If you’re anything like the staff at bmag, you’ll be craving a break from the cold weather in Brisbane. What better place to go than the Whitsundays?

If you prefer to escape the cold and holiday somewhere hot, then ditch the winter blues and pack for the sunny Whitsundays. When it comes to choosing whether to freeze or fry over winter, Aussies love a hot getaway, with 72.5% preferring to head to a hot destination, according to a winter survey by leading travel website Wotif.com.

Here are the top five reasons to pack your swimmers this winter and explore the Whitsundays!

Soak up the Vitamin D

In a recent Wotif.com survey, 34.8% of holidaymakers revealed going to the beach was their top hot activity in winter, followed by 29.2% favouring to explore new cultures, 24.7% relaxing by the pool, 9.3% drinking cold cocktails. You can escape the cold winter days and swap them for 22 degree days relaxing on the beaches at the Whitsundays. It’s the perfect weather to go on a sailing adventure or or hike the Whitsunday Great Walk, all with time to relax and roll out your beach towel on the powdery, white sand.

Swap hot chocolates for tropical cocktails

Relax on Hamilton Island and re-live your summer with refreshing cocktails by the pool or at one of the bars. The Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel has a range of refreshing cocktails on offer at the poolside Reef Terrace Restaurant. You can finish the evening with stunning sunset views sipping on a strawberry and orange ‘Summer Love’ cocktail at One Tree Hill, the Island’s hill-top lookout.

Indulge and get pampered 

Relax at Airlie Beach’s Pinnacles Resort & Spa and enjoy the selection of massages and beauty treatments available at the Endota Day Spa. After your pampering, relax on the private verandah with views over the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.

See the underwater world

With the water temperature rarely dropping below 23 degrees, it’s just the right temperature to get up close with tropical fish and colourful coral species. Snorkel or scuba dive along the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Did you know you can even spend the night out under the stars of the Reef?

Spot a whale

From July to October, whales are a common sight frolicking among the Whitsunday Islands and even occasionally out on the Great Barrier Reef. Those out on the water, the islands, or even just sitting in a café by the beach are regularly indulged by excited young calves and their mothers breaching out of the water, playing with boats and majestically gliding through the waters of the Whitsundays.


Visit www.wotif.com/whitsundays for flights, accommodation and packages.