Winter, even in Australia, can be tough to take. People go into hibernation mode after our long, hot summer, and turn to endless Netflix marathons, hot chocolates and lazy nights on the couch to see out the chilly months.

Our huge country doesn’t shut down just because there’s a cold snap, however.

If you are in the cosmopolitan capital city of Melbourne, head down to River Rink in Fed Square to have some active winter fun. Rug up in your woolies and make your way to Federation Square, opposite world-famous Flinders Street Station, for hours of fun on the ice skating rink that’s been set up to draw even more visitors to the world’s most liveable city. Running from the 18th of June to the 17th of July, River Rink brings a European-style winter addition to the heart of Melbourne city, and is a memorable day out for a unique first date, a get-together with friends or a day with the kids.

If you want to escape the city and head for the wide open spaces Australia is known for, there’s a great range of mountain getaways to visit – complete with snow!

Mt Buller, a stunning three-hour drive from Melbourne through Victoria’s high country, draws tourists from all over and makes for an action-packed day. Whether you are hitting the slopes or kicking back with a bevvie at any one of the numerous bars and restaurants at the peak overlooking the mountain range, you’ll have a day to remember.

If you are interstate, don’t feel like you’ve missed out! Three states in Australia have ski resorts. For those in NSW, Perisher and Thredbo are the best spots to hit the powder, while Mount Mawson in Tasmania is the top of many snow-lovers’ bucket lists while on the Apple Isle.

No matter where in Australia you will be this winter, you’ll be sure to find an event or activity to warm yourself up.


Photography: Paddy Palin, Tourism Australia