There’s no denying it’s been an extra cold winter season, with chills having blanketed the country for what feels like months now. That’s why it’s no surprise Booking.com’s data from the cold weather months has shown that those looking for a quick weekend getaway have one common goal: getting warm. While some might be lucky enough to be dusting off their International travel boots and headed to the European coastlines, there are still plenty of places to find cosy comfort on our very shores (yes, even if the temps continue to plummet). In our very backyard sit several winter wonderlands just waiting to be discovered.
Consider this your final sign to pack your car with your fluffiest Uggs and warmest pyjamas and head for a weekend away with friends at a gorgeous location, fit with fireplaces and snug nooks. Below, take a look at Booking.com’s top recommendations to curl up next to a fire and take in the stunning views.
With a luxe four-poster bed, dreamy bathtub and a view looking out at sprawling green hills, you’ll feel like royalty staying at Altitude 221. This venue offers up the perfect spot for a cosy winter weekend away.
This stunning destination's location should be all the convincing you need to book a trip — situated in Mount Beauty. Fit with an outdoor hot tub, stunning views of the mountains and a fairy-like garden, as well as a full English breakfast every morning, you’ll feel truly at home here.
Admittedly, Tasmania wouldn’t be on our immediate lists to escape the cold weather, but it’s stunning views and cosy hideouts will have you promptly packing your bags. Just a few hours drive from Hobart sits the Shanleys Huon Valley Villa, tucked away amongst lush green fields and decked out with a wood fireplace and spa (with an unbeatable view).
Located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, KiNam Vinea is the ideal spot to sit among the Yarra Valley’s iconic grapevines. The quaint farmhouse has some of the most stunning mountain views on offer, and proves the perfect outdoor setting to curl up and enjoy.
If you’re looking for a snowy getaway, you can’t go past Chalet Alpina. This lodge has everything you want from a snow-filled holiday, from a fireplace to fur-lined armchairs and sleek interiors.