Because let's be honest: it's just too damn cold in the Northern Hemisphere.
1. It's Summer!
When this is happening in America…
This is happening in Australia.
Winter in the northern hemisphere means it's summer in the southern hemisphere. Every city and beach in Australia becomes a buzzing and vibrant hotspot for both travelers and locals, making it the perfect port of call for just about anybody who's looking to escape the cold.
2. Christmas on the Beach
You could be wearing santa hats and drinking beer on the beach. Every year, all the major beaches in Australia (like Bondi and St. Kilda) fill up with Aussies and travelers alike, celebrating Christmas by wearing santa suits, swimming in the ocean, playing volleyball and drinking beer! Not a bad way to spend a day in December, whether you celebrate Christmas or not!
3. New Years Eve in Sydney
The most spectacular New Years Eve party in the world? It happens in Sydney. Every year, Sydney's bridge, harbor and skies become illuminated by air shows, water shows, light shows and fireworks! It is truly one of the most stunning visual exhibitions in the world.
4. Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef
During Australia's summer, the water temperature goes up and the visibility increases, making the months of November to February the absolute best time to go scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
5. Movies in the Moonlight
You, a cute sidekick and a bottle of wine watching a movie under the stars. Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Perth all have Openair Cinemas. Just lay out a blanket and watch movies on an open air screen once the sun goes down.
6. Dirt-Biking in the Wilderness
Far North Queensland has almost every type of terrain imaginable and is the perfect destination for adventure sports like four-wheeling and dirt biking. Just north of Cairns, Cape York is the best spot to rev up and let loose in some thick red mud or a dense jungle!
7. Music Festivals
Get your groove on! This season brings about some of the best music festivals in Australia, and even the world. No matter what kind of music you're into (but let's the honest, electronic festivals are the best!), Australia has it.
8. Make Friends
If you're searching for a great vibe and you want to meet other travelers, this is the time! Summer in Australia is the most popular time to visit, so be sure to book your budget accommodation with YHA Australia well in advance!
And last but not least…
9. Because Why Not?
With the ease of acquiring a working/holiday visa, traveling to Australia is almost hard to say no to. Especially given the option to work while you're there, if you want to take an extended vacation, there's really nothing stopping you!