If you’re from the southern states of Australia or any part of New Zealand, chances are you’re looking for anything to keep you warm at the moment. With that in mind, we have some ideas on where you can escape to for some winter-time warmth! (yes it does exist in some places).
It’s a great time of year to be outdoors in the top end, with less humidity and less rain than the rest of the year. For this reason, a number of festivals and markets are scheduled and will give you the best chance to sample the different cultures and entertainment on offer across the city.
Go pig racing at the Royal Darwin Show, where the territory’s animals and livestock are on display as well as rides and live music. Get Festive at the Darwin Festival, jam-packed with live music, theatre, dance, comedy and art. Watch movies under the stars with the Darwin Film Society’s Deckchair Cinema, and buy a masterpiece at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, celebrating Australia’s First Nations Culture with events all around town.
Where to Stay: Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin is located close to the centre of Australia’s most northern city, with stunning views towards Darwin Harbour. Each apartment has its own unique city or harbour view and private balconies, and there is a 28 metre infinity swimming pool to continue your outdoor activities.
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
There’s no doubt that tourists flock to Port Douglas every winter, not just to escape the cold, but to make their way through the various dining options, located along the main strip – Macrossan Street.
But perhaps the biggest drawcard, is the natural beauty that surrounds this quaint village, located between the ocean and the inlet. The waterways give you access to a range of cruises including Great Barrier Reef tours, fishing trips and sunset dinners. Not too far north, you will find the Daintree Rainforest. Take a dip in the Mosman Gorge, or even better, try river drift snorkelling for a relaxing float along the Mossman River, taking in the rainforest canopy and underwater world as you go.
Where to Stay: Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas is located a short drive to the town centre and is situated amongst the tropical rainforest on Four Mile Beach. Each room is light-filled and spacious, creating an ideal spot to relax while enjoying the picturesque surrounds.
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
The weather in Cairns during winter is dry and balmy, with average temperatures of 16-26 degrees, making it ideal for swimming and exploring the outdoors.
The Esplanade Lagoon is a man-made beach overlooking the ocean and a popular place to cool down in style. Take a walk along the marina and sample one of the many restaurants or book a cruise of your choice. With about 1,500 species of tropical fish and hundreds of coral types on the reef, diving or snorkelling tours are a must.
Where to stay: Ramada by Wyndham Cairns City Centre is a short stroll to the marina with its restaurants and bars, and where various cruise operators depart from daily. The hotels features Queenslander architecture and has an outdoor swimming pool with sundeck that screams relaxation.
Ramada by Wyndham Cairns
As we move further south in Queensland it may start to get a little cooler, but warm sunny days, blue skies and clear waters are still a sure thing, and to top it off, it’s Whale Watching season.
Hervey Bay is located about four hours' north of Brisbane and is the whale watching capital of Australia. The giant mammals make their way up and down the coast between July and October every year, attracting thousands of visitors.
Festival season is also in full swing during winter with so many major events showcasing local attractions, produce and cultural and heritage experiences. Relish Food & Wine Festival, The Seafood Festival and of course the not to be missed Whale Watching Festival.
Where to stay: Ramada by Wyndham Hervey Bay has been recently refurbished with a bright new look and an onsite swimming pool and restaurant, located close to the marina precinct.
Ramada by Wyndham Hervey Bay
Sitting at a very comfortable average temperate of 21 – 24 degrees during the day, the Gold Coast has plenty on offer in the great outdoors from beaches, to lakes, hinterland and family attractions.
With the water temperature around the same as the air temperature, why not grab a kayak or stand up paddle board at Currumbin or Tallebudgera Creeks and explore the beautiful waterways – fun fact, the Gold Coast has more canals than Venice. If you prefer to stay on land, take a day trip to the hinterland and discover walking tracks, wineries and spectacular views of the coastline. Theme parks are also a popular reason to visit with the kids.
Where to stay: Wyndham Surfers Paradise is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, an ideal launchpad to the city’s nightlife and beaches. The self-contained apartments feature balconies with ocean or hinterland views and a swimming pool overlooking the street.
Wyndham Surfers Paradise
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