As the leaves change colour and the air gets brisker, autumn is the perfect time to cosy up for a weekend or midweek break. Cooler daytime temperatures create opportunities for daytime adventures without the scorching temperatures and unbearable humidity of summer.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures or a foodie paradise, autumn and winter in Australia offers a smorgasbord of holiday experiences for everyone.
We’ve put together a guide to kickstart your cool weather holiday season!
Keeping it local
When it comes to a last-minute getaway, nothing beats a holiday in your own backyard. Many Australians are discovering that there is more to see than they realised in their local area, plus it is more affordable and easily worked into a busy schedule. The cooler months are a great time to discover new experiences across many of Australia’s cities and regions. Here are three ideas for your next local getaway.
Take a city break
Now that restrictions have largely eased across the country, why not treat yourself to a show and an overnight stay in a boutique hotel in the city? It’s a great way to see your hometown in a different light and discover hidden treasures you may not know about. Head to your local information centre and ask them what they’d recommend for new arrivals and play tourist for the day!
Autumn is a great time for camping. The weather is consistently pleasant, and there are less insects and pests around. The cooler temperatures are ideal for active daytime adventures and toasting marshmallows over the campfire in the evening. Most fire bans end by the end of April, but check your local area before you go just in case.
There are lots of national parks and forestry areas all around the country where you can discover a real bush experience. National parks are managed by state authorities, so look for the one in your state for up to date information on what’s open and where you can camp.
If you are not fully equipped for camping adventures, search for glamping options in your region. Then you can roll up to a fully prepared campsite, still enjoy outdoor daytime activities and evenings in front of the campfire without the hassle.
Bed and breakfast
If there is romance in the air, nothing beats a weekend stay at a bed and breakfast. Explore wine regions, art hubs or history trails during the day and return to your private, cosy retreat in the evening. With fresh, local breakfast provisions often provided, treat yourself to breakfast in bed and a slow morning start.
Head to warmer climates
If you are starting to feel the cold creep in, why not head to a warmer climate? Here are some of our favourite places to go when we want to warm up.
Experience one of the most impressive natural wonders on the planet, set in a breathtaking landscape you’ll see nowhere else in the world. The Red Centre is even more majestic than you could ever imagine, and everyone should experience it at least once in their lives. Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is filled with walking trails, from easy to moderate. Walk to scenic viewpoints, rock art sites, waterholes, gorges and wildflower landscapes and learn about the culture and history from an indigenous ranger. With a range of accommodation options, it’s great for all ages.
With beautiful sunny days, white-sand beaches, laid-back locals and waters a warm 19-25 degrees year-round, Noosa is a holiday dream. Immerse yourself in the coastal lifestyle from the beaches to the hinterland; there is lots to discover here. Head straight to cafes from the beach, relax at a day spa, or explore the walking trails of Noosa National Park by day. In the evenings, head to one of the fine dining restaurants to enjoy some local produce. It’s an easy hour and a half drive from Brisbane, making it the perfect escape for a long weekend.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
If the kids want more action, head to the Gold Coast. The kids will love the thrills and spills of the theme parks, and parents can be assured of a good night’s rest after a day spent on rollercoasters, water slides and other crazy rides. For a more nature-based experience, you can discover Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Skywalk at Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park. Not to mention some of the country’s best beaches!
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or a luxury escape kind of person, you are spoilt for choice. Let’s go exploring.