Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for the tourism industry. After all, a lot of people get days off during the holidays and spend their free time travelling with family or friends.
If you are planning a Christmas vacation this year, there is no need to spend a ton of money booking flights and hotels out of the country. Simply rent a campervan and drive to Australia’s greatest holiday destinations.
Do you need help planning your itinerary? No worries! We have listed down the top 10 trips you can take this Christmas.
1. Go Christmas Camping
Believe it or not, many Australians go camping on Christmas Day. What better way to enjoy the holiday than being one with nature?
Drive your campervan rental to Lemon Tree Flat camp grounds at Kwiambal National Park in NSW. The park boasts of breathtaking river gorges and great swimming holes, making it a perfect destination for the summer. In addition, Kwiambal is the one of the least visited national parks in the state, so you can truly get away from the holiday crowds and enjoy a relaxing Christmas with your loved ones.
2. Have A Whitesunday Christmas
If you want to retain the “White Christmas” spirit but do not like the cold, the white sands of Whitehaven Beach does the trick.
Located in Whitesunday Island, the area is known the world over for its pure white sands and sparkling clear waters. Take your family snorkelling, and snap some underwater photos of the famous Whitesunday coral reefs.
3. Drive Down Waterfall Way
Spend your Christmas by getting away from the beach crowd – it’s summer so everyone’s flocking to coastal areas. So drive along the mid-north coast of New South Wales to Coffs Harbour; up to the Great Divide and ending the drive in Armidale. Simply put, make sure you drive down Australia’s famous Waterfall Way.
Do not miss out spending time at Ebor, Apsley, Dorringo’s Danggar and the highest waterfall of the bunch – Wollomombi.
4. Relax At Coffs Harbour
Take a step further away from the noisy, sandy beach and take a relaxing drive to Coffs Harbour. Christmas day is actually the perfect time to visit the city because the weather is perfect. Not too hot, just pleasantly warm and sunny. The Solitary Islands Marine Park is another ideal Christmas getaway. The coastline is never crowded, and there are plenty of spaces you can park your campervan while you are enjoying the day at the beach.
5. Escape The Bustling City At Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens is open every day, so you can enjoy your much-needed respite from the bustling city, regardless of the season. These hidden gardens are a great place to escape the holiday crowds, and still have your family enjoy nature.
Spot koalas up in the trees; trek through mangroves and explore glass houses that showcase plants and flowers from various countries. At the end of the day, celebrate the Christmas holiday with a picnic lunch laid out on the lush green grass.
6. Culture Walk At The Capitol
Canberra, being Australia’s capital city, is not all about politics and power. The city is also home to the country’s proudest museums and art galleries.
So drive the cultural path and visit the National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery and more. If you are travelling with young children, they will have a grand time at the National Dinosaur Museum so make sure you have that on top of your list.
7. Christmas Off The Beaten Track
For an extraordinary, adventure-filled Christmas, drive your campervan to Bellingen. The town is a favourite among holiday travellers for its mild weather all year round. Spend the day kayaking in its warm beaches or go bush walking in the town’s popular nature spots. Bellingen is also home to some of the country’s biggest regional markets, so have fun shopping for fresh produce when you visit.
8. Horseback Riding at Main Ridge and Red Hill
If beaches, waterfalls and bush walking aren’t your cup of tea try taking your family or friends horseback riding in Red Hill and Main Ridge, and spend a very memorable Christmas day. You can also take a guided tour in Mornington Peninsula, there are tour guides that can take your group down to the beach. There you can spend the day watching horses running free along the coastline.
9. Exploring The NSW Outback
One of the best things you can do with your family or friends during Christmas in Australia is exploring the New South Wales outback. Escape the searing summer heat by going underground – literally.
The opal mining town of White Cliffs is a great way to keep cool and experience the town’s unique mining culture. Do not miss the underground art galleries and opal fields. Trust us, it is a Christmas road trip you will never forget.
10. Wildlife Tour At Kangaroo Island
For exciting, up-close wildlife encounters, you need to spend your Christmas at Kangaroo Island, which is home to Australia’s most popular national parks. The island also has the highest concentration of wildlife in the country, so it is not surprising to come across sea lions when you stroll down the beach.
Unlike the rest of the world, Christmas in the Land of Oz is all about enjoying the summer season to the fullest. Whether it is spending the day at the beach, jumping down a waterfall or setting camp in national parks you are set to have the time of your life. It is after all, the season to be jolly!