Sunny Australian Destinations to Escape to
A chill is in the air and winter is coming! Many people still believe they need to head overseas for that divine winter escape, however it’s a great chance to sample some of the delights on our own front door.
So, if it’s a blissful winter escape you’re dreaming of, the good news is you don’t need a passport to enjoy these six warm-weather escapes that will banish your winter blues. Just don’t forget to take your favorite Carroten products with you!
If you love beach and ocean with your sun, tropical North Queensland will welcome you with languid breezes, clear seas and squeaky golden beaches. Not only is Port Douglas the perfect place to while away the winter, but it is also the perfect gateway to the many pleasures to be found on the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you prefer snorkelling, scuba diving or a submarine or glass-bottom boat tour there are plenty of ways to explore this natural wilderness. There’s brilliant cuisine and fabulous accommodation to cater to your every whim.
Another thing, Port Douglas is a brief drive from the sublime Daintree National Park. Here you’ll experience lush canopies and dense foliage from this primal ecosystem. For a fresh perspective on the rainforest, walk along the Rainforest Aerial Walkway, you’ll see a whole new wilderness open up to you.
2. Kakadu, NT
Comprising one of the planet’s premier wetlands, Kakadu is Australia’s biggest national park. Hop aboard a wetlands boat tour. Explore the tranquil waters and spot the amazing bird life that can be found in Kakadu and enjoy an up close and personal introduction to the resident crocodiles that call its waters home.
Winter in the southern states is the best time to explore Kakadu as the dry season runs from June to August. World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park sprawls over almost 20,000 square kilometers and is home to 62 mammal species, 280 bird species, 123 reptile species and 51 freshwater fish species, many of which are indigenous to the Kakadu area.
Kakadu’s historical significance is on display at Ubirr, where visitors can see the famous native ‘x-raypaintings, which have featured in Aboriginal culture for over 50,000 years. And while you are there, don’t miss the magnificent sunset from Ubirr Rock. It’s an experience bucket lists are made of.
3. Broome, WA
One of Australia’s truly atmospheric towns, it’s hard to go past Broome for winter sun and beautiful views. Once the world’s natural pearl capital, today Broome’s signature attraction is the 22 kilometre long Cable Beach with its dramatic sweep of endless white sand fringed by brilliant turquoise water on
the fringe of the Indian Ocean.
Enjoy a heavenly sunset camel ride on the beach, watch a movie under the stars at the Sun Picture Theatre or witness the mystical Staircase to the Moon. Two or three days a month from March through to October the tropical moonlight creates a magical optical illusion of a stairway reaching to the moon.
Alternatively, relax on the beach, go swimming, surfing, sea kayaking or bushwalking, visit Pearl Luggers for a glimpse of the town’s pearling history or hop in a 4WD drive and explore the rugged Kimberley and visit Cape Leveque, the Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park, the Gibb River Road the Horizontal Waterfall and the phenomenal Mitchell Falls cascades.
The Whitsunday Islands are recognized as one of the great cruising destinations in the world. Hire a yacht, catamaran or motor cruiser and enjoy a hedonistic cruise exploring the glorious Whitsunday Islands. Alternatively join a leisurely cruise with operators departing from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island.
The divine Whitsunday Islands play host to 10 luxury resorts, offering golf courses, a range of water sports including jet skis and snorkelling and scuba diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef as well as rainforest treks and amazing beaches where you can top up your tan and laze the day away.
Uluru’s distinctive silhouette is unmistakably Australian. The world’s largest monolithic outcrop of stone sits deep in Australia’s red heart. Sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people, Uluru represents thousands of years of indigenous tradition. Today, Uluru is a World Heritage Area
administered by its traditional landowners and Parks Australia.
The National Park is also home to the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) a cluster of the mystical russet-red round rock outcrops. Both Uluru and the Kata Tjuta are renowned for the range of colour transformations they undergo as the desert light washes over them. For a deeper understanding of Uluru’s cultural importance to its traditional owners, join a tour led by an Aboriginal ranger guide.
Winter is the perfect time to swim with Ningaloo Reef’s gentle giants the colossal whale sharks that regularly visit its plankton-rich waters. Try to time your arrival for between May and July when their ceaseless voyaging brings them to Ningaloo Reef.
While it may have been the whale sharks that Ningaloo Reef owes its fame to, it waters are also home to dugongs, manta rays, dolphins and the occasional transiting humpback whale.
If you have time, be sure to drive to Monkey Mia and swim with the friendly dolphins when they come into the beach to feed. The area is also rich in turtles, rays dugongs, sharks, and schools of fish. On land, emus and pelicans are often encountered.
So, if your idea of a winter escape is blissful, warm sunshine, bright blue skies, welcoming turquoise seas, sandy beaches or breathtaking Australian landscapes, then your trickiest challenge will be choosing just one destination! Regardless, Carroten will be the perfect travel buddy in your travel bag, keeping you protected and moisturised.