The winter weather may at times be frightful, but you shouldn’t let chilly temperatures keep you inside staring at a screen instead of enjoying the great outdoors. Sure, there’s home-bound fun like the snow angels, snowball fights and inventive DIY projects. But what about changing it up a bit? Sometimes all it takes is thinking outside the box to come up with a list of outdoor activities that are as fun in the snow as they are in the sun.
Swimmin’ with the Fishies
Snorkeling and scuba diving are quite popular in the winter season. Wintertime in the Great Barrier Reef is the peak time to get up close and personal with some of your favorite sea creatures, from turtles to octopi and everything in between. Just be sure to always have a diving buddy with you for safety as well as memory-making, and never disturb the underwater flora and fauna.
Looking for a road trip that’s lfun for the whole family? Look no further than the slopes in New South Wales and Victoria. Falls Creek in Victoria is renowned for having the steepest and most challenging terrain the country has to offer. Ski trips are a family favorite for a reason: adrenaline junkies can hit the slopes while those more mellow can kick back and relax in the comfort of the ski lodge. Best of all, you make an outdoors trek safely with the right type of planning. Be sure when putting your gear in your car to use a custom tarp to help prevent any damage to the inside of your vehicle, not to mention the gear itself.
Seeing Uluru/Ayers Rock is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast. This geographical wonder is a sight to behold, but with the intense climate of the outback it may be intimidating to pay a visit. Planning a wintertime visit gives you the chance to beat the heat while exploring the region to its fullest, most stunning potential. It’s off the beaten track so be sure to have a spare tire and keep it covered to be sure it’s in tip-top shape.
Beat the Heat
If the beach is a little too toasty for you during the summer months, consider paying an off season visit to the Whitsundays Beaches at the tail end of winter or into the early months of spring. A beautiful beach getaway is the perfect way to enjoy some fun in the sun while not frying to a crisp. Cooler weather presents you with the perfect climate for beach walks, while indigenious bird watching provides a fun daytime activity.
One of the best spots found on the east coast is Queensland’s Fraser Island. This picturesque island offers a wide range of outdoor activities for the family to enjoy, from whale watching to four-wheeling. Hop on your own 4-wheeler and see a plethora of the freshwater lakes this side of the country has to offer, or explore lush rainforests and breathtaking sights that people around the world can only dream of. Don’t forget to snap a few pics along the way!
Husky Sledding All the Way
In Victoria, go to Mt. Baw Baw, Dinner Plain, or Mt. Hotham, take the dogs out and go on a rare trip with a team of huskies pulling your sleigh through the Australian wilderness. You may also be able to catch the Falls Creek Dog Sled Classic, which is the best alpine dog sled race in Australia.
Log Cabins and Fires
No winter is complete without a weekend getaway to a log cabin, complete with an outdoor firepit. Nothing can compare to gathering around the fire with family and friends on a cool winter night. There’s plenty of different travel websites you can search to find the perfect log cabin getaway that’s low in price but high in charm. Relaxing and cozy experiences are what make the winter enjoyable and unique, so take advantage of a cabin getaway while you can. Be sure you check the firepit cover when you get there to make sure the pit is free of moisture and debris.
Tasmanian Wine Baths
Are you in need of some well deserved R&R? Then a spa weekend in Tasmania may be in order. The Barnbougle Spa features a unique “Vinotherapy” treatment which is an innovative spa experience that includes a 180-minute soak in wine. It’s inspired by spa treatments in Bordeaux, France, a region famed for its fine wines.
Sydney is the number one destination in Australia for cosmopolitan fun and adventure. Wintertime in this world-class city means visiting beautiful Bondi beach, checking out the famed opera house and discovering some of the local’s most beloved hole in the wall pubs. The mild winter climate in Sydney means that you can explore the city by foot while enjoying the cool winter weather. Just remember to layer up, as wind chill and dropping evening temperatures can turn a mild day into a chilly night.
A hike through your local park may be fun but they certainly can’t compare the Overland Track in Tasmania. This hiking destination is a trailblazing dream in the winter thanks to its snow covered slopes that offer plenty of potential for snowshoeing adventures. Be aware that this trail is not for the faint of heart, so be sure to come prepared with ample supplies, gear and an open mind.