While the other side of the world braces for snow and cold winter months, Australia is enjoying a glorious summer.

In the country of barbecues, surfies, and exotic wildlife, there are some key places you just have to visit. Don’t miss out on these breaks if you can visit Australia during the summer – each of them is an experience of a lifetime.

Victor Harbour

Located in South Australia, this town is around 80 kilometres from Adelaide and offers a perfect beachfront stay. You can enjoy some very special opportunities here, such as the chance to ride on a unique horse-drawn tram and admire the sparkling blue waters of the ocean. There are fantastic walking trails just nearby, including the Heysen Trail, which are a wonderful way to explore the outdoors in the summer sun. There are also some interesting rock formations off shore that you can admire while you sunbathe or swim. There’s hardly any rainfall here, so you can enjoy your holiday without interruption.

Bicheno

You will find this gem in Tasmania. Bicheno is around 2 and a half hours’ drive from Hobart, and has a convenient location to enter a range of local attractions. These include the gorgeous Little Penguins which live on the beach and will swarm past you every night after a day spent at sea. You can also admire the Freycinet National Park which is just on your doorstep. If you love relaxing on sandy beaches and watching the world go by, this is the perfect place to do it. If you would prefer to go hiking in the natural world, here’s another perfect opportunity.

Jervis Bay

3 hours away from Sydney, in New South Wales, you will come across Jervis Bay. This is a fantastic place to visit for several reasons, not least of which is the active marine life in the area. If you want to go snorkelling or scuba diving you will meet a whole cast of characters, and you can also get on a boat to go dolphin watching here. Jervis Bay’s main claim to fame is being the home of the whitest sand beach in the world, which is certainly a sight to be seen. There are also some fantastic walking routes nearby, and you will find a good range of accommodation in the area with well-appointed amenities.

Brisbane

The whale watching season in Brisbane lasts from June to November, and that should be a good enough reason to head to the city. This is a fantastic opportunity, as very few places around the world offer a major city with huge and active whales just 30 minutes from the docks. Humpback whales breach in spectacular style here, and you may also see Southern Right whales. These amazing creatures can be seen as part of a 5 hour cruise, but there’s plenty to do on dry land too. Find a hotel close to the river and Story Bridge for the best views.

Aireys Inlet

Just 80 minutes away from Melbourne, Victoria, you will find this Great Ocean Road highlight. It offers cliff and waterfront scenery like nowhere else, including an iconic lighthouse which you will have to visit. It’s a calm and quiet location which suits those who don’t love city life. The Great Otway National Park is nearby, and you can also take day trips up and down the Great Ocean Road to see some other great stops.

The Australian summer is the perfect time for sunbathing, admiring nature, and getting out on the sea. Make sure that you make the most of it by choosing one of these destinations!

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