8 great reasons to take a winter break

For many of us in Australia, signs of winter are all around: cold weather, driving rain, bleak skies. Despite the gloomy outlook, winter is a superb season for a memorable break.

It might sound silly, but there is a host of great benefits when travelling in winter – you just need to look beyond the weather forecast.

Don’t let the cold get you down and stop you from exploring this magnificent country of ours. Chuck on your boots, gloves, and beanies and join us in celebrating the middle of the year. Read on to discover why you should take a break this winter.

A rainy day or night, like that in Melbourne, does not mean
The arrival of rain doesn’t mean the disappearance of colour, as Melbourne demonstrates.

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10 must-visit regional Australia museums

When on holidays in winter, you may find yourself hurrying indoors to escape the cold. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Avoiding a showdown with Mother Nature can mean entering a realm you never knew existed; one that will have you completely captivated. It’s the world of museums.

Regional Australia has roughly 2000 museums, which are filled with inspiring, fascinating, and even quirky stories. We could make a case for all of them, but our compilation concentrates on those that capture our attention for their unique themes.

Whether dedicated to poetry, photography, brollies, or batsmen, prepare to unearth 10 must-visit regional Australia museums.

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21 incredible Australian caves

Sometimes it pays to do a bit of digging…

Australia has a wealth of fascinating cave systems, many of which are easily accessible to the public and often complete with guided tours. And thanks to BIG4’s extensive coverage, quality accommodation is never far away.

With the cooler months now setting in, there is no better time to escape the elements and explore these natural wonders. It’s time to head underground to discover 21 incredible Australian cave systems.

Hastings Caves State Reserve, Hastings, Tasmania.
Hastings Caves State Reserve, Hastings, Tasmania. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett.

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5 useful fishing tips for beginners

There are few activities more suited to holidays than fishing. It’s the ideal experience when taking a break: fishing is relaxing (well, it should be!), it can be enjoyed by the whole family and from endless locations, and it makes for entertaining travel stories.

Another tick in the plus column is that fishing is an activity you can participate in at any level. And even if you’re not that great at it, you can still have a laugh at the end of the day.

To help get you started, we’ve compiled a list of fishing tips for beginners.

Fishing is a great family activity. Location: Flinders Pier, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Fishing connects the family. Location: Flinders Pier, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

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Australia’s Hidden Secrets Revealed

Australia has a multitude of sights of beauty and interest across its length and breadth. Most travellers seek to enjoy these, but as they are widely scattered what is the most effective way to find them?

Colin McFarlane and his wife have attempted to answer this through their book Travelling Australia by Road. It leads travellers by way of 60 interlinking routes and destinations to reveal secrets hidden around Australia’s regional cities and towns. During a 10-year period, they have covered more than 200,000km and gathered the details for this 260-page, full colour book.

The striking Bunda Cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.
The striking Bunda Cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.

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