Whilst international guests wax lyrical about Australia in the summer months, the locals that know winter getaways are where we shine bright. Here are our top 3 winter getaways for holiday-starved Aussies.
Sunseekers, Have We Got a Holiday for You
In Australia’s sunniest state capital, Perth, it’s winter when you’re not having a winter. The city’s warm temperatures and sub-tropical climate make it the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine, with beautiful beaches, bushwalks and wineries all within easy reach.
Bureau of Meteorology data lists Perth as having an average of eight hours of sun per day year-round, and that means plenty of opportunity to enjoy the city’s relaxed alfresco lifestyle and must-see attractions. Many of the city’s entertainment venues and landmarks are within minutes of the Adina Apartment Hotel Perth, including RAC Arena with its exciting line-up of top sporting matches and world-class musicians.
Also nearby is Elizabeth Quay, a vibrant precinct with a public art trail that includes the Edge, illuminating the entire length of the inlet with a spectacular night-time show. Visitors are welcomed by Laurel Nannup’s giant bird sculpture, inspired by the Noongar people’s first visions of European settlers, whose distant sailing ships looking like floating birds.
The nearby ferry terminal provides easy access to Rottnest Island, where you’ll truly appreciate the winter sunshine. Go for a stroll in Kings Park, one of Australia’s most beautiful parks with its sweeping city and Swan River views.
If you don’t want to head to the wineries around the city, let them come to you at Perth’s Winter Wine Festival in its new home of Russell Square on May 21-22. Those who do love a white winter don’t have to miss out either, as the Winter Village with its iceWhile Away Your Wintery Days in the Harbour City rink, igloo village and pop-up bars and food trucks provides a magical experience from May 28 to September 5.
Surry With A Wintery Fringe On Top
Not quite as balmy as Perth but still a great place to be in winter by world standards, Sydney has countless museums, cafés and traditional pubs that offer a cosy retreat when the days get chilly. Some, like the Lord Dudley, even have fireplaces.
The pub is a short drive from the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Surry Hills, which is well-positioned to take advantage of a great array of bars and restaurants. The cooler weather and mostly clear skies make hiking in Sydney in winter a pleasure. Check out some of the coastal walks like the Bondi to Bronte walk and perhaps stop at some of the beautiful beaches along the way for more winter sunshine.
Sydney is getting ready for Vivid, the super popular light festival that was skipped last year because of Covid. Back to lift our spirits from August 6 to 28, it combines amazing light shows with a cutting-edge line-up of live music and talks.
Mulled Wine and Other Winter Warmers in Melbourne
Melbourne may be less blessed weather-wise but when winter arrives, the city over-compensates with food festivals, art shows and cosy pubs and bars. Mulled wine or steaming hot cider are great for warding off winter chills, and there’s nothing better than a hot chocolate from Ganache or Koko Black.
A short walk from the Adina Apartment Hotel West Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market is back after a Covid hiatus, tantalizing visitors with warming curries and cheesy pasta, fondue, desserts and hot cider from June 2 until August 25. Top that off with live music, roving entertainment, fire pits and man-made snow, and even Melbourne is looking good for a winter staycation.
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*Activities listed may be subject to Covid restrictions.