Christmas & NYE in Oz

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1. Posted by kathschroeyers (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I'm travelling in Australia, by myself, between november and march.
I was wondering what would be a nice place to spend the holidays? I don't have an itinary yet, so I'm pretty flexible about locations :)

Sydney would be the obvious choice, but I'm looking for some other options.

I'm a 30 year old, female solo traveller.

Thanks in advance for the advice, it's much appreciated.

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1336 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

If you are looking to do any part of northern Australia November is a good month for it. It's a shoulder season so prices aren't too high and the weather is mild. January or February is a good time for Tasmania. What type of activties are you interested in? Are you a foodies? City person? Are you into hiking or prefer lazing around a beach? Are you looking to see wildlife? Any interest in diving or snorkling? Do you plan on renting a car and driving yourself? Or will you need good access to public transport for your trip?

3. Posted by kathschroeyers (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I was thinking about starting in Cairns, making my way down, by the coast, all the way to Adelaide.
I would be renting a car and driving myself.

So I would be passing a lot of nice places, but I was wondering what would be a good place to stay at during christmas & NYE.

4. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1336 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

A coastal drive is a good idea. First make sure your rental company does one way and is allowed to drive in the states you will visit. If you are going to be here for NYE try and see the Sydney fireworks, they are a huge event that Sydneysiders take really seriously. It is a whole year of planning and designing and they really are spectacular also the vibe in Sydney at the time is unbeatable. For cheap viewing spots you can book with NPWS a place at one of the harbourside parks, if you are willing to shell out money you can attend a NYE harbour view restaurant or club event. For Christmas it is probably best not to stay in small towns as they tend to shut down (unless you are looking for some serious peace and quite). In saying that if you are too close to Sydney the beaches are packed and the coastal roads are bumper to bumper. Christmas in Byron Bay can be interesting, or somewhere like Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie. These three are also good options if you really don't want to be in Sydney for NY as like Christmas, New Year Day is also a public holiday and things tend to shut down any place smaller. Brisbane or the Gold Coast is also a good option for the holidays season since you will miss the Schoolies crowd (you do not want to be on the Gold Coast during Schoolies week)

I don't know how much you know about the East Coast of Australia but in case you have the famous points picked out I'll offer you some suggestions of the lesser known places to visit. The Tamborine Mountain just west of the Gold Coast, is very beautiful, a little alternative, very foodie. Yamba is a picturesque town at the head of the Clarence River, Hat Head National Park has some spectacular bluffs, they just fixed up the road to Seal Rocks which is also a great place to stop. Around Tea Gardens there are some amazing sand dunes. Jervais Bay is beautiful though you do have to pay entry to visit, Hyams Beach just before Jervais Bay is on record as being the whitest beach in the world (though for the record not my favourite beach in Australia). There is also the town of Kiama and its famous blow hole, a little bit inland is Kangaroo Valley another beautiful foodie place. Eden is another nice town to stop at. Are you going all the way down to Melbourne or will you turn towards Adelaide before that?

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2017, at 06:12 by Teoni ]

5. Posted by kathschroeyers (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Teoni,

Wow, thank you so much for all the information :)

Yes, I would also like to spend some time in Melbourne.

6. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1336 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Well if you plan on going down the coastal road to Melbourne I'd recommend Lakes Entrance, a stop at Wilsons Promotory, if you want to view fairy penguins Philip Island has a great viewing area, around Melbourne you should visit the Dandenong Ranges, for geological formations Organ Pipes National Park is quite interesting and the beaches around Sorrento are nice though if you are visiting during school hoilday they will be packed. Towards Adelaide if you want to do something a bit different you could drive a bit of the volcano trail, Mount Eccles National Park has some great crater walking tracks and in Penhurst there is a fantastic viewpoint from Mount Rouse and a Volcano Discovery Centre. In South Australia Mount Gambier has some amazing crater lakes and Naracoorte Caves is an amazing fossil site with many full skeletons of Australia's megafauna. A visit to the Murray Mouth and Kangaroo Island are also worth putting on the list.

7. Posted by (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Teoni what great info!!! Also look into Springbrook National Park and also the Noosa Everglades for places off the beaten track.

I assume you will be seeing Whitsundays and Fraser Island for excursions?

In regards where to spend Christmas and New Year, if you're looking into Sydney or Byron, accommodation is pretty hard to come by so I would advise booking sooner rather than later.

I suppose a lot of your itinerary will be dictated in where you're landing in Oz. Has that part been booked yet?

If traveling by car from Cairns southward a few companies I would advise are: -snip-

You have so much time flexibility with your time if you need any other help give me a message.

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