Escaping the Chill – Why Brisbane Remains a Top Winter Destination

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Escaping the Chill – Why Brisbane Remains a Top Winter Destination

Queensland gained a reputation in the 1980s as one of the best holiday destinations, not only for Australians but for people from all over the world.

As a result, the population of Brisbane and outer suburbs has exploded in recent years with people come from everywhere and making Brisbane home. The tourist population has exploded and remained consistently high also.

It’s not just peak season anymore either. Today, people of all ages are escaping the winter chills of Melbourne and Sydney and heading north to sunny Queensland in order to shake off the Winter blues.

The Queensland Government has poured considerable dollars to promote Brisbane and the Gold Coast and a 365-day holiday destination. With daily winter temperatures above 15C (compared to Melbourne’s mean winter lows of 6-7C) it is not hard to see how the investment could – and has – paid off.

If you are thinking of joining the tens of thousands of other Australians who want to defrost in Brisbane this winter, here are some things to do during your stay.

Surfing all Year Round

The best surfing beaches in Queensland are arguably those on the Gold Coast, just a short drive from Brisbane. The air temperature during the day is good and the water enjoyable all year around.

Rainbow Bay is an excellent option for beginner and expert surfer. It has wide open beaches is safe enough for families. If you are travelling overseas and want to really experience the Queensland lifestyle, you might consider getting a surfboard riding lesson as well.

The waves here are considered world-class and the climate is such that you can really enjoy the surf without freezing.

Winter is the Time to Pack up and Move to Brisbane

The market moves to a buyers market in the cooler months and those selling up in Brisbane usually expect to sell for a lower price.

So, if you are thinking of moving to a new state permanently and buying, winter is a good time, says Brisbane Removalist, Matt Fuller. Not so good for the seller, but great for those wanting to escape the chill for Brisbane sunshine permanently.

With the average unit price in Brisbane at around $385K, Brisbane is still an affordable option for those on an average Australian wage. Step outside Brisbane and the market can be even better.

Take in Some Art

Brisbane is the home of Australia’s largest modern art gallery. This season will include an outstanding exhibition of Superheroes.

The Queensland Museum will also host a series focusing on Gladiator warfare and you will have some world class ballet coming to town at the QPAC.

Escaping the Chill - Why Brisbane Remains a Top Winter Destination-Marvel Comic Exhibition

Image Source: Visit Brisbane

The exhibition, which will run until September 2017, includes an extensive history of characters, costumes, illustrations and original comic books from the Marvel SuperHero Collection.

The feature exhibition features will include all of your favourite Marvel Heroes and set pieces including Thor’s hammer, The armoured suit of Iron Man’s, the Shield used by Captain America as well as never-before-seen items from the new Marvel Movie, Thor: Ragnarok.

Watch the Whales go By

Even the whales love Brisbane in Winter!

June to October is also Whale Watching season. Here, you can get close to the stunning Humpback whales as they make their way along the Southeast Coast of Queensland in order to get to warmer tropical waters.

A short bus ride from Brisbane will get you to any number of pick up points for the Brisbane Whale Watching and Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises.

These tours include trips out to Moreton Bay Marine Park and the promise of a guaranteed whale sighting.

So, what are you waiting for? If your bones need warming up and you could use a little winter tan, now is the time to book, bag up and go.

Feature Image: Pixabay CC0 License

David has a diploma in Journalism and small business management. David writes on Australian culture, education and business and live in Port Stephens, Australia.

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