Winter Holidays in Australia: Hot or Cold?

On Monday in my post called Cold Snap Hits Brisbane and Queensland’s South-East I had a bit of a whinge about a slightly chilly Australia. Well, not slightly chilly everywhere, in some places downright cold.

Although night-time temperatures are rather chilly here in Brisbane, during the day the weather is still pretty good, often almost touching 20°C. Which is great, because right now it is our winter holidays with the kids having two weeks off of school.

For some, this is a good time to get away for a week or so and have a bit of a break. As this country is predominantly hot, a weeks skiing can make a wonderful change…

Thredbo skiingImage courtesy of Enochlau

So the weather that I mentioned in Thredbo in Monday’s article is most welcome. It looks like continuing throughout this week as well…

Thredbo WeatherIf you remember, we ourselves fancied a bit of ‘cold’ a few years ago when we went to Tasmania for a snowball fight in the middle of winter. But if cold isn’t your thing and you really can’t stand these sub 20°C temperatures, then maybe your preference is to go somewhere a little warmer.

Australia’s got you covered.

Port Douglas

Port_douglasImage courtesy of Malcolmj

This is the weather forecast right now for Port Douglas and as you can see, it’s going to get warmer throughout the week…

Port Douglas WeatherPort Douglas is a small town in Far North Queensland about 70 kilometres north of Cairns. It is also ideally placed for the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, two World Heritage listed areas. I’ve not been, but I’ve spoken to people who have and many describe it as an absolute paradise, especially at this time of the year.

You won’t find me skiing in Thredbo anytime soon as my preference is not to spend half of my holiday in hospital nursing one or more broken bones. Port Douglas, on the other hand, is a place I will definitely be visiting one winter.

Yes, this is the one time of the year that Australia can offer both hot and cold holidays depending on your preference, just take your choice.

My thanks to for the above forecast images; you can find out exactly what the weather is like in each of the above-mentioned towns right now by clicking on either Thredbo or Port Douglas.



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  • djmcbell July 4, 2014, 5:30 pm |

    This always makes me wonder about Australia – how would I cope? I’m used to different weather and, in my opinion, it being hot, nice or just even “not cold” all the time would bore and annoy me after a while. Yes, we Brits will moan about the weather but could many of us really go without the cold for a while? It’s good to see that there are some places in Australia where it does snow, something I didn’t actually think happened.

    Plus, would we get annoyed at trying to go places on holiday? We do try to go abroad most of the time (which still normally costs a lot less than staying in the UK and doing the same things) but we’d have to get used to holidaying in Oz as there doesn’t seem that much close by (though Australia is HUGE).

    • BobinOz July 5, 2014, 12:09 am |

      Not all of Australia is hot, I have specifically said it’s what it’s like in Brisbane. Melbourne, so they say, has a much more variable climate and can see all four seasons not just in one day, but in an hour or two.

      Tasmania is a beautiful state, but it can get quite cold there in winter as well. So it really depends where you live in Australia as to what kind of climate you are going to get, it’s not all hot all the time.

      Getting out of the country for a holiday, now that’s something different, and you will need to do it from time to time. Holidaying in Australia is great, but everywhere the culture is pretty much the same, everywhere has a Coles supermarket. 🙂

      Asia, for the most part, will be your destination, so get through as much of Europe as you can before you come here.

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