Saturday May 25, 2013
Yes, it's nearly winter — and ski time — in Australia.
If you're heading to the Snowy Mountains, about three hours' drive from Canberra is Jindabyne
, the New South Wales town closest to the ski resorts of Thredbo and Perisher Valley.
Jindabyne sits on the shore of a scenic man-made lake. From Jindabyne it's just about half an hour to the state's major ski slopes.
Photo: Bird's-eye view of Jindabyne © Tourism New South Wales
Wednesday May 22, 2013
If you prefer the cold to heat, especially if seeking to escape the northern summer, the best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian winter from June 1 to August 31.
The Sydney winter isn't really harsh and the weather's generally pleasant so long as you're dressed right for when it gets quite chilly. It's great for touring the city on foot and for bushwalking. And the ski slopes are not too far away.
Photo: Skiing in the Snowy Mountains © Australian Tourist Commission
Sunday May 19, 2013
With long stretches of a white sand beach, seas of such clear blue purity, palm-fringed coast, sunset camel treks, parasailing and water sports, sundrenched resorts, and the air of an exotic and distant tropical eden, Cable Beach
does conjure in one's mind a certainly desirable holiday destination. Particularly with the southern winter nearly upon us, it's time to travel to warmer tropical regions. And discover Broome
as well. It's really one pearl of a town.
Photo: Cable Beach © Tourism Western Australia
Thursday May 16, 2013
Well, yes, it's almost winter in Australia and can get really cold in some parts of the country. Canberra in the winter
, for instance, does get rather cold, relatively speaking, with a mean temperature range in July, the coldest month, from -0.2°C (32.4°F) to 11.2°C (52.2°F). While one is tempted to simply snuggle up before a roaring, warming fire and pass the time that way, there are always a few things to do despite the winter chill.
Suitable indoor winter activities in Australia's national capital include catching the latest exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia
or the National Museum of Australia
, while outdoor activities could take in walking or cycling around Lake Burley Griffin, or visiting the region's wineries for a wine-tasting tour.
Those heading for the ski slopes in the Snowy Mountains
find Canberra a suitable stopover for at least a day or two.
Photo: National Museum of Australia, by John Gollings, courtesy National Museum of Australia