Holidays in June
Public holidays can sneak up on us, arriving before we have time to plan a getaway. This year, plan ahead for June holidays. Make the most of your time off from work by booking a holiday rental in advance. Gather your friends and family for a memorable holiday weekend away from home.
Why Travel in June?
June might be the first month of winter in Australia, but there are still plenty of reasons to travel. People interested in skiing will want to venture to the Snowy Mountains, but the rest of the country remains fairly mild with temperatures that are ideal for a range of outdoor activities from scuba diving to hiking to biking.
One of the major public holidays in June is the Queen’s Birthday. Celebrated across all of Australia except Western Australia, the Queen’s Birthday is commemorated on the 2nd Monday in June. Besides this holiday weekend being the celebration of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, it is also the kick off of the skiing season in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.
In Western Australia, where the Queen’s Birthday is not celebrated, they have their own public holiday called Foundation Day. Held the first Monday in June (and also called Western Australia Day) this holiday celebrates the founding of the first colony in the region back in the 1820s. Many locals choose to travel during this three-day weekend.
Blue Mountains Festival
Beyond public holidays, there are a few festivals and events that inspire June travel. One of the best is the Blue Mountains Festival. In Australia, locals miss out on the seasonal pleasures of Christmas in December, so this festival celebrates all of those things in June. Visitors can expect Santa Claus, roaring fires, and all the best of Christmas.
Festivals Across Australia
A number of other smaller festivals are held across the country in June. Some of the best options are the Henry Lawson Arts Festival in Grenfell, the Wintermagic Festival in Katoomba, New South Wales, and the Cairns Winter Solstice Festival in Mount Garnet. Food enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Western Australia Food and Wine Festival in Perth.
Where to Go in June
June holidays can take a number of different directions. Many people head straight for the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales for the launch of the skiing season. This is one of the only times of year to enjoy the limited snowfall in Australia. Beyond New South Wales, there is also limited options for skiing in the high country in Victoria, and also in Tasmania. Check in with local ski resorts regarding snow conditions before your trip.
If you aren’t interested in skiing, other fun June excursions include scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or outdoor adventure in Darwin or Alice Springs. If you're planning a trip to Sydney, you can expect temperatures between 8 - 16 degrees. In Melbourne, the temperatures will be a few degrees cooler, but not too cold for exploring the city on foot.