The air is turning crisp and the mornings are a little hard to get out of bed. The afternoon are getting cooler and the days are definitely shorter. You know it’s time to think about a warmer clime and take a break from the on-coming winter to make the season go quicker.
Here are my favourite gateways to embrace winter or escape it altogether:
The Whitsundays | Queensland
Winter is when the clear skies and aqua water look their finest. Snorkelling in the Whitsundays is something out of this world, or simply laze by the reefs of this tropical are. I also loved to head to The Daintree, for a more rugged, but World Heritage-listed getaway.
Falls Creek | Victoria
Falls Creek is a winter wonderland as the thermometer drops. If you’re hitting the slopes you’ll find some of Australia’s steepest expert terrain, and with the Super Pass you can access Falls, Mt. Hotham nearby and Perisher. That’s a lot of snow time!
Warrumbungle National Park | NSW
This spectacular mountain range and national park, is in fact the remnants of a large volcano, active from 18 to 15 million years ago. The jagged and rocky remains make for some great winter walking when you’re not quite after those cold alpine gusts further down south but want to keep cool. It can be cold in winter but there are also glorious days for enjoying long walks on good trails and for climbing dramatic volcanic pinnacles. Be warned though, these are serious climbs, even the easy routes
Mt. Wellington | Tasmania
With Hobart nestling at its foothills, Mt. Wellington towers above the city and the Derwent River, offering views on a clear day over a third of the island of Tasmania. A day on the summit can include four seasons, in particular brace yourself for some icy winds on the snow capped peak in winter. Rug up for a fantastic day walk up one of the trails before heading back into Hobart for a cosy hot cuppa. In winter, the summit plateau really turns polar. I love it!
Fraser Island | Queensland
This World Heritage-listed sand island off the southern coast of Queensland, near Hervey Bay, is a perfect nature escape in winter. Fraser island has more than 100 freshwater lakes, ancient rainforests and long white beaches, it also enjoys daytime winter temperatures around the pleasant mid-20s. This place is wonderful in winter: warm in the day but with evening temperatures still cool enough you can curl up in your sleeping bag. There’s not much that beats sitting on the edge of Lake Mackenzie soaking up the winter sun.
Mt. Barney | Queensland
The Mt. Barney National Park, home to the mountain of the same name along with six other peaks, is home to some great variation in vegetation, with open forests, subtropical rainforest and shrub lands. Take a walk on one of the tree marked trails around Mt Barney or, if you have bushwalking experience, head up the unmarked trails to the summit.
Cape York | Queensland
The literal top end of our country, Cape York is a real getaway. With few crowds, you can really soak up the tropics in peace. Warm weather, incredible jungle, crystal clear streams and waterfalls… not to mention giant lizards!