Australia’s best winter holiday destinations

by Brittany Wheeler

Are you suffering from a case of cabin fever? For those itching to get out and explore Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced interstate travel could resume as early as July. While many state borders remained closed for now, regional intrastate travel is about to reopen in all states. NSW, ACT and VIC can enjoy recreational regional travel from June 1, NT from June 5 and TAS from June 15. SA have been able to travel intrastate since May 11 and QLD will be able to travel 250km from their homes from June 12, with only camping and caravanning permitted so far. So what are waiting for? It’s time to get grab your empty eskies, hit the road and support our local communities. Discover some of our favourite Australian holiday destinations below.

Horse riding through the Hunter Valley
NSW: Hunter Valley

Visit Australia’s oldest wine region with the first vineyards planted back in the 1830’s. Home to over 150 cellar doors, spend your days talking to the winemakers, sipping award-winning drops and admiring the bucolic scenery. A popular destination for Sydneysiders, the region is also a pioneer for fine dining and hosts a range of booze-free activities such as horse riding.

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NSW: Blue Mountains

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly escape, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park ticks all of the boxes. Visit famous attractions such as the Three Sisters, Jenolan Caves and Scenic World or simply relax and unwind with boutique accommodation, hatted restaurants and day spas.

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Eco pod getaway in Tilba, NSW South Coast
NSW: South Coast

Boasting pristine beaches, world-class food and wine, and lush countryside, the NSW South Coast really has it all. Spend your days exploring the national parks teeming with walks, waterfalls and wildlife and your evenings cosying up in your top-notch accomodation.

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Portsea Getaway
VIC: Mornington Peninsula

If a warm and cosy getaway is on your brief, look no further than the Mornington Peninsula, only an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Part country, part coastal, the region offers a range of activities that may well see you extend your stay. From hot springs and wineries to beach horse riding and hikes, there’s something for everyone.

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Hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley
VIC: Yarra Valley

Embark on a sunrise hot air balloon ride, enjoy a chauffeur-driven wine tour and encounter some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife during a trip to the Yarra Valley. If you’re a lover of decadent dining and fine wine, this one is for you!

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Daintree Rainforest Resort and Spa
QLD: Daintree Rainforest

Reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries with an iso escape nestled in the depths of the Daintree Rainforest. Choose to do as little or as much as you like with waterfalls and walking tracks at your doorstep, as well as luxury day spas and treehouse lodges.

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Glamping at Yallingup
WA: Margaret River and the South West

Discover the incredible beauty of Western Australia’s South West region. From wineries, farmstays and caves in the Margaret River to whale watching cruises and long sandy beaches in Augusta, you’ll love getting back out in these wide open spaces.

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Flinders Range glamping
SA: Flinders Ranges

Escape to the outback to relax and unplug in style. Wander through national parks, taste bush tucker and camp under the stars in a stylishly furnished glamping tent. The worries of the world will quickly slip away.

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MONA Tasmania
TAS: Hobart

If you’re planning a holiday to Australia’s beautiful island state of Tasmania, visiting the capital city is a must. After exploring all that Hobart has to offer, board a ferry and visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), learn about Tassie’s ruthless convict past with a day trip to Port Arthur and take a cruise to Bruny Island to explore the spectacular landscape and local gourmet produce.

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