When most of us in the UK are going on our summer holidays Australia is in the middle of winter, situated as it is on the opposite side of the equator. This makes it a fantastic spot for those who would prefer a more active holiday – the winter sports are one of the country’s biggest and best secrets, not to be missed if you’re looking for a more interesting holiday destination this year! Here are three of our favourites, to give you an idea of what you could be getting up to this summer.
New South Wales
New South Wales is home to Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak. The same area also boasts a wealth of ski slopes, from Charlotte Pass and Thredbo to the amazing and ominously-named Perisher Blue. While you’re here, you can also check out the thermal pool of Yarrangobilly Caves and head to the top of Mount Kosciuszko to visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which features 20 species of plants not found anywhere else on Earth.
Known locally as “Australia’s powder capital”, Mount Hotham in Victoria is an absolute must for winter sports enthusiasts. Elsewhere in the county you’ll also fine the steep Falls Creek slope for the more daring among you, while those who would rather keep their feet on solid ground can take a winter walk around the beautiful Lake Eildon, and even indulge in a spot of fishing.
Australian Capital Territory
The Namadgi National Park in the Australian Capital Territory is a fantastic attraction throughout the year, promising stunning scenery, a wealth of wildlife and a new, exciting adventure around every corner. Abseil and climb the cliff faces, cross-country ski across slopes and snowfields, and discover the the 21,000-year-old Birrigai Rock Shelter in the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
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