Top 5 travel destinations with sunshine this June
Mid-year blues? We have the cure for those rainy days.
It’s June already. Can you believe it?
Almost half the year has left us behind and with winter on the way and the June long weekend the last public holiday for a while, cashing in on that bonus day off for travelling is not a maybe, it’s a must.
So where’s good to know this month? We know a few places…
1. Best budget destination: Hamilton Island
Sun, beach and discounted accommodation packages. Hamilton Island is the real deal this month.
Hamilton Island on the Whitsundays is our very own piece of paradise and while it’s good to visit year-round, June is looking exceptionally pretty - particularly on your hip pocket. Being on our shores and serviced directly by budget airlines Tigerair and Jetstar short breaks on cheap flights are imminent. Until 13 June you can also book 4-night all-inclusive stays for 27% off.
- June weather: 23℃, winter
- Top June events: Great Whitehaven Beach Run
- Best for: Relaxation, romance, family fun
2. Best city to visit: Singapore
For that quick getaway filled with food, shopping and sightseeing.
Singapore is at its most ideal in June. Being at the end of the dry season, the weather is still optimal with minimal chance of rain and as the Australian school holidays don’t hit until late June, you won’t find too many Australian families heading up that way with you, either.
- June weather: 27℃, dry season
- Top June events: Hari Raya Puasa
- Best for: City breaks, sightseeing
3. Best for adventure: Vancouver
Searching for summer? You’ll find it in Canada.
While Australia embraces winter this month, Canada heats up with summer activities across the nation. Vancouver in particular blooms with flowers and whale watching opportunities. While on this side of the world you might also like to spend some time in Whistler, especially as June is a shoulder month for this natural icon so won’t be overpriced or overcrowded.
- June weather:5°C-19°C, summer
- Top June events: Whalewatching, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Vancouver Craft Beer Week
- Best for: City breaks, adventure, outdoor activities
4. Best for events: London
Welcome the beginning of the European summer… and festival season.
June 21 is the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. It’s a pagan day of celebration to mark longer days, warmer temperatures and the beginning of summer.
One of the most famous solstice celebrations in the world in England’s Stonehenge and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can touch the sacred stones. June is also the beginning of the European festival season with more than a handful of musical and cultural experiences to book in during your stay.
- June weather:16°C, summer
- Top June events: Summer solstice, Isle of Wight festival, Glastonbury, Taste of London, Father’s Day (UK).
- Best for: Fun, exploration, history
5. Best surprise destination: Inca Trail
Hike one of the most famous trails in the world and discover a city hidden high up in the mountains.
The Inca Trail and the hidden city of Machu Picchu are the things that bucket lists are made of. Being an intensive walk, it’s best undertaken during winter when the weather is dry and cool. If you’re seeking to avoid crowds, your best bet is to undertake this adventure early in the month as the Festival of the Sun tends toward the end of the month and draws in a decent crowd.
- June weather:16°C, winter
- Top June events: Festival of the Sun
- Best for: Adventure, outdoor pursuits, bucket lists
Top June events
- Queen’s birthday long weekend: For most of Australia (except Western Australia and Queensland), the Queen’s birthday long weekend falls in June and with it three days off work or school.
- Summer/winter solstice: Depending on which hemisphere you’re in, the summer (northern hemisphere) or winter (southern hemisphere) solstice arrives late June. Celebrations typically follow.
- Vivid Sydney: One of Sydney’s largest festivals runs through most of June bringing with it a spectacular light show and interactive art exhibitions. More details here.
When’s the best time in June to take a holiday?
As June is the beginning of winter and the school holidays in Australia don’t start until the end of the month, travelling throughout the month isn’t too expensive.
The big dates you might like to avoid are over the long weekend (10-12 June), where demand generally pulls up flight and accommodation prices.
If you’re seeking a quiet one, you might also like to avoid travelling to Sydney during Vivid (26 May to 17 June) as the city welcomes millions of tourists during the festival and prices are likely to peak as well.