Now that winter is officially over and the warmer weather is on the way, it’s time to get back into the sunshine and enjoy all that Australia has to offer. So where are some of the best spots to head this spring? Read on to find out…
If you fancy heading to the beach to enjoy the sun that you missed so much during winter then consider taking a trip to Noosa in the Sunshine Coast, just 90 minutes north of Brisbane. Famous for its pristine beaches and trendy cafes, Noosa is a sub-tropical paradise where you can sit back and relax and watch the world go by. If you want to get away with the family, take a trip to Noosa in the second weekend of September when the Noosa Country Show is in full swing. Held in the hinterland you’ll find live music, stage shows, sheep shearing an animal nursery, monster trucks and a sideshow alley.
Just 90 minutes from Brisbane, Toowoomba sits overlooking the Lockyer Valley and is the perfect place to visit in spring when it’s in full colour. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a ten day event held in September each year and is Australia’s longest running horticultural festival. Soak up the sun in Queens Park at the Food and Wine Festival whilst relaxing to the sounds of live music or take a walk through one of the many gardens that have been planted especially for the event. Aside from the festival, Toowoomba is also home to the historic and interactive Cobb & Co Museum, art galleries, wineries and a huge number of parks where you can enjoy that springtime sun.
If you’re looking for a getaway full of food and wine then head to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales where the first new buds from the grapevines will be bursting to life. In spring the days are typically sunny and mild followed by cooler nights, so stay in accommodation that has a log fire to cosy up to in the evenings. At the end of October, the Hunter Valley comes alive with the Jazz in the Vines Festival where you’ll find local gourmet produce and local wines on display, all within six hectares of Hunter Valley Countryside where you can dance the night away to live music.
Fancy doing a spot of shopping, eating some delectable food and having a flutter on the horses? Head to Melbourne in spring if this sounds like your idea of a spring getaway. This vibrant city is home to some of Australia’s top boutiques, luxurious restaurants and serene parks and gardens so soak up the springtime sun. From September through to November, there are numerous race days to attend so dust off the frocks and fascinators for a day at the racecourse. The most famous event is Melbourne Cup Day held in November where you’ll see flamboyant fashion paraded amongst the 100,000 strong crowd.
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