January and February may mean snow and woolen jackets for people in the U.S., but Australian travel expert Erin Bender of Explore With Erin is dealing with hot days and warm nights in the land down under! Think sunny thoughts as she shows us the best summer spots in Australia.

The 5 Best Summer Spots In Australia

Let the summer never end. For 5 years I traveled the world looking for an eternal summer. Not only are big coats and heavy boots totally impractical for packing purposes, but I have to admit my skin looks better with that summer glow, my mood brighter with a shot of Vitamin C, my days more active, my nights longer… I think you get the point.

So, if you are dreaming of escaping the cold winter for warmer climates, look no further than Australia!

Brighton Bathing Boxes – Melbourne, Victoria

Brightly colored bathing boxes line the beach. It’s a photographer’s dream and a great place to put a towel down and enjoy a warm summer day. You’ll usually find an ice cream truck parked nearby for a nice cold break. And unlike winter, you’ll find all the boxes opening up in summer. You’ll be entertained by what people have created in these very small, very expensive “houses”… Small living rooms, storage boxes, kitchens or just kayak shelves.

Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach and the Hill Inlet, on Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia.

Whitehaven Beach and the Hill Inlet

This award-winning beach is the largest of 74 islands in the Whitsundays. It stretches over seven kilometers and you’ll not find whiter sand anywhere else in the world. Of course, the water is a matching aqua that can’t be matched. If you’ve seen the photos, you’ll understand there’s no better place to be in summer. Make sure you have enough time to set sail amongst its crystal waters, the perfect summer spot in Australia.

Darling Harbour – Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney Harbour, Summer Spots in Australia

View of the Sydney Harbour

Looking for entertainment during those long summer days? Then, this is the place to be! This small inlet is ringed by attractions and boardwalks facing the water. You can find the Australian National Maritime Museum, the famous Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and the largest rectangular IMAX screen in the world. If you are okay with the heat, skip the indoor attractions and take a walk along the Pyrmont Bridge for fantastic water views, ice-cream, playgrounds, parks, fountains and often free attractions on weekends. Tip: Use the Combo Pass to save money!

City Beach – Perth, Western Australia

City Beach is one of my favorite summer spots in Australia. Perth boasts white sand beaches with cold, cold water. The perfect place to be on a hot summer day. This particular beach has several restaurants lining it, so you can easily retreat for a cold one. Or you can set up a picnic on the grassed area, complete with shady trees and free BBQ to “chuck another shrimp on the barbie.”

The Nullarbor – Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Warning signs for a camel, kangaroo and a wombat in the Australian Outback

The Australian Outback

If you like it really hot, then a visit to the center of Australia is where you need to be. Visit the world’s favorite rock, Uluru or simply drive around on the famous red dirt of the region. You’ll likely spot a couple of roos and an emu or two. Make sure you visit some of Australia’s best national parks while you are here.

Erin Bender of Explore with Erin is an official Travelocity Gnational Gnomad. Gnational Gnomads is an exclusive group of high-profile travel and lifestyle experts who offer tips and inspiration on behalf of Travelocity.

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