20 Places to Go In Australia at Christmas: 2020 Updated
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Tourist Places to Go In Australia at Christmas

Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, Blue Mountains, Lord Howe Island, Taronga Zoo, The Whitsundays, Yarra River, Christmas Square, Santa's the Magical Kingdom, Federation Square, Glebe Park, Great Barrier Reef, and many more.

Be it the Sicilian themed Parties at Queensland or a traditional roast in the Blue Mountains,
the best places to go in Australia at Christmas is a never-ending list. The scenic beauty of some of the world's most famous valleys and, of course, the white sand beaches from Perth to Sydney when decorated with Christmas's spirit, appears to be out of the world.

The thing which highlights
Christmas in Australia from the rest of the world is that the holiday falls in the summer. Hence, some of the provinces choose to celebrate a second Christmas in July, creating a carnival like time. Markets and Avenues like Federation Square, Caulfield Racecourse are open 24/7 hours for all sorts of Christmas shopping and fun filled rides.

No matter what you choose, the Australian states of Queensland, Victoria, and others have several places to visit in Australia during Christmas. On top of it, the country towns such as Sovereign Hills, Coastal Carnivals too are a unique addition in this long list of Australian Christmas delights.

Here is a list of places to go in Australia at Christmas:

01

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

From surfing to making sand castles and from dancing alongside the bonfires to gabbing some bites at the authentic food place, this Beach will offer you everything needed for a perfect holiday. Apart from basking in the sun, there are several fun activities happening on the shore of the beach.

The Coogee coastal trail along the beach is all decked up for the fantastic surf party during the Christmas. Beach restaurants and hotels at Bondi organize beach activities and competitions such as Bondi Iceberg Summer Pool during the December Christmas in Sydney, Australia.

Location:
7 km (4 mi) E of Sydney CBD.

02

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Listed among the top best places to go in Australia during Christmas, this 140 meters high bridge is open for the ‘Bridge Climb’ activity during the Christmas break too. However, the best climb happens during the night time when the bridge starts glowing with the Christmas decorations.

And if climbing over its peak doesn't appeal to you, you can also walk or go cycling over the bridge to watch the Christmas special fireworks. The mechanical structure of the bridge is a picturesque view in itself and pleases the visitors with a visual feast.

Location:
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia.

03

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Giving a panoramic view of the three sisters, the blue mountains are a must visit if you want to conquer the highest peaks and admire the city through a birds eye’s view. The trail to the top, however, is more enjoyable during the July Christmas as the weather around the hill is comparatively colder than other months.

Additionally, you can also go sightseeing across the mountains and creeks post your meal. Do not forget to be a part of this festive dinner as you come back from the climb and gain some energy by having Australian slow-cooked pork belly.

Location:
50 km (31 mi) NW of Sydney CBD.

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

Taronga zoo is exclusively famous for providing home to more than 4000 animals of both native and foreign origins. Here, you will get to admire hundreds of endangered gorillas, leopards, chimpanzees, giraffes, Australian sea lions, koalas and kangaroos.

The 'roar and snore' night stay expedition is also available during the holiday seasons of Christmas in Australia. The zoo also hosts rope climbing activities such as the Rope Challenge of 30 meters and the Rope View challenge etc.

Location:
Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia.

Tickets:
$49 for adults, $29 for children between 4 to 15, and free for infants.

05

Luna Park

Luna Park

This amusement park is among the most famous places to visit in Australia during Christmas. Having numerous rides and thrilling activities to do for both adults and children, this park is best if visited with family and children.

The fun starts as you enter the quirky building and go through the rides, namely, Dodgem City, Hair Raiser, Ferris Wheel, the Spider, and many more. Christmas carnivals are also significant attractions during the July Christmas celebrations of Sydney.

Location:
1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia.

Price:
$ 43 to $ 48.

Timing:
2pm to 8 pm.

06

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Howe Island is one of the most picturesque in the Tasmanian Island Groups of Australia and is the perfect spot for a few serene and calm days. The blue lagoons, along with a long shoreline having several secret beaches is one of the best places to go in Australia at Christmas.

Also, the Old Gulch is a famous fishing spot known for its calm and chilling weather during summers. Additionally, you can also go on a hiking expedition to the heights of Mount Gower here.

Location:
Lord Howe Island Group, Tasman Sea.

Cost:
$116 per head per night.

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07

The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays

Whitsundays is a group of 74 small coral islands on the waterfront of Queensland. The beaches and islands here are known for their distinguished white sand, and marine scents. The coastline is also bordered with a dense green forest and hiking trails.

Among all the islands, the Hamilton island is the most significant and hosts all the major residing points. Airlie beaches at the Whitsundays are also among the best places to go in Australia at summers. These beaches are the primary point of all the fun activities such as throwball competitions and handball games in the island group.

Location:
Queensland, Australia.

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Yarra River, Melbourne

Yarra River, Melbourne

Melbournes’ Yarra water bank is eye-catching during the Christmas twilights. It is the time when the whole bank reflects the lit-up city bathed in its Christmas Spirit. You can smoothly go on a Vintage Boat ride along the bank, have a soul-steering view of shining Herring Island, and take a serene walk over the Travellers Bridge.

Along the riverside, the most important Christmas activity is the Moomba Festival, where free communities gather and celebrate the famous gleaming Christmas sky full of Australian fireworks. Visiting here around christmas will lead you towards some of the best carnival vibes.

Location:
Victoria, Australia.

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Christmas Square, Melbourne

Christmas Square, Melbourne

The Christmas Square is a shrine dedicated to the grand celebration of this festival providing the best partying vibes. The Square has unique Christmas lights and a full-fledged tree made out of Legos, making it the central attraction of Christmas in Australia.

It also has a Santa house down Swanston street which hosts several storytelling dance programs during the holiday season. There is also the Boho Luxe market in the square, selling aboriginal Christmas goodies and other Australian souvenirs that you can buy.

Location:
Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.

Timing:
10 am to 11 pm.

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Santa's the Magical Kingdom, Melbourne

Santa's the Magical Kingdom, Melbourne
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Santa's the Magical Kingdom is one of its kind Christmas themed Circus in Melbourne. Every year a Christmas Carnival is held here, and people from different parts of Australia gather around to celebrate in the Christmas enthusiasm.

Here one can enjoy several rides, including The Magical Sleigh, The Elf's Magical Team, Race-o-Rama, and others are also designed according to the theme which amuses the visitors. The circus also has a mini amusement park, The Snowland for the younger audience.

Location:
Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield East VIC 3145, Australia.

Timing:
9 am to 8 pm.

Tickets:
$23 for Family Trucks and $35 for Limousines

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Federation Square, Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne

Federation Square is the party destination and the best place to go in Australia at Christmas for world-class nightlife. Numerous hotels and pubs here are making the tourism experience better, but what makes it stand out is its large open-ground parties. The Modern Piazza of Federation Square is especially an exciting party arena during the Summer Christmas Holidays.

Besides that, some other significant places to visit in Australia during Christmas include the National Gallery of Victoria's Australian collection, the Ian Potter Centre, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Location:
Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.

Timing:
24/7 hours open.

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Glebe Park

Glebe Park

Offering the best carnival like surroundings, Glebe Park perhaps has one of the best Christmas exhibits in Australia. To make your experience better, the park starts preparing as early as the last of October and has a full-fledged Christmas Tree Forest. Apart from that, there are massive gingerbread decorative houses, live concerts, musicals, and Christmas shows here as well.

Do not forget to grab some tasty food from the local food joints which have their small carriages here. Also, your vacations would be incomplete if you don't visit the neighboring glebe market that has over 200 stalls, selling different aboriginal handicrafts.

Location:
Civic, Canberra, Australia.

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Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

The Isolated and pristine Great Barrier Island is known for the Great Barrier Reef, which has several unique sets of activities to offer to its visitors. From snorkelling in the pristine blue waters to diving and admiring the lush marine life, here you will enjoy the best of what nature has got.

There are rental facilities available that allow visitors to follow the trail around the reef and scuba diving expeditions that provide training as well. Some other attractions around the reef include visiting the Crazy Horse Trike, Kaitoke Hot Springs, the trip to Patina, and Motorbike Rides.

Location:
Off the east coast of the Queensland mainland, Australia.

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Crown's Atrium Spectacular

Crown's Atrium Spectacular

The Crown Towers atrium undergoes a transformation from a working street to a Christmas Themed party spot. The whole street is decorated with golden Christmas lights and a gigantic Christmas tree around the festive season.

Along with live music, which is performed 24/7 hours around the tree, with eight animated Christmas Baubles of humongous size hanging around. Further, the communion starts as early as the 26th of November and lasts till the 1st of January, celebrating the new year with the same spirit.

Location:
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia.

Timings:
Open 24 hours.

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

The kangaroo island is mostly a national reserve protecting the symbol of Australia i.e., the kangaroos and one of the best places to go in Australia at Christmas. Being home to hundreds of native flora and fauna with animals such as koalas, sea lions, this island is also a natural habitat of many diverse bird species. You are sure to have a gala time visiting the reserve.

Some other places to visit on the Island:
-Seal Bay Conservation Park: Comprises endangered sea lions and other marine lives.
-Remarkable Rocks: The famous rock garden and home to the famous Australian Kangaroos.
-Admiral Arch: Natural arches of beautiful rocks and algae.
-Little Sahara: Small Australian Desert with iconic shifting dunes.

Location:
Great Australian Bight.

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Wellington Square, Perth

Wellington Square, Perth

The infamous "worst Christmas jumper" happens over here in Wellington square and its famous pubs are the quirkiest place to go for Christmas in Australia. The quirky game was invented as a joke because the Australian weather makes it impossible to wear jumpers during Christmas.

The Square is also home to some of the best pubs in Australia, making it a  hub of the best nightlife hotels and bars, including the Irish Pub Duty Belly, which serves delicious buttered rum. Moreover, the 'Christmas in July' party is also thrown in the same area.

Location:
Wellington St, East Perth WA 6004, Australia.

Timing:
Open 24 hours.

17

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is a one of its kind open-air Museum situated in Victoria, Australia. During the Christmas season, the whole of its main street is decorated with unique Christmas lighting depicting the Gold Rush Era of Australia in the 1950s.

Moreover, the roads and surroundings are all decorated with the starlights and fake snows in the image of the original Christmas celebration. Activities such as street dance competitions, kids' carnivals, etc. are the major attractions that you shouldn’t miss.

Location:
Bradshaw St, Golden Point VIC 3350, Australia.

Timing:
10 am to 5 pm (Friday Closed).

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Gold Coast Beaches

Gold Coast Beaches

Known as the surfers paradise, these beaches offer more than that. From scuba diving to snorkelling and from rafting to the boat rides, everything can be done at these beaches. One can easily take ferries to hop from one beach to another. Gold Coast is perhaps the best sunny beach to celebrate Christmas in Australia.

The major white-sand beaches of the Gold Coast include Coolangatta Beach, Broadbeach, Currumbin Beach, Burleigh Heads Beach. The waterfront comprises a series of white sand beaches offering different surfing and throwball events particularly famous on the gold coast during the summer Christmas carnival.

Location:
Queensland Australia.

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Mount Beauty

Mount Beauty

Mount Beauty is a small town in Victoria whose gorges and long hiking trails down the valleys are quite famous. The calm weather and the tranquillity of Mount Beauty are where every man gets away from the city’s chaos. After having a fun experience of the Australian carnivals and Christmas parties, visit the silent gorges and parks situated in Mount Beauty.

Its two of the most visited parks namely the Alpine National Park and Big Hill Mountain National Park offer the most serene and soothing environment to its visitors.  The parks’  trail includes Mount Beauty Gorges Walk and the Mount Beauty Pondage.

Location:
North-Eastern Victoria, Australia.

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Cairns

Cairns

Australia's gateway to the great barrier reef in Cairns can be easily spotted. A trip here will let you indulge in some engaging journey to the inner beauties of Australia with places such as Kuranda Village and Kuranda Scenic Railway.

The beaches over here will offer you the best parties as well as some locations to enjoy most of the adventurous activities like diving with sharks and snorkelling around the reef. Also, the town offers a trail to some of the famous islands of Queensland including the Great Barrier Island and the Port Douglas.

Location:
North Queensland.

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  1. Is December a good time to visit Australia?

    Yes, December is fairly a good time to visit Australia. It is one of the hottest of the season in Australia as it falls in the southern hemisphere. Hence you can enjoy festivities such as the Summer Christmas, the boxing competitions, and other beach carnivals happening during this season.
  2. How many days do you need in Australia?

    An itinerary tour of 10-15 days would be required for covering all the states along with the Tasmanian Island of Australia. It is because most of the festivities and programs last for a week in Australia, and there are several natural sights to visit as well. Hence make sure you plan a trip of more than 10 days.
  3. Is Sydney better than Melbourne?

    Yes, Sydney with the center of beautiful reefs, valleys, and mixed-culture to visit, stands an edge higher over Melbourne. Even though they both have a wide variety of beaches, riverfronts, parks, avenues, and party destinations for its visitors. Sydney tops in the case of scenic beauty. Hence, the selection lies in the hands of the visitors what they would prefer.
  4. Is Australia expensive to travel to?

    The East Coast of Australia is affordable, while the West Coast stands a bit expensive for its visitors. However, the overall trip cost is considered moderate. The average price of lodgings in Australia is about $55-110 per night, while the food comes at the expense of $50-80 for the overall tour. The rental cars and buses cover another $50-100.