Bid Adieu to wintertime chills and head to sunshine soaked Australia this Christmas and experience the majesty of the land down under. Situated in Southern Hemisphere, Australia runs on an opposite weather from the Northern Hemisphere - with summer from December through February, and winter from June through August. From the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, to the vineyards scattered across the country, to Sydney’s pristine beaches, and the world renowned pitches of Perth, Australia has something to offer every type of traveler.
Read on find out why you should absolutely ditch a winter December for a summer December in Australia.
1. For the Adrenaline Pumping at Sydney
If you want to make your heart beat faster, head to Sydney. From canyoning in the beautiful blue mountains to jet boating on the Australian harbours, from jet skiing to abseiling, outdoor and indoor rock climbing, choose from a range of adventure activities and get back home with exhilarating memories. The height lovers must look forward to jumping out of a plane at an altitude of up to 14,000ft, and make sure your dream is marked off the bucket list. The popular skydive spot is just an hour’s drive from Sydney, brace yourself, quite literally to take the free fall at more than 200 km/h for up to 60 seconds before floating under the canopy for five to seven minutes above North Wollongong Beach.
2. For the ‘Hippie Time’ at Byron Bay
Visit Australia for this beautiful east coast town where each day is a weekend, enjoy the infectious laidback holiday vibe at Byron Bay. Take the famed 4 KM walk by the lighthouse, a hilly walk and a beautiful way to see the town, the coast and the lighthouse. Shop for souvenirs at the multiple flea markets and devour some local delicacies at the farmer markets by the Bay but here’s the catch - make sure you are updated with which flea market is open when as they are many options to choose from.
3. For the ‘Artsy Vibes’ at Tamworth
Considered the Country music capital of Australia, explore the art and culture of Oz at Tamworth. From the big golden guitarist tourist centre to the country music hall of fame, from the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery to the Calala Cottage Museum, collect conversations and experiences during your time at Tamworth, a must see attraction between Sydney and Brisbane.
4. To Surf At The Gold Coast
Famed for its sandy beaches and theme parks such as Dreamland and Sea World, Gold Coast is a truly golden catch for the surfing lovers as well. Situated towards the south of Brisbane, the 35 different islands of the region patrolled year round by professional lifeguards and have surfing options to suit all levels of experience. Rainbow Bay, Currumbin Alley, Duranbah Beach that combine the ‘Super Bank’ on Queensland are some of the best options to go for a beginner to mid level surfing in Australia. And what’s more? Well, as the name says it all, Surfer’s Paradise which is known for its warmer climate gives the perfect setting for some underwater dive and is truly a paradise for surfers.
5. For the Campfire at Fraser Islands
World’s largest Sand Islands of Australia's east coast, camping in the Fraser Islands is one of the pristine coastline experiences that you can get. A fairly remote area where you’ll need prior permission to camp in, get set to catch a closer glimpse of the wild dingoes, a pure Australian breed, as you spend a night under the clear skies. With options of both fenced and unfenced camping with different facilities, this option is doable by families, adventurers and couples too.
6. For the nightlife at Cairns
Situated in the North of Australia, and considered the entry point to the Great Barrier Reef, that is home many splendid rainforests, head for a unique dining experience at Flames of Forest, where you have a candle lit dinner in a rainforest under a black silk canopy highlighted by sparkling, handmade crystal and bud light chandeliers. From strolling and shopping in the night markets of Cairns to partying all night, let the warmth of Cairns charm your senses during your winter vacation in Australia.
7. For the Greatness of the Great Barrier Reef
One of the most celebrated world heritage sites and natural wonders of the Oz, the Great Barrier Reef is largest living organism in the world. Situated off the Queensland Coast, largest reef system in the world comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and soft corals and several hundreds of picturesque tropical islands that host some of the most pristine sandy beaches in the world. Sea, Marine Life and beach lovers must head to witness the grandeur of The Great Barrier Reef. You can either head to the Great Barrier reef from Sydney on your way to Brisbane or opt for the customized diving experience in the reef, do not miss this experience for the world and take this well deserved Christmas gift for yourself.
8. For the wines of Adelaide
Knows for its indigenous art, museums and a cosmopolitan fervour, Unwind in Adelaide with some wine. Famed for its vineyards, Adelaide’s wines are shaped by the coolness of the area’s altitude. Constituent of one of the largest geographical wine regions in Oz, the region is pleasantly diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley are the two well knowns vineyard regions of the area. Try Rockford, Basket Press Shiraz, Barossa, D’arenberg, Scarce Earth Shiraz, McLaren Vale amongst a variety of other South Australian Wines while you are there.
9. For the coastal views at Port Campbell
Not that Oz has any dearth of spellbindingly beautiful views of the sea side, the views at the coastal town in Victoria, Australia, are breathtaking. From the long drives along the Great Ocean Road to the walks along the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park, revitalise your senses with a good dose of greenery and verdance.
10. Take walks in the laneways of Melbourne
One of the lesser explored experiences of Melbourne, take long walks around Melbourne streets. From the Parisian looking Degraves Street to the gothic lanes of the Abbotsford Convent Complex, explore the music, eatery and shopping and most importantly the street art scenes of Melbourne on foot - an experience tailor-made for people who like to travel and explore things - up, close and personal.
Head out and do something different this Christmas - Visit the land down under and collect a year full of memories and memorabilia. Send us a mail at [email protected] or drop in a comment to find out more about the various affordable Christmas in Australia Packages offered by Team GDA.