Winter School Holidays are approaching quickly. Whether you have kids or not, now is the perfect time for a mid year break!
We know, it would be great to spend some time rock climbing or hiking in New Zealand or surfing Uluwatu waves in Bali. But while the travel restrictions are in place, let's enjoy one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
Hot tea and a fire place or refreshing cocktail and pool? What is your holiday type?
Here are some ideas to enjoy your Staycation this winter in Australia.
1. Noosa, QLD
If you like surfing or just chilling on the beach (with babies or not), add a bit of tropics and take away danger from crocs and you are in the best place you can be in Queensland. Noosa has it all. Great food and plenty of things to discover, memories that will last a lifetime. Have you ever had a BBQ on a pontoon boat? Well, maybe it's the time! (Pontoons are self-drive boats and they don't require a boat license)
2. Blue Mountains, NSW
Put your Ugg boots into use this winter. Just a couple of hours drive from Sydney will take you to the snow. Even if you are from another state it's worth a trip.
We do recommend staying there for a couple of nights for a good drive around. Have you been to Jenolan caves yet? Absolutely breathtaking drive on a very narrow road, and you are in the different world of astonishing stalactites and stalagmites. Don't know what it is? Check it out! We recommend checking weather forecast before you head there, snow can block some roads so have a plan B with activities. The trip might be a bit tricky to do with very small kids, but you know your babies better.
3. URBNSURF, VIC
"Enjoy winter" they say on Urbnsurf website. Well, what can be better than chilling on a poolside day bed with a cold one while your kids are having a surf lesson or are occupied at the playground? If you surf yourself you must try it, because they have got waves for every surf level. We actually haven't been there ourselves yet, but it is on our to-do list as soon as we can get to Victoria without the risk of lockdown. So let us know how it is if you get there first!
"I love the way those winter clothes
Can make you look lots thinner
And you don’t work up a sticky sweat
Just eating a big roast dinner."
From Ode to Tasmanian Winter by Annie Warburton
Have you been to Tasmania yet? It is winter, at the end of the day. So we should get cold and use some fire. The tickets are cheap, so why not?
Tasmania will be embedded in every kid's memory if you make it there. How about a Ride the Don River Railway? Feeling adventurous - take a cruise to visit Australia's oldest lighthouse with Iron Pot Cruises. Oh dear, there are so many things to do in Tasmania. Don't forget to put couple of wineries in your schedule too, just to give yourself a well deserved break. School holidays are hard work, isn't it?
5. Yamba, NSW
If you live in NSW Yamba might be a very nice holiday choice for you and your family. Great waves, delicious food, river activities, and beautiful beaches. We love it and visit it a lot! Our kids' favourite place to stay is Blue Dolphin Resort, they have nice river cabins and a great water park (you now know why our kids love it!). Don't forget to bring your TANMENOT because the sun is hot in here even in winter!
6. Broome, WA
Broome is an amazing multi-cultural melting pot of a town located in Kimberley region. It has a rich pearling history and activities to anyone's liking. How about visiting Cable Beach, which was recently voted the best beach in Australia? You may simply stretch out under an umbrella on a sun lounger or if you are feeling active hire a kayak or an SUP. Fun fact - the beach was named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889. Feeling more adventurous? Fancy fossil-hunting? Palaeontologists have recently discovered the largest in the world dinosaur footprints. We bet you'll love measuring your palm size with those of the pre-historic giants saved in the rocks of Dinosaur Coast.
Photo credit Nick Dunn from @wanderlustralia
7. Adelaide Hills, SA
Looking for a culinary adventure this winter? Look no further than Adelaide Hills area. The region offers best locale produce and amazing cool climate drops. Travelling down the leafy roads you may also encounter local wildlife. Winter is the perfect time for a hearty savoury cuisine such as German. So we recommend visiting the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia - the town of Hahndorf. Characteristic architecture, quirky shops and local produce will make you fall in love with the stunning village. Just imagine walking down the Main Street to a local bakery!
As you see the options for a perfect winter getaway are countless. Which one will you go with?