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Five Destinations to Escape the Cold This Winter

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If you live in Australia's southern regions, you may be in for some colder temperatures this winter. If you are looking to escape the cold, the general rule of thumb is to head north. While southern states like Tasmania and Victoria shiver through the frosty winter, many destinations in Australia enjoy their peak tourist seasons. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of the top five holiday destinations for sunshine and warmer weather.

Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

Cairns, Queensland

How can you beat the endless sunshine of Tropical North Queensland? Let Cairns be your base for exploring the oldest rainforest in the world and snorkeling at the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Winter is a popular time to visit the region as temperatures are milder, and it is outside of stinger season so you can fully enjoy the beautiful beaches.

If it is beaches you are after, there are many options in Far North Queensland. Tourist favourite Palm Cove Beach is just a 30 minute drive outside of central Cairns, and if you are stopping by Port Douglas don't miss the stunning Four Mile Beach. Visitors can also enjoy cruises around the Cairns waterfront area.

For an unforgettable rainforest experience, take the Skyrail from Cairns to Kuranda, enjoying spectacular views over the coast. Explore the 'Village in the Rainforest' to discover unique shops, nature hiking trails, markets and wildlife parks.

Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

There is no better time of the year to explore the cultural heart of Australia. As one of the most well-recognized landmarks in the country, the mild winter temperatures and clear weather make this a popular time of the year to visit Uluru.

Hire a car and explore Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park in depth. Drive 40 minutes from Uluru to explore the equally fascinating Kata Tjuta. These ancient rock formations are culturally significant to the Anangu people, and visitors can learn the legends about the location.

Camels passing in the Cable beach while sunset, Broome

It is a great time to visit Uluru, with the Field of Light still lighting up the outback, and a variety of sunrise and sunset tours on offer. There is no better time to visit the iconic site, as daytime temperatures average a pleasant 20 degrees.

Broome, Western Australia

Winter is an ideal time to visit Broome, as the region is in its dry season. There is plenty to see in and around Broome, and you can take full advantage of relaxing in the warmer weather. See the incredible sunset from Cable Beach and enjoy the clear view of the night skies.

During the day you can take a scenic flight over some magnificent Kimberley scenery like Purnululu National Park, and the horizontal waterfalls north of Broome. Take advantage of the sunny weather and visit a few of Broome's lesser known beaches with your rental car. If you are after adventure and unforgettable scenery, Broome is the destination for you.

Whitsunday Coast, Queensland

Relax and unwind on one of the luxurious Whitsunday Islands. The Great Barrier Reef is also accessible from the Whitsundays, along with many other exciting destinations. Visit the renowned Whitehaven Beach and enjoy golfing, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking on Hamilton Island.

If you are after the ultimate luxury escape, the Whitsunday Islands contain some of the most exclusive resorts in the country. If you are visiting Hamilton Island you can find many top quality resorts close to stunning beaches. 

Small falls in Kakadu National Park, Darwin

Pick up a car hire in Airlie Beach or in Proserpine and explore more of the mainland. There are plenty of beaches to visit along the coast and hiking trails through stunning national parks.

Darwin, Northern Territory

No matter what kind of holiday you are after, you can probably find it in Darwin. With everything from wildlife encounters to luxury cruises, the possibilities are endless in the Northern Territory's modern capital.

For an exciting road-trip, consider hiring a car and exploring the surrounding Kakadu National Park region. With Aboriginal cultural heritage, billabongs, rivers and rock art there is plenty to discover in the park.

If you'd rather stay in Darwin, you can experience the city's new waterfront precinct with great dining options and a wave pool for the kids. For the more adventurous you can head to Crocosaurus Cove and see huge saltwater crocodiles up close.

Have we missed any of your favourite winter escapes? Let us know in the comment section below what Australian destinations you think deserve to be in the top five.