Winter is still the season to be go-getting about. Don’t let the colder weather confine you to the indoors. Some of Australia’s finest sights and hidden gems are at their best in the cooler months. This winter we’re inviting our members to get out and about, in and around the city and enjoy the places, events and natural environments that come to life at this time of year. We’d also like to know what you’re up to this winter! Let us know in the comments or over on our Facebook page. Here are a few of our top picks to inspire your next trip with GoGet. These are all easy destinations to reach easily and conveniently.
Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park has a viewing platform and is known as one of the best whale-watching locations in Sydney. The site is also part of a long-running whale-counting volunteer program running each June and July. For people who don’t own their own car, they may be able to get around the city ok, but what about places like these where it’d be great to get out of the hustle and bustle and breathe the fresh air? Make sure you don’t miss out on watching these majestic creatures make their way past Sydney. Cape Solander is in the Kurnell precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. It is accessible to all GoGet vehicles with sealed roads and all weather terrain. Parking is available at the lookout. The perfect south Sydney day trip for our members!
The Blue Mountains:
90 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD is one of Australia’s most famous national parks. There are walks suited to every fitness level, as well as places to hike, cycle, canoe and sleep under the stars at camping grounds. The Blue Mountains get their characteristic blue haze from the mixing of sunlight with drops of oil released by the eucalypts that blanket the region’s vast tablelands and valleys, just to inspire you further!
Winter Kids’ Destinations:
- In Sydney’s east, the iconic Bondi Beach is home to the annual Winter Magic Festival. Here the kids will able to play on rides, enjoy street food and use the ice skating rink.
- Also, over the weekend of 5 & 6 July take the family to Sydney Olympic Park to enjoy the Toy and Game Expo.
- At the Allphones Arena from 9 to 13 July is Disney on Ice’s latest performance, Treasure Trove.
- The museums across the city, such as the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum also have exciting exhibits for children of all ages.
The Sydney Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world. Take your pick from a packed program of more than 250 screenings over the 12-day event. Strictly Ballroom the Musical will take centre stage at Sydney Lyric Theatre from 25 March to 3 August.
Feel like getting out of the city? Take a day trip with GoGet to the diverse villages and breathtaking scenery of the Yarra Valley. Travel through rolling hills vineyards, secluded natural valleys, blue mountain backdrops and green pastures. Villages like Marysville and Warburton are just some of many places to visit. Dine in style, sampling fresh local produce at tables in Healesville and Yarra Glen. Visit Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park, home to native Australian birds and animals like platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, echidnas and more. The Yarra Valley is located approximately 1.5 hours drive north west of Melbourne CBD. Cape Otway National Park: The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and rock platforms. There are excellent camping opportunities throughout the Park. Whether you are looking for a family friendly place to park your share car, or a solitary night under the stars there’s something to cater to every need. The Park is a 3.5 hour drive west of Melbourne CBD.
Whether it be Australian Rugby or Aussie Rules, Melbourne really delivers. Though driving to the stadiums can be a pain. Why not take advantage of a GoGet people mover to get yourself, your friends and family to Etihad Stadium or the MCG, and only pay for one space! The 2014 season is shaping up to be a big one for Australian Rugby. The year will begin this month with The Castrol Edge France Tour, which will see the Qantas Wallabies take on Les Bleus on these shores for the first time since 2009. The 2014 Toyota Australian Football League Premiership Season has also kicked off. See the game’s biggest names take each other on each week between March and September to earn the right to qualify for the finals series.
Escape the cold by getting up to Brisbane this winter. If you stay in the CBD, GoGet cars on the street give you the convenience and familiarity of home while you’re away. You’ll be free to book and drive to any of these magnificent attractions just outside of Brisbane at a moment’s notice.
Let the awe-inspiring landscape wash over you as you take a leisurely drive through the Glass House Mountains National Park, stopping at picturesque lookouts along the way, or get the blood pumping with some hiking, rock climbing or abseiling.
This annual celebration is hosted in admiration of all things winter. Centered around the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southern Hemisphere, last year’s Winter Festival attracted around 30,000 visitors to Brisbane’s King George Square.
Located an hour north of Brisbane on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is a team of passionate conservationists working around-the-clock to deliver an animal experience like no other. The zoo is the legacy of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and is the ultimate wildlife adventure delivering conservation through education. Cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, walk with a Sumatran tiger and watch a crocodile launch from the water’s edge. All this, and only a quick drive for GoGet members to spend a day out of the city.
Moreton Bay and Islands:
Right on Brisbane’s doorstep lies an oasis of seaside towns, islands and an abundance of wildlife. 125km of coastline from Bribie Island through to Redland Bay in the south makes up the Moreton Bay and Islands region. Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge that crosses the Pumicestone Passage. The passage side of the island has gorgeous views of the Glasshouse Mountains and is a calm water haven for swimming, water sports and dolphin spotting.
Kangaroo Island is an amazing SA destination, internationally renowned for its spectacular landscapes and amazing diversity of wildlife. Kangaroo Island’s most recognised attractions are situated within the national parks on the island. Seal Bay, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, and Cape Borda and Cape Willoughby lightstations. Kangaroo Island is a 3.5 hour drive south east of Adelaide CBD, and requires you to GoGet on a ferry for some island adventures.
Barossa Valley Wine Region:
The Barossa is home to some of the world’s most lauded vineyards but wine isn’t all that tastes great in the Barossa. The Barossa is a great romantic escape. The hills and valleys have inspired many local artists, so take some time and escape for the weekend. Barossa Scenic Heritage Drive is a 57-kilometre journey that will unlock the region’s heritage secrets. Winding through Bethany, Angaston, Nuriootpa, Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Marananga and Tanunda, look for the brown and white road signs marked with the number ‘4’.
The Fleurieu Peninsula:
Fleurieu is synonymous with green hills bounded by clifftops, beaches, coves and the winding Murray River. The river pans out and forms a beautiful, calm expanse of water at Goolwa. Sit on the wharf and see boats cruise under the Hindmarsh Bridge. The Fleurieu Peninsula is featured in several self-drive itineraries, and given it’s close proximity to Adelaide, it’s a breeze to explore.
With GoGet, these places are all within reach, all within a day. So why not get out and explore this winter? See what natural wonders lie just outside the city as well as the fantastic events that happen only in the cooler months. You don’t have to own your own car to experience the very best Australia has to offer.