It’s time to pack your bags, book a flight, and cross the ditch once again! With self-isolating requirements a thing of the past for travel, we can finally have the winter holiday in Australia that we’ve been waiting for! We’ve put our heads together and come up with our five favourite holiday destinations in Australia during Autumn or Winter. With so many great options to choose from, you’ll be planning your next trip before you know it.

5 Best Holiday Destinations in Australia for Autumn & Winter 2022

1. Shop up a storm in Melbourne                         

Check out Australia’s capital of shopping! You can easily spend a week exploring the laneways with great shopping, food, and entertainment that Melbourne has on offer. One of the easiest places to spend your money is Bourke Street Mall, a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Lose yourself for an entire day in the Emporium Melbourne, a seven-story shopping extravaganza with the most extensive collection of Australian designers under one roof! For all the luxury lovers, Chapel Street is calling! Shop here for an array of fabulous high-end designers like Bec + Bridge

2. Experience the outback in Alice Springs

The Northern Territory is calling your name! Also called the Top End, this state has a balmy tropical climate. The dry season runs from March to early November, so Autumn and Winter is a perfect time to visit.  Alice Springs is known as the entryway to the Aussie Outback. Steeped in wonderful Aboriginal culture, embark on an Aboriginal art trail, explore the Milky Way at the Earth Sanctuary, see Uluru, Kings Canyon, and more on a Red Centre Way Road Trip.

3. Dive and Snorkel in whale season at Great Barrier Reef

A whole new world is waiting for you under the waves! The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven wonders of the natural world so you definitely don’t want to miss this one out on your Australian winter holiday itinerary. The best time to book a holiday at the Reef is between May and October. The water is lovely at around 23ºC, visibility is high, and the wildlife is out and about! Manta rays flock to the Southern part of the Reef through winter, and you can swim with them by booking with one of the many tours available. In June and July, you can see the elusive dwarf minke whale – Queensland is the only place in the world that they’re known to congregate. If you visit between July and October, you’ll probably spot some Humpback whales too, as 33,000 migrate along the coast to enjoy an Aussie winter just like you!

4. Hit the snow in New South Wales or Victoria

Are you in the mood for some snow sports on your winter holiday in Australia? Well, we’ve got you covered. The Snowy Mountains in New South Wales or the Victoria Alps are perfect for an epic white winter holiday,. so grab your skis, snowboard, or sled and go experience Australia in a way you haven’t before.

5. Enjoy some sun in the Whitsundays

Winter in the Whitsundays is always a big ‘yes’ from us! With chilly-for-Australia (so still warm) weather averaging 22-25ºC and even better off-season deals for activities, Whitsundays will fit your winter holiday bill! We recommend camping on the Islands’ many beaches, booking a fishing charter, or one of the many cruises.

Sacrifice nothing on your Autumn & Winter holiday in Australia

For most of us Kiwis, it’s been quite a while since we were able to leave Aotearoa’s shores and get away on an overseas adventure. However, since the international borders have opened up and we’re no longer required to self-isolate, now’s the time to book that trip you’ve been dreaming about!

If your itinerary is looking a little bit more expensive than you’d budgeted for, don’t sacrifice your plans. With a travel loan from MyFinance, you can do everything on your list and more with flexible repayment plans and competitive rates. So let’s get you off on the Australian winter holiday of your dreams.

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