Winter is coming and as we farewell summer days, Travel Weekly counts down the best reasons why Australia is still hot in the cooler season. Outdoor Agencies' Ben Salon has put together the top 5 reasons why Australia's outdoor scene only gets better come the chilly time of year.
- Crowds be gone - crowds stay away, accommodation is cheaper and the ocean is still warm at oceanfront destinations like Byron Bay, Noosa and Margaret River.
- Hidden health wins - the health benefits of being outdoors in winter are wide ranging. UV levels are lower so sunburn isn't as big of an issue.
- So cool it's hot - cooler temperatures mean you can make better use of daylight hours, with less irritating insects like mosquitoes and flies. Hiking, camping and kicking back in the warm winter sun are also a lot more pleasant.
- Wildlife warrior - cooler weather means slightly cooler water temperatures, which in turn attracts a greater abundance of marine life - great for snorkelling, diving and fishing.
- Burn baby burn - the absence of fire bans in winter opens you up to cooking on an open flame to toast marshmallows, roast potatoes and sizzling snags.