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8 great reasons to take a winter break

Skyline view of the city of Melbourne lit up at night after heavy rainfall.

The arrival of rain doesn't mean the disappearance of colour, as Melbourne demonstrates.

For many of us in Australia, signs of winter are all around: cold weather, driving rain, bleak skies. Despite the gloomy outlook, winter is a superb season for a memorable break.

It might sound silly, but there is a host of great benefits when travelling in winter – you just need to look beyond the weather forecast.

Don’t let the cold get you down and stop you from exploring this magnificent country of ours. Chuck on your boots, gloves, and beanies and join us in celebrating the middle of the year. Read on to discover why you should take a break this winter.

1.     You beat the winter blues

If you have a mindset that holidays must be filled with warmth and sunshine, ask yourself why. Such thoughts restrict your desire to have something to look forward to and only prolong the winter blues. As winter isn’t going anywhere soon, it’s best to embrace this period and take a fun-filled break. The planning stage of a holiday should help to distract you from the poor weather, and the anticipation of the trip will heighten your mood.

Family builds a snowman with skiis next to them on a snow-covered hill overlooking snowy mountain ranges.

Hit the slopes this winter: Perisher is ideal. 

Credit: Brett Hemmings/Destination NSW.

2.     Snow makes winter fun

Without doubt, one of the best things about winter is the opportunity to hit the slopes. If you like skiing or snowboarding in Australia, there are several first-rate options.

In New South Wales, head to the Snowy Mountains region where the renowned slopes of Thredbo, Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass, and Smiggin Holes provide endless appeal. If visiting the region, stay at nearby Discovery Holiday Parks – Jindabyne.

In Victoria’s High Country region, note the popular ski fields of Mount Buller, Falls Creek, and Mount Hotham. There are several BIG4 accommodation options in the area.

And don’t forget Tasmania. Ben Lomond National Park, an hour from Launceston, and Mount Field National Park, 1.5 hours from Hobart, appease snow bunnies in the Apple Isle.

3.     You save money in winter

There is no doubt your dollar stretches further when holidaying in winter. Start by checking out BIG4 Holiday Deals and take advantage of off-peak accommodation rates. On top of that, shop around to snap up more savings and discounts on various attractions, as off-peak rates are regularly available.

4.     Crowds are smaller in winter

Despite there being a variety of reasons why you should travel during winter, this season still prevents many people from holidaying. What that means for you is ease of access to leading attractions and experiences. Take advantage of a lack of crowds and traffic and enjoy the chance to spend more time doing what you want while on holiday.

Girl crouches on rock in middle of water and leans over paper boats floating next to her.

Children love playing outdoors in winter, which provides them with many benefits.

5.     Kids love winter

Granted, children aren’t the ones who have to do the washing, but have you ever noticed how much kids love playing in wet weather? From splashing in puddles to roasting marshmallows on the fire, children seem to get a real kick out of winter.

Furthermore, various studies argue that winter provides children with abundant physical (health) and mental benefits. These include stimulating their imagination and allowing them to dodge indoor germs and bacteria that lead to colds and flus. Just make sure your kids are dressed appropriately for the cool climate and are keeping active when outside.

6.     Photos look great in winter

While winter conjures up images of dark, grey skies, it is a season for sensational photos – all you need is to think outside the square. Being somewhere different to your home often seems to bring out that extra bit of creativity.

Rain puddles make for outstanding photo opportunities, as reflections add more colour to the frame. Or head indoors and capture an image of a raindrop-cloaked window – it’s a shot that rarely disappoints.

We’d love to see your winter photos – add #BIG4HolidayParks to your Instagram pictures and we’ll repost our favourites.

Two women and an orange building are reflected in a puddle of water around a storm drain.

Pull out the camera and show your creative side this winter.

7.     There are plenty of great destinations to head to in winter

If we can’t convince you of the benefits of travelling in winter to locations where the weather is chilly, there’s always an alternative – go further afield. In short, head north. Whether soaking up the sunshine in Tropical North Queensland, enjoying the warmth of Darwin, or exploring the outdoors in Western Australia’s Coral Coast or North West regions, there’s ample opportunity to witness bright blue skies this winter.

8.     Winter travel broadens your horizons

You could argue that you don’t need to be on holiday to embrace this suggestion, but if you find yourself taking a break in the cooler months it’s one that’s worth keeping in mind. We suggest you use winter as a catalyst to discover a new attraction or experience – perhaps one you’d normally overlook.

Whether embracing culture by visiting a museum or art gallery or going to the theatre or trying a leisure activity that’s normally outside your comfort zone, let poor weather be the motivation to do something out of your ordinary.

Dinosaur bones on display in a museum with hanging plane exhibit behind them.

Culture fix: Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston. 

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett.

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