8 Dreamy Winter Escapes for Around $10k from Australia

18 Jun 2024

It’s that time of year again. Winter’s creeping in, and while some may relish the thought of cozy fires and woolly jumpers, others (let’s be honest, most of us) are dreaming of a sweet escape.

So let’s keep dreaming for a moment and imagine you suddenly stumble on some cash in the realm of $10k, and because this is all hypothetical you completely ignore all your cost of living pressures and decide the world is your oyster—or maybe your tropical beach cocktail.

Well, pack your travel essentials like your phone charger, your bags and a roaming pack as we delve into some dreamy inspiration for 10 winter getaways that will make you forget all about your hot water bottle.

For Action Seekers

Queenstown, New Zealand

As an Aussie, is there any other option for the top of this list than Queenstown? Picture this: fresh powder, pristine slopes, and an après-ski scene that’s hotter than the inside of a meat pie. Queenstown is the ultimate playground for thrill-seekers. Go skiing, bungee jumping, or skydiving—all with the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. Plus, it’s just a hop across the Tasman Sea, so your $10k might actually get you there and back!

Whistler, Canada

Keen to go a bit further abroad? Whistler isn’t just a winter wonderland; it’s the mother of all adrenaline rushes. Whether you're carving up the slopes, zip-lining through snowy forests, or snowmobiling at breakneck speeds, Whistler has it all. With $10k, you’ll probably have to travel solo for a good time, but that just means more poutine all to yourself (make sure you ask for extra gravy)!

For Family Time


Warm waters, friendly locals, and activities galore make Fiji a perfect family escape. Snorkel with colourful fish, build sandcastles on pristine beaches, or take a cultural tour to learn about Fijian traditions. Plus, many resorts offer kids' clubs, so parents can sneak off for some much-needed R&R. Fiji is close enough that your $10k should stretch nicely if you can grab some good flight deals.

Tokyo, Japan

From high-tech wonders to historical temples, Tokyo is a family adventure like no other. The kids will be mesmerised by the robot restaurants, interactive museums, and quirky shops. And let’s not forget Disneyland Tokyo! Sure, you might only be able to visit for 24 hours given how expensive everything there is, but this is about “dream” winter escapes, not “rationally-budgeted” winter escapes.

For Quiet Relaxation

Ubud, Bali

Nestled in the heart of Bali, Ubud is a sanctuary for those seeking peace and spiritual renewal. Enjoy yoga retreats, tranquil rice paddies, and holistic spa treatments that will rejuvenate your mind and body. It’s an oasis of calm that’s just a short flight from Australia, making it one of the more budget-friendly options.

Maui, Hawaii

For a mix of tropical bliss and laid-back island vibes, Maui is your perfect retreat. Relax on stunning beaches, take scenic drives along the Hana Highway, and enjoy the calm of Hawaiian sunsets. It’s a destination where relaxation comes naturally. Hawaii might be a bit of a stretch for $10k, but who knows? You might catch a great deal.

For Cultural Immersion

Rome, Italy

When in Rome, you can do more than just roam. Dive deep into history with ancient ruins, revel in Renaissance art, and savour the world’s best pasta. With a $10k budget, you should be able to explore the Colosseum, Vatican City, and enjoy meals that’ll make you question why you ever eat anything else. Just keep an eye on those Euro exchange rates!

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is where East meets West in a spectacular fusion of cultures. Wander through the bustling Grand Bazaar, explore the majestic Hagia Sophia, and indulge in delicious Turkish delights. It's a city that offers a rich tapestry of history, architecture, and flavours. With luck, $10k will cover your flights and leave plenty for baklava.

And that's it!

There you have it! Whether you’re seeking thrills, family fun, peace, or a deep dive into another culture, hopefully these winter escapes have inspired some international dreaming. And when you’re ready, dust off that passport, kiss the cold goodbye, and go and enjoy your international adventure.