The best things to do in winter

by Natasha De Weerd

Although celebrated for its warm summers, Australia has plenty to offer during the wintertime. If you’re on the hunt for the best things to do during the chilly season, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite experiences that will cure those winter blues.

Blue Mountains Wine Tasting and Stargazing Tour
NSW: Blue Mountains wine tasting and stargazing tour

Not only does winter provide the chill, the cold dry air also brings night skies with unrivalled clarity. If you’re planning a trip to the Blue Mountains, be sure to add this stargazing and wine tasting experience to your itinerary. Witness a dazzling sunset over the region with a vino in hand, then explore the starry night sky with an astrophysicist.

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VIC Lake Mountain day tour from Melbourne
VIC: Lake Mountain day tour from Melbourne

The Swiss Alps may be a little out of reach at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a winter wonderland on your home shores! Enjoy an adventure-packed day in the snowy wonderland of Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne. Here you’ll have 3 hours of free time to ski, snowboard, toboggan or relax.

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Scenic helicopter flight over Broome
WA: Scenic flight over Broome

Made up of warm days and balmy nights, Broome is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the winter chill down south. Head up to the clouds and uncover all the dazzling hues of the Broome Peninsula during this breathtaking scenic flight.

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Whale watching cruise Augusta
QLD: Whale watching in Hervey Bay

Dubbed the whale watching capital of Australia, Hervey Bay is the perfect place to get your whale watching fix! Watch in awe as majestic humpback whales breach, fin slap and spy-hop right before your eyes, and spy on their live underwater antics on large TV screens.

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villa stay mudgee
NSW: Luxury weekend villa stay in Mudgee 

The country town of Mudgee may be famous for its premier wine, but its charm doesn’t stop there! Head to Glenayr Farm and indulge in a luxury three night stay on a 320-acre sheep farm property. While away the days snuggling up under a blanket with a wine in hand and daydreaming out into the beautiful countryside vistas.

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Hot Air Balloon Flight over Barossa Valley with Breakfast
SA: Hot air ballooning over the Barossa Valley 
Greet the golden hues of dawn floating peacefully over the beautiful Barossa Valley in a hot air balloon. This unforgettable flight showcases the gorgeous bucolic landscape and some of the region’s most prestigious wineries at sunrise, and finishes with a delicious cooked breakfast.

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eco pod getaway
NSW: Eco pod getaway with fireplace on the South Coast

The sleepy town of Central Tilba located on the South Coast of NSW is the perfect place to embrace the winter weather. Stay in a cosy eco pod for two nights and savour your postcard-perfect lookout from every vantage point. Roast smores on the outdoor fire pit, look up at the starry night sky through the skylight and rug up by the fireplace.

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wineglass bay cruise
TAS: Wineglass Bay cruise with lunch

The Freycinet Peninsula in winter can be an enchanting experience. Absorb the unparalleled beauty of its spectacular coastline as you cruise along the crystal clear waters on an eco-cruise. The highlight of the tour is the iconic Wineglass Bay, boasting a distinctive white sand arc and aquamarine swirls of water.

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Field of Light tour, Northern Territory
NT: Uluru sunrise and field of light tour

Sitting in the shadows of Uluru, Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ display has become one of Australia’s largest art installations in its history. Under darkness, wander through 50,000 spindles of light in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white, before witnessing a spectacular sunrise over Uluru.

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hunter valley cabin in the woods
NSW: Romantic mountaintop cabin escape in the Hunter Valley

Bundle yourself up and head to this romantic cabin retreat, nestled on a secluded mountaintop just north of the Hunter Valley. Indulge in an hour long massage, snuggle up by the fireplace and bubble away in the outdoor hot tub, boasting sweeping views of the valley. Sounds like a winter well spent!

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