Where to travel in March in Australia

Just say "yes" to that early-year break with a trip to these top locations.

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Thinking that the year is going way too slowly? Staring at your calendar wondering how you can make the most of your time. Thinking you need a refresh and recharge with a short getaway?

Like you needed an excuse to pack up your bags and march into an adventure.

To get you on your way, here are our top picks to hightail it to this month.

1. Best budget destination: Yarra Valley

Surround yourself in the tranquility and beauty of one of Australia's most lauded vineyards.

March marks the beginning of harvest season throughout Australia's vineyards and is an exceptional time to explore and taste the finest each has on offer.

If you're in Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a budget-friendly destination that won't eat up into your annual leave while if you're in Sydney, the Hunter Valley is beautiful this time of year as well.

  • March weather: 22-33℃, autumn
  • Top March events: Lotus flower season, Summer Days at Rochford Wines, Easter Wonderland at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, Summer of Live Music at Yarrawood Estate and Race and Wine Day at Healesville Greyhound Association.
  • Best for: Romance, relaxation, wine and cheese lovers
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2. Best city to visit: Canberra

Set your sights to stun when you choose Canberra for your March trip.

Vivid might be two months away but if you can't wait that long Canberra can sate your desires. Its answer to the illuminations spectacular is Enlighten Festival. Similar to Vivid, it serves to dress the city's most iconic buildings in a splay of colour and light.

The illuminations element runs from 28 February-15 March 2020. Highlights include live performances, dinner under the stars and dinner in Parliament House.

  • March weather: 21-34℃, autumn
  • Top March events: Enlighten Festival, Skyfire and Canberra Balloons Spectacular.
  • Best for: City breaks, weekend trips.
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Gold Coast skyline

3. Best for beaches: Gold Coast

Relax, rewind and bask in the sunshine in the idyllic surroundings of the Gold Coast.

A family favourite, by February and March the crowds have dissipated from the Gold Coast's shores leaving you with sand to spare to get your tan on. It's northern location means that it never truly gets cold round these parts so you can expect all those T-shirt and short feels as the rest of the nation cools down.

  • March weather: 28℃, autumn
  • Top March events: Brazilian Carnaval, Sand Safari Arts Festival, Holi and Gold Coast Superhero Weekend.
  • Best for: Family trips, romantic escapes, beach escapes, water exploration, theme parks.
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When is the best time in March to take a holiday?

The turning of the seasons occurs in March and is when the southern hemisphere transitions from summer to autumn, making destinations that would otherwise be too hot to visit, pleasant. In the northern hemisphere, it's when winter turns to spring, so you'll start to see foliage reappear.

In March, Aussies keen for a break go one of two ways. They either head north to escape the cooling temperatures or venture south to embrace the change of season.

Locally, Melbourne and Sydney are popular destinations, according to Skyscanner and the average airfare (based on 2020 prices) won’t break the bank with flights from $265.

Bali is popular for travellers looking for something a bit further afield with some warmer climates and Auckland is a reasonably priced vacation for those who are keen for the crisp cool temperatures in March.

Top 20 destinations Australians travel to in March

CityAverage airfare (return)
Gold Coast$260
Hong Kong$643
New Delhi$886
Kuala Lumpur$564
Ho Chi Minh City$699

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