Published at: 6/21/2016 3:29:37 PM
There’s nothing like the nip of winter to turn our thoughts to warmer climates, and thankfully there are plenty of holiday hot spots right here in Australia where you can chase the sun.
No matter whether you’re looking for a ‘burgers and beer’ getaway or a ‘cocktails and canapes’ experience, frank dishes up cool destinations for every budget.
For bargain hunters
Go for Gold
Queensland’s Gold Coast is bold, brash and unashamedly budget-friendly. The region is packed with tourist attractions including several theme parks, or if cash is super tight, simply grab a towel and make like a meerkat to soak up some rays on the beach.
Average max daytime temp for May: 23.50C
Where to stay: The Gold Coast is packed with budget-friendly accommodation. Book a self-contained cottage for as little as $70 per night (sites like Stayz are super handy here).
Make a date with Flipper
Head to Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage area 900 km north of Perth, where for over 40 years wild bottlenose dolphins have been swimming to the shoreline to be hand fed by adoring humans. This winter could be your turn to share the bay’s crystal clear waters with a pod of people-loving Flippers.
Average max daytime temp for May: 27.30C
Where to stay: Pay as little as $28 per night at the RAC Monkey Mia Resort.
Hit the tropics
While southerners are shivering the mercury is nudging 300C in the tropics. It makes far north Queensland the perfect place to shrug off winter sniffles. The best part of winter in FNQ? It’s one season you won’t have to share the ocean with Irukandji jellyfish.
Average max daytime temp for May: 27.60C
Where to stay: Check out Paradise Palms at Kewarra Beach located 20 minutes north of Cairns. Pack a 9-iron and tee off the resort golf course. Prices for a 4-night stay start from $269 per person, twin share.
Get off the beaten track
Seasons in Arnhem Land are not marked by daytime temperatures but rather by rainfall. With an almost consistent year-round temperature of about 32–340C, the mid-point of the calender marks Arnhem Land’s dry season making this the ideal time to explore this incredibly diverse region. Anglers take note, Arnhem Land is regarded as one of the world’s best fishing destinations. Pack your rod and reel and hook in anything from Barra to Coral Trout. A permit from the Northern Land Council is required to visit Arnhem Land. Apply at least 10 days in advance (in most cases there is no charge) or join an organised tour.
Average max daytime temp for May: 31.80C
Where to stay: Glamp it in a log cabin at Wiligi Outstation for $275.00 per night for four adults or $30 per person for up to 6 people. Add a once per trip royalty payment of $30 per adult.
Blow the budget
Discover the nation’s pulsing red heart
If purse strings are not an issue, set your compass for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – home of Uluru and The Olgas. Winter is breeding season for a whole bunch of outback species including wedge-tailed eagles, mulgara (an uber cute marsupial) and the Woma Python.
Average max daytime temp for May: 24.30C
Where to stay: Here’s where the budget gets blown. Complete your outback experience with a stay at Longitude 131 – a luxury campsite nestled atop rust-red dunes overlooking Uluru. The tariff of $1,350 per person, per night twin share includes all dining, open bar with French Champagne, premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers. Yes!
Captain your own Black Pearl
You only live once right? Here’s a chance to make it count. This winter why not sail the Whitsundays? Take in breathtakingly infinite views and choose from 74 different islands to explore. No sailing experience? No problem landlubber. There are plenty of cruise companies happy to let you unleash your inner Jack Sparrow.
Average max daytime temp for May: 27.60C
Where to stay: Try a 5-night charter on the Sir Thomas Sopwith, a 3-berth, 3-bath fully crewed and catered luxury yacht. Cost for five nights – $19,000.
All warmth, no chills
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Prices are correct as at 10/05/2016.
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