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Thursday, 7 December 2023

The best places to visit in Australia over Christmas

Bondi Beach is one of the most iconic destinations in Australia. Picture Shutterstock
Bondi Beach is one of the most iconic destinations in Australia. Picture Shutterstock

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If you want to have a bit of fun in the sun over the Christmas period, there is arguably no better place to go than Australia. Packed with history, culture, delicious food, and even better sights, it has everything you need for an incredible Christmas holiday.

The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are famous amongst Australians but relatively unknown to many visitors. The white sandy beach and crystal clear water make it the perfect place to spend a summer's day or as a spot for a romantic weekend away.

If you want to take it a step further, you can book a couple of private jet flights to and from The Whitsundays, as there are two airports that service most of Australia.

Tasmania

Another underrated destination that is perfect for a relaxing and stunning Christmas is Tasmania. This beautiful island off the south coast of the country abounds with natural beauty, breathtaking beaches, spas, resorts, and fantastic hotels.

Hiking in Tasmania. Picture Shutterstcck
Hiking in Tasmania. Picture Shutterstcck

With the island being cooler over the summer compared to most of the country, it is perfect for an idyllic seaside holiday. Plus, if you enjoy walks in nature, there are so many easily accessible trails through the swathes of wilderness around you.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Australians and visitors alike. Sun, sand, and surf are the name of the game. Here, in addition to the exciting city of Queensland, you can find some of the best seafood.

While many will say that the Gold Coast is almost too popular and busy, that is only true for a small portion. It is a massive area with countless quiet and secluded spots to spend your Christmas getaway.

Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Picture Shutterstock
Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Picture Shutterstock

Great Barrier Reef

The Gold Coast is also home to one of the most famous and diverse natural sites in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. As the world's most extensive coral reef system with an estimated 9,000 unique species, it is one of the most diverse areas on earth.

There are also multiple scuba, boat, and snorkelling operators in the area, allowing you to get close to this mind-blowing natural creation.

Margaret River

Margaret River is one of the most exquisite areas of Australia and well worth a visit. If you want a Christmas that is all about great food and even better wine, Margaret River has 187 wineries, creating some of the best wines in the country.

You can also find several luxurious hotels and spas in the area to kick back and relax. Unburden yourself and enjoy your Christmas in style.

Sydney

Sydney is a go-to for most visitors to Australia. It has everything you need for an ideal getaway and so much more. Beyond the sights and sounds of the city, there are zoos, many markets, galleries, museums, and - of course - countless restaurants serving everything from classic Australian to authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

However, if you want to get out in the sun and enjoy Sydney like the locals do, you need to head to the water.

Wattamolla Beach

South of Sydney, you can find the idyllic Wattamolla Beach. It is a cove, lagoon, and beach all wrapped into one, and the secluded nature of the area makes you feel like you are in another world.

While it can get busy, many people choose to visit Bondi instead. If you arrive early, you can set up for the day and have a relaxing swim with the family before returning to the CBD for dinner.

Bondi Beach

Speaking of Bondi, this legendary stretch of beach can't be missed. It is the perfect place to enjoy Australian surf and beach culture, and you can easily spend hours tanning, playing beach games, swimming, and surfing.

Plus, the beach is lined with restaurants and bars, and there is nothing better than spending the day in the sun and then tucking into a plate of seafood while watching the waves; it is the epitome of a summer Christmas.

Bondi Icebergs Pool

Dubbed as one of the most "Instagrammable" spots in Sydney, at the southern end off Bondi Beach, you will find the Icebergs Pool. This tidal pool is perfect for the kids or if you want a more relaxing swim yourself.

With the best ocean views, there is a good chance that once you are in the pool, you won't even make it to the sand; that's just how good it is.

Kakadu

Kakadu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is easily one of, if not the best national park in Australia. The park's border is a two-hour drive from Darwin, and you will want to take your car. This 20,000-square-kilometre park can't be as thoroughly enjoyed or experienced on foot - there's a lot of ground to cover.

The park is also packed with hiking and walking trails, an infinity pool, and several camping and caravan sites to set up for a night or two. If you want a Christmas morning in nature and to watch the stars at night, you must visit Kakadu.

Conclusion

As you can see, Australia is one of the best places to visit over Christmas - in addition to being beautiful year round. Whether you're planning a Christmas holiday with family and friends or you and your partner, Australia should be at the top of your list.