Travel Guide

Best places to travel this winter

By Juliette · June 2024 · 8 min read

Did you know Australia has 8 different climate zones which means how you experience each season can vary heaps, depending in which part you are.

For the winter season, that means we escape or embrace the cold from our very own backyard. And if you find yourself wanting to enjoy a nice getaway without breaking the bank, we have some nice suggestions of domestic destinations to either lap up the sun or snuggle in the cold. As well as the top experiences you can enjoy at each spot.

Keep reading for inspiration from your planning partner, Experience Oz.

Top End, Northern Territory

With 2 distinct climate areas, Top End serves as the tropical destination. And the good news is that the best time visit is winter. It brings less harsh heat and humidity to explore it’s glorious nature in more comfort. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re interested in seeking warmer areas of Oz. If you’re a lover of hiking, nature, culture and unreal sunsets. Look no further!

The Indigenous’ Connection to Country is spans more than 60,000 years and is one to experience when visiting NT, especially by joining a locally-guided tour.

Best activities: Nitmiluk tours, dotpainting classes, Crocosaurus Cove, Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge Kayaking and more

Broome, Western Australia

This region welcomes days with 20-30C, and during winter Broome experiences it’s lowest humidity. Making it the perfect time to visit the east coast. Home to the iconic Horizontal Falls, which has been informally claimed as the seventh wonder of the world. It’s a must-visit for those who love nature, beautiful beaches and unique tours. Fun fact: it’s also home to one of the largest collection of dinosaur footprints.

Best activities: Horizontal Falls tour, Camel Ride on Cable Beach, and Willie Creek Pearl tour

Tropical North Queensland

You might not have guessed it but winter in Australia means snorkelling in the best reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. As the lower half of Oz whips out the hot choc and puffer jacket, Tropical North Queensland becomes even more alive with what’s considered the peak of the dry season. This makes it the ideal destination to escape the cold.

Best activities: Reef tours, snorkelling, cruises, diving, hiking through rainforests, and attractions

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is truly a winter wonderland, offering postcard views of glaciers, mountain peaks and being home to snowports. It’s no wonder people travel far from the northern hemisphere to visit South Island. This spot offers something for everyone: adventure, relaxation, and nature. All with a view that takes your breath away. Best part of all? You can customise your winter holiday to your taste and it’s a short flight across to our neighbouring mate.

Best activities: Snowsports, Quadbikes, Milford Sound Tour, Onsen Hot Pools, Jetboating, TSS Earnslaw Cruise


While it can get quite cold in Melbourne, the city doesn’t hibernate! It’s full of buzz, culture and exciting indoor fun attractions. Home to the best coffee, this is the spot for those who want to explore the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. Melbourne is home to some incredible indoor attractions, so you can stay warm while having fun.

Best activities: THE LUME, Luna Park, Monopoly Dreams, Yarra River Cruise, Hidden Bar & Cocktail Tour, Escape Rooms and Puffing Billy (1 hour drive from Melbourne)

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