When thinking of Australia’s winter (June-August), your typical winter destinations like ski resorts and snow-covered cabins may not be the first thing to come to mind. However, there are still plenty of getaways across the Land Down Under that make for perfect winter destinations in Australia, whether you’re searching for a bit of snow or a warm sandy beach.
7 of the Best Winter Destinations in Australia
1. Falls Creek – Victoria
Thought Australia couldn’t possibly be a skiing destination? Think again. This alpine hub is famous for its snowy slopes perfect for beginners and experts alike. Whether you explore the Alpine National Park, ski Wombat’s Ramble or just cosy up by a fire, you’re in for a winter adventure.
Crisp winter air, icy lakes and light blankets of snow bring Tasmania to a whole new level of beauty come wintertime. Plus, since winter is Tasmania’s best-kept secret, there are hardly any crowds. Spend a few days hiking the area exploring Cradle Mountain or hit up the incredible MONA museum.
3. Lord Howe Island – New South Wales
This stunning paradise on earth makes for a perfect winter destination. Why? Since its off-season, winter is the most affordable time to visit. And with average temps hovering around 23C, it will still be plenty warm enough to enjoy a few waterfront drinks. Spend your morning eating breakfast on the beach and your afternoons exploring the subtropical forests or lounging on the sandy beaches.
4. Canberra – New South Wales
Three words: winter truffle festival. Canberra is easily one of Australia’s most premier foodie destinations. Countless cooking classes, gourmet dinners and world-class restaurants will give you plenty of tasty things to do on your vacation. Not only that, but Canberra puts on an annual black truffle festival in celebration of its black truffle harvest that makes for a perfect reason to visit.
5. Blue Mountains – New South Wales
The Blue Mountains in New South Wales make for a great winter getaway. Whether you’re the outdoorsy type or are just looking to do a little r&r, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Plus, in winter the average temperature hovers around 5C so you’ll still get the crisp, cold air and probably some snowfall. Be sure to take the scenic skyway cable car or head to the breathtaking lookout found at Scenic World.
6. Uluru – Northern Territory
Uluru is an incredible destination all year round, with its ancient rock formations and rich Aboriginal culture. However, winter provides a whole other insight into just how extreme the Australian outback really is. With winter nights often dipping into single digits and below freezing, it’s a perfect experience of the region’s semi-arid desert climate. Fortunately though, in winter it remains more temperate with less drastic changes of temperature during the day. So it is much more comfortable than its summer counterparts when the weather is scorching.
7. Kununurra and the Kimberly – Western Australia
Sitting a whopping 800 kilometres from Darwin, this slice of desert paradise is truly in a world of its own. Full of breathtaking landscapes dating back over 350 million years and countless outdoor activities, there’s so much to see and do in this wild and rugged corner of Australia. Best part? Winter is the best time to visit thanks to it being dry season with temps around 30 degrees.