While summer might seem like the sunny season, we think it’s during winter that Queensland really shines. Come June 1, laying in a park, strolling through weekend markets or sipping a beer on the balcony are just as enjoyable north of the border as they were months before. So, rather than prepare for hibernation, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to revel in a Queensland winter.
1. Take that early mark
The days will seem shorter – it’s unavoidable – but if ever there was a time to take an early mark or at least ensure you’re leaving work on time, now is it. Sunsets at this time of year really are spectacular so maybe try and stop to see some of them. If you’re in Brisbane or surrounds there are some great vantage points. Dust off that camera!
2. Enjoy the milder temperatures out west
If you’re a south-east Queensland local, you might want to steer clear of the ocean but the cooler months give us a chance to explore western parts of the state that swelter under the summer sun.
Some of our favourites are:
- Girraween National Park
- The Glass House Mountains, particularly Mt Ngungun
- Moogerah Peaks National Park
If you head north the seas are very swimmable. North Queensland is the jewel in the winter crown, and you can usually pick up some seasonal specials if you’re making a special trip.
Tourism Australia makes it sound like a dream:
“Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef, set sail in the Whitsundays and trek back in time in the primeval Daintree Rainforest. Drive the Savannah Way to the remote Gulf Savannah.
“This tropical paradise is truly at its best from June to September, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius and the turquoise waters are stinger free.”
Don’t mind if I do!
3. Set the alarm for yoga
It will be dark, it won’t be easy, but your muscles and joints will thank you for it.
“Research consistently highlights that symptoms of chronic joint pain are exacerbated in winter,” according to Australian Natural Health Magazine.
“In general, practising asana (postures) in a Vinyasa (flowing form) style maintains joint mobility and increases circulation while loosening stiffness within the joints.
“An essential part of easing pain during this time is to ensure that the body stays warm, as heat also helps muscles to relax.”
Given the drop in temperature, maybe now is the time to take up hot-room yoga. Go on. It definitely won’t be cold.
4. Get involved in winter festivals
More and more we’re seeing winter festivals grow in popularity. It’s still a burgeoning scene in Queensland but there are few notable options that might tempt you.
- Queensland Winter Solstice Festival
- Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival
- Snowflakes in Stanthorpe