TOP TIPS FOR WINTER TRAVEL

TOP TIPS FOR WINTER TRAVEL
Get the most out of your winter holiday with these top tips for travel.

LEARN HOW TO BUILD A CAMPFIRE!
While fires are often probited in the warmer months, there’s many places that you’re allowed to build a campfire during winter (some campsites even provide free firewood!) And for this, you’ll need to know how to build the perfect campfire. While we’re not professing to be experts, we’ve rounded up some tips to help. It’s all about three things: fuel, heat and oxygen. Check out Gizmodo’s top tips. Just don’t forget the marshmallows!

DON’T MISS FALLS AND CASCADES
Nothing recharges the body and mind like the unrelenting flow of a pounding waterfall or cascade. In winter, there’s so many to choose from as the winter rains are syphoned into the region’s waterways. Don’t miss Quininup Falls near Margaret River, Beedelup Falls near Pemberton and Fernhook Falls and The Cascades near Walpole. Check out the full list.

TRAVEL INLAND
Winter rains turn the vast inland farmlands into vast green paddocks of lush grass. The’yre so vibrant in winter, and this is their time to shine. The Blackwood River Valley turns on its charm, with quirky festivals, beautiful blooms late in the season, and generally the farmers are happy with the winter rains! The same goes throughout the inland areas of the Great Southern. The Porongurups are a secret wine hideaway we recommend you check out in winter.

Hillside near Nannup, by Matt Blakers Photoraphy

SEARCH AROUND FOR GREAT ACCOMMODATION DEALS
Many accommodation providers offer low season rates during winter. These usually kick in around May and last until August, when mid-season rates start. These range from discounts and stay three pay two deals to free bottles of wine and two-for-one on attraction entry. Head on over to our regional pages for some great specials – choose from Geographe, Margaret River region, Southern Forests and Valleys, and the Great Southern.

VISIT THE VISITOR CENTRE
Not everything is open but you’ll find everything you need from a visitor centre. Yes, some businesses do use the downturn to take a well-deserved holiday, but you can find out what’s open and what’s on from a local visitor centre. These clued-up locals know the happenings of their town and will be delighted to fill you in. Quirky events abound in winter and the visitor centre staff are sure to point you in the right direction.

BE PREPARED!
Yes, you’re travelling in winter. There may be rain and it’s likely that you’ll hit some cold spots along the way. As long as you’re prepared, you can enjoy the adventures that winter travel throws your way. Have you packed an umbrella, wellies, rain jackets and warm coats? Have you got games for days you might be stuck indoors (we love charades, cards and Pictionary)? Are you clued up on indoor activities at your destination?

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, captured by Matt Fields.

GET SOME BEACH TIME
While we traditionally think of beaches as summer spots, it’s darn exhilarating watching pounding waves and huge seas. The idea of swimming at the beach in winter may not tickle your fancy (unless you count surfing or kiteboarding), but nothing recharges the soul like watching the raw energy of huge ocean swells pounding against the coast. Plus those extra clouds on the horizon mean our West Australian winter sunsets can be pretty spectacular. We recommend Surfers’ Point in Prevelley, a climb to the top of the lighthouse lookout in Bunbury, the Gap and Natural Bridge near Albany, Leeuwin Lighthouse near Augusta and Windy Harbour, near Northcliffe.

Enter the Backyard Brewing Tournament for Cabin Fever Festival.

PLAN YOUR VISIT AROUND A FESTIVAL
Medieval Carnivale, truffle hunts, bonfire nights, fondue by the fire, Australian film and plenty of Jazz. Need we say more about the benefits of planning your winter vacay when there’s an event taking place? Discover out list of top winter events, or find the full South West event lineup at australiassouthwest.com.