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11 Places In Australia That Are Way Better To Visit In Winter

11 Places In Australia That Are Way Better To Visit In Winter, Chase the sun or embrace the cold. It’s totally up to you.

1. El Questro, Kununurra, Western Australia

This wilderness park extends 80 kilometres along the eastern perimeter of the Kimberley region. El Questro closes over the summer wet season, while winter sees temperates in the high 20s and low 30s - perfect for horse riding, fishing, and ~getting away~ from it all.Hot tip: Take your hiking gear. There are waterfalls to be seen and tracks to be trekked.

2. Barossa Valley, South Australia

Wine in winter is always good - but it’s even better when this winter wine is being sipped by a fireplace. If you’ve been daydreaming about a visit to the vineyard with friends forever, now’s the time to make it all a reality.Hot tip: When (read: if) you get a little tired of wine, head to the farmer’s markets that are held every Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Showgrounds. They’re also a great place to get a cheeky hangover bacon and egg roll.

3. Falls Creek, Victoria

Snow, snow, wonderful snow! Falls Creek is bloody glorious at any time of year, so schedule in a summer and winter trip to see both pretty sides.Hot tip: Don’t you dare miss the sunrise.

4. Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory

Located between Uluru and Alice Springs, unlike El Questro, Kings Canyon doesn’t close over summer, but the weather is still best this time of year. Ride a camel, go quad biking, hike through a canyon, or just enjoy the camping experience.Hot tip: Book yourself in for the Desert Moon dining experience. Eat outside with a menu that focuses on fresh Australian produce.

5. Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

If winter means skiing to you, the Snowy Mountains are obviously better to visit when the cold season rolls around. Set yourself up near Jindabyne and visit the surrounding snowfields.Hot tip: Stay somewhere pretty, so you have a good place to relax when you get too cold and too tired to keep on keeping on. Novotel Lake Crackenback is a 15 minute drive from Thredbo and Perisher, and Moonbah Hut is 15 minutes from Jindabyne. Both are equally wonderful.

6. Coober Pedy, South Australia

The opal capital of the world is much more comfortable to visit in winter, because if the red dirt didn’t give it away, this place gets hot in summer. Explore dugout underground homes, and buy some pretty rocks to call your own.Hot tip: Don’t miss the art galleries filled with the work of amazing local talent.

7. Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales

Less than two hours from Sydney and Canberra, this place is perfect for those who are feeling a winter weekend roadtrip - especially if you want to get somewhere with picture-perfect lookouts, walking trials, and amazing places to retreat after a big day, like the shed at Broger’s End.Hot tip: While you’re in the area, don’t miss the glorious Fitzroy Falls or Gerrigong Falls.

8. Pink Lake, Western Australia

If haven’t already guessed it - this 600 metre Western Australian lake is pink. Pretty pink! For the best views of the lake, take a walk to the appropriately named Pink Lake lookout and get all the photos your phone can hold.Hot tip: Pack warm clothes, and enjoy being close to water without the need to go swimming.

9. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

You haven’t beach-holidayed until you’ve done the Whitsundays, and winter is the perfect time to go and thaw out. The perfect place to head if you’re into that whole ~paradise~ thing, this QLD spot is also a great place to escape with your favourite person.Hot tip: Don’t leave without taking a flight over the beyond amazing Heart Reef.

10. Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Nothing beats the fresh air of the Blue Mountains, and in winter that fresh air is even crisper. About an hour and a half drive from Sydney, these mountains are dotted with lookouts, cafes, and specialty shops.Hot tip: Head early in winter for the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival. It’s over for this year but is an annual occurrence of wintery ~wonder~.

11. Daylesford, Victoria

If you’re just so done with winter, you need an escape. Daylesford is the perfect place to go treat yourself to spas and some of the damn best food (and wine) in the country.Hot tip: If you want this to be a fancy pants getaway, book yourself into Lake House. You might have to max out all of your credit cards, but the joint is top notch.

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