The land of scenic landscapes and rich indigenous culture, Australia has never ceased to surprise avid travelers around the globe. From its metropolitan cities like Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and not to mention Sydney, this land of adventures offers some exciting things to do in the month of December. Whether you’re into the rugged landscape of its offshore islands or seeking to mingle with the locals during festive seasons—or even meeting the koalas and kangaroos—we have got you covered. Get ready for an ultimate travel adventure in Australia. Consider this list of the top places to visit in Australia in December.
Discover the other side of Australia by taking an eco-tour of Bruny Island—a 362-square-kilometer (89,000-acre) rugged island tucked away in the southeastern coast of Tasmania. Named after the French explorer Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux, the island offers an epic exploration experience where you’ll get to encounter the flora and fauna of the region—think fur seals, wild dolphins, and pristine parks dotted with indigenous plants. Romantics may venture along the unspoiled coastlines or secluded coves to make the most out of their experience on this isolated island. It is highly recommended to book a tour during the month of December when the island enjoys more than 15 hours of sunshine!
Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
There is something peculiar about Phillip Island when it comes to its unblemished landscapes—the pristine shorelines and rugged cliffs serve as an ideal escape to nature-loving aesthetes. But there is more to discover than its beautiful scenery. Phillip Island is a blissful haven for wild animals such as fur seals, sea birds, and the most notable penguins. The best time to visit is during the month of December when visitors will get to see the epic night parade of the penguins. You can book a tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island. On your way, you can opt to visit other adorable animals, especially the koalas and kangaroos at Maru Koala and Animal Park.
Phillip Island Australian Wildlife Viewing Tour from Melbourne
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
3. Bondi Beach, NSW
One of the most popular beaches in Australia is hands down Bondi Beach, which is known for its iconic white-sand crescent. This is a perfect place for beach lovers and backpackers who wish to ride the waves in early mornings or just take an invigorating plunge in the sea to kickstart their day. Take a leisurely stroll along the clifftop coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee and soak up the dramatic view of the ocean. And if you happen to be in the area during the Christmas season, then you’ll have the chance to experience Carols by the Sea, which is a free event filled with yuletide music!
You can’t miss visiting Sydney if you’re planning to explore Australia. One of the largest cities in the country, Sydney is a cultural hub like no other. The iconic Opera House with its gracious sail-like architectural design and Darling Harbor are places that are teeming with social life. There are plenty of must-do things in this part of the continent, but one of the most popular is witnessing the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race—the world’s most difficult yacht race! The event basically happens on Boxing Day, starting from Sydney and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania, thus covering about 630 nautical miles (1,170 km). This is the perfect time and place to see maxi yachts coming from all around the world!
Another city to consider visiting while in Australia is the southeastern coastal capital—Melbourne, where you’ll find endless bars, cafes, and art galleries. Some of the most popular places here are definitely the city center plazas and bars that are lined up by Yarra River. And if you head down the Southbank area, you’ll end up finding some impressive indigenous artwork. But if you really wish to get into the city’s spirit, then visit Melbourne during Boxing Day Test—a most anticipated cricket Test match that involves the all-time-favorite Australian cricket team.
Another hotspot to consider is, of course, Adelaine, a culturally diverse city located on the south coast of Australia. The city is abuzz with museums, such as Art Gallery of South Australia, where you’ll find an extensive collection of indigenous art and artifacts. If museums are not really your thing, then there’s always Bay Sheffield, which happens at the end of December each year. The carnival is the most awaited event in Adelaide, where many athletes across the country come together to compete with each other.
For a weekend holiday like no other, Hobart—the capital of Tasmania—is a bolthole where you can seek refuge. Bestowed with marvelous hiking trails, especially Mount Wellington, and pristine forests with beautiful flora and fauna, Hobart is a great place to connect with nature. Interestingly, Hobart has many quaint-looking warehouses, cafes, and restaurants where you’ll get the chance to experience the local culture and cuisine. If you time your visit well, you may even witness The Taste of Tasmania. This festival is no doubt the biggest food and wine festival in the country—that alone should interest you!
Taste of Tasmania 6-Day Tour from Hobart
Duration: 6 day
8. Woodford, Queensland
Woodford is a gorgeous town in Moreton Bay, Queensland, and is lauded for its cultural festival that takes place annually. There is much going on during this period when locals and tourists come together to enjoy music, traditional food, and good company. The town has several interesting spots such as picnic areas, camping sites, and rich farmlands filled with local produce—including organic strawberries and bananas. There are also some quaint-looking buildings here, such as colonial-style shops that are worth taking pictures of.
9. Manjimup, West Australia
Manjimup is certainly one of the few places in Australia that is under-rated. Located in the western region of Australia, this laid-back town is filled with some of the tallest hardwoods of the country. But the real attractions are the locally grown black truffles and red cherries that are used in preparing local dishes. During Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival, you can discover the diverse and rich horticulture industry of the region. Enjoy native cuisine made by talented chefs and learn more about the success story behind the unique community.
Australian PGA Championship is a highly reputed golf tournament that harks back to the 20th century. The golf competition usually takes place in the southeastern part of Queensland and is part of OneAsia Tour, which is a dedicated men’s professional golf tour for the Asia Pacific region. The winner of the tournament receives the prestigious Joe Kirkwood Cup. The format of the tournament is based on a 72-hole stroke-play.
Australian hotspots this December
Grab your luggage, passport, and camera this December and head to Australia! From metropolitan cities to quaint-looking towns, here’s a list of amazing places to visit in the country. These destinations offer a wide array of activities, ensuring that everyone in the family has something to look forward to.
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