It appears we’re no longer looking to chase the sun in Queensland (last year’s winner) but would rather cosy up in Melbourne. Perhaps it’s because the city is an old-hand at drizzly days, that it has mastered the art of cool-climate fun.

With an array of art exhibitions, theatre performances and music gigs, to cosy pubs and the AFL, Melbourne winters are far from hibernation season.

“Winter is the best excuse to stay warm in the city’s never-ending range of restaurants,” said one reader, while another added “it’s the best time to experience the laneways too – they’re generally heated and have a great atmosphere”. The shopping got a big mention, while nearby snowfields, such as Mt Buller, are also a hit. See visitmelbourne.com

Finalists

Runner-up Broome was voted for its sunny weather, followed by Hobart, proving a winter haven with travellers for its “great dining”, “galleries and museums such as MONA” and “views of snow-capped peaks”. In fourth place was Cairns – an eternal favourite with its “subtropical rainforest and reef”, as well as ski-bunny heaven, Thredbo.

See the full Readers’ Choice Awards winners’ list.

There are over 100 watering holes in Melbourne – perfect for cosy weekends away. Book a winter escape at lastminute.com.au, and you can make a restaurant reservation at the same time. Easy.

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