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What's the Best Place in Australia to Visit for a Winter-Warming Holiday?

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Published September 1st 2019
If you're looking to escape the cold, these three warm destinations in Australia could have exactly what you're looking for. Some of these places have temperatures above 30 degrees, even in June. If you've ever thought of travelling locally but haven't done it yet, why not try going to one of these beautiful destinations?

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Image Courtesy of Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas


1. Port Douglas & Palm Cove, Queensland


Swim-out hotel rooms, access to the Great Barrier Reef and delicious cocktails make Port Douglas and its Tropical North Queensland vicinity a fantastic holiday destination in Winter. Further north than its sister Palm Cove and its southern cousins Townsville and Mackay, Port Douglas is beautiful.

To get to Port Douglas, you can hop on a plane to Cairns and catch a shuttle for a windy drive up to your destination hotel. You'll pass Palm Cove along the way and have seaside views to boot.

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Visit the Great Barrier Reef


Many of the businesses in the Port Douglas and Palm Cove region are family run and have been in operation for many years, so you'll most likely get some fantastic local tips.

If you want a slightly quieter stay, you might opt for Palm Cove, which also happens to be closer to Cairns (30 mins drive vs 1hr 10 mins). You can visit the coral reefs from either destination, in addition to Kuranda village and the tropical Daintree Rainforest.

Some of the beautiful accommodation options include the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas, Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas and the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa.

NB: the average temperature in Port Douglas and Palm Cove in June is around 26 degrees in the day, and 21 at night.

2. Northern Territory

From spectacular Aboriginal art, meaningful Australian history lessons to poolside resorts, camel rides, safari tours and of course Uluru, the Northern Territory has a lot to offer as a holiday destination. Whether you want to sip cocktails by the pool or rough it out on a country adventure, there's something for everyone.


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Image Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin


If you're a fan of fine art, NT offers some of the most unique Aboriginal Art galleries. You can get immersed in the culture of Australia's First Peoples. You could visit the Didgeridoo Hut and Art gallery, which has regular hours during the dry season (May to September), rather than the wet season (October to April). You could also visit the Territory Arts Trail.

If you're less about culture and more about nature, you can head to Kakadu National Park where you can go camping, fishing and observe the wildlife. Rich wildlife in Kakadu includes countless species of birds and of course, crocodiles in the East Alligator River.

See beautiful didgeridoos in the Northern Territory


Some of the beautiful accommodation includes the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Mindil Beach Casino Resort (formerly known as SkyCity Darwin) and Sails in the Desert, Uluru.

NB: the average temperature in Darwin in June is around 31 degrees in the day, and 20 at night.

3. Broome, WA

Nature lovers will love what Broome has to offer. You can escape the daily grind of the city into beautiful poolside accommodation and relax in the sun if that's the type of holiday you're after. If you are interested in a more active holiday, Broome offers dolphin cruises, whale watching, camel rides, the Horizontal Falls and even Jetski tours from Cable Beach.

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Camel rides on Cable Beach


Cable Beach is a 22 kilometre beach and has beautiful white sands. It is close to a number of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. If you're lucky, you might even observe some of the dinosaur footprints in the rocks during low tide.

Some of the beautiful accommodation includes the Blue Seas Resort, Kimberley Sands, and The Pearle of Cable Beach.

NB: the average temperature in Broome in June is around 29 degrees in the day, and 15 at night.

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Image Courtesy of The Pearle Cable Beach Broome


What you mind also find is that in some of these places, the Winter pricing is much better than it is in summer. Now that you have your choice of Australian destinations, what's stopping you from warming up? What's your favourite winter-warming destination in Australia?

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