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Best places to travel in August in Australia

Plus, a surprise destination for anyone looking to spread their wings.

August is the heart of winter and calls for action filled snow escapes and cosy romantic getaways.

Even if you're not a fan of the cold there are hot destinations around the country that can warm you up and see you through the worst of it.

1. Best family-friendly destination: Gold Coast

Soak up that sunshine and let the kids loose in the local theme parks.

The school holidays might be over but if you're searching for a local break that won't take up more than a weekend, the Gold Coast is where it's at. From blissful beaches to amusement parks to cater to any age and interest, this one's a no brainer really.

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Nightcliff Beach, Darwin

2. Best for sun: Darwin

The sun shines brighty in the NT over winter.

This is one for the sun worshippers, the adventure seekers and those looking for a more remote getaway. Darwin is the gateway to action-packed outdoor adventures. Spend a day (or 2, or 3) in Kakadu, Nitmulik National Park (Katherine Gorge)and Litchfield National Parks. Or, hop over to the Tiwi Islands to learn about this rich Aboriginal community.

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Hamilton Island, Australia

3. Best for romance: Hamilton Island

Like heaven on earth.

Hamilton Island is a paradise off the coast of Queensland. On it you'll discover soft sand beaches, endless ocean views, top notch seafood and romantic bungalows. A boat ride away is the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach which has been called the best beach in the world. August is an eventful one with Hamilton Island Race week drawing in a crowd. If that's not your style avoid 15-22 August for relaxation unparalleled.

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Byron Bay Lighthouse New South Wales Australia.The most eastern point of Australia

4. Best budget destination: Byron Bay

The sun's still up and shining in this coastal town.

A popular destination for hipsters, hippies and beach bums over summer, Byron gets quiet in August making it a steal for budget vacations. The weather's not too bad either, running in the low 20s. It's not hot enough for sunbaking but if you've got a board you can still hit the surf. Otherwise there's a sleepy town to unwind in and coastal walks to get stuck into.

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5. Best for snow: Snowy Mountains

Snow season is in full swing, so you'd better catch that powder while it's fresh.

Perisher and Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains are 2 of the most accessible snow resorts in New South Wales. July to August is peak season, so while prices may still be high, you have a greater chance of nabbing that precious powder.

As the school holidays have ended by August, you'll find the crowds thinning.

  • August weather: 7-13℃, winter
  • Best for: Snow sports, apres ski
  • Things to do: Ski or snowboard and check out the Winter Dinner Series.

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6. Best for events: Melbourne

Enough festivals and musicals to tide you over until summer.

Melbourne takes centre stage as the hub to gravitate towards in August for culture, festivals and celebration.

More than a handful of events occur throughout the city in August/September including White Night, Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.

Whatever your artistic interests, they're bound to be met in Melbourne this month.

  • August weather: 14–18℃, winter

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Top August events

  • Truffle Festival: Winter is the truffle festival season in Australia's Canberra Region. It's a time filled with truffle-tastic events including truffle hunting and truffle-inspired meals in outstanding restaurants.
  • Hamilton Island Race Week: August is peak season on Hamilton Island for 1 reason: Race Week. It's a regatta that sees competitiors the world over line the island's shores to sail for the glory.
  • Sydney Science Festival: Clue yourself into the latest as leading experts, academics and researchers take to the stage in talks, workshops and symposiums. Free and ticketed events available.

When's the best time in August to take a holiday?

For Australians, August is one of the quietest travel months of the year and is a great time to holiday on the cheap whichever dates you choose. This is because the winter school holidays have come to a close and there is only one public holiday in the month across the nation, which is Picnic Day in Northern Territory.

However, prices do surge at ski resorts as August is peak snow season.

To avoid inflated prices and crowds to these locations, travel during the week or closer to the end of the month when the season starts to wind down.

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