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5 awesome Aussie winter holiday destinations

5 awesome Aussie winter holiday destinations

There's so many great choices for Australian holidays in the cooler months. 

How about hiking through a winter wonderland, chasing the sun in the Tropics of Queensland, or trying your hand at truffle hunting?

We look at five amazing destinations and things to do when you get there to help you plan your next trip.

1. River drift snorkelling and movies — Port Douglas, Qld

Far North Queensland is especially appealing during the winter holidays.

A chance of some sun when much of Australia is pulling out their Ugg boots.

After a day of lounging and strolling on the beach settle back to enjoy a movie under the stars on the resort lawns of QT Port Douglas at the Moonlight Cinema.

Snorkelling is still an option in the winter but instead of heading to the reef consider going inland for some river drift-snorkelling.

Flow through the crocodile-free part of the crystal clear Mossman River and keep an eye out for the fish, turtles, and the hunting platypus.

2. Truffle hunting — Margaret River, WA

Margaret River in Western Australia is a famous summer holiday destination, but few people know about what it also has to offer in the winter season.

As well as sampling the famous fine wine and gourmet food in the area, you can also have an unforgettable and unique experience hunting for black winter truffle with the Truffle Hunting Company. Yum.

3. Dog heaven and Husky sledding — Dinner Plains, Vic

No more separation anxiety for you and your pooch when you go on your next winter holiday.

That’s right, the alpine village of Dinner Plain in the Victorian high country is entirely dog friendly.

You can also go on a Husky sled dog tour if you want some more time with four legged friends. 

Thaw out afterwards in a warm chalet overlooking the spectacular Mount Hotham and Cobungra River.

As per the local law make sure to pre-register your dog’s visit with your local council and the Alpine Shire Council.

4. Yulefest and the Winter Magic Festival — Blue Mountains, NSW

From June to August thousands of visitors flock to the Blue Mountains for Yulefest

Many of the villages in the area are transformed into winter wonderlands full of Christmas decorations, traditional feasts, and live music.

Hotels put on a show too, like the Grand Hydro Majestic Hotel set on the edge of Megalong Valley.

Head up to Katoomba to celebrate the solstice at the annual Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival in July.

5. Alpine hiking — Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

If you're looking for an active way to spend your winter holiday, then Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is home to dozens of trails and hike for level of experience.

Walk through a winter wonderland with more than 20 self-guided walks, ranging from 20 minutes to 9 hours, around Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.

Tackle one of Australia’s best alpine walks, the Overland Track, where unpredictable conditions (including heavy snow) are to be expected.

Travel tip: If you’re going to do something slightly more adventurous, like river drift snorkelling, then make sure your domestic travel insurance covers you for everything you plan on doing.

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