Sure, it may no longer be appropriate to flash the flesh in parts of the country but there are still plenty of other reasons to visit this vast nation during the winter months of June to August.
Here are some of the reasons Australia’s still hot, even when the weather is not.
Pop a wetsuit on and take a surf lesson, or wrap up warm and simply stroll the sand without having to dodge the chaotic mishmash of oiled-up sunseekers .
Snuggle by the fireside in one of the country’s vast number of pubs, or head for an actual wine region to enjoy a bottle or two among the vineyards.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley, less than an hour’s drive north of Adelaide, is perhaps the most world-renowned of Australia’s wine regions. But you’ll find many a decent drop elsewhere too – for example, Victoria’s Yarra Valley, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Margaret River in Western Australia to name just a few – there’s a wine tour in Australia to please everyone.
The ski season typically lasts from June until the end of September, and even if the snow is a little light on the ground, there are snowmakers aplenty to keep the slopes plumped up.
And if all that zipping about isn’t for you, then there’s always the apres-ski. A healthy party scene can be found among the various resorts, with a number of festivals taking place in the mountains each winter.
Tropical North Queensland, the Northern Territory, and northern parts of Western Australia continue to enjoy warm temperatures throughout the winter months without the intense highs of the summer. And as an added bonus, this is the time of year that the number of jellyfish drops off, meaning there’s less chance of being stung during a paddle in the ocean.
Ice rinks and gluhwein stalls spring up across Australia in cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as well as in regional areas. Then there is a burst of food festivals such as Canberra’s Fireside Festival where you’ll find plenty of hot chocolate, marshmallows and other wintry treats.
People dust off their most ridiculous of jumpers and scour the dollar shops for secret Santa gifts as Christmas in July menus start to appear in restaurants and hotels both in town and in the mountains.
For in Australia, Christmas comes but twice a year.