5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-Season

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-Season
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After staying put for the last few years, we’re all itching for the perfect getaway. With so much holidaying to catch up on, one way to make the most out of a trip is to travel to dreamy destinations during off-season. For starters, it’s usually cheaper to go outside of peak times, you avoid the crowds (a blessing in these times) and often get to experience something you might not have otherwise.

And while it’s still not easy to sashay off to some ritzy chalet in the Swiss Alps, we have the opportunity to explore a stack of stunning spots here in Australia. We’ve compiled five Aussie destinations, what time of year their off-season is and what you can look forward to. And seeing as you’re shaking up the usual time you’d visit these spots, we’re throwing in what you shouldn’t forget to pack – because it’s not as simple as swimmers for the beach in summer.

Add these five destinations to your list and thank us later.

Darwin, NT

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-Season 

When: November – April

Why?: It’s tropical in the Top End so the wet season is definitely quieter on the tourist-front during this time of year. It will be humid and definitely rain but the storms are a spectacular sight. The extra rainfall means the waterfalls located at Litchfield National Park (a 1.5 hour drive away) will be pumping. Plus, the iconic Parap markets are on every Saturday – rain, hail or shine.

Pack: Don’t bother with the umbrella! Be prepared for sweat and wet weather with a light raincoat, quick-dry clothing and a pack liners for your bag.

Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-Season 

When: November – May

Why?: In the Snowy Mountains region, Kosciuszko National Park is known for its ski slopes – a place I never would have thought to hit up during summer. But when the snow is lacking in the warmer months, Thredbo’s ski tracks are converted into downhill mountain biking trails. So, for the adrenaline junkies, you can catch the chairlift up to the top and then tear back down. There are more easygoing bike routes, plenty of scenic hiking, camping and the Yarrangobilly caves to add to the itinerary, too.

Pack: Between the biking, hiking, camping and caves in this region, you’ll need a handsfree light to help you adventure more freely.

Energizer® Lights have a range of rechargeable handsfree options, including the Energizer® Vision Ultra HD Rechargeable Headlamp which has seven light modes and reaches up to 400 lumens. It’s also incredibly light so won’t weigh down your luggage.

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-Season

Kangaroo Island, SA

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-SeasonWhen: June – August

Why?: No matter what time of year you go, the lush views and natural wildlife are constant attractions on Kangaroo Island. Check out Flinders Chase National Park and head to Remarkable Rocks at sunset or sunrise to capture a dreamy picture. The real benefit of going in winter (aside from cheaper rates and less people) is that it’s whale watching season – you’re much more likely to catch a glimpse.

Pack: The wind is the real killer in winter and there is a chance of rain so pack a waterproof jacket.

Launceston, TAS

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-SeasonWhen: March – November

Why?: Given the sun sets earlier and the mercury can drop to lows of 2°C, it’s a little less popular for tourists in winter. But, the beauty of Launceston is there’s plenty of breathtaking gems close by. Walk through Cataract Gorge, hike The Overland Track at Cradle Mountain or drive to the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail Network. Or, if you want to keep cosy inside, head to Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.

Pack: A sturdy pair of hiking boots to traipse around these traps. A waterproof pair is even handier for the winter months.

Esperance, WA

5 Aussie Destinations That Are the Perfect Escape During Off-SeasonWhen: June – August

Why?: Esperance is the ultimate escape. Situated on the southern coast of Western Australia, it’s an eight-hour drive from Perth (or a 1.5 hour flight) but feels like a world away. Known for its white sand and turquoise water, the beaches are definitely quieter in winter. Spend the night camping on Lucky Bay and check out the sunbathing kangaroos, while you’re at it. Make sure to explore Cape Le Grand National Park and soak up the coastal scenery by doing the Great Ocean Drive loop, too.

Pack: It may look like a brochure for Aussie beaches, but even when the sun’s out it can get a little chilly. Don’t forget a wind jacket and some warm clothes to rug up in.

Make the most of your time and money by travelling during off-season. No matter the destination, if you’re going off the beaten track in a less busy period, packing a light in your luggage can be handy, but also a lifesaver. Whether you’re navigating your way around a dark campsite or wandering through some wilderness, check out Energizer® Lights for a headlight or area light that can help you holiday safely in off-season.

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