Australia, the land of ‘wish you were here’, ‘throw another shrimp on the barbie’ and its miles upon miles of golden beaches, is the perfect destination to spend Christmas. Australians love a good festival. In fact, hundreds of people flock to well organised festive occasions throughout the Christmas period.
Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast, Queensland
Boasting the best beaches in Australia, the Gold Coast draws large crowds of tourists over the Christmas season. The local Council organises many Christmas themed events, such as Christmas markets, carols and roving street entertainment. Many Australians opt to have a casual Christmas celebration and the beach is the perfect place to do this. This is the best location to throw down a towel and lie back on the sand and just relax.
The Sunburnt Christmas Day Festival at Bondi Beach Sydney
This unforgettable beach party attracts thousands of party goers. It plays hosts to international artists, as well as talented local artists. Talented DJs will keep the music pumping throughout the festival. There is Christmas Day Aussie barbeque with drink specials and bikini comps to keep the crowd entertained. It is essential to wear sunscreen and bring a hat.
Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays
So you have long dreamt of a white Christmas? Well, this is the place for you! With the whitest silkiest sand in the world, this gorgeous beach will leave you breathless with its spectacular expanse of pure white silica sand. The crystal clear aquamarine ocean will gently lap the sandy shore and the warm water will be so inviting. Santa has often been sighted kayaking his way around the islands prior to his Christmas Eve journey around the world!
75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Qld
75 miles of beach for you to relax and enjoy! Fraser Island attracts an enormous crowd of campers over the holiday season. It is essential to book a camping spot or you are likely to miss out! Campers are made up of families and groups who are quite inventive at making their own fun. This generates a great atmosphere filled with making new friends and renewing acquaintances from the previous year and a great festive time will be had by all.
Byron Bay, NSW
With a worldwide reputation, this location attracts backpackers from around the globe. Once a laid back town favoured by hippies from the 60s, Byron Bay is slowly catching up with the modern world, yet retaining its small town charm. It has a relaxed atmosphere where you can easily sample the delicious local gourmet fare and then catch the surf at the great beaches. Christmas and New Year festivities literally go off with a bang, with a brilliant fireworks display. Accommodation is booked out well in advance, as this is a very popular spot to spend the holidays. This picturesque spot is often depicted on Xmas cards . If you have never had a Christmas at the beach, now is the perfect time to try. The beach at Christmas can be a soothing place where you can relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life. You will not be allowed to become too complacent though as, during the festive season, there are numerous activities organised by the local Councils.
Written by Tara Blair Tara Blair is a full time writer. Tara loves travelling around in her home country in Australia and share her experiences with her fellow readers. Her favourite destination is Byron Bay in New South Wales where she got engaged last year.