8 Hotspots (Literally) To Escape The Cold This Winter
Some of these hotspots are closer than you might think.
Get out the winter woollies, jackets and gloves because it's official, people -- winter is here. And boy is it cold. Brrrrr!
But just because we've finally welcomed the cold shift -- literally overnight, talk about on cue! -- doesn't necessarily mean you have to stay all rugged up without a scrap of skin on show for the next three months.
Time to arrange a mid-winter getaway to somewhere tropical and fabulous -- or even a weekend getaway somewhere Down Under to escape the chill.
As luck would have it, Wotif has released their most popular holiday hotspots for anyone looking to chase the sun -- and you don't necessarily have to travel far to get some much-needed fun in the sun.
Scroll down to find out which destinations rated highest -- and which places we think also deserve a mention.
This tropical haven caters to all travellers and budgets -- it's the quintessential holiday destination for Aussies. Amanda Behre from Wotif says winter is the best season to visit the far north location because unlike other places around the country, travellers can expect to see clear skies and feel temperatures of around 26 degrees. Roll out that sunlounger, we're on our way. Accommodation averages about $161 a night.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It can be pricey, but there is a reason visitors come from around the world to enjoy this small island's climate and stay in picture-perfect resorts in over-water bungalows. Temperatures are fairly stable year-round, and best of all, the vast majority of the island's pleasures, pastimes and attractions are water based, which means there's no excuse for soaking up the sun's rays. Just remember to slip, slop and slap!
Fiji, South Pacific
Less than four hours away from Australia's east coast, Fiji is the perfect winter getaway for a number of reasons: it's tropical, affordable, and fun. Famous for its soft coral diving, palm-lined beaches and pristine natural environment, there's planet of aquatic fun to be had. It also has a wide range of hotels and resorts to suit all tastes and budgets.
If you're thinking of heading to Thailand this winter, forget Phuket -- Amanda says Krabi is a great option to consider. It does take slightly longer to get there -- at around nine hours -- but great hotels and cheap flights can make it surprisingly affordable (hotels average about $91 a night). The southern Thai beach town is a great choice for holidaymakers, with its stunning beach resorts and average temps of around 31 degrees. Take us there, now!
Uluru, Northern Territory
If you haven't seen Australia's Red Centre before then winter is a great time to visit. In fact, you haven't truly experienced the outback until you've seen Uluru. Set in the heart of the Norther Territory, this sacred rock is perhaps the ultimate icon of our great southern land. But despite the warm temps during the day -- even in winter -- this desert can get mighty cold at night, so be sure to pack accordingly.
Not only is Thailand's capital city a great holiday hotspot for anyone looking to escape the chill of winter and get a dose of culture too, it's also a shoppers' paradise. Whatever kind of buyer you are, Bangkok has something to thrill and delight even the most discerning. From the night pop-up stalls and floating markets, to luxury shopping malls, there's something for everyone. Remember to barter -- it's all part of the fun.
Hoi An, Vietnam
If you can add a few extra days to your winter getaway plans -- think of it as a long LONG weekend -- consider the delightful town of Hoi An. Vietnam is only eight hours away and is also one of the most affordable international destination for Aussies looking to escape the cold this winter. Vietnam is also a real melting pot of cultures and Hoi An is a town steeped in history so you may even learn something on your travels.
Want something closer to home? This coastal city in northeastern Queensland is a strong winter contender for anyone looking to chase the sun without needing a passport. Hotels here will set you back around $145 a night. From the beaches to the rainforests, to the tropical islands and Great Barrier Reef, it's jam-packed with things to do and given that, on average, there's more than 320 days of sunshine each year it's a great choice. Just don't pick the other 45 days and you're laughing ...
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