Now that it's winter in Australia and the temperatures are plummeting, many of us are daydreaming of a relaxing break in the sun, while others take any opportunity that arises to holiday at a ski resort.
For families with young children, sometimes it's hard to decide where to go and what to do - sun, snow or somewhere completely different? In your opinion, what are Australia's best winter holiday destinations for families?
I think that it really depends on what you like to do, what your budget is and how old your children are. A holiday in the snow is always fun, although it can be a bit expensive at the big ski resorts. Mount Buffalo was a favourite of mine when I was a child and Thredbo is also lots of fun for families.
Another winter holiday idea is to travel north - away from the cold weather. The winter is always the best time to go to the tropics as it's their dry season. Unlike summer (the Wet Season) when it's sweltering hot and humid, the temperature is mild and sunny during winter. Perfect for camping! Great family destinations in the tropics are Magnetic Island off Townsville, and Cairns and its surrounds. In Western Australia, winter is the best time to explore the remote and wild Kimberley area, or to tackle long-distance four-wheel-drive tracks like the Canning Stockroute and the Gunbarrel Highway. Central Australia is also best visited during the cooler weather.