Beach and sun, City breaks, Oceania, Tours

Australia is world-renowned for its sunshine and beaches. From Bondi to Coogee to Mullaloo, you will never be short of a destination to visit if you want to catch a wave or bathe in the sun.

However, with all this hype about the Australian summer, everyone often forgets that Australia can be an amazing destination in the winter too! If you’re visiting Australia during the months of June and July, here are four amazing weekend getaways that will have you wanting more…and more…and more…

Thredbo and Jindabyne, New South Wales

There aren’t many places to go in Australia if you want to see snow in winter, but Thredbo and Jindabyne are two destinations where you can get your skiing and snowboarding fix. Located a couple of hours drive from the nation’s capital, Canberra, these two resorts offer plenty of accommodation options, varying ski slopes, and lessons (including beginner classes).

Clare Valley, South Australia

Australia is filled to the brim with great wineries, and some of the best are located in South Australia’s Clare Valley. Book a weekend stay in a cottage, bring plenty of snacks, and snuggle up for a weekend of wine tasting and fantastic foods. From velvety reds to sparkling wines, everyone will be able to find a wine they like – plus, you may even learn a thing or two about food and wine matching from the various wineries you visit as well!

Hamilton Island, Queensland

If you absolutely can’t stand the winter, never fear: Australia’s warm state, Queensland, is just a short flight away from Sydney or Melbourne. With picturesque oceans and beaches that glisten, this is a destination that you can get away to anytime of the year. Just be careful, however – once you arrive, you’ll probably never want to go home!

Melbourne, Victoria

A weekend getaway in Australia doesn’t have to be a getaway from the big city. Sometimes it’s best to get away to the heart of a vibrant metropolis, and what better destination to visit for the weekend than Melbourne? Melbourne in winter is a little bit like New York in winter: there’s plenty going on, and you’ll slowly fall in love with it. From The Lights in Winter festival in June to Oz-Comic-Con in July, you’re bound to find something you love to do in the self-coined ‘Land of Inbetween’.