When the cool weather arrives and the temperatures plummet, you might yearn for a winter getaway. Whether you escape the cold or seek the heat, there’s nothing like the thrill of a winter getaway to take the edge off.
And in retirement, you have more free time to do the things you love - like travelling. Where holidays used to squeeze into 2 to 3 jam-packed weeks per year, these days, you have 52 weeks to visit or revisit beautiful places.
So, the only question is, where to this time?
This winter, why not get off the beaten track and visit some of the brilliant destinations in our own backyard? Whether you prefer a mountain escape, a classic road trip or an outback adventure, Australia has many exquisite locations to explore.
Stunning winter weather, fewer crowds and more bang for your buck are just a few reasons to embark on the adventure of a lifetime this winter.
Here are a few of our favourite winter getaway destinations.
The Blue Mountains is an iconic destination, especially in winter. The crisp, clear air and roaring log fires make for a cosy cold-weather getaway. Immerse yourself in local activities like the vintage-style Trolley Tours or visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.
For comfortable accommodation, you can stay in one of the many cabins in the area. And if you’re lucky, you might get to experience some snow!
If a mountain escape isn’t quite your thing, a caravan adventure might be what you need. There’s something about the joy of the vast, open road that is both comforting and adventurous.
And as much as you love the company of your significant other, caravaning is the perfect way to meet new friends and make memories with people who share common interests.
Whether you’re in a caravan or packing up the car for a road trip, there are many beautiful scenic drives in Australia. Trips like The Great Ocean Road in Victoria or Cairns to Cape York in North Queensland are standouts.
If you’re up for something bigger, the Big Lap is an epic circumnavigation of our great country. It follows approximately 14,500km skirting the coastline and linking seven of the country's capital cities. You can choose to do the Big Lap as one great adventure or in stages pieced together over the years (maybe one section every winter?).
The best part about a winter escape is that most destinations flourish during the cooler months. The days might be cooler, but you can’t put a price on the crisp air, stunning sunsets and cosy nights rugged up by the fireplace.
So, what are you waiting for? Make this winter the time to hit the road.
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