Traditionally, we tend to think of booking holidays in the run up to summer, but booking a holiday in June is one of the smartest things you can do. Even the act of booking a holiday is known to lower stress levels. Also a plus? Holidays in winter tend to be more affordable than in the summertime.
So what destinations are ideal for a holiday in June?
The best June holiday destination depends on what you’re looking for, but we have a number of suggestions that range from warm island getaways, outback adventures, to snowy winter sojourns.
No wonder so many who visit the Whitsundays return again and again. After all, it’s Australia’s very own tropical archipelago!
But the Whitsundays are great in June because the weather is a comfortable 22-25°C and dry. This makes it a particularly good time of year for hiking the forests of the islands, and a brilliant time for snorkelling and scuba diving. The low rainfall means the water clarity is so good that at this time of year it can reach 20+ metres of visibility.
It also happens to be heaps cheaper to travel to these islands at this time of year. Tours, flights, hotels all tend to offer great deals in June, and availability on some of the more exclusive outings and accommodation options is better.
Best holiday in June for: warm weather
Augusta and Flinders Bay
The west coast has it made, not only do they get those epic sunsets over the water, but their coastline is also made up of beaches that are so pristine they look like tourism advertisements.
So why Augusta and Flinders Bay in particular? Well, if you’re wildlife mad this is one of the best spots in Australia to whale watch. Humpback whales and southern right whales migrate (and play) in the waters off Flinders Bay from early June.
Augusta is also part of the Margaret River wine region. In winter, you’ll find a host of wineries to tour, as well as fine dining restaurants that serve you dinner and drinks beside a roaring fire. If you’re after a cosy winter holiday, this is the one to go for.
Best holiday in June for: wine tours and whale watching
Winter, or as they fondly know it in the Top End, the dry season, is arguably one of the best times of year visit our extraordinary interior national parks. This is because once the rains have stopped, you’re able to traverse the parks by road, and because much of the local fauna starts to gather at the shrinking waterholes.
The sites at Kakadu don’t end at the natural, some of Australia’s most important cultural attractions are found here, such as the unreal Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nanguluwurr, some of which dates back thousands of years. For travellers who aren’t fond of humidity, a June holiday in the Northern Territory is imperative, because the rest of the year you’ll be feeling the heat.
Best holiday in June for: touring the Outback
Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef
Western Australia’s southern regions may have the wine, but the north is home to the Coral Coast. Experience a dive on the Ningaloo Reef from the nearby gateway town of Exmouth. For divers and snorkellers, you’ll discover that Ningaloo is one of the most biodiverse underwater landscapes in the world, and less crowded than its more famous sister, the Great Barrier Reef.
June is a stellar month to investigate the reef, because it is when some of the largest marine animals come to visit. Expect large numbers of gliding manta rays, whale shark sightings, turtles, dolphins and even humpbacks at this time of year.
Best holiday in June for: diving
This year it looks like the ski slopes are opening up again! If you’ve been hankering for an active holiday in the snow, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo are all planning to operate this winter.
Set in the Koscuiszko National Park, the ski resorts are able to make use of the Australia’s highest mountain, Koscuiszko, and the glorious alpine scenery. There are a number of lovely towns surrounding the resorts too, such as Cooma, Jindabyne, Tumut, and Tumbarumba.
It’s definitely worth contacting the resorts to double check everything is good to go prior to booking, and what new rules are in place, but all going according to plan, you can be hitting the powder come June.
Best holiday in June for: skiing
Don’t sit still this winter when there are so many amazing options available to you within our shores. Wet your feet with a holiday in June before the world opens up again.
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