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May 16, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Hellyers Road Distillery, TASEscape the cold:

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, QLD

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. This Great Barrier Reef resort is the northern most resort located directly on the Barrier Reef, with 24 pristine-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites. With average winter temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius you’re guaranteed to leave winter behind with a Lizard Island getaway.

Kimberley Wild Expeditions, WA

Grazing at Gundaroo Restaurant, ACTLeaders in true outback exploration and adventure, Kimberley Wild Expeditions offer a wide range of tours into the heart of one of Australia’s last remaining wilderness regions. Recently inducted into Western Australia’s Tourism Hall of Fame, Kimberley Wild Expeditions tours pack the best of each region, both the well-known and hidden highlights, into each itinerary.  May to October is the region’s dry season and arguably the most pleasant time to visit, as the monsoon season fades away and clear blue skies appear day after day.

Jabiru Safari Lodge At Mareeba Wetlands, QLD

A personalised, unique, all-inclusive, Outback experience located within the Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve, located an hour and 15 minutes west of Cairns, on the northern edge of the Atherton Tablelands. The 2,000 ha reserve provides a wonderful setting for the lodge, allowing guests to fully appreciate the outback savannah environment and prolific birdlife. Mareeba has on average 300 sunny days per year with two distinct seasons. The dry season, April to September, enjoys average temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius and little rainfall making it ideal for a winter escape. 

Jabiru Safari Lodge, QueenslandYHA Alice Springs, NT

Located in the centre of the atmospheric outback town, the YHA Alice Springs has a big outdoor movie screen showing movies nightly under the stars. All hostel rooms are air conditioned, and there is a BBQ, swimming pool and tour desk offering a full range of  discount tours to see the West MacDonnell Ranges, Uluru and Kings Canyon. Although winter in the desert can be quite cold, the days are crisp and bright without the scorching temperatures and rainfall of summer, making it a great spot for a winter getaway. 

Kimberly Wild Expeditions, WABamurru Plains in the Top End, NT

Located just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains, a profusion of bird and wildlife live on the doorstep of this unique bush camp that exudes “wild bush luxury” and brings a touch of style to a remote and beautiful wilderness. May to July provide cooler day and night temperatures and lower humidity making the winter period a more comfortable time to visit from a climatic perspective.  The region’s dry season, from May to October, has warm sunny days and cool nights making it the peak season for visitors.

Embrace the cold:

Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, QLDGrazing at Gundaroo Restaurant, ACT

Located in the historic Royal Hotel in Gundaroo, Grazing is an award winning restaurant with a focus on the best of the Canberra District’s food and wine. With a charming country ambience, cosy open fireplace and an innovative menu you’re guaranteed to leave Grazing feeling warm inside. 

Cradle Mountain Lodge & visit Hellyers Road Distillery on the way, TAS

Sticky Rice Cooking School, SAPeppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage list Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions. Use the lodge as an indulgent base from which to explore the snow or enjoy the magnificent wilderness surrounds from the comfort of your room. Offering warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds Cradle Mountain Lodge is an ideal location to embrace the cold this winter.

On the way make a stop off at Hellyers Road Distillery to warm up at Australia’s largest distiller of Australian single malt whisky with a dedicated visitor centre offering a full interpretation of the working distillery, product tasting and a superb restaurant with a retail centre. 

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, VIC

Mt Baw Baw, VICAn all-season alpine resort catering for snowboarders, skiers and snow enthusiasts during the winter and outdoor adventurers, hikers and bike riders during the summer months. Your Mt Baw Baw adventure is a short 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne, 1 hour from the heart of Gippsland and just 3 hours from the Mornington Peninsula.

Sticky Rice Cooking School Villas, Adelaide Hills, SA

Stirling, located only 18 km from Adelaide, provides a stunning setting for this unique cooking school where you learn how to create restaurant quality dishes in hands-on cooking classes with Australia’s masters of Asian cuisine.

Treat yourself to one of the various gourmet retreat packages and enjoy the luxury of staying at one of the school’s three award winning luxury villas. This will give you a chance to go out into the markets with a knowledgeable guide and discover the many local and interesting ingredients, meet the characters behind the produce and come back to cook lunch with a top professional chef. From a one night stay to long term stays, there is an abundance of things to do in the area so embrace the cold in this charming village and warm up over the stove as you whip up a feast.

Falls Mountain Retreat, NSW

The Falls Mountain Retreat is hidden away in 4 acres of peaceful and secluded gardens on the edge of the National Park in Wentworth Falls with famous walking trails, waterfalls and breathtaking views just a 200 metre stroll away. The retreat offers fully self-contained, serviced apartment style accommodation that is bold, luxurious and ultra-modern – a stylish departure from the historic hotels, cottages and B&Bs for which the Blue Mountains are generally renowned. The Falls Mountain Retreat provides a perfect place to admire the Blue Mountains natural surroundings, lounge by a wood fire, sip red wine and enjoy long morning sleep-ins under a pile of blankets.

BIG4 Discovery Holiday Park, Jindabyne, NSW

This award winning Caravan Park is just 2 hours from Canberra and 3 kilometres from the Jindabyne township. Accommodation ranges from budget backpacker cabins to deluxe lake-view villas to suit every budget and provide the ideal base to explore from, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, or just yearning for a relaxing time. Located just 30 minutes to the Snowy Mountain ski fields, BIG4 Discovery Holiday Park Jindabyne is an affordable option for a trip to the snow.

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