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7 best places to visit in June

Winter’s well and truly here bringing the start of the ski seasons, winter festivals and a whole lot of fun.

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The winter chill is setting in and the June long weekend's on its way. Time to travel? We think so.

So where's good to go this month? We know a few sunny places and a few snow-capped destinations worth visiting.


1. Best budget destination: Whitsundays

Sun, beach and discounted accommodation packages.

The Whitsundays is our very own piece of paradise. While it's good to visit year-round, June is exceptionally pretty – particularly on your hip pocket.

Being on our shores and serviced by budget airline Jetstar, short breaks on cheap flights are imminent.

  • June weather: 22–25℃, winter
  • Top June events: Great Whitehaven Beach Run

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2. Best city to visit: Singapore

For that quick getaway filled with food, shopping and sightseeing, visit Singapore.

Singapore is at its most ideal in June. Being at the end of the dry season there's a minimal chance of rain. And, as it's outside of the Australian winter school holidays, you won't find too many families heading up that way, either.

For shopaholics, June is the time of the Great Singapore Sale where bargains are around every corner.

For festival lovers, the I Light Singapore lights festival runs all month long and the foodie Gastrobeats Festival runs for 23-days serving up hawker dishes as well as cuisine from Masterchefs George Calombaris and Sarah Todd.

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Cityscape of Sydney

3. Best for events: Sydney

The festival is in town.

June might be winter in Sydney but it never gets blistering cold. Even if it does, there are plenty of indoor events to keep you toasty.

The big one that runs in June is Vivid Sydney. It's an outdoor lights festival featuring installations on some of the city's most iconic buildings.

Other festivals that happen around June are Good Food and Wine Show, Winter Magic Festival and Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. If you're headed to the Good Food and Wine Show, Citi cardholders get a wealth of benefits including discounted tickets, priority entry and a free Good Food & Wine Show tasting glass.

  • June weather: 9–17°C, winter
  • Top June events: Vivid Sydney and Good Food and Wine Show.

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4. Best international destination for events: London

Welcome the beginning of the European summer… and festival season.

The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere is on 21 June. 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 is at England's Stonehenge. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can touch the sacred stones.

June is also the beginning of the European festival season.

  • June weather: 18–22°C, summer
  • Top June events: Summer solstice, Isle of Wight Festival and Taste of London

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5. Best for Aussie snow: Thredbo

If luck is on your side, you could score some early snowfall in your own backyard.

Searching for snow closer to home? You may be able to catch some powder at the end of the month if the local snowfields get an early dump.

The opening weekend is in the first few weeks of June.

  • June weather: -2–7°C, winter
  • Top June events: Opening weekend celebrations

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6. Best for international snow: Mt Hutt (near Christchurch)

Pining for an overseas getaway? Check out New Zealand.

While Australia waits for the first decent snowfalls, New Zealand is already relishing it.

Keen snow bunnies can not only delight in the early opening dates of its resorts but in its long snow season. This tends to run from June through to October.

Located on the Southern Island, Mt Hutt gets covered in dust early. As does The Remarkables in Queenstown.

  • June weather (Mt Hutt): 7–11°C, winter
  • Top June events (Christchurch): None

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7. Best surprise destination: Broome

Explore somewhere new this June.

When winter rolls around the hotter parts of our nation become the hottest places to hightail it to.

Broome is one of our most remarkable outback wonders. Not only is it dry season, it's also the start of racing and concert season.

  • June weather: 28–31°C, winter
  • Top June events: Broome Turf Club Race Days

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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. It brings with it 3 days off work or school.
  • Summer/winter solstice. In late June the northern hemisphere experiences the summer solstice while in the southern hemisphere, the winter solstice celebrations typically follow.
  • Vivid Sydney. This light show features interactive art exhibitions and events throughout Sydney's CBD.
  • The Shortest Lunch. The Yarra Valley's winter wine festival is a short but very sweet weekender. You'll get to taste over 80 wines from local boutique wineries and be entertained by live music.

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 at the very earliest, travelling throughout the month isn't too expensive.

The big dates you might like to avoid are over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. This is celebrated in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the NT and the ACT. Western Australians don't celebrate the Queen's Birthday in June. Instead, there's a long weekend for Western Australia Day.

What are the best travel deals available in June?

With the end of financial year around the corner and it being the low season in Australia, June is a great time to get a bargain trip.

We've rounded up the best June travel deals we could find to help you get to these destinations for even less.