3 wonderful winter locations downunder

Winter in Australia is the dry season and that means blue, clear, sunny skies and balmy temperatures that are never too hot nor too cold, unless you’re half way up the snowy slopes of Perisher. Winter is actually the perfect time to go north or to the outback before the sultry heat of summer sets in. Here are three locations to consider for a winter sojourn utilising the very best of the VIP Backpacker network.

Uluru. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Uluru. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Winter is a simply glorious time in Alice Springs and central Australia. It’s a fantastic time to get photographs of the incredible landscapes with all that blue sky and brilliant red earth. It’s also a good time to make use of the tours on offer, one of which is listed below (click this link for the full listing), when the temperatures make camping out and touring around quite enjoyable. Alice is also an excellent place to find work so if you fancy seeing out the winter somewhere that’s neither too hot nor too cold, this could be the best place to earn some cash before you head out on the road again. Alice also has an array of things to do and see. There are plenty of art galleries, pubs and events in town (see our latest newsletter for winter events taking place here). It’s also the gateway to areas such as the MacDonnell ranges where you’ll come across gorges, chasms, canyons replete with excellent campgrounds. Plus there’s also Uluru and Kata Tjuta as well.

Haven Backpacker Resort
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Haven Backpackers is one of Alice Springs newest backpacker resorts. We pride ourselves on being stylish, super clean and with the most friendliest welcome possible. Located a 10 minute walk to town with easy access to the cafes, shops and nightlife. We offer complimentary transfers from the train, bus stations and airport. The property features, modern kitchen, funky TV room and common areas with 42″ plasma flat screens, outdoor BBQ area with internet, swimming pool, laundry and free luggage storage. So come and stay at Haven, put your feet up and let us look after you!!

Room Types Cost Available
Female Dorm (Ens) from $23.00
Dorm (8) from $23.00 BOOK
Double/Twin (ens) from $75.00 BOOK
Triple Room ( 1 Double + 1 Single) from $75.00
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Day 1: Alice Springs to Yulara Departing Alice Springs, we head south, stopping for a short visit at the Outback Camel Farm(rides at own expense) and then heading straight to Yulara and our permanent campsite for lunch. The afternoon is spent exploring Uluru (Ayers Rock), a World Heritage listed area. Join your knowledgeable guide for a base tour of Uluru, exploring ancient caves where Aboriginal paintings can be seen, learning about the oldest culture in the world. At sunset, you will appreciate the spectacular colour changes of Uluru. Later we return to camp for a traditional Aussie meal.After dinner, relax around the camp under starry desert skies. Day 2: Yulara to Alice Springs It’s an early rise for an exciting morning with breathtaking views of sunrise at Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Go for a walk to appreciate the beauty of the 36 magical domes and learn about unique fauna, flora and fire management of the national park. We return to the campsite for lunch and farewells. This afternoon we return to Alice Springs (arriving approx. 7pm) or if you wish, finish the tour at Ayers Rock Resort at 1pm. A MESSAGE FROM THE ANANGU PEOPLE Note: Anangu, Uluru’s traditional owners, would prefer that visitors choose not to climb Uluru. Furthermore, the climb may be closed without notice due to weather or cultural reasons. The price of the above trip includes – all on tour accommodation, all national park fees and all meals from lunch of the first day til lunch of the last day!

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There's nothing like a camel ride on cable beach with a stunning summer sunset. Alice Bell, Middleton, SA Image taken at Cable Beach, WA

There’s nothing like a camel ride on cable beach with a stunning summer sunset. Alice Bell, Middleton, SA Image taken at Cable Beach, WA. From Tourism Australia website.

Broome, Western Australia

Broome is located 2000km from any capital city so if you really want to get away from it all this winter this could be the place for you. While isolated there’s plenty happening here and it’s actually a good place to find casual work. Other than the things Broome is known for – wonderful Cable Beach with its magnificent sunsets and camel trips – Broome also has museums, gardens, galleries, an outdoor picture theatre, incredible natural formations plus an array of local activities to try – kayaking, cycling, star gazing, pearl farming, long distance walking tracks and of course the famed camel safaris.

Cable Beach Backpackers
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It’s all good at Cable Beach Backpackers! Appealing to all kinds of people from all over the world, we attract young travellers and international backpackers on a budget. We offer cheap minimal accommodation in a great, relaxed atmosphere. Cable Beach Backpackers offer beds in dormitory style rooms with both single sex & mixed rooms for those travelling together. Facilities include large kitchen with commercial sized fridges, heaps of stoves and microwaves and loads of space, large outdoor dining area, large screen TV, pool table, internet facilities and fantastic on-site bar where people meet, mingle and relax. Staying in a low cost hostel like ours gives you more value for a lot less money. We will provide you with good quality service and clean and safe accommodation allowing you to enjoy the unique experience of Broome and the Kimberley Region. Cable Beach Backpackers will be your home away from home! We are very well located with excellent access to beautiful Cable Beach.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (8) from $28.00 BOOK
10 – 12 Dorm from $28.00
Quad from $30.00 BOOK
Quad from $30.00
Double from $80.00 BOOK
Turtle Bay Kayak
 Broome’s pristine coastline, sheltered bays and abundant marine life provide the perfect conditions for kayaking. Explore this special area where you have the opportunity to spot a sea turtle from your kayak. Start times vary; there are morning and afternoon options available. No experience required. 3 hours duration. This experience is available year round. What is included: Courtesy transport from Broome, double kayaks with backrests, safety gear, experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guides, dry bags and a delicious beach snack and drinks.

Address: Cable Beach Broome 6726

Cairns, Queensland
Cairns is simply glorious during the winter months and yes, it’s still warm enough to get in the diving, snorkeling and other reef adventures you may have planned. Cairns has numerous beaches and coves to enjoy, although most people are pretty happy hanging out at the Foreshore Promenade with its saltwater lagoon and walking trail. Cairns also has museums, galleries, plenty of bars and restaurants, and there are great things to do nearby – the Crystal Cascades are beautiful falls just 20km away and you can’t miss the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest for your chance to see crocs and a fantastic array of birds, plant life and trees of incredible dimensions – go there via the scenic Kuranda Railway if you can. We’ve listed one of the accommodation options (click here for all the hostel listings) and tours offered through our database (click here for all the tour listings).

Global Central
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Centrally located in the heart of Cairns. Global Central is a modern, funky and a very clean hostel situated 2 mins from shops, woolworths, bus terminals, The Esplanade lagoon, marina, night life, fashion, anything your heart desires. We also have a roof top pool and BBQ area with views of the whole city, great for a party..

Room Types Cost Available
Female Dorm from $21.00 BOOK
Dorm (6) from $19.00 BOOK
Dorm (4) from $21.00 BOOK
Dorm (3) from $21.00 BOOK
Twin from $50.00
Double from $50.00 BOOK
1 Day Cape Tribulation & Mossman Gorge – Deluxe Pak
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A must do in tropical north Queensland, The daintree rainforest is listed as one of the oldest forest in the whole world. Visit Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Cape tribulation and get on board a crocodile cruise on the Daintree river. This tour is designed for budget conscious traveller. Includes entry to the wildlife habitat and lunch at Cape Tribulation beach House.

Address: 287 Draper St Cairns, Qld 4870



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