Wintertime in Australia means a lot less time at the beach. But it also gives us the opportunity to visit some of the other parts of our country. We’ve selected some of our favourite winter getaway destinations from right here at home. If you like winter, fireplaces, scenic views, wine and food then these are the holiday destinations for you.

Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine growing region in Australia. You’ll find more than 150 wineries producing world-class wines. There’s a huge range of accommodation in the region from Hotels/Motels/Resorts, to backpacker hostels, pet friendly properties, family friend accommodation, romantic or boutique self contained accommodation and lots of locations with fireplaces. With beautiful restaurants, wineries, day spas and heaps of activities it’s the perfect secluded location for a romantic getaway.

Find out more: http://www.winecountry.com.au/

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Snowy Mountains

Known informally as “The Snowies” is the highest mountain range in Australia. The mountain range experiences large natural snowfalls every winter, which makes it one of the centres of the Australian ski industry, all snow resorts in New South Wales are located in this region. If you’re heading to the Snowy Mountains skiing or snowboarding* is a must. There are ski classes for beginners, night skiing and terrain parks for the more advanced skiers. The region is rich with decadent food and wine for when you come off the slope, and you can stay at hotels, retreat and lodges, backpackers, farmstays, cottages and more.

Find out more: http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/snowy-mountains

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Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains, known for its dramatic scenery, is a mountainous region west of Sydney in New South Wales. Home to steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens - it is a beautiful place to cosy up in front of a warm fire in your pj’s. As far as spectacular landmarks go, you can’t go past the Three Sisters. An unusual rock formation representing three sisters who according to Aboriginal legend were turned into stone. The iconic attraction is visited by millions of people each year. If large rock formations aren’t your thing there are also art galleries, heritage walks, open gardens, bush walks, and lots of restaurants and food experiences. This beautiful secluded location is ideal for that winter getaway.

Find out more: http://www.bluemts.com.au/

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Maleny

Maleny is a small, scenic town 90 kilometres north of Brisbane, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland. Home to a strong dairy and fruit industry, a rich indigenous history, and the Mary Cairncross Reserve conservation park. With an abundance of food, wine, shopping, and nature for you to experience you’ll love Maleny and all of its hidden secrets and beauty. Accommodation ranges from camping to bed and breakfasts or cabins along the Obi Obi Creek. You’re bound to run into a wedding during your visit - with Maleny and Montville being some of the best destinations for secluded weddings in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Love is in the air at Maleny.

Find out more: http://www.hinterlandtourism.com.au/towns/maleny/

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Tasmania

Winter is a great time to visit our isolated island state of Tasmania. It’s known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves. Rich with arts and culture, nature and wildlife, food and drink - Tasmania has a huge range of locations for you to visit and activities to keep you busy.

If busy isn’t quite your style, Tasmania is also home to some of the country’s most beautiful day spas and wellness retreats. It’s the ideal place to unwind and leave the stress of work behind.

Find out more: http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/

Image: Discover Tasmania

These picturesque locations are the best way to celebrate winter and cosy up for a romantic getaway. Even if you do stay within the country, travel insurance is still important.

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  • Amendments or cancellation costs and additional expenses
  • Luggage and travel documents
  • Rental car insurance excess
  • Travel delay
  • Special events
  • Loss of income
  • Disability
  • Accidental death
  • Personal liability

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* Snow skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling: If you wish to be covered for these activities, you are required to pay an addition premium. Limits, exclusions and conditions apply. Refer to the Combined PDS/FSG for full details.

Limits, exclusions and conditions apply. This is general advice only. We do not provide any advice based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider the Combined PDS/FSG (available covermore.com.au) before deciding about this insurance. Insurance administered by Cover-More Insurance Services Pty Ltd (ABN 95 003 114 145, AFSL 241713). The issuer of insurance is Great Lakes Australia (ARBN 127 740 532, ABN 18 964 580 576, AFSL 318603).