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.
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: Cable Beach © Tourism Western Australia
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.
Sydney is going Vivid with the opening of this year's Vivid Sydney Festival on May 24. Vivid Sydney continues until June 10.
Vivid Sydney, one of Australia's premier festivals and events is a celebration of light, music and ideas that includes large-scale light installations and projections through to music performances, ideas, creative summits.
Outdoors, visitors and Sydneysiders alike should enjoy the festive colors and and images projected on the walls of Sydney's iconic buildings, from Sydney Opera House to other Sydney city structures. This year, an added focus is Darling Harbour with the exterior of buildings such as that of the Australian National Maritime Museum lighted up and a kaleidoscope of light and color on the water.
There are as well a variety of indoor festival events.
Visit the Vivid Sydney website for information on festival events.
Photo: Brian Eno artwork projected onto the Opera House for Vivid Sydney Festival 2009 © Hamilton Lund / Tourism New South Wales
Today, vestiges of Parramatta's colonial past remain in its several heritage buildings that include Old Government House and the Governor's Dairy Cottage in Parramatta Park, and the cottages and farms, such as Hambledon Cottage, Elizabeth Farm and Experiment Farm Cottage nearby.
These heritage buildings provide insights into the life and times of colonial Australia and particularly in Parramatta.
Photo: Old Government House, Parramatta Park, photograph by Yewenyi, GNU Free Documentation License
In an expanse of parkland along Melbourne's St Kilda Rd, the Shrine of Remembrance is a sacred site honoring those who fought and served in the wars in which Australia was involved, as well as those who supported them at home.
The Shrine was built shortly after the end of World War I but pays tribute to all those Victorians who served in the Great War, as World War I was called, and all the later wars and conflicts.
It is a place of appreciation and symbolism and provides insights into what Victorians did in periods of war.
Photo: Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, photograph by Mark Chew, courtesy Tourism Victoria
The Endeavour dropped anchor in the bay, on whose shore the town of 1770 has grown.
Photo: Captain Cook 1770 Festival, courtesy Captain Cook 1770 Festival.
Because of Sydney's iconic images — Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour — most visitors from overseas think of Sydney first when planning a trip to Australia.
Interestingly, some figures show more Australians visit Melbourne. So when in Australia, why not do as the Aussies do and fly to Melbourne?
Photo: Federation Square by the Yarra River © Tourism Victoria