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How to Plan the Ultimate MINI Escape This Winter

Forget Europe, exchange rates and jetlag… this winter is all about the MINI Escape: exploring our own backyard and cruising in comfort and style with the all-new MINI Countryman.

MINI Countryman

We’ve partnered with MINI to bring you a curated guide to planning the ultimate road trip this winter – with the all-new MINI Countryman getting you there in style.

Winter is well and truly upon us, and while many dream of escaping overseas, we’re here to help you embrace the beauty of this season a little closer to home by embarking on a road trip. The crisp air and shorter days are not a deterrent, but rather an invitation, to explore the enchanting landscapes that lie within reach. 

This year, instead of packing your passport, pack up your boot and ready your playlist for an unforgettable road trip with the all-new MINI Countryman. Combining the brand’s signature fun and youthful spirit with enhanced versatility and innovative technology, the MINI Countryman is the perfect companion for couples, friends and families looking to make the most of the chilly season.

Whether it's the snow-capped peaks of the Alpine regions or the magical allure of our picturesque coastlines, Australia in winter is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. It's a reminder that sometimes the most extraordinary adventures can be found right here, in our own backyard.

Let the road be your guide, the MINI Countryman your ultimate companion and the horizon your only limit as you hit the road this winter.

Here are our tips on how to plan the perfect winter road trip.

Sort Your Wheels: Introducing the All-New MINI Countryman

With state-of-the-art infotainment and safety technology, the MINI Countryman is the perfect road trip companion. Image: Supplied.

When it comes to road trips, choosing the right vehicle is without a doubt the most important factor, and the all-new MINI Countryman is designed to impress.

Combining versatility and comfort with MINI’s signature go-kart-like handling, this versatile SUV makes every journey an adventure. The increased proportions—13 cm longer and 6 cm taller than its predecessor—ensure ample space and comfort for all your travel needs, making it the perfect choice for couples, girls trips and families alike.

The MINI Countryman’s elevated technology suite enhances your driving experience, featuring state-of-the-art infotainment and safety technology. Enjoy the expressive visuals of the Experience Modes that you can tailor to your personality or your journey, and keep everyone entertained with hidden features such as a "selfie mode" and DJ functionality. Plus, advanced safety features provide peace of mind, ensuring that your journey is as safe as it is enjoyable.

Our favourite feature? You can’t go past the seat massage mode for the ultimate luxury driving experience.

In line with MINI’s commitment to sustainability, the new Countryman is chrome-free and leather-free, utilising 100% green energy in production and incorporating raw and recycled materials. These efforts significantly reduce CO2 emissions by up to 98%, making the MINI Countryman not only a stylish and fun choice but also an environmentally responsible one. The design philosophy of “Charismatic Simplicity” is evident throughout, paying homage to the classic MINI design while embracing modern, sustainable elements.

Whether you’re navigating winding mountain roads or cruising along coastal highways, the MINI Countryman provides the perfect blend of style, performance, and eco-consciousness for your ultimate winter road trip.

Did we mention it also has a heated steering wheel?

The MINI Countryman is the perfect blend of style, performance, and eco-consciousness.

Plan the Perfect Road Trip Itinerary

Australia is a land of staggering contrasts and spectacular beauty, offering a winter wonderland that beckons the adventurous soul. From the rugged mountain ranges that slice through the skyline like a serrated blade to the sprawling outback that whispers tales of the ancient past, every mile travelled is a story unfolding.

Match your itinerary to your travel buddies - perusing quaint country towns is perfect for a trip with the girls, while cosy cabins with roaring fires amongst a stunning Alpine backdrop is the way to go for those looking for a more romantic escape.

A few of our favourite routes to take?

Start your adventure in the picturesque Southern Highlands, where you can drive through rolling hills, discover hidden waterfalls, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate in charming villages. For a coastal escape, head to the Great Ocean Road and marvel at the dramatic cliffs and pristine beaches, all while enjoying the comfort and control of your MINI Countryman.

If gourmet food and world-class wines are on the menu, don’t miss the opportunity to visit stunning wine regions like the Barossa Valley or Margaret River. And if you’re in the mood for snow (especially fun with the kids in tow), the Alpine regions of Victoria and New South Wales offer skiing, snowboarding, and cosy lodges perfect for a winter getaway.

No matter where you're headed, the MINI Countryman is spacious enough to fit all the family and gear needed for the perfect trip. Image: Supplied.

Pack the Essentials

A road trip isn’t only about the destination; it’s just as much about the journey! So that means being prepared with the essentials to see you through.

Snacks are a must for any road trip, so stock up on a variety of treats to keep everyone satisfied. Opt for a mix of healthy options like nuts and dried fruit, along with indulgent goodies such as chocolate and gourmet popcorn. And remember, the MINI Countryman’s spacious interior means you can bring along a cooler for fresh snacks and drinks, ensuring you’re always ready for a scenic picnic stop.

When it comes to your wardrobe, layer up with stylish yet practical clothing that can handle the variable winter weather.  Think cosy knitwear and a coat that's both warm and chic - just like your MINI. When it comes to the drive itself, don't forget comfort is key so avoid tight jeans or delicate fabrics. Always prepare for the elements with a waterproof jacket and sturdy boots if you plan on being adventurous.

When it comes to your beauty essentials, keep some lipgloss, hand cream and face mist handy in your spacious MINI console to keep you hydrated and glowy on the go, despite that winter chill. Of course, pack a pair of stylish sunnies to keep the glare at bay while driving (and stash them away safely after sunset).

What better way to explore the beauty of winter landscapes than in the MINI Countryman? Image: Supplied.

This winter, embark on a road trip adventure that showcases the very best of Australia’s landscapes, all from the comfort and style of the all-new MINI Countryman. With its fun, youthful character, versatile design, and cutting-edge technology, the MINI Countryman transforms any journey into an extraordinary experience. So, why travel overseas when you can discover the hidden gems in your own backyard? Start planning your MINI road trip today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

To explore more of the MINI Countryman's chic new features, click here.

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