Seasonal Escapes: The Best Travel Destinations from Sydney for Every Time of Year



The time of year is one of the most important things to consider before travelling. Whether you’re trying to avoid extreme weather or find plenty of things to do in your destination, making sure you’re going during the right season is essential. In this blog, we’re looking at the reverse of this — when you’re not feeling the weather in Sydney, where should you travel to instead? From escaping autumn and winter to changing things up in spring and summer, this list is your guide to making the most of the seasons, wherever you are in the world. 

When it’s Autumn in Sydney…

Chase the joys of spring when you travel! While autumn can be a bit drab in Sydney, in the Northern Hemisphere flowers are in full bloom and the weather can be more pleasant, depending on where you go. Let’s explore some of the top travel destinations from Sydney during the autumn months.

Admire cherry blossom season in Japan

Japan’s famous cherry blossom season is a must-see for any photo-snapping traveller. During the magical months of spring, cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka come alive with gorgeous pink and white blossoms. The trees add a special touch to already stunning landscapes and fill the atmosphere with a sense of joy. Many events and festivals also take place, in celebration of this season. There are also tasty, spring treats to enjoy, including sakura mochi (sweet rice cakes filled with bean paste) and sansai (seasonal mountain vegetables). 


cherry blossom season in Japan

Stroll through tulip fields in The Netherlands

Similar to Japan, The Netherlands are renowned for their tulips during this season. Visitors from everywhere come to see the vibrant fields of tulips that stretch as far as the eye can see. For a truly extraordinary experience, rent a bike or join a bike tour to experience the beauty of the tulip fields, windmills, and picturesque villages. Canal cruises also offer a unique perspective of this springtime phenomenon. Be sure to visit Keukenhof Gardens, one of the world’s largest flower gardens, showcasing tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring bulbs in a breathtaking display of colour and fragrance.


tulip fields in The Netherlands


Experience Autumn in the Adelaide Hills

Picture this — sipping wine and strolling through charming towns, with vibrant autumn scenes as your backdrop. While autumn is nothing special in Sydney, other locations in Australia like the Adelaide Hills know how it’s done. Across this breathtaking wine region, the landscape transforms with hues of red, orange, and yellow. For a unique experience, stop by the German settlement of Hahndorf and enjoy some authentic German soups and stews or settle in at a cosy cafe in Stirling.


Autumn in the Adelaide Hills


When it’s Winter in Sydney…

Escape to the Mediterranean to enjoy a second summer. Let’s face it — winter in Sydney isn’t great. It doesn’t snow and the on-and-off rain makes finding fun things to do a lot harder. It’s also a time when you’re likely to feel more sleepy, less motivated and not as positive. And who wants that? 

Live out your Summer dreams in Italy 

Home to culture, history and, of course, mouth-watering food, Italy is a great destination to escape to during Sydney’s winter months. Enjoy al fresco dining and walks along the coastline in the warm weather, or get a little more adventurous with hiking or sailing. The long days and pleasant evenings create an inviting atmosphere for exploring cities, strolling through vineyards, or simply relaxing in a piazza with a glass of wine. Benissimo!


Summer dreams in Italy 


Every day is a beach day in Greece

Just like its Mediterranean cousin, Greece is an ideal travel destination to explore during summer. Offering pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and charming seaside villages, you can easily go for a quick dip when the weather gets too much. After a day of exploring and soaking in the summer vibes, sit down at a local Greek Taverna and watch breathtaking sunsets over the horizon. The only problem? You’ll never want to go back home! 


beach day in Greece


When it’s Spring in Sydney…

Try something unique with an autumn-themed adventure. Spring is a lovely time of year in Sydney, but it’s nothing new. Instead of sticking around, pack your bags and fly to a destination where you can experience a classic autumn holiday. 

Marvel at the breathtaking scenery in Canada

To experience autumn, or “fall”, take a trip to beautiful Canada. Boasting national parks, hiking trails, and mountain views, this country is a great place to see colourful autumn foliage set amongst striking landscapes. Canada offers a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy during the autumn months. Visitors can also go wildlife spotting, as many animals are active during this time, preparing for the winter ahead. Of course, this season wouldn’t be the same without sampling local maple syrup fresh from the source.


breathtaking scenery in Canada

Drink beer and be merry in Germany

When it’s spring in Sydney, over in Germany they’re celebrating the autumnal harvest with music, food and plenty of beer! While Munich is known for the iconic Oktoberfest, festivals just like it are being held all over the country. We recommend joining one of these events at least once and experiencing German culture for yourself. Prost! 




When it’s Summer in Sydney…

Cool down in a frosty climate. While summer in Sydney is great, things tend to get a little heated. Instead of standing in front of your freezer all day, book a flight to a winter wonderland and play in the snow. Trust us, you’ll love it.

Chase the Northern Lights in Iceland 

Iceland is one of the prime spots in the world to witness the northern lights. During winter, when the nights are long and dark, you have a higher chance of seeing this breathtaking natural phenomenon dance across the sky. Enjoy this must-do bucket list activity while thawing out in natural hot springs, created by the country’s geothermal activity. To make the most of your winter escape, you can also enjoy activities like skiing or ice cave exploring. Whatever you do, don’t forget your thermals! 


Northern Lights in Iceland 


Make snow angels in South Korea

When it comes to winter destinations, don’t look past South Korea. With plenty of ski resorts across the country, this is a great place to get the adrenaline pumping. Winter festivals are another great way to immerse yourself in South Korean culture. The most famous is the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, where visitors can try ice fishing and sledging, and enjoy performances on the frozen river. After a long day of activities, visit a local “jjimjilbang”, a traditional bathhouse featuring hot tubs, saunas and relaxation areas where you can rest and rejuvenate.  


snow angels in South Korea


Now that you’re an expert in seasonal travel, let’s make sure you know how to book your Sydney airport parking with Park on King. Whether you’re strolling vineyards in the Adelaide Hills or swimming in the azure waters of the Mediterranean, you can be assured that your car is being kept safe in a facility with 24-hour security. Park on King offers a year-round affordable alternative to Sydney International Airport Parking, with on-demand shuttle services for International and Domestic flights available to and from the airport. Book now for airport parking you can enjoy no matter the season! 

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