Christmas and New Years Fever

Your go to guide these holidays!

By Crystal Landers

Granted – the best place to spend Christmas and New Years is surrounded by family and friends – but with Australia’s scorching summer sunshine, the list of beautiful places to spend the festive seasons is almost limitless. Whether you’re an outdoors, party or leisure lover these options are guaranteed to excite.

Cruising the Harbour

Relax with some succulent sparkling wine, mouth-watering nibbles and a view that will remain implanted in your memory for a lifetime with a Darling Harbour Cruise. After cruising down the endless ocean blue, be entertained by a different sea of red and white with Darling Harbour’s Santa Fest. If you’re looking at spending New Years in the bustling city, it doesn’t get much better than Harbour side fireworks.

Getting back to nature

Why not bask in the beauty of the heartland of natural wonders, Cairns? A few treasures include Lake Eachem, Millaa Millaa Falls, Kuranda, Paronella Park and of course, Australia’s very own Great Barrier Reef. Take time to experience the Reef’s colourful characters and coral with a snorkel, or journey out in a glass bottom boat. The chef’s at Green Island Resort will also be serving up a scrumptious menu of fresh produce and traditional Christmas delights.


Pack a picnic with everything under the sun and head to Western Australia’s Kings Park & Botanic Gardens. When it turns to dusk enjoy a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema located in the park’s Synergy Parkland. Session screening times are available online. Moonlight cinema screenings are also playing in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Douglas and Sydney.

Get Away

Hamilton Island’s annual Summer Festival makes it an ideal holiday spot for the December/January holidays. Get into the Christmas spirit underneath the Whitsunday skies with Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight and dance the night away in Front Street as it comes alive on New Year’s Eve. Family friendly fireworks are also set to sparkle from Catseye Beach.

For more ideas check out our travel guide in your state: QLDNSWACTVICTASSANTWA

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