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Stop Hitting Snooze and Embrace the Winter Holidays

Become a morning person in no time, regardless of the cool weather with these 10 winter activities.

Struggling to wake up in the cold weather? These Australian winter must-dos are worth getting out of bed for.

Wish you could hibernate the cooler months away? It turns out many Aussies struggle to get out of bed in winter. Sure, we may not experience the freezing temperatures some other countries endure, but winter in Australia is a far cry from the sunny weather that most of us prefer.
But you don’t have to get stuck in a winter rut – excitement and adventure isn’t just for summer days. If the winter chill has you reaching for the snooze button, these fun winter activities will turn you into a morning person in no time.
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or searching for somewhere to spend your winter holidays, these hotspots are the perfect way to enjoy the winter months in Australia.

Melbourne

Commonly referred to as the culture capital of Australia, Melbourne is buzzing with places to go and things to do (and eat!) in winter.
Lune Croissanterie – 119 Rose St, Fitzroy
Can’t make it to France this winter? No bother. Lune Croissanterie’s award-winning traditional croissants have been voted the best in the world, so you can have a taste of Paris right here in Australia. Be sure to get there early, though – the line-up for these delicious pastries is often out the door, and crowd favourites sell out in the early hours of the morning. We can’t think of a better reason to spring out of bed!
Queen Victoria Market – 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
As one of the biggest attractions in the city, the Queen Victoria Market has something for everyone. From funky fashion to fresh produce and delicious eats, you’ll want to be there early to beat the crowds and get the first look at everything on offer.

Sydney

This beautiful city has something to offer every local and visitor. With great shopping, lush gardens, and plenty of sights to tick off your bucket list, it’s no wonder why so many people fall in love with Sydney.
Dawn Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb – 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must-see for all visitors, and what better way to take in the stunning harbour than with a dawn bridge climb? Welcome the rising sun with breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House and the harbour.
VIP Aussie Gold Tour, Taronga Zoo – Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
The ultimate Taronga Zoo experience, the VIP Aussie Gold Tour is perfect for animal lovers and families. Offering an extensive tour of the zoo, visitors can enjoy close encounters with all the animals in a small group, with plenty of opportunities for photos and questions for the friendly guide. This tour runs every day and starts at 9:45am sharp, just after the Zoo opens.

Brisbane

Brisbane’s culture and arts scene is growing rapidly, giving people plenty to do when the temperature drops.
Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar – 2/179 Grey St, South Bank
Nothing beats a hot chocolate on a chilly winter morning, and Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar delivers the goods with their delicious creations. Try their Nutella or Cherry Ripe hot chocolate for something a little different, or order a serve of warm churros or chocolate fondant for something truly indulgent. If your drinks don’t warm you up, the restaurant’s roaring central fireplace sure will!
Mt Coot-tha Lookout – 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr, Toowong
Watch the sun rise as you take in panoramic views of Brisbane all the way to Moreton Bay from Mt-Cootha Lookout. With walking tracks, a popular café for your morning coffee, and an award-winning restaurant, Mt Coot-tha Lookout is a great place to start your day in Brisbane.

Adelaide

This city is perfect for singles, couples and families. You’ll be spoiled for choice for things to do in winter in Adelaide.
Hot Air Ballooning in the Barossa Valley – Barossa Valley
Be amazed by stunning views of the Barossa Valley during sunrise. Whether you’re looking for a romantic activity for you and your partner or wanting to make an unforgettable family memory, hot air ballooning in Barossa is an experience everyone can enjoy. Don’t forget to finish up your flight with a delicious buffet breakfast by the cosy fireplace.
Adelaide Central Market – 44/60 Gouger St, Adelaide
Book a morning tour of the Adelaide Central Market to learn the history of the popular attraction, sample all the fresh produce, and get to know the people behind the stalls. Here you can enjoy fresh espresso, artisan cheeses, and plenty more.

Perth

Heading to Perth? Along with shopping, dining, theatre and art, Perth has plenty to offer locals and visitors during the cold season.
Hot Yoga
It can be hard to find motivation to exercise in winter. Hot yoga makes it easier to get warmed up and moving, and Perth has plenty of hot yoga classes to choose from, so you can start your day feeling active (and warm!).
Pinky Beach – Rottnest Island
Pack a thermos and head to Pinky Beach to catch what is sure to be one of the most unforgettable sunrises of your life. As well as providing one of the best views of the sun rising over the ocean, Pinky Beach is a great spot to take a relaxing walk on the sand or simply sit and enjoy the view while the sky turns incredible shades of pink and orange.
Where will your ‘Wintervention’ take you? Wherever you’re enjoying winter in Australia, be sure to find your perfect hotel with Accor Hotels.

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