JUNE HOLIDAYS: Discover Australia

It’s the college holidays at the moment, and it’s the best time to get away to relax.

You’ve got two options: you can go somewhere warm and sit on the beach or you can go somewhere cold and sit in front of a fireplace. Whichever one you prefer, we’ve rounded up the top four places in Australia for the winter holidays!

Warm:

The Whitsundays, Queensland

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Made up of 74 islands, The Whitsundays are a great place to go to during Australian winter. Located on the Central Coast of Queensland, The Whitsundays are easy to get to, and they include Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Lindeman Island and Daydream Island.

How To Get There

The Great Barrier Reef Airport is located on Hamilton Island, with daily direct services from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns with Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas Link. A scheduled ferry service connects all arriving and departing flights from Hamilton Island Airport with Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach. The Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine, with daily direct services from Brisbane and connecting flights from all major Australian cities with Jetstar and Virgin Australia. From the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) it is just a short 20 minute drive into Airlie Beach.
Flights start from $298 on Jetstar

www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Darwin, Northern Territory

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For super warm weather, the Northern Territory is where it’s all at. Getting up to more than 30 degrees in winter, it’s like being in Sydney’s summer. Most of Darwin’s sights are easy to access by foot, so you can go hiking or wandering in the rainforests, or discover animals only found in Darwin.

How To Get There

Darwin International Airport is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers. Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3–4 hours. Qantas flies into Darwin regularly with flights leaving from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns.  Other airlines are listed however they do not service the airport as frequently from as many destinations. Airport Transfers and car hire companies are available at Darwin Airport.
Flights start from $490 on Jetstar

www.tourismtopend.com.au

Cold:

Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

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The Snowy Mountains is home to four snow resorts, all within the Kosciuszko National Park. Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields, Thredbo and Charlotte’s Pass are the four skiing resorts, and each have a range of snow activities, such as snowboarding, tubing, night skiing and regular skiing.

How To Get There

CountryLink has a daily service from Sydney to Canberra by train or coach, with a connecting coach to Cooma. Otherwise, it’s a five-hour drive from Sydney down the Hume Highway.

www.visitsnowymountains.com.au

Hobart, Tasmania

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Even though Tasmania is right at the bottom of Australia, it shouldn’t be forgotten. Hobart is the farthest-south part of Tasmania, meaning it’s the coldest point. Discover vineyards, breweries and mountains, while also enjoying the city of Hobart.

How To Get There

Cruise ships depart from various major cities in Australia to Hobart, and The Spirit of Tasmania operates two ships between Melbourne and Tasmania. You can also catch a plane to Hobart, which only takes 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Flights start from $184

www.discoverhobart.com/

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