December 4, 2012
It seems Queensland is a year-round destination for AT readers, crowned your favourite destination in both summer (thanks to the Gold Coast) and winter.
With winter temperatures still generally reaching the mid-20s, it’s perfect for escaping the southern chill. The (slight) drop in tourists are also a major drawcard for many, meaning more beach space, shorter queues, discounted airfares and better rates on accommodation.
Cairns and Port Douglas received particular mention for their close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef – a very Australian winter wonderland. queenslandholidays.com.au
NSW Snowy Mountains (snowymountains.com.au) is Australia’s go-to destination for skiing and snowboarding, while the Blue Mountains (bluemts.com.au) proved another wintery favourite with heritage buildings, scenic bush walks and cosy B&Bs. Melbourne (visitmelbourne.com) was nominated for its cosy pubs, theatres and AFL, while Tasmania’s (discovertasmania.com.au) dramatic winter landscape received many votes, particularly Cradle Mountain in snow.
And while southerners are coming up to Queensland for warmth in winter, Queenslanders head for places like Montville, Maleny and the Granite Belt where it’s cold enough to have a log fire.
This article appeared in Issue 48 of Australian Traveller.
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