Survival-guide favourites for a snowy, rainy – or sunny – Australian winter

Soggy is not our native state.
Soggy is not our native state.

Across this landmass of contrasts we live on, people are gearing up for colder weather in vastly different ways. We asked three of our sellers – Sirens Swimwear from Queensland, Otto & Spike from Melbourne and Cabin Co. from Tasmania – to paint us a picture of winter in their region, and pick go-to products to get them through. 

Brrrr… Amanda from Cabin Co. in snowy Tasmania

Winter has truly hit Launceston, Tasmania where I am now based. Soon there will be snow on the mountain peaks which means it’s going to get rather frosty! One of my top tips for surviving the cold season in Tasmania is to make sure my home is toasty and warm. I always start this by using our braided jute natural floor rugs to keep toes off my cold timber floors. I also use lots of gorgeous, soft organic cotton throw rugs like the ones from Sheets on the Line. For heading outdoors on grass that is forever wet I need to make sure, this year, I buy a pair of Pipduck wellies. These gumboots look like they will take me from the yard to the school pick up. I will be teaming my wellies with a beautiful knit from Ella Sanders. This Nordic pleated sweater in milk will be a staple for my winter wardrobe. My last tip for winter is that I will be using plenty of Myrtle and Moss’s body lotion!

The must-haves from snowy river
The must-haves from snowy river
  1. Jute braided rug, $189 down from $270 in our mid-year sale
  2. Nordic plaited sweater, $349.99
  3. Lavender and cedarwood body lotion, $28.95
  4. Organic throw, from $119
  5. Matt rubber wellies, $149.99


Blahhh… Kirstie from Otto & Spike in soggy Melbourne

Winter in Melbourne doesn’t stop our foodie alfresco lifestyle.  You may find yourself bunkering down behind café blinds under the warming rays of an outdoor heater or gathering together in small colonies around a food truck full of nurturing bowls of love. In winter, Melbourne seems to be in her element, abuzz with cultural events and activities. Of course, Melbourne wouldn’t be Melbourne without the weekly pilgrimage to the footy – be it AFL or local. Huddled together like a waddle of penguins we support our team with gusto. Then there’s the days when you just want to be lazy at home. Leaving the wind and rain at the front door, head inside for an indulgent bath and then snuggle up on the coach with your Otto & Spike merino wool throw (of course) and a good book. Bring the family together, bake a batch of your favourite biscuits and get stuck into a game.
Raining on your head, not raining in your heart
Raining on your head, not raining on your heart
  1. Merino wool throw blanket, $250
  2. Space electronics kit for kids, $299.95
  3. Merino wool scarf, $75
  4. Comfort food spice kit, $45
  5. Mandarin, geranium and bergamot bath salts, $28.95


Barmy… Emma from Sirens Swimwear and Sirens Collective, Brisbane

Winter in Brisbane is my favourite time of year! While the 40 degree summer days often send me scrambling for the buzz of air-conditioning, the mild winter ones mean I can head outside and enjoy the sunny Queensland weather and cool winter breezes. Winter is the perfect time to visit alfresco cafes and trawl local markets. Our mild winter weather means I can still wear my favourite Sirens Collective summer dresses; I’ll throw on a gorgeous cardigan from Deshabille and trade in my sandals for a pair of tights and soft leather ankle boots from Department of Finery. If the weather is especially good, it’s worth taking a short drive to the Sunshine Coast. I love hitting the beach when the crowds and chaos of summer are absent. It also means my Sirens swimsuit gets a nice winter outing! This year you’ll catch me lounging on the beach with a good book, my gorgeous Grace swimsuit & a pair of sunnies from Topheads Eyewear. There’s not much to complain about when it comes to winter in Queensland!

We're so jealous we can barely look.
We’re so jealous we can barely look.
  1. Emily dress in neutral linen, $124.50 down from $249 in our mid-year sale
  2. Cazza sunglasses, $139.95
  3. Luella cardi in navy, $159
  4. Grace swimsuit, $99.50 down from $199
  5. Bloom ankle boot, $137.97 down from $229.95 in our mid-year sale


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