Winter Getaways have been on my mind. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of winter. I love it!
Of course, winter in Brisbane is very mild as compared to other parts of the world and indeed even my own country! I love to go to colder parts of Australia so that I can experience a proper winter. I love to wear coats, scarves, boots and even gloves and beanies! I love cozy cottages and mountain retreats and rainforests and brisk cool mornings and cold evenings indoors beside a fireplace. I love stews and soups and slow cooker meals. I love a glass of port on a cold night and the first coffee of the day is my idea of heaven. It goes down so beautifully and holding it my hands warms me up!
So here I am in lockdown in Brisbane and no winter getaway is planned. So, I thought I’d look back at some I have enjoyed in the past by sharing some links to past posts about winter getaways and also some favourite photographs that bring back the lovely winter getaway feels for me. Note that a few years back I was really, really into photography and so quite a few photo’s have my watermark on them (MLP). The one’s that don’t were probably phone photos. I’m not so much into photography now.
POSSUM CREEK, NSW
Around April 2014 we went to Possum Creek in the Byron Bay Hinterland and stayed a few nights in a gorgeous little cottage. It wasn’t quite winter but it was chilly and the cottage was cosy and lovely. I loved it so much I have this photograph framed at home and I gave a framed photograph of this away once too. See here at ‘Birthday Giveway‘ and ‘Birthday Giveaway – Winner Announcement‘.
One of my most favourite trips we took back in late April/early May 2015 to Tasmania. It wasn’t officially winter yet, it was Autumn but cool and brisk and wonderful. It was my first trip there and I loved it and would love to go back. Here’s where you can see all my posts about that trip to Tasmania (and would you believe I never got around to the last day or two so I still need to do that!).
Here’s a few favourite photo’s from that trip that bring back the winter holiday feels.
In July 2015 we went for a drive and spent the day at a rellie’s place in Toowoomba. It’s a weekender and sometimes rental. It was a nice winter’s day where we had a crowd visiting, a lovely BBQ and sat by the fire.
In August 2017 we headed for the hills and had a few nights in a lovely cottage up at the Bunya Mountains. To say I loved this place would be an understatement. I was in my absolute element. I was surrounded in beautiful nature and wildlife. We had a gorgeous rustic cottage with a fireplace. Birds would come to visit every afternoon and paddy melons came right up to our verandah every day. I never wanted to leave and I very much would love to go back. I don’t think I did a dedicated post on this trip (I must do that!) but there’s a few snaps in this Taking Stock post and here’s a few below that conjure up winter feels for me.
I went to Canberra for Floriade with a girlfriend in September 2017. I just LOVED all the beautiful tulips at Floriade. Canberra is a fabulous place for a winter getaway. I’ve been to Canberra twice and I really do love it there! I will visit again as there so much more I want to see.
I absolutely love Melbourne and as soon as it’s safe and I’m able I’ll be headed there for a winter getaway and Melbourne fix. I love the little laneways and all the cafes tucked away in them. I love the brisk cool winter air there. I love the European feel to the place and the food is just phenomenal! I had quite a few trips there during 2018 and 2019 and loved every one of them. I still haven’t finished posting on our Great Ocean Road trip!
Here’s all posts I’ve done on Victoria, and here’s a few winter feels pics below.
Last year, after our first lockdown, we had a little getaway to a cottage on a vineyard at Ballandean (Queensland) just south of Stanthorpe. It was lovely! I haven’t yet done a post on this trip but we had three nights there and there was so much to do around the local area. Here’s a quick video of the fireplace once we got it going on arrival. Turn your sound up! The music was on for us when we arrived. The day we arrived it was a very very cold 7 degrees celsius in the middle of the day!
Have you got a winter getaway planned? Do you love them like I do?
Ciao for now,
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