Our top 10 winter holiday destinations
Short days, cold nights and cups of tea on the couch. Sounds delightful, but it gets old after a while! Get a little pep in your step with a getaway to one of our top 10 winter destinations in Australia. We’ve got you covered, from sunny beaches to crisp mountains and everything that falls in between.
It’s not just about the 1.8km jetty in Busso. Visit in the winter and you might spot humpback whales migrating along the coast. And don’t look past the Margaret River region with a plethora of gourmet food, wine and other tasty delights. Spend each night at centrally located Nightcap at The Ship Inn.
Humpback Whale Migration
A vibrant city that just keeps growing, Adelaide is really making a name for itself. From the bustling Central Market to delightful botanic gardens and numerous picturesque beaches, there’s something for everyone in this small metropolis. If you’re up for more of an adventure, base yourself in the city and take day trips to places like the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and more. Call it a day in Henley Beach at Ramsgate Hotel by Nightcap Social or one of our other Nightcap Hotels in the Adelaide region.
YARRA VALLEY VIC
If the words “Barossa” and “McLaren Vale” didn’t draw you to Adelaide, perhaps the Yarra Valley in VIC might spark some interest? Wine drinker or not, you can’t deny the beauty of rolling hills draped in vines covered by a cloud of mist. Treat yourself to a few nights away this winter with a stay at Nightcap at York on Lilydale, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley to enjoy the wineries, lush nature and a peaceful escape.
SUNSHINE COAST QLD
Pack your bags and head to the Sunny Coast this winter, ‘cause you deserve a relaxing beachside escape. Or if nature is more your thing, there are plenty of hinterland hikes to enjoy in the area. No matter what you do, though, we strongly encourage you to embrace the laid-back beach vibes that seem to settle in the moment you arrive. We’ve got 3 Nightcap Hotels in the area: Golden Beach Tavern, Kawana Waters and Waterfront Hotel - the choice is yours!
SYDNEY’S NORTHERN BEACHES NSW
Don’t have 2 weeks to jet-set across the country? Not quite ready to face air travel? No worries! Take a drive up to the Northern Beaches and feel a million miles from home. The weather may not be ideal for sunbaking, but you can still surf, cycle, kayak, wine, dine and enjoy plenty of other activities in the area! Treat yourself to a stay at Narrabeen Sands Hotel by Nightcap Plus, just a hop skip and jump from the sand.
FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
When the tip of your nose and fingers start to get chilly, it’s time to drop everything and get to Far North Queensland. Really, though, do we need to explain why it’s the most perfect winter escape? Okay, fine: lush rainforests, tropical beaches and weather that doesn’t hit the single digits… ever. Take your pick: Nightcap at Edge Hill Tavern or Nightcap at Balaclava Hotel. We’ll see you soon for a Piňa Colada.
TASSIE - YEP, THE WHOLE STATE
Honestly, Tasmania is gorgeous any time of year, but it truly comes alive in the winter time. It’s so easy to get around to every pocket of this natural wonderland. And when the crisp weather gets to be a bit too much, warm up with some local whiskey to get the blood pumping again. Nightcap Hotels has you covered with Riverside Hotel in Launceston, Carlyle Hotel in Hobart and Gateway Hotel by Nightcap Plus in Devonport.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart TAS
GOLD COAST QLD
It’s a classic Aussie destination for a reason: Gold Coast offers something for the whole family, whether it’s exhilarating theme parks, relaxing beaches or lush nature. A mid-winter visit is sure to recharge your batteries with a healthy dose of Vit-D. Stay close to the beach at Mermaid Waters Hotel by Nightcap Plus.
BLUE MOUNTAINS NSW
Sprinkled with quaint and historic towns, activities for thrill seekers and a sprawling national park, you won’t want to leave the Blue Mountains once you arrive. The weather is crisp, the skies are clear and with the occasional snowfall, it has a real Winter Wonderland vibe. At the end of each day, rest your eyes at Nightcap at Blue Cattle Dog Hotel.
Misty Blue Mountains
MORNINGTON PENINSULA VIC
Take advantage of the quieter winter months and visit this gorgeous part of Victoria without the summer crowds. There are a number of bushwalks, wineries and even thermal hot springs to warm you right up. By night, settle in at Nightcap at The Cheeky Squire for a good feed and super convenient accommodation.
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