya Mountains, Queensland
While the Australian state of Queensland is popular for its summer destinations, the Bunya Mountains become chilly enough to often result in snowfall.
You can settle in a chalet surrounded by bunya pine trees and wallabies. The cafes around these chalets make mouth-watering carrot and bunya nut cakes that you can enjoy at night around the fire.
Sydney, New South Wales
While Sydney is an incredible travel destination throughout the year, going there in winter means access to a plethora of festivals, sports and arts attractions. In winter, Sydney is a wonderful shopping, adventure and culinary
scene, with mild sunny days, radiant nights and amazing light shows. This beautiful city is also the backdrop to VIVID Sydney, the winter festival of music, lights and arts, staged at various venues throughout the city.
Blue Mountains, NSW
The Blue Mountains are somewhat like the Grand Canyon, with one being covered in a rich forest and the other one bare with just rock faces and ravines.
Whether you are going for a fun family escape or a romantic getaway, make sure to visit the Echo Point Lookout to take the best view of the Three Sisters rock formations and attend the Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba.
The Winter Magic Festival is a high-profile event in the Blue Mountains on June 23, in which artists, dancers, musicians and choirs take over the streets to celebrate the winter solstice.
Icy lakes, crispy air, and snow blankets bring the state of Tasmania to a whole new level of beauty in winter. Moreover, there are hardly any crowds in Tasmania in the winter. It is one of the best places in the country to view the southern
lights. Aurora Australis, as they are known, tend to shine the brightest towards the end of winter and into September.
Whether you can or cannot sing, Tasmania’s Festival of Lights is for everyone. Fine-tune your vocal cords or listen to the melodies of the various singers and musicians that attend the festival.