There’s no need to lock yourself inside as the temperature drops this Winter! Whether you’re chasing to the sun, or cosying up by a warm fire, these are the Winter getaways we’re lusting after this chilly season.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Often overlooked for the popular snowy destinations in NSW and Victoria, Cradle Mountain is the “Narnia” of Tasmania, offering a relaxing wilderness holiday spot. Take the family to see the mountain and walk around Dove Lake and make snow angels. You can also visit Tasmanian devils at the sanctuary located opposite Cradle Mountain National Park.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
If you’re chasing the sun, look no further than the black-sand beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and volcanoes of Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia.
One of the best ways to spend a Tahitian vacation is to lie back with a tropical cocktail in hand and bask in the sunshine at your resort of choice. You can also swim, snorkel, surf and more. To find some jungly wilderness, hop a ferry to Moorea or explore the Vaipahi Gardens. But if you’re itching for a different kind of adventure, you can hike to the gushing Fatauna Waterfall or the bustling capital city of Papetee.
Cape Tribulation, Queensland
If you’re keen to escape the cool a little closer to home, head up to Cape Tribulation. With the mid 20s temperature, palm tree-lined beaches and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, it’s the ultimate tropical holiday destination that both attracts adventurers as well as those seeking up-market resort experiences and pampering.
Sangoma Retreat, The Blue Mountains, NSW
Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and only an hour from Sydney, you’ll find Spicers Sangoma Retreat. Aptly named after the Zulu word for healer, Sangoma is a place where you’ll discover complete rejuvenation and true reconnection. The eco-certified retreat boasts facilities like a sauna and infinity lap pool, as well as a design that captures the beauty of the natural surrounds.
Thredbo, Snowy Mountains, NSW
For some exhilarating, family-friendly fun, head to the snow! Thredbo has a lot to offer, even for those not keen on actually skiing. Go tobogganing and build a snowman in the free snow play area, hit the slopes, or enjoy the spectacular scenery with a walk. The beauty of Thredbo Village is its accessibility - the chair lifts, restaurants, shops and accomodation are all in walking distance, which is perfect for wet, tired kids or those whose legs can’t carry them much further.
Glamping @ Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
Just 2.5 hours' drive south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is the ultimate in fine camping. Think food, wine and paradisiac natural surrounds, with the pristine waters of Jervis Bay at your toes. The idea for Paperbark was initially conceived during a trip to Africa — sitting elevated on timber decks and lit by a soft solar-powered glow, these intimate luxury safari-style tents boast wrap-around verandahs for an immersive bush experience without the creepy-crawlies. The food is fresh and local — fish caught in the bay, mushrooms from Mittagong and wines predominantly from NSW vineyards. This is eco-tourism at its most delightful.