Are you tired of white Christmas? If you live in a winter wonderland or you usually go on holiday comes Christmas in one of these places, you can consider a change of scene. What about spending the holidays in a place where days are warm, the sun is out and the sky is clear? Sounds like a perfect summer, right? If you miss summer, go to Australia at this time of the year to catch up on summery fun!
Christmas in Australia can be a bit different from the kind you are used to having. Revel in Australia’s warm weather and spectacular beaches this time of the year. There are many fabulous destinations in the continent that offer unique Chrissie holiday ideas. Check out “Aussie Christmas Holiday Ideas” suggested in Nine MSN – Travel Section.
… think sand, not snow. Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is world-renowned for its pure, white, silica sands and crystal-clear waters and the Whitsunday reefs have outstanding coral cover and variety. Charter a luxury yacht from Sunsail Whitsundays and spend the festive season on the white silica beach of Whitehaven…
Camp it up
Kwiambal National Park is one of the more stunning national parks in north-west NSW, and one of the least visited. On the junction of the Macintyre and Severn rivers, this park has some of the best swimming holes and river gorge scenery east of the Kimberleys. The camping area is at Lemon Tree Flat, a shady sprawling grassed area beside the Severn…
Beside a waterfall
… take a holiday drive along the Waterfall Way. This classic touring drive starts on the mid-north NSW coast at the banana-clad beach resort town of Coffs Harbour and coils its way up through lush rainforest of the Great Divide to the New England Tablelands to finish in Armidale. Highlights …
Australia’s capital city … home to the best collection of museums and galleries in the country. Top of the list is the new National Museum of Australia. Other must sees are the National Art Gallery, The War Memorial, Questacon, Old Parliament House and the new National Portrait Gallery, or take the kids to the National Dinosaur Museum…
Wild at heart
If you’re looking for a wilderness escape then you can’t go past Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania. At the northern end of Cradle Mountain — Lake St Clair National Park there is a range of range of walks for all levels of fitness and keen-ness…
Do some lazy house boating down Murray River. Rent a budget houseboat or splurge on the Dream Boatel that looks and feels more like a hotel than a house or boat. It has five huge, stylish suites with smoky glass that will let you enjoy the views in the company of your holiday party of family and friends.
Have a great time watching movies under a starry, starry sky at moonlight cinemas in the key Australian cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. You can also try the newest addition, the Dive In at Macquarie Waters Hotel and Apartments located NSW’s Port Macquarie. If you will stay in the hotel, it is an amenity that is yours to enjoy for free.
Get your kids all geared up for the wilds when you decide to spend your holiday at the Kangaroo Island. With its “Four thousand penguins, 6000 fur seals, 600 rare Australian sea lions, 5000 koalas, 15,000 kangaroos, 254 species of birdlife and somewhere in between 500,000 and one million tammar wallabies,” you’re in for a great adventure.
Another “wild prospect” is Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Slumber Safaris. This is the next best thing to an African safari with “up-close animal encounters, a delicious African barbecue feast, an African drumming lesson and an evening of fun around the campfire.” Mornings start with a delicious breakfast to be enjoyed with the beautiful view of the savannah. Later you can have a taste of adventure by going on a canoe safari along Werribee River and an open-vehicle safari to come face-to-face with the zoo animals.
If heat is something you want to avoid, the White Cliffs’ opal mining village in Outback NSW would make a great option. Staying in dug-out homes or underground B&B/motel will keep you cool and away from the sweltering of the sun. While down here, you mustn’t miss fossicking at the opal fields and/or touring the galleries.
Who says Christmas can be less pleasurable when you choose to escape wintry temperatures? Don’t all these sound like unique ways of spending Christmas? If your Christmas plan is not firmed up yet, Australia is a great destination for a warm, summery holiday and fun.