REDISCOVER SUMMER IN AUSTRALIA

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Published on January 04, 2020 with No Comments

Endless stretches of gorgeous beach, serene hiking trails, fresh seafood and exciting city adventures – summer is one of the best times to visit Australia and here’s why.

Words ALLIE METZ
Images TOURISM AUSTRALIA

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Put on your hiking boots for some of the best trails in Australia.

 

Summer in Australia falls between December and February, and is famous for sunny days with high temperatures. The great weather encourages a steady flock of visitors to the country’s beautiful beaches to swim, surf or just relax, as well as other interesting spots for Australia’s best in nature and urban experiences. If you’re making a trip Down Under, here are some not-to-be-missed holiday activities for a true Aussie summer.

HIKE THE BEST TRAILS IN TASMANIA
From hiking the Three Capes Track to walking the white sand beaches of the Bay of Fires with an Aboriginal guide, there are gorgeous trails dotted around the state. You can also take a walk among the lavender fields in bloom during summer and cool off with lavender ice cream at Bridestowe Estate.

SNORKEL THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef spans over 2,300 kilometres (1,430 miles) along the east coast of Australia. With such a large expanse, weather conditions can be quite different between the northern and southern-most parts of the reef. Late spring/early summer is also when many corals spawn, a truly incredible experience for the lucky divers and snorkellers who get to see it.

EXPERIENCE THE RED CENTRE
Heading into Australia’s outback is magical at any time of year. However, during the height of summer, visitors should just be wary of soaring daytime temperatures (highs can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius). Pack sun protection (hat, suncream and sunglasses), lots of water and bug spray if you plan to visit in summer. The Red Centre can be experienced year-round in comfort with a stay at luxury lodge Longitude 131, a helicopter tour over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and a sunset dinner in view of Uluru.

STAY COOL IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
In South Australia, summer is all about the sea. The clear blue waters will tempt you to dive in, and offer up an abundance of seafood to satisfy after a refreshing dip. Swim with sea lions, dolphins or even great white sharks in the Eyre Peninsula, or head to Coffin Bay to eat freshly shucked oysters. Kangaroo Island is a wildlife and food lover’s paradise, so spend a few days discovering the cheese and honey before having close-up encounters with sea lions, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas.

TAKE IN THE STUNNING DESTINATIONS AROUND MELBOURNE
In Melbourne, summer is full of excitement and nothing beats the sporting event of the year – the Australian Open. Held at the end of January, it brings in the world’s best tennis players for an exciting two-week festival of sport, music and events. It’s also a great time to escape the city for a few days to explore the Great Ocean Road or hike the stunning trails of Wilsons Promontory. Pay a visit to the adorable koalas and penguins on Phillip Island and be sure to stay around until dusk to watch the penguin parade (the procession of penguins returning to their burrows after a day out hunting at sea).

Travel Tip
Australia is a large country, so summer weather can vary greatly. In the north, the weather will be wet and tropical storms are common. In outback Australia, the mercury will soar, while the south will be sunny and hot.

SPLASH INTO SUMMER IN SYDNEY
Summer in Sydney is a great time to explore the beautiful coast dotted with family-friendly swimming beaches, great surf and surrounding national parks. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or take a guided hike to the Instagram-famous Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park. For the ultimate Sydney summer experience, don’t miss Sydney Harbour’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks show. It’s also a great time of the year to get out of the city and head for charming coastal towns or the cooler altitudes of the Blue Mountains.

FIND WAVES AND WILDLIFE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Perth is famous for its beautiful beaches, so be sure to spend some time exploring the coastline. You can head further south to Rockingham to swim with dolphins or a few hours north to Jurien Bay where you can snorkel with sea lions. The idyllic Rottnest Island is just a short ferry ride away, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another world. There are 63 white sand beaches to discover, many of which you might only be sharing with the adorable resident quokkas. Continue along to Esperance in Cape Le Grand National Park for more white sand beaches frequented by local kangaroos.

HAVE A WILDLIFE ADVENTURE ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND
During the summer season, Christmas Island is home to an annual crab migration in which 60 million red land crabs migrate from the forests to the coast to spawn, creating a carpet-like effect of red crustaceans. It usually happens in early summer, but times may vary, so check for spawning dates. Christmas Island is also an incredible destination for snorkellers and divers, with over 60 sites in some of the cleanest waters in the world.

 


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