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Hands up if you’re feeling the need for a holiday? I know I am! It always seems to be the way as we get towards the end of the year. There are of course so many benefits to be gained from getting away from home and our usual daily responsibilities and routine and exploring and relaxing! As I found out during our recent holiday to Tasmania, we are very lucky here in Australia to have so many outstanding and varied holiday destinations!
The Christmas break is the perfect time for holidaying in Australia, whether you have weeks or only a few days to spare. From sun-soaked lazy days at the beach to hikes through some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the world, there is no shortage of options. Here are 4 ideas to suit any Christmas holiday agenda.
1. Holiday Break for the Foodies
There is no better time to indulge in your favourite food than Christmas. After all, it is the time to eat, drink and be merry. Pairing this with a beautiful island destination can make the holiday even more enjoyable. A visit to a secluded area such as Lord Howe Island, where you can stay in resort-style accommodation like Pinetrees Lodge, is the perfect getaway. Four-course dinners are served every day, with a focus on local produce and fresh seafood. When you have eaten more than your fill, you can retire to the comfort of a garden cottage or suite.
2. The Exploration Trip
Travelling around Australia is a big undertaking, which is why breaking the exploration down into regions is the easiest way to do it. The Christmas holidays are an ideal time to travel the Great Ocean Road as you have more time and the climate is mild. The spectacular coastline is filled with places to stop and explore such as beaches, cliffs and many small towns spread along the way. Unwind from your drive with a swim in the ocean, or explore the bike paths. There are also many activities to keep the kids occupied, such as horse riding or mini golf.
3. The Action-packed Holiday
Australia is so diverse; your holiday can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you want. If sitting home nursing a plate of Christmas leftovers isn’t your style, you might be more interested in a slice of adventure. Plan a holiday around your interests. A destination like Tasmania offers hiking, camping and nature experiences that suit singles, couples and families. Walk the Overland Track – a 65km hike from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair – or visit one of the wildlife parks and get up and close with the local animals.
4. The Luxury Getaway
Leave the stress of your everyday life behind with a luxury getaway. The Whitsundays is one of the most popular destinations for visitors chasing a slice of paradise. That doesn’t mean you will feel crowded on your holiday though. With 74 different islands and some of the most beautiful white sand you have ever seen, it is easy to forget your troubles on arrival. The warm waters are perfect for swimming and the beach is stunning; it’s easy to spend the whole afternoon relaxing. Many resorts here offer luxury packages that can include spa sessions, beach picnics and even private pool options.
Australia may not offer the chance to celebrate a White Christmas, but there are plenty of holiday options. Whether you are longing to avoid the crowds or looking to splurge on a little rest and relaxation, these destinations are a great place to start.
I’m looking forward to a week at Burleigh Heads on the gorgeous Gold Coast in December. What are some of your favourite Christmas Holiday ideas and destinations?
Ciao for now,
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