Ah, Australia, the beautiful land of hot weather and even hotter people. It seems like whenever you see someone from Down Under, they look happy and carefree as they lounge on a beach. What a perfect destination during long, cold winter days of the Northern Hemisphere. What doesn’t cross most people’s minds is the idea to visit Australia during the summer months. Why would you be switching from one winter to yet another? Well, there are several reasons why this country is still great even during its winter period.
It’s more affordable
Australia’s peak tourist season falls between December and February because these are the warmest months. If you go then, you’ll have a great time, but it’s likely you’ll be spending a lot of money. Winter months are a lot cheaper and you won’t be missing out on anything if you decide to go. Accommodations are easier to find too, and everything is less crowded, so you can enjoy your vacation in peace instead of fighting for a good spot at the beach.
The weather is actually great
Australia is a pretty big continent, so the weather varies from place to place. There is something for everyone’s taste, from cold to warm enough to swim. Forget the cold Chicago and New York winters, you won’t be snowed in, despairing over the weather. Winter here is milder, more pleasant. There is less humidity and fewer rain showers than in summer, so it’s really a nice time of the year to visit. The weather can range from crisp in cities like Melbourne, Canberra, and Hobart, to mild in Sydney, to warm in Darwin and Brisbane. You won’t need to pack a bunch of jumpers and heavy coats unless you’re going skiing, in which case we assume the cold is kind of what you’re going for.
It’s perfect for sports
Did you think that it would be too cold to visit beaches? Think again, because winter is the perfect time for you to enjoy both surfing and swimming on some of Australia’s many beaches. Smalleys Beach and Cable Beach are both very warm in summer, but even the colder beaches can be enjoyed. Hope Beach in Tasmania is one of the rare places where you can find the perfect spot to watch the beautiful display of light known as Aurora Australis.
If skiing is your thing, then head for the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales or the Victorian Alps in Victoria. Get your equipment from a well-stocked ski store in Australia and make sure to visit Thredbo or Perisher, the two most famous ski resorts. It would be a shame to waste all that beautiful snow, and even if you don’t know how to ski, now’s the perfect time to learn.
There are a ton of things to do
If you ever wanted to visit the Outback, winter is actually a much better time to do so. In summer, the Outback is a scorching hot desert, but in winter you’ll actually be able to drive around without passing out from high temperatures. Drive from Darwin to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Blue Mountains are great if you enjoy hiking, and if you’re a wine and cheese lover, you should definitely visit Barossa Valley.
VIVID also happens during winter and it’s one of the most fascinating festivals that you can see. A wonder of light installations and music, it’s a truly unique experience that you don’t want to miss. Sydney Film Festival also happens during the cold months, and so does Splendour in the Grass, Australia’s biggest winter music event.
There’s plenty to do, and plenty to see in Australia, regardless of the time of the year. If you go during winter, you’re bound to have fun adventures and you’ll be back with stories to tell your friends.