If you are wondering when is winter in Queensland, winter there usually lasts from June to August, and this Australian state enjoys a temperature that is opposite to that of Europe and North America. Winter in Queensland, Australia is mild and dry, especially in the northern and coastal parts of this Australian state. These parts include cities like Cairns, Mackay, and Townsville. The coastal, southeastern and elevated areas like Brisbane, Rockhampton, and Bundaberg, and central inland and northwestern areas like Longreach, Mt Isa, and Emerald, experience mild, dry winters. In the case of elevated southeastern areas like Warwick, Stanthorpe and Toowoomba, and southern inland areas like Goondiwindi, Charleville, and Roma, the winters are dry too, but also cooler. Therefore the winter in Queensland offer their own share of thrills and are an ideal time for planning a vacation there.
The capital of Queensland, Brisbane is a must visit in the winters since it’s cool but not that cold to prevent you from exploring the city. There are other places and cities too that you could check out if you wish to escape the hot, humid summers. To further help you organize your itinerary, or motivate you to make one if you haven’t planned a trip yet, listed below are the best places to visit in Queensland in winter and a few activities you could engage in:
1. Hervey Bay: Go Whale Watching
A coastal city in the south of Queensland, the Hervey Bay is dubbed the whale watching capital of Australia since it is where the Humpback whale trains its young ones in survival skills, before migrating on to the other coasts of Australia, from the months of June to November. You can also see the mysterious Minke whales along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef from the months of June to July. Other places where you can engage in whale watching are Moreton and Brisbane. There are various cruises offered by establishments like Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises and Brisbane Whale Watching that guarantee a definite sighting.
Where: Hervey Bay, Moreton, Brisbane
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2. Brisbane: Watch The Rugby Games
Winter is the season when sports fever hits the roof attracting several fans of various sporting events from all over the world. Rugby games are quite the craze in Australia. The most sought after match is the one between Wallabies and Ireland. These matches usually take place in the capital city of Brisbane. There are several major and minor sporting leagues, events with their own divisions and sub-divisions leaving one with a wide array of options of not only various sports matches to check out, but also to experience the love and support the fans of these games have for the respective sports. 7th July here is an important date for fans of ice hockey as it is the day that Team USA and Team Canada come to Brisbane every year to face each other on the rink.
3. Cairns: Explore The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
The celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion, dance, music, paintings, and performance takes place from the 14th to 16th of July at the Esplanade in the city of Cairns, situated in the northern part of Queensland. The fair showcases the works and skills of more than 150 Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists from the state of Queensland. Some of the more sought – after artists that have had their artwork featured at this cultural event include Richard Bell, Judy Watson, Arone Meeks, Toby Albert, Ricardo Idagi, Sally Gabori, Vernon Ah Kee, and so on. The purpose of this fair is to promote indigenous art among the general public and to bring more mainstream attention to indigenous craft, skill, and art.
Dates: 12 July, 2019 – 14 July, 2019 (Friday – Sunday)
4. Brisbane Showgrounds: Have A Gala At The Ekka
Now known as the ‘Ekka’, originally it was called the Royal Queensland Show. Ekka means exhibition and it usually takes place in the month of August and is scheduled to be held from the 9th of August, Friday to the 18th, Sunday, this year. It is Queensland’s largest 10-day annual agricultural show that is organized on the Brisbane Showgrounds and a popular festival among the locals and tourists alike, attracting more than 400,000 visitors every August. It’s an extravagant event that has thousands of competitors, fireworks display, and an array of food and wine stalls to treat your palate, and so on. This event is run by The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland.
Location: Brisbane Showgrounds
Dates: 9 August, 2019 – 18 August, 2019
5. Townsville: Quench Your Need For Speed
The Supercars Townsville 400 is an annual motor racing event held in the month of July, usually, from the 7th to the 9th. Trackside passes usually cost INR 2870. So, if you’re a fanatic and a sucker for speed and fast supercars, head to Townsville, a city in northern Queensland, to witness this heart-racing event that was first held in 2009 and hasn’t slowed down ever since. Today, the Townsville 400 has become the first major motor racing event that takes place every year in the northern region of the state of Queensland.
Location: Townsville Street Circuit
6. Brisbane: Regional Flavours Festival
Get your fair share of entertainment, food, and wine at the Regional Flavours Festival in Brisbane. For all the gourmands out there, there can’t be a better treat than the Regional Flavours festival that takes place over a couple of days in the month of July, usually in the South Bank Parklands offering a picturesque cultural landscape of the Sunshine State in the capital city of Brisbane. The event features free shows from celebrity chefs like Mark Preston (of Masterchef Australia fame), Sarah Wilson, and so on. The event also hosts more than 80 stalls serving delicious food, wine, desserts, sauces, jams, cheeses, and much more.
Location: South Bank Parklands
Dates: 20 July 2019 – 21 July 2019 (Saturday – Sunday)
7. Caboolture: Abbey Medieval Festival
Visited by several historians every year and other subcultures such as the Goths, LARPers, and so on, the Abbey Medieval festival offers a glimpse into the alternative history of Australia. According to their admission, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is different from regular museums as it is where history comes alive. The festival takes place either in June or July. Get your tickets as soon as possible as they sell out quickly. The festival organizes various events, some of which even visitors can take part in, such as the performances by street artists, shows put up by various craftsmen, Medieval Banquets, an event called Birds of Prey and exciting jousting tournaments.
Location: 1-63 The Abbey Pl, Caboolture
Dates: 13 July 2019 – 14 July 2019
8. Brisbane: Queen Street Mall
An open-air mall that is host to several luxury brands such as Zara, H & M, Louis Vitton, Chanel, Paspaley, and many more is one of the popular attractions in the capital city of Brisbane. Situated in the heart of Brisbane on Queen Street, it accommodates several shopping centers such as The Myer Centre, Queens Plaza, Brisbane Arcade, Broadway on the Mall Wintergarden, Tattersall’s Arcade and Queen Adelaide Arcade. There is never going to be a dearth of activities to enjoy and have fun at this mall.
9. South Brisbane: Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Written by playwright, Douglas Mcgrath, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’, is a must-see for all theatre lovers when in Queensland in winter. It shows live, on stage at the Queensland Performing Arts Center, usually from 13th July to 19th August. This is an interesting jukebox musical. It narrates the story of the singer, Carole King and uses the songs she wrote, as well as other contemporary songs by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
10. Clontarf: Redcliffe KiteFest
The Redcliffe KiteFest is the ideal event for you to experience in Queensland in winter with your family and loved ones. It is not only a fun-filled event for kids but also offers a gorgeous vista of the blue skies filled with colourful, soaring kites in the month of August. It takes place at the Pelican Park in Clontarf, usually from the 25th to 26th of August. So, are you ready to fly a kite at the Redcliffe KiteFest?
Location: Pelican Park, Clontarf
Dates: 24th August 2019 – 25th August 2019
11. Thorsborne Trail: Go For A Hike
As the winters are cool enough for you to not be dripping with sweat, get your legs some exercise and treat your eyes to some scenic vistas of the city. The capital city of Brisbane has hiking trails on the outskirts for you to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the natural landscapes of Queensland. One of the recommended trails is the Thorsborne trail and let us remind you that there isn’t a better way to experience the visceral aura of a city than by walking.
12. Stapylton: Catch a flick at the Yatala Drive-In
One of two surviving drive-ins in the southeast region of Queensland, and probably one of the few drive-ins left in the whole wide world, the Yatala Drive-In is an ideal setting for one to snuggle up with one’s partner during the winters and enjoy a screening of the movie playing. It also has a 1950s – styled diner that serves delicious hot dogs and fries, the best comfort food to enjoy while watching a movie.
Queensland has a lot to offer, especially in the winters because the winter temperature in Queensland is quite mild. It’s a perfect choice for those living in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the equatorial region and want to escape the hot, humid weather to enjoy winter holidays in Queensland. Book your trip to Australia with TravelTriangle and have a great time exploring this Aussie state!