Discover Australia in Winter

Razorback, Victoria's High Country, VIC. © Tourism Victoria & Mark Watson

Welcome to winter in Australia, which lasts from June to August for most of the country.

These months fall in the dry season in our tropical north. You can ski and snowboard down Victoria’s powdered slopes or snorkel and dive the balmy waters of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Four wheel drive South Australia’s Simpson Desert or head to the Blue Mountains for Christmas festivities.


Our winter brings you

North Queensland's Winter Sun

North Queensland's Winter Sun

Make your friends jealous this winter by holidaying in North Queensland, with its balmy weather, palm trees and swimmable seas.

Snow Play on Victoria's Slopes

Snow Play on Victoria's Slopes

Can’t picture snow-capped mountains in Australia? During winter in Victoria, you’ll find hundreds of ski-runs across ten great alpine locations.

Western Australia's Wildflowers

Western Australia's Wildflowers

Forget drab days and bleak landscapes. From June until September, more than 12,000 wildflower species explode across the state.

South Australia's Desert Adventure

South Australia's Desert Adventure

This winter, challenge yourself by four wheel driving the South Australian section of the vast, timeless Simpson Desert.

Tasmania's Winter Secrets

Tasmania's Winter Secrets

Celebrate the solstice in Hobart or ski in Ben Lomond National Park. Trek the snow-coated highlands of Cradle Mountain or snuggle fireside in a lodge in Wineglass Bay.

Festival Fun in the Dry Season

Festival Fun in the Dry Season

In Australia’s Northern Territory, the dry season from May to October is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate.

Blue Mountains Yulefest, New South Wales

Blue Mountains Yulefest

Every year from June to August, thousands of people flock to the Blue Mountains for Christmas festivities - roaring fires, roast dinners, sing-alongs and the occasional snowfall.

The Warmth of Canberra's Fireside, Australian Capital Territory

The Warmth of Canberra's Fireside

Warm your heart and fill your stomach next to a roaring fire at the Fireside Festival, held each August in the Canberra region.

 

Journeys

Bibbulmun, Western Australia

Australia's Walks

Stretch your legs, expand your soul and see a huge range of terrain on Australia’s epic walking trails. Do day walks, short scenic sections or stride end-to-end on journeys that take weeks and even months to complete.

Larapinta Trail, NT
The Heysen Trail, SA
The Bibbulmun Track, WA
Wilsons Promontory, VIC

The Overland Track, TAS
Six Foot Track, NSW
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, QLD
Australian Alps Walking Track


Savannah Way, Queensland, Australia

Savannah Way, QLD - 6 days driving

Drive from Cairns, through Queensland’s lush Tropical Tablelands and historic goldfields to the remote Gulf Savannah and Northern Territory border.


Winter - a whale of time

Winter - a Whale of a time

Between May and November, you can spot whales from many scenic spots along Australia’s coastline. Southern right whales travel to temperate breeding waters off Southern Australia and Victoria. The energetic humpback whales continue north to warmer waters along the west and east coasts.


Dive Australia's Depths

Dive Australia's Depths

Completely surrounded by water and rich in islands and reefs, Australia is a diver’s dream.

Our waters shelter a treasure trove of marine life, with more than 4000 species of fish and the world’s highest diversity of sea grass.