11 reasons why you should definitely not visit Queensland in winter

If you have a strong attachment to your boots and beanies, you’re probably in the wrong place. Even though this is technically our ‘coldest time of year’, our balmy days are still hot, hot, hotter than most places around the world in the height of summer.

Sure, you might have to slip on a T-shirt instead of a singlet now and again, a pair of shoes instead of thongs, but with temps pushing towards 30°C (yep, check the weather, guys), you’ll be peeling off all those layers quicker than an onion at a Greek festival.

Just look at how us poor folk in Queensland are battling through the season (the struggle is not real).

Hill Inlet The Whitsundays

Hill Inlet, The Whitsundays. Photo by @scottysinton.

Winter blues are just SO depressing. I mean, look at that water!

Heads up: You’ll be so weighed down with all those winter wears in your carry on…

… because when the coats come off, it’s boardies and bikinis all year round, baby.

SUP in Noosa

Main Beach at Noosa Heads.

You can’t just sit around in your onesie and Ugg boots scoffing pie. With days like this, there’s no time – or excuse – to hibernate up here.

Fairy Rock Pools Noosa National Park

Fairy Rock Pools, Noosa National Park. Photo by Jarrad Seng.

Survival 101: Hefty doses of Vitamin D and salty seas does wonders for keeping pesky winter illnesses at bay.

Sunlover Reef Cruise Cairns

Moore Reef Pontoon via Sunlover Reef Cruises. Photo by @phlipvids.

The snowfall is woeful.

Ice-cream Magnetic Island

Ice-cream on Magnetic Island. Photo by Khy Orchard.

‘Tis the season of hot choccies and puddings? Guess again.

Seaplane in the Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays. Photo by @scottysinton.

Snotty, flu-infested crowds for days.

Moke on Magnetic Island

Cruising Magnetic Island in a topless car. Photo by Khy Orchard.

Yep… the winter commute is tough.  

Moore Reef via Sunlover Reef Cruises

Moore Reef via Sunlover Reef Cruises. Photo by Katie Purling.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

(FACT: As well as boasting a plethora of healthy nutrients, fresh coconut milk adds the perfect prop for an Insta snap that screams “My winter is better than yours”.)

Moore Reef with Sunlover Reef Cruises

Moore Reef via Sunlover Reef Cruises. Photo by Katie Purling.

Sun protection; such a drag. A floppy hat and long-sleeve tankini are just so bulky to pack. 

Is winter over yet?