Visiting Australia in the winter is a great time because of the varying temperatures, different options, and variety of festivals available. Depending on where you decide to travel, you can experience the tropics in the north, the mountains in the southeast, the Great Barrier Reef and whale watching along the coasts. If you plan for a road trip, you can get to see a little bit of everything. Here are 5 things to do in Australia this winter.

  1. Relax in Noosa

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Glass House Mountains viewed from Mary Cairncross Reserve Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Noosa is located on the Queensland coast just north of Sunshine Coast. There are a variety of things to do in Noosa but the main theme in Noosa is that you can relax. In addition to just relaxing in Noosa this winter, you can warm up on the beaches, go whale watching, plan your holiday in conjunction with one of Noosa’s winter events, explore the national parks, or drive west into the Noosa Hinterland.

Hiring a Car in Noosa Heads

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Noosa Heads is just 35 km north of Sunshine Coast or a little less than a two hour drive north of Brisbane. When you are travelling around the Sunshine Coast area, you can hire a car in Noosa or rent a vehicle at the Sunshine Coast Budget location. When you have a rental car to get around it means that you can see all the sights on your own schedule. Coming and going when you please can make for the best holiday. Click on the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car hire rates in Queensland. While in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast region, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

Noosa Wine & Food Festival

Australia’s Most Popular National Park:Beautifully Diverse Noosa National Park

Great Sandy National Park

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Things to Do in Sunshine Coast

Free Things to Do in Sunshine Coast

Mapleton Falls National Park and Kondalilla National Park

Scenic Holiday in the Glasshouse Mountains

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at the Australia Zoo

Fraser Island World Heritage Site

Sandy Beaches, Blue Waters, and Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

Noosa in Winter is Wonderful

Noosa Food Lover’s Holiday

  1. Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park Photo Credit: WikiTravel

Ubirr Rock Art in Kakadu National Park Photo Credit: WikiTravel

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Kakadu National Park is one of the most fascinating places in all of Australia. It is located at the very top of the Top End and covers more ground than some European countries. It is the largest National Park in Australia and is so large and the weather system here so unique, the Aboriginal land owners have 6 seasons in the park with a distinct wet and dry season. The things to do here include bushwalking, fishing, crocodile spotting cruises, Aboriginal tours, hiking to Gunlom Falls, swimming in swimming holes labeled as safe, camping, and scenic flights.

Hiring a 4WD to get around the Northern Territory

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Getting around in the Northern Territory requires a 4WD all terrain vehicle to get to this or pretty much any of the remote locations in the Northern Territory often referred to as the “Way Out Back”. You can hire a 4WD vehicle  in Katherine, or you can hire a car in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. There are two car rental options in Darwin. Either hire a vehicle at the Darwin Airport or rent a 4WD in Darwin City. The drive from Darwin to Bitter Springs is about 4 hours, but the remote and peaceful Northern Territory makes for great road tripping adventures! All of this remote and rugged terrain driving means taking precautions and being prepared. You should always have updated maps with you and plenty of emergency supplies, petrol, and drinking water. Let someone know where you will be, when you will return, and what your exact itinerary is. Consult with our friendly and knowledgeable representatives and they will help you find the right vehicle for your needs and offer up safety tips and local travel ideas. While travelling through Australia’s Top End, check out these other blog posts about this region:

Australia’s Largest National Park Kakadu National Park

Rivers of Kakadu National Park

National Parks and Reserves in the Northern Territory Near Darwin

Outdoor Destinations in Northern Territory near Katherine

Things to Do Near Darwin

Nitmiluk National Park Carved by Nature

Experience a Remote Holiday at Bullo River Station

Journey to Judbarra / Gregory National Park

Road Trip Adventures in the Northern Territory:

The Savannah Way Part One: Daintree Rainforest to Karumba, Queensland

The Savannah Way Part Two: Normanton to Katherine

The Savannah Way Part Three: Katherine to Broome

The Gibb River Road Part One

The Gibb River Road Part Two

  1. Find a Winter Festival

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Winter in Australia means festival time all over the country. Here are just a few of the festivals happening in winter that you can try to time your holiday to.

  • Vivid Sydney
  • The Garma Festival in the Top End of Australia in Arnhem Land
  • Darwin Beer Can Regatta in Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Chocolate Winterfest in Tasmania
  • Huon Valley Midwinter Festival, Tasmania
  • Festival of Voices, Tasmania
  • Dark Mofo, Tasmania
  • The Camel Cup, Alice Springs
  • Christmas in July Yulefest, Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  1. Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

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Hervey Bay and the surrounding area including the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island are considered the whale watching capital of the world. The time frame for whale watching here is during the winter and spring migration from July to November. During this time, about 10,000 whales inhabit these waters. On any given day during this time, you can find many whales, it is mating season and many mothers are nursing their calves. The whales are gentle, friendly, and curious, which increases chances of seeing them up close on a whale watching tour or even right from the lookouts on the shore. There are other whale watching opportunities all over Australia in winter too.

Hiring a car in Hervey Bay

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Since Hervey Bay is a big holiday destination, you might fly into the Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport. You can rent a car right from the Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport. You can also hire a car from the Hervey Bay Budget location. If you are driving up to Hervey Bay from the south, you can also rent a vehicle at one of our Brisbane locations, or hire a vehicle in Sunshine Coast. Having your own vehicle means freedom to see the sights when you want and stay as long as you like. No need to be at the mercy of a tour bus schedule. It also means you can find the time to visit some of the other holiday hot spots in the region:

Great Sandy National Park

Noosa National Park: Australia’s Most Popular National Park

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

5 Day Trips from Brisbane

Things to Do in Brisbane

Free Things to do in Brisbane

Something for Everyone in the South Bank of Brisbane

The Rainforest Way

Endless Holiday Possibilities in Mackay

Great Barrier Reef 5 Top Port Cities and Things to Do on the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Excursions

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Great Barrier Reef with Kids

Whale Watching Season in Western Australia

  1. Skiing in the Mountains

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Australia’s mainland mountain peaks are located along the border of New South Wales and Victoria. Most of the peaks are located in Kosciuszko National Park and Alpine National Park. Some ski resorts are located outside of the National Parks too. These ski resorts show how winter in Australia can be so diverse, sure there are surf, sand, and beaches, whale watching, rain forests, and more; but if you want to spend time frolicking in the snow, that is possible in Australia too. The list of mainland ski resorts include: Thredbo, Mt. Buller, Mt. Hotham, Mt. Perisher, and Falls Creek. Now we will be covering the Selwyn Snowfields, Charlotte Pass, Mt. Baw Baw, and Mt. Buffalo.

Hiring a Car for Your Australian Ski Resort

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Car Hire Locations near Kosciuszko National Park and other ski resorts in the region

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Convenient car hire locations are available no matter which Australian ski resort you decide to make your holiday destination. Always remember to discuss your route and destination with your car rental agent so that he or she can supply you with accurate maps, safety driving tips, and any safety regulations that apply. Many car hire locations restrict driving in snow, or when mountain weather conditions pose safety risks, so pay attention to those directives and stay safe! The main hubs for hiring a car to get you to ski resort locations include Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. While in the mountain regions of Australia, check out these holiday ideas from our blog:

Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains

Snowy Valley Way: Scenic Drive in the Snowy Mountains

Scenic Drives in the Snowy Mountains

Alpine National Park

Australian Alps National Park

Australian Ski Resorts Part One

Australian Ski Resorts Part Two

Soar High in Namadgi National Park

The Great Alpine Road Trip

Stay tuned for part two, with 5 more things to do in Australia this winter: Christmas in July, The Great Barrier Reef, Canberra, Swimming with Whale Sharks, and a Top End Road Trip.