Australia in December is generally dry so it is an ideal destination to escape the winter. But that’s not all, it gets really busy during the last month of the year; the city gets ready for the festive season, everyone starts their preparations for Christmas, the summer school holidays begin and other annual events start to appear one by one. So is December a good time to visit Australia? Absolutely! Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you will want to book a vacation to the land down under during this time of the year.
Well, certainly there’s gonna be a standout attraction in this list that is an absolute must if you haven’t experienced it already. New Year’s Eve in Sydney is one of the most anticipated events on the Aussie calendar; you can join the millions of locals and expats who swarm the harbour to get a glimpse of the iconic midnight fireworks. Sydney is also one of the first major cities on the planet to welcome the year, which makes it all the more interesting. The NYE cruises on Sydney Harbour gives you some of the best views of this epic fireworks show alongside an extravagant dining experience with top-class food and drinks. Cruising past some of the iconic landmarks of the city while indulging in gourmet food and wine, talk about a classy way to welcome the New Year. Don’t forget to bring a camera as you will be in contention to capture some of the best views of the city skyline!
In December, adventure seekers can enjoy a myriad of choices as the weather will be mild in most regions. For one, you can head to the Tasmanian coastline and explore it on foot or consider Perth if you're keen on exploring Fremantle and Rottnest. You can fly to Queensland and kayak round the Noosa Everglades and maybe even check out the inhabitants of the Australia Zoo. The Great Ocean Road in Victoria is also an excellent idea for a road trip, running 243 kilometres in total and full of picturesque lookout points, campgrounds, wildlife, quaint towns and more. And if you're down to learn how to ride the waves, you can catch a flight or train to Gold Coast, which is known as the surfing capital of Australia. Yes, the options are vast and this is far from covering everything.
Boxing Day is the day right after Christmas; traditionally a day off for servants when they received special gifts from their masters, it is now an occasion marked by shopping and sporting events. Lot of retailers and shop owners put forth incredible deals, discounts and offers for their products, people will get up early to be in line and get a hold of whatever they can. Being the starting point of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the harbour will come alive with festivities and celebrations. The ideal way to enjoy the buzz of sthe start of the race is to hop on Boxing Day cruise. You get front-row seats to catch all the action and with a knowledgeable captain, you will be updated with all the latest news and history about the race.
90 minutes away from Melbourne, Phillip Island is the largest Little Penguin colony in the world. Penguin parade is a one-of-a-kind experience where you get to witness hundreds of little penguins march towards Phillip Island during this time of the year. Occurring on the outskirts of Melbourne, you can view this wonderful phenomenon in many ways including self-guided tours, cruises, guided night tours, family tours and more. If you have always dreamt of getting up close and personal with these tiny flightless birds, then this is it!