The coming of winter, with its cold and unreliable weather, doesn’t necessarily mean that you must stay indoors until the warmth once again returns. In fact, there are a number of exciting activities that can only be experienced during winter. Even some regular summer outdoor activities can continue to be enjoyed right through the year, with the snowy and cold landscapes making for an entirely new experience.
Just because the summer is over, the excitement doesn’t have to end. So, before you begin your seasonal hibernation, take a look at the following experiences and activities that will help you to make the most of the winter period.
While there are a number of options to ski in Australia, with some indoor centres and slopes being open year-round, the winter brings about the opportunity to speed and descend across real snow. There are well-regarded resorts, especially in South Australia and around Victoria. However, if you want to experience one of the country’s most sought-after destinations, as well as the longest, then you’ll need to head to the Thredbo Supertrail and experience the mountains that welcome thousands of skiers each year.
It may surprise you to learn that the culture of husky racing and sledding is prosperous in Australia. Each year, as snow covers the landscapes, husky communes open their doors and welcome guests to experience nature like never before. For those wanting to spend a longer period of time among the snow and animals, there are also long term stays and volunteer opportunities available on many retreats.
The idea of swimming during winter might seem absurd but there is a dedicated and thriving community around coldwater wild swimming that attracts new enthusiasts each year. Whether you choose to plunge into the ocean or get the family involved in wild rivers and secluded lakes, you’ll quickly experience the therapeutic benefits that refreshingly cold water can have on the body and mind. Plus, at this time of year, many of the waters will be free of the summer crowds!
Retreat To Nature
If you’re set on hibernating this winter, there’s no need to remain inside your own home. In fact, winter is the perfect season to experience the warmth and cosiness of a log cabin hidden deep in the woods. Cabin adventures are common across rural Australia and there are certain to be options in your local area. Just remember to book ahead as, during the winter, many will seek out the indulgence of a wild respite. And, for those wanting a more modern experience, there are eco domes too.
Northern Australia’s winter is vastly different to that which the south experiences. As such, it can be the perfect time to experience the cities and landscapes that you have yet to experience. Not only are the temperatures more manageable and pleasant than during the summer but there are set to be fewer crowds too, meaning less congestion