How is it that summer seems to go so fast, and yet winter can feel never-ending? If you have had your fill of winter and want to be surrounded by the sun, here is our round-up of the top six sun-soaked destinations to escape to in winter.

Whether you want to be sunbaking on an Airlie Beach holiday, or getting active in the Kimberley, we’ve got you covered!And, luckily these locations can be visited year-round for non-stop sun. Let’s find out where you are headed.

  1. Darwin, Northern Territory

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and it has so much to offer sunseekers. Not only will you find a number of National Parks in Darwin, but there are also many waterfront areas to sit back and soak up that sun. If you are someone who likes to get outside and be active throughout the year, and can’t do so in colder places, then Darwin is absolutely your next travel destination.

Bicentennial Park is a great place to get outdoors and explore the area. If you love the heat but are not sure how much you can handle it, it is worth noting that Darwin’s average minimum temperature is 32°. If that sounds like it’s right up your alley then be sure to book a flight and head to Darwin.

  1. Cairns, Queensland

Cairns is another destination that deserves to be at the top of your list. The sun is always shining in Cairns and the balmy weather makes your days so relaxing and your nights even longer. Cairns has a lot in store for the average thrillseeker so you can explore the Great Barrier Reef, go hunting for waterfalls in Cairns, go white water rafting, go diving or head out for some spectacular hikes in the sun. The list of fun to be had in Cairns is never-ending!

If you really want to make your Cairns holiday memorable, you can tack on some other Queensland destinations to make it a long and sunny break. You will not be short of a sunny spot whichever way you head from Cairns.

  1. The Kimberley, Western Australia

Western Australia is known for the sun and surf, but the Kimberley is really a unique holiday destination. Not only will this stunning weather satiate your sun-seeking antics, but you will be able to see some unique terrain that truly captures the diversity of Australian land. Be sure to check out Gibb River Road and make your way down until you get to Windjana Gorge National Park. Here you can find some pretty unbelievable limestone cliffs and you might even be able to spy a crocodile or two. Make sure that you are fit enough for this incredible escape and add the Kimberley to your list if outback stations and incredible wildlife are what you want from your next holiday.

  1. Gold Coast, Queensland

The name really says it all, the Gold Coast. This is exactly what you will get when you plan a holiday in this sun-soaked destination. The Gold Coast is pumping wherever you choose to stay, but if you are lucky enough to stay right on the water then there are some fabulous hotels and accommodation types that will have you close to the sun and surf all day long. The Gold Coast has really transformed into a luxury destination, and it’s only getting more exciting. The Gold Coast hinterland is also worth exploring, and you’ll find that these regions have breweries, wineries and stunning hotels that will keep you in the sun, but enjoy a more rustic vibe.

  1. Tibooburra, New South Wales

New South Wales is not short of fabulous sun-soaked spots, like Byron Bay, Bondi Beach, and Jervis Bay, but what about the sun that is waiting to be explored in the outback? Tibooburra is one of the hottest destinations in New South Wales, and we would wager that you have not experienced the Australian heartland like what you will find here. If you have ever wondered what the life of a drover was like, then a trip to Tibooburra is an absolute must. Be sure to plan a day exploring this regional New South Wales destination’s gorges, sandhills and the Sturt National Park!

  1. Perth, Western Australia

Perth is such a fun destination for solo, couple and family travel. You will find that winter in Perth is a beautiful temperature that you can have a swim in the water if you want to, but it is not too hot that you are uncomfortable. Find the best accommodation near Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza, and you will not be able to beat the views and sunbaking opportunities! Perth has really established a great pub scene in recent years so do your research to find the best sun-soaked pubs in the area.


If you’re not wishing to suffer through the cold with a puffer jacket on this winter, these sunny, summery utopias are the go-to hotspots for you. So, whether you’re exploring the national park of Tibooburra, or experiencing new levels of luxury in the Gold Coast, one things for certain, you’re sure to have an incredible time.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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