The shortest month of the year, February, may not offer any official public holidays, but warm weather and holiday atmosphere makes the month is still a great time to travel. As the final month of summer in Australia, February offers the tail end of the warm summer weather. Why not enjoy the summer days one last time with a beach getaway? Choose a holiday rental at your favourite beach and raise a glass to summer memories with friends and family.

Why Travel in February?

February is a popular time to travel for several reasons. Not only is it the final month of summer, but the crowds are significantly less present than in January. Many people avoid travelling in January because schools are closed and families travel in great numbers. When school starts back up in February, travel once again becomes appealing for people who want to avoid crowds and relax.

Mardi Gras

No public holidays exist in February, but there are several events worth travelling for. One fun annual event is Mardi Gras, held throughout February in Sydney. One highlight is the sparkling nighttime Mardi Gras Parade, stretching from Hyde Park to Moore Park. Groups of friends looking for great nightlife could plan an entire trip around Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations.

Chinese New Year

Looking for excuses to get away? February is usually home to Chinese New Year, celebrated with a range of events including dragon boat races in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Visitors can expect street and lantern parades along with other traditional celebrations in Chinatown.

Valentine's Day

The one major holiday (although not a public holiday) in February is Valentine’s Day. Couples looking to spark some romance could think beyond dinner and flowers and plan a weekend away. Choose a private holiday rental with romantic amenities like a big bathtub for two or an outdoor space where you can drink a glass of wine under the stars in romantic Australian locations like South Australia's Barossa Valley, or Queensland's Whitsundays.

Where to Go in February

The options for travel destinations are wide open in February. People looking for action might stick to the festivals of Sydney while those looking for peace and quiet can still enjoy some time on the beach. While the beaches outside Sydney and Melbourne are very busy during school-free January, they are once again pleasant and peaceful during February.

People travelling in February should be aware that in the Northern Territory, this month is in the middle of the wet season. Expect rain and some flooding, especially in places like the Kakadu National Park, during the month of February. Instead of venturing this far north, enjoy a trip to destinations along the southern coast that offer warm, sunny days and the first cool breezes of autumn’s arrival at night.

There are many adventures in southern Australia that would be ideal in February. Plan your trip to include an exploration of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, or Melbourne and its beaches.

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