As quickly as summer arrives it is soon time to wave goodbye and welcome the darker and colder nights of Fall and Winter. But do not fear, there is hope on the southern horizon. You can fight the winter blues by visiting some of the beautiful cities and islands in the southern hemisphere. There you can once again rejoice and relax, the heat of the summer sun on your face. With so many places to choose from, we have narrowed the choice down to some of our favorite locations.
Sydney is a spectacular multicultural city that offers you and your family a city/beach holiday in equal measures. At the heart of the city, Australian culture is strong, with many outdoor activities for you to enjoy and exceptional weather and community spirit. Sydney has a huge selection of restaurants serving the famous Australian BBQ classics, alongside the many authentic Asian cuisines from the neighboring countries.
Top Activities: Visit Targona Zoo, climb Sydney Harbor Bridge, swim in the ocean pool at Bondi Beach, take a surf lesson, enjoy the backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House, walk from Bondi to Coogee and take a day trip to the beautiful Blue Mountains.
Cape Town and Kruger National Park, South Africa
This English-speaking country is simply breath-taking, and great for 2 holidays in the mountainous views of Cape Town are a must see and the opportunity to see the Big 5, (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino) at Kruger National Park, will give you and your family an unforgettable experience. A short 2hour 30minute flight connects the two locations, from Tuesday to Saturday.
Top Activities: In Cape Town visit Table Mountain via the aerial cable way, take a ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and explore the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. In Kruger National Park take a wildlife safari and relax in the natural beauty of your surroundings.
The exotic island of Bali, is great for those that want to escape a busy life for pure heavenly relaxation. With amazing accommodation that range from budget hotels in Kuta, to luxurious ocean view, private resorts, you can’t go wrong. For a 5-star luxury holiday, check out Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud.
Top Activities: Recuperate in exquisite suites and swim in an infinite pool, receive a pampering massage, partake in some exciting water sports and admire the Hindu structures.
Queenstown, New Zealand
For an action-packed holiday in a Southern Hemisphere summer, visit the small but vibrant, Queenstown. The adrenaline capital of New Zealand has a multitude of activities for the fearless and also those looking to overcome their fears.
Top Activities: Scream your way through a bungy jump, a canyon swing, river surfing and a ride on a jet boat. You can also go white water rafting, rock climbing and skydiving. Queenstown also has incredible hiking trails and a brilliant selection of Lord of the Rings Tours.
These destinations provide a variety of holiday delights, so whatever your passion, you will find it here. Which one of these 4 locations will fulfill your travel desires this winter season? As always you can join Gateway Travel and plan these amazing retreats for yourself!