With international travel off the cards this year, it means more holidaying at home and exploring more of what Australia has to offer. From the bush to the beach, there are many sides to this large island that we have overlooked in our quest to head overseas. These Christmas holidays are the perfect time for Australians to become reacquainted with their own backyard.
Tradition sees the crowds flock to Bondi Beach in Sydney for Christmas celebrations. The sight of Santa on a surfboard is an annual novelty. However, there are more relaxing out of the way beaches around the Australian coastline. Travel the south coast of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia where you will find stretches of unspoiled, natural coastline.
Go glamping at the Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay in New South Wales. An eco friendly bush retreat with five star quality facilities. It is like an oasis in the Australian bush where you can sleep in a cabin surrounded by the sounds of nature. Take a bushwalking to the coast where you can view dolphins and humpback whales frolicking in the ocean (in season) or simply enjoy a picnic on the beach and watch the sun set below the ocean horizon.
Head towards the Australian Red Centre to the Uluru-Ayres Rock Resort, a short hop from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. With a range of accommodation options to choose from, choose the Sails of the Desert hotel for some Christmas luxury. Following a day of exploring the many outback activities, check out the Red Ochre Spa and relax with a massage, facial or other treatments from their wellness menu.
Take a break from Christmas at home without leaving the State with a city Staycation. Adelaide’s newest five star hotel, Eos by Skycity, is the perfect place to spoil yourself during the festive season. Take the time to unwind, relax and be a tourist in your own city and walk the city with fresh eyes. Upon your return to your hotel, check out the wellness menu at the hotel’s spa, check out the gaming tables in the casino, or simply relax in one of the restaurants and bars all housed within the Skycity complex.
Go beyond the city and explore regional South Australia, in particular Port Augusta. Here you will find the oldest section of the old Ghan railway line. Today, it is used for the Pichi Richi Railway’s heritage steam train. Sit back an enjoy amazing views of the lower Flinders Ranges as the train travels between Port Augusta and Quorn.