5 warm winter escapes

By Sarah Selig

The best winter escapes
Romantic couple looking at beautiful sunset in luxury infinity pool
Ditch the cooler weather and get that summer glow back, take a look at our top 5 winter escapes.

As the southern hemisphere’s warmer months come to end, we can’t help but wish those days spent on the beach were upon us again. Soon we’ll be swapping salads for hearty soups and t-shirts for hoodies and scarfs. But, then again, there always are those sneaky winter escapes…

Winter escapes close by…

Cape Tribulation, Queensland

Cape Tribulation is located at the centre of where two spectacular World Heritage Sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. This picturesque destination is the perfect escape to catch some summer sun.

Things to do: Guided walking tours, jungle surfing, cruising the surrounding rivers, snorkelling, beaching, zip lining and 4WD safaris.

Accommodation: Cape Tribulation offers everything from camping and B&B hospitality to luxurious resort accommodation.

Winter escapes: Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Australia
Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, Australia

The Coromandel, New Zealand

The Coromandel is blessed with some of New Zealand’s best weather making it a destination to visit in all months of the year. This travel spot is known for its pristine beaches (exceeding 400 km), mountainous surroundings and laid-back holiday vibes. For the adventurous, the Sleeping God Canyon is a challenge involving a 300m vertical descent down a stunning waterfall.

Things to do: Skydiving, swimming, rainforest walking, zip lining, abseiling and scenic rail tours.

Accommodation: Options to suit all travellers including luxury lodges, B&Bs, holiday homes, campsites and backpacking accommodation.

Winter escapes: Port Jackson, New Zealand
Port Jackson, New Zealand

Winter escapes a little further…

Tulum, Mexico

Originally an ancient Mayan fortress city, this coastal region offers an escape amongst the stunning Riviera Maya beaches and the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is renowned for its turquoise blue waters and thriving coral reef.

Things to do: Scuba diving and snorkelling, kayaking, exploring ancient Mayan Ruins, walking tours and swimming through underwater caves.

Where to stay: Tulum has flexible accommodation options offering both relaxed beachfront cabanas and boutique hotels.

Winter escapes: Ocean view from Tulum, Mexico.
Ocean view from Tulum, Mexico.

Railay, Thailand

Railay is a small peninsula off mainland Thailand with beautiful beaches and a quiet relaxing atmosphere. It is often described as the ‘jungle gym’ for rock-climbing fanatics as high limestone cliffs surround spectacular beaches. Warm temperatures of around 30 degrees are enjoyed all year around.

Things to do: Elephant trekking, white water rafting, quad biking, rock climbing, diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking, diving and beaching

Accommodation: Railey has a number of resorts, hotels and a beach house for the whole family.

Winter escapes: Sunset at Railay beach, Krabi, Andaman sea Thailand
Sunset at Railay beach, Krabi, Andaman sea Thailand

Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Yasawa means ‘heaven’ in the Fijian language – should we say more? The Yasawa Islands, a relatively new tourism destination, are home to some of the most scenic islands in Fiji and showcase traditional Fijian culture. The limestone caves of in the northern region are a must-see.

Things to do: Snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, campfire barbeques and village visits.

Accommodation: Something for everyone including dorms and share rooms for backpackers and luxurious villas and resorts for those looking for a special escape.

Winter escapes: View over Waya island, Yasawa Fiji.
View over Waya island, Yasawa Fiji.



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