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Australia in Winter
Written by Prianka on May 4, 2020 Share on

Winter in Australia : Things to do in Australia in 2024

Whether you love tropical escapes or snowy mountains, winter in Australia is the most pleasant winter you’ll experience in the world. You’re bound to have a good time exploring the length and breadth of Australia with temperatures rarely dropping into minus numbers

Australian winter prevails for three months from June to August. Many travellers indulge in some of the best experiences during winter when cooler temperatures prevail across the country. Though snow isn’t widespread in all parts of Australia, snowfall can be witnessed in some selective destinations like mountainous terrains of Snowy Mountains or Tasmania.

If you don’t like cold weather, winter is the ideal time to visit the northern tropics of Australia – Darwin and Fraser Island where you’ll get balmy days and cooler evenings. The Central regions are relatively warm as well while the Southernmost parts are slightly colder. Well! Australian winter can be dramatic enough to drop down suddenly. So be sure to pack extra layers to deal with the strong winds and cool breeze.

Also, rainfall during winter is generally rare in Australia, although it rains only in Tasmania. However, Australian winter has something for everyone – it offers a diverse range of activities and attractions to discover! 

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Great Barrier Reef 

With the stinger season ending by May, North Queensland has very mild winters. The warm temperatures are perfect for a dive or snorkel into the turquoise waters and exploration of the underwater reefs. However, do it with a wetsuit for more comfort. The rainforests wrapped around the beach also come into life with beautiful scenery during this time of the year. 

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Great Ocean Road

Discover the beauty of Great Ocean Road without any crowds during winter. Not just the drive, 12 apostles and the other gorgeous landmarks are crowd-free. Plus, the abundance of rainfalls that hits the Great Otway National Park leads to a raging waterfall. And if you are a whale lover, you’re at the right place, I’d say. Whales swim along the coast from June to August to migrate to warmer waters. Cross your fingers for this awe-striking visual treat.

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Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley turns out to be more scenic in winter with frost-covered vineyards, deep reds and hearty meals. Go on a truffle hunt with a truffle dog to explore the delicacies of this evergreen wine-producing region. You can also expect winter foods such as white wine, rabbit ragu and tagliatelle pasta. On the whole, Yarra Valley is an inviting place during winter with dewy lawns as the backdrop.  

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Litchfield National Park

With flowing waterfalls, luscious greenery, and incredible Barramundi fishing, Litchfield National Park comes to life during winter. This wilderness area is within arms reach of Darwin, where you can experience the best of camping and hiking. The destination averages a comfortable maximum temperature of 29-degree Celsius, making it a much more enjoyable experience. Plenty of markets pop up during winter in Darwin at which you’ll be able to grab some local food and handicrafts. 

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Kangaroo Island

Get ready to witness an extraordinary array of flora and fauna on Kangaroo island. The wet weather in winter triggers the sea lions and fur seals to come in search of sunshine. The entire island bursts into a vibrant scene with joeys peeping from mother’s pouches and Southern Right Whales breaching just off the shoreline. It is a quite heavenly experience encountering animals and a colourful series of rivers. 

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Overland Track

The Cradle Mountains turn into a magical paradise during winter, offering abundant opportunities to experience the best of snow activities. The Overland Track receives substantial amounts of snow, ensuring peaceful snowshoeing and trekking in a calm and serene surrounding. The frozen lakes and snowy landscapes are sure to provide unique photographic backdrops. This alpine travel will be an everlasting memory while enjoying close encounters of wildflowers and local wildlife. Hopefully, catch a glimpse of southern lights along the way. 

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Ningaloo Reef

The mild temperatures of winter makes the visit to the Ningaloo Reef a spectacular experience. The crystalline waters are home to the world’s largest fringing coral reef swarming with whales, turtles and tropical marine fish. This World Heritage Listed Site offers incredible opportunities to spot and interact with these majestic creatures only in winter. You’ll get mind-blowing views of humpback whales, mantra rays, dolphins and even the very rare Dugongs.

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Tasmanian Whisky Trail

Warm-up your cold nights on your winter vacation with a glass of Tasmanian Whisky. Apart from natural wonders, Tasmania is also famous for its wineries, breweries and distilleries. Indulge in a fabulous Tasmanian winter enjoying mountain views with your wine, cheese toast by the fireplace. Don’t forget to try the Tassie beef with a glass of pinot air. 

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Dune Bashing

The Simpson Desert is home to brilliant wildflowers, rare pine trees and stunning wildlife. Winter is the perfect time to visit the Simpson Desert as it is dry during the major part of the year. The red sands and rolling dunes stretch over an area of 170,000sq kilometres. In winter, the days are bright with perfect blue skies, and the best views of the Milky Way are found! You’ll be able to spot countless stars during the nights. Not only stars, but this unique desert also offers thrilling dune bashing. Take a four-wheel-drive on the challenging terrain and embark on an adventurous experience.

Dark Mofo Fest

Dark Mofo Fest in Hobart is a captivating midwinter festival unlike any other. Long winter nights, light shows, retrospectives of class films all together enlivens Hobart. You’ll get an opportunity to explore the combination of ancient and modern mythology, dark and light, birth and death. Create memories that will last a lifetime along with great gastronomic experiences. Every year, new events are hosted that bring enthusiastic crowds over and over again. Dark Mofo Fest is based on independent thinking, yet twisted fantasies combined with good food and wine.

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So, what are you planning for this winter? There isn’t a better option than flying to Australia to experience the best of it. Celebrate your winter like never before, on your Australia trip with Pickyourtrail.

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