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The 15 Best Winter Destinations in Australia for 2024, Revealed

Pack your bags, here's exactly where Australians will travel this winter 2024.

Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns

When winter rolls around, one of the best hacks to outsmart the cold weather-induced blues is to book a holiday in a warmer destination, because sipping cocktails in the warm weather by the pool never gets old.

In fact, new data from Airbnb backs this theory up, confirming that the most popular domestic locations for us to travel to between June and August this year will be the Gold Coast, Cairns, Noosa Heads, and Sunshine Coast. But, interestingly,  as per Airbnb's new research, it's not all vitamin D and H20, as more traditional 'winter' locales like Melbourne and Hobart have also made the cut.

When it comes to the types of accommodation we’re looking to book, countryside, beachfront, national parks, and properties that make your jaw drop with that 'wow factor' are some of the most popular category trends, showing that winter is a time that we’re all looking to mix up the scenery and escape. 

Whether you're up for escaping the big chill this winter or want to embrace it, we're sharing the 15 destinations at the top of our local wish list this winter. 

Burleigh Pavilion Gold Coast

Gold Coast, Queensland

Although some may argue the best thing to do at the Gold Coast is nothing (anyone for a late afternoon nap on the beach?), this city of sunshine is home to some of the best entertainment, adventure and experiences. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the stunning beaches, top-notch cafés and restaurants, a plethora of activities await you.

Sitchu Tip: Check out the new Cheshire Cat Motel for a chick stay for a touch of GC nostalgia.

Explore more things to do on the Gold Coast.

Reine & La Rue

Melbourne, Victoria

While Melbourne may tempt you to while away your days sipping coffee in its famed laneways or being horizontal in its beautiful parks, this vibrant city has so much more to offer. From its world-class dining and diverse cultural experiences to its thriving arts and music scene, Melbourne is a city that keeps you constantly engaged.

Discover hidden bars down narrow alleys, explore eclectic markets brimming with local crafts, or lose yourself in the galleries and museums that showcase both contemporary and historical treasures. Melbourne is a city that invites you to immerse yourself in its charming blend of creativity, cuisine, and culture at every turn.

Sitchu Tip: For a super chic city stay you can't go past the W Hotel.

Explore more things to do in Melbourne.


Sydney, NSW

Beyond its stunning harbour views and world-renowned landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney offers a melting pot of possibility for all kinds of escapes. 

Whether you want to explore the great outdoors on foot with a beautiful coastal hike, beach hop from Maroubra to Manly, enjoy world-class dining at the endless trendy restaurants and cafés, or delve into the thriving arts and entertainment scene, Sydney has it all. Sydney promises an unforgettable blend of relaxation and adventure for every visitor.

Sitchu tip: Stay in style at The Capella perfectly located in the CBD but it's so lush you probably won't want to leave.

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Crane Lodge, Jindabyne

Jindabyne, New South Wales

Perched on the edge of Kosciusko National Park, Jindabyne is as scenic as they come, boasting prime views of the pristine lakes and rivers that run through the Snowy Mountains. It’s also close to major ski resorts like Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte, making it a great base for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding and all things après.

The once-sleepy spot is a destination in its own right with plenty to keep you busy. Look no further for your hitlist of the best things to do in Jindabyne.

Sitchu Tip: Cosy up in this eco-cabin, voted on of the most-loved homes on Airbnb according to guests.

Explore more things to do in Jindabyne.

Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns

Cairns, Queensland

Easy-going vibes with a dash of urban chic, Cairns is on the up and up, thanks in part to its ever-growing roster of foodie and bar hangouts. But Cairns has always been a crowd-pleaser. Namely for the Great Barrier Reef, meandering waterways and lush parklands that are a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

This tropical HQ can keep up with the rest of the capital cities with its on-trend bars, health cafes and eateries with seafood fresh from the trawler. 

Sitchu Tip: Book the Crystalbrook Riley in Cairns for a stay fit for a celebrity.

Explore more things to do and places to stay in Cairns.

Noosa Heads

Noosa, Queensland

Ahh, Noosa. It doesn't matter how many places you visit around the world, there's always one destination your heart will long for. And for many of us, that place sits at the top of Queensland's idyllic Sunshine Coast. 

Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches and laid-back lifestyle, Noosa is a highly sought-after destination. With its lush hinterland, pristine shorelines, amazing foodie scene and an epic offering of local shops and boutiques, Noosa has something for every kind of holidaymaker. 

Sitchu Tip: If five-star luxury is your love language, set a date with Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. 

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SOKO Rooftop

Brisbane, Queensland

Wedged between the ocean and rugged national parks, the buzzing cosmopolitan city of Brisbane offers much to explore. Whether you want to delve into the latest art collection at the Gallery of Modern Art, sample the delightful flavours of Fish Lane, or simply soak up the city’s stunning riverside views, Queensland’s capital is a weekend destination to get excited about.

The food and lifestyle scenes have stepped it up a notch to compete with Australia’s bigger capital cities, so nowadays you’ll find no shortage of rooftop bars, fine dining restaurants, quirky new bars or incredible shopping.

Sitchu Tip: When it comes to Brisbane Hotels, we can't go past The Calile.

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Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas

This tropical destination has more to its name than just sun and sea; it's a playground for adventure junkies and relaxation seekers alike!

Renowned for its seven stunning beaches, lush rainforests of the Daintree and a slow-living atmosphere, this tropical travel destination offers up a treasure trove of activities.

Sitchu Tip: Location, location! You'll find the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort on prime real estate along the famous Four Mile Beach.

Explore more things to do in Port Douglas.

Hinterland, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

In all its sun-kissed glory, Queensland’s very own Sunshine Coast is nothing short of paradise.

From Noosa to Maroochydore to Mooloolaba, the string of beachside towns and lush hinterland is an outdoor lover’s dream, and it all caters well to the throngs of tourists that grace its shores year-round. 

A water wonderland with crashing swells, swimming beaches, meandering waterways and inlets, the Sunshine Coast is a veritable playground and although its seaside location is the biggest draw card, land-based adventures and activities are just as revered.

Sitchu Tip: Step away from the stresses of daily life at Spicers Tamarind Retreat and unwind in the tranquillity of their spacious surroundings. 

Explore more things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

Raes on Wategos

Byron Bay

Once a place swarming with surfers and backpackers, now a tranquil oasis where locals and holidaymakers sit harmoniously side by side, the serene setting of Byron Bay is a dreamy destination that oozes laid-back charm. 

Whether you're visiting or staying for the long haul, Byron's beauty is all-embracing, drawing in the crowds with its stunning beaches, local boutiques, fresh local produce and a thriving restaurant scene where sea-changing chefs and artisans champion paddock-to-plate ambitions, with sustainability at the core. 

The welcome sign says it all: ‘Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out’. And when you arrive in Byron, that's exactly what you'll do.

Sitchu Tip: Raes on Wategos is a luxury stay that should be on everyone's bucket list.

Explore more things to do and places to stay in Byron Bay.


Hobart, Tasmania

Once known as the capital of Australia’s oft-forgotten island to the south, now a thriving hotbed full of forward-thinkers and creative types — both homegrown and imported – Hobart is quickly earned itself cult status. Whilst it’s widely known that it was MONA (once described by Lonely Planet as the ‘best modern art gallery in the world’) that brought popularity (and affordable flights) to the city, there’s much more to Hobart than meets the eye..

From its flourishing food scene, to the city’s rich history — it’s a wonder why this place was ever ‘off the map’ to begin with. 

Sitchu Tip: MACq 01 Hotel in Hobart is the perfect base to see the city in the lap of luxury.

Explore more things to do in Hobart.

Darwin (Photo Credit: @emmaclaire____!/via @ntaustralia)

Darwin, Northern Territory

At Australia’s top end and where nature takes centre stage, Darwin has evolved into a vibrant and cosmopolitan tropical city. With an abundance of trendy cafés, yoga studios, foodie markets and cultural/arts festivals plus a plethora of outdoor sports, Darwin is a city that balances a small town feel with world-class facilities.

The Waterfront Precinct along Darwin Harbour is home to restaurants, bars, a wave pool, convention centre and a nearby atmospheric outdoor Deckchair Cinema. Smith Street Pedestrian Mall lures shoppers into the CBD, with South Sea pearls and boutique shops that sit alongside hidden cafés with homemade spelt bread, almond lattes and organic green juices. 

The assorted galleries dotted throughout offer a full spectrum of traditional Indigenous/First Nation artwork to cutting-edge contemporary works. Many exhibit local, interstate, and overseas contemporary artists. 

Sitchu Tip: Base yourself at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

A Bird's Eye View of Perth (Image Credit: Visit Perth)

Perth, Western Australia

Perth blends nature with urban flair, shedding its small-town vibe for a global metropolis feel. Vibrant and sun-kissed, the city pulses with life, from downtown to its coastal villages. Explore trendy bars and restaurants, or stroll the chic streets of Subiaco before hitting the coast.

Despite its isolation, Perth thrives with progressive energy and deep respect for indigenous culture. With street art, cosy bars, and diverse cuisine, it ticks every travel box. Evolving with tech-savvy hotels and creative hotspots, Perth is a destination on the rise, perfect for a sea change or weekend escape.

Sitchu Tip: Perth’s first art-series hotel, the Adnate features a jaw-dropping mega-mural on its east-facing wall.

Explore more things to do and places to stay in Perth.

Lost Retreats Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia

The quieter, smaller sister of metropolitan Melbourne and scenic Sydney, Adelaide is the talk of the town across the globe. Named Australia’s coolest city by The Wall Street Journal, Adelaide has become a go-to destination for gastronomes and those looking for a more tranquil, nature-filled escape than the country’s busier cities.

Sitchu Tip: The newest addition to the Adelaide accommodation scene, Hotel Alba brings a slice of LA luxury to the CBD. 

Explore more things to do and places to stay in Adelaide.

The Eastern, Thredbo

Thredbo, New South Wales

Nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo is a year-round destination that offers the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Whether you're a snow bunny chasing thrills on the slopes or a nature lover seeking solace amidst the alpine scenery, this picturesque village offers a wide range of activities that will keep you entertained and engaged from start to finish.

With its charming chalets, cosy restaurants, and friendly locals, Thredbo is an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in nature.

Sitchu Tip: Stay at award-winning The Eastern for a super-stylish snow-cation.

Explore more things to do in Thredbo.

Now that you've got your winter destination sorted, it's time to start packing. Check out our roundup of the best suitcases to travel in style - and rug up with our pick of this season's best winter boots and winter coats to keep you cosy and chic.

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