Top 3 WorldMark Destinations to visit in winter!

The days are getting shorter, there is a chill in the air, the track suit pants and jumpers are out of the cupboard and the ugg boats are dusted off! The thought of summer is a distant memory as the anticipation of winter and the cooler climate rolls into town…..

Here are my 3 destinations that will encourage you to embrace the change of season or offer that perfect opportunity to relax by an open fire place and make the most of all that winter has to offer!

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Ski at Treble cone or Cardrona ski fields which are closet to Wanaka!

1. Skiing in Wanaka Lake Wanaka is home to the largest and most varied ski terrain in Australasia with six internationally rated ski areas and the largest heli-skiing area outside of North America. For off-snow days, downtown Wanaka is the base for countless activities including jet boating, four wheel driving, golf,  rock climbing, lake cruises,  mountain biking and unique attractions.

Restaurants with an open fire place:

The Cow –  A big fire roars in this dark little den, creating a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. Serving a delicious mix of hand rolled pizzas and spaghetti dishes, hot soup and homemade bread and salad makes for a winning combination that has the diners coming back again and again.

The Cardrona Hotel Restaurant and Bar – Presented with all the rustic charm from an era of bygone days, with period architecture, open fires, innovative and hearty cuisine. The Cardrona Hotel offers a wonderful ambience and sense of history that has made it such a unique destination.

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Sit by the open fire place in the public lounge when staying at the WorldMark Ballarat Resort!

2. Relaxing in Ballarat There is nothing quite like relaxing in front of a blazing log fire, strolling through picturesque gardens on a crisp winter morning, warming up after a long walk, or dining on a memorable meal in a candlelit restaurant. With its rich history, stunning parklands and abundance of contemporary luxuries, Ballarat is just the place for a relaxing winter retreat.

Restaurants with an open fire place:

Eighteen88 –

This is the perfect place for a quick lunch or a casual meal. Relax with friends by the open fires and enjoy great food and wine, before heading out for a night at the Theatre.

Lake View Café and Bar – The Lake View’s Café overlooks Ballarat’s famous Lake Wendouree. Wood fires create a warm and cosy atmosphere in the Café and Champagne Lounge during the cooler months.

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With over 200 vineyards and a wide array of delicious local produce the Hunter Valley is worth visiting all year round!

3.      Indulging at The Hunter Valley – Winter in the wine country is a beautiful time of year, with clear blue skies and mild temperatures averaging 18 degrees during the day and cozy fireplaces and winter- warming food at night. The stark contrast of the dormant grapevines and display of winter grass and flowers in the vineyards will delight every photographer.

Restaurants with an open fire place:

BLAXLANDS INN – Offering a warm country ambience, with friendly staff and great value meals. Dine inside by the open fire, or outside under the stars. With an outdoor campfire, you can relax and unwind whilst enjoying a truly Australian experience.

The Cellar Restaurant – The Cellar Restaurant offers rustic Mediterranean inspired cuisine in elegant yet relaxed surroundings. A huge welcoming fireplace in the centre, large windows to three sides offer views of surrounding vineyards and gardens, framed by the majestic Brokenback Ranges in the distance.


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