There’s no denying that Australia’s weather is whacked, thanks to its vast land area. One area region can bescorching hot while the other can be refreshingly cold. That’s where this country’s beauty resides too. The Land Down Under just has that pull on everyone.
Here’s a couple of reasons why you should visit the Australia during winter.
Bearable winter wonderland. As said above, the cold here is refreshingly cold – not hell cold. For the most part, Australia is a warm place, even during the coldest times only bottoming out in Sydney are around 10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Northern areas are even warmer, where it mostly gets less humid and rain becomes scarcer. Manly Beach starts pulling in swimmers and surfers, catching waves throughout the chilly day.
Awesome festivals.The greatest festival here is VIVID Sydney, where you’ll see some of the largest party lights, rave music, and ideas in the South Hemisphere. The festival takes place in late May or early June every year. It features nightly light shows and fascinating art installations, live music, LED-installed boats cruising the harbour, conferences, plus the legendary Opera House is lighted with awesome 3D projections! The catch? None! All of these are free.
Other great festivals include Film and Winter Festivals in June and July. The August Amhem Land’s Garma Festivals provide the Aboriginal culture with its due. The ridiculous Beer Can Regatta is hosted by the Ever-interesting Darwin in early July. Katoomba also celebrates Christmas in July during the Yulefest.
Sports activities. Winter is still warm enough to try winter activities that Australia is known for, including swimming, surfing, and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Australia also has fantastic winter activities for winter fans out there. Simply go to top resorts like Mt. Perisher and Buller for your dose of pure white snow and exhilaration.
Go whale watching. Southern Hemisphere whales, unlike Northern Hemisphere whales,startmigrating north for the winter, passing different many parts of Australia during the breeding season. The whale watching time of the year kicks off in May in both Tasmania and New South Wales, and in June in Queensland
Affordable winter spree.Still looking for another great reason to head to Australia during the winter? It’s good even if you’re on a shoestring budget since “off” season usually leads to better deals from June to August, add this to less crowded roads and beaches and you have a cool adventure ahead of you.
If you’re having a road trip, then Australia’s Outback centreis also fantastic to see during the winter months. Rent a camper van with your travel buddies and take a major league road trip from tropical Darwin to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), which is the closest you can get to driving on the moon’s surface here on Earth.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the storm’s slow speed had created a “battering ram effect”, adding: “We are going to get lots of reports of damage, and sadly I think we will also receive reports of injuries, if not death.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said assessing damage was difficult because communities had been cut off from power and phone reception.
Electricity providers said it was not known when power would be restored to houses.
Australian authorities warned people to stay indoors until it was safe to go outside.
Category 3 Cyclone Ita has hit northern Queensland in Australia with “very destructive” winds of more than 140 mph.
The storm is crossing the coast near Cape Flattery and will head south-south-west overnight, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.
Residents in low-lying areas have been warned to prepare for damaging waves, strong currents and flooding.
It is the strongest storm to hit since Cyclone Yasi, which struck in 2011.
Previously classed as a category-five storm, it was downgraded by the BOM at 17:51 local time to category four, then category three when it hit the Cape York Peninsula.
Category 3 Cyclone Ita has hit northern Queensland in Australia with “very destructive” winds of more than 140 mph (photo ABC)
However, the BOM warned it was still carrying “very destructive winds” of 140 mph.
In its bulletin at 23:00 local time, BOM said the storm was estimated to be 30 miles north of Cooktown and 135 miles north-north-west of Cairns.
Residents in coastal areas were also warned to expect a “dangerous storm tide overnight” and rising sea levels that could flood low-lying areas.
“People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area,” BOM said in its advisory.
Residents in the cyclone’s path – between Cape Melville and Cooktown – should “stay calm and remain in a secure shelter”, it added.
The Cape York peninsula is sparsely populated, with residents concentrated in a number of towns.
A cyclone warning is in place in coastal areas including Cooktown, Cape Melville, Port Douglas and Cairns, and several inland areas.
Cooktown Mayor Peter Scott said in quotes carried by ABC that around 350 people were in the town’s cyclone shelter.
Cyclone Ita brought torrential rain to the Solomon Islands late last week, causing flash floods that left at least 21 people dead.