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The Top 5 Travel Destinations for Christmas 2020

Katie Douglass

Katie Douglass

04/12/2020 • 16 minute read

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It’s been quite the year. As the end of it draws near and COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, many Aussies will be looking to escape their work-from-home stations and travel for the festive season.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put any plans to jet off overseas on the backburner, the silver lining is that it gives us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our very own backyard.

Whether you want to soak up the sun on idyllic beaches, walk along rugged clifftops, see nature up close, or explore vineyards, there’s plenty to see and do in Australia during Christmas time.

If you’re looking for inspiration on where to go, we’ve put together our top five destinations in Australia for Christmas 2020. Check it out below.

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Reminder

Before you plan your trip, keep in mind that travel restrictions may change at any time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips for a hassle-free holiday:

  • Opt for accommodation, flight, and car hire providers that offer flexible change and cancellation policies
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest travel information from state governments
  • Always follow government advice

1. Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula makes for the perfect Christmas getaway with its unspoilt beaches, rugged clifftops, vineyards, and lush farmland. Along the coastline, you can enjoy plenty of activities including fishing, surfing, snorkelling, and sailing.

Out of the water, a visit to the McLaren Vale wine region is an essential for any wine-lover. But if you want to take your wine experience to the next level, check out the world-famous d’Arenberg Cube —a five-storey rubik’s cube-shaped building designed to give the illusion of floating in a vineyard. It features a tasting room, cinema room, and incredible panoramic views.

 

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For family-friendly activities, head off to Granite Island where you can ride Clydesdale horse-drawn heritage trams, go dolphin watching, and sightsee colonies of Little Penguins (the island is home to more than 2,000 of them).

Need to stock up on Christmas food?

Don’t forget to visit the iconic Port Elliot bakery and stock up on freshly baked pastries, pies, cakes, donuts, ice-cream, and bread. Filled with historical charm, the bakery has been running for over 100 years and even has the original wood-fired ovens out the back.

2. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Situated in the Tasman Sea, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island is one of the first places in Australia to see the sun rise every day — a perfect way to start your Christmas Day. There’s plenty to do on the island but we recommend exploring the rare native flora and fauna by booking a private tour with local resident and island naturalist Ian Hutton.

As Lord Howe Island only allows 400 visitors to stay at any one time, it’s the ideal holiday destination for a unique and relaxed experience.

Explore marine life up close

For a truly unique experience, head off to Ned’s Beach where you can get up close with the diverse marine life by hand-feeding fish.

 

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3. Whitsundays, Queensland

There are 74 tropical islands, including the world-famous Hamilton Island and Daydream Island, that make up the Whitsundays so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you want to go sailing, paddle boarding, snorkelling, or fly in a helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef, there’s plenty to see and do in the Whitsundays.

 

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A different kind of white Christmas

Trade white snow for white sand with a half or full-day tour of the iconic Whitehaven Beach.

4. Rottnest Island, Western Australia

 

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Whether it’s kayaking, golfing, cycling, guided walk tours, or taking selfies with the resident quokkas, Rottnest Island has plenty to offer. Just a 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, the island is home to 63 pristine beaches and 20 bays which you can explore via bike (cars are banned on the island). We recommend checking out The Basin, a popular picnic and swimming spot for holidaymakers.

The happiest animal on earth

While taking a selfie with a quokka is a must, there are a few do’s and don’ts to follow according to the official Rottnest Island website:

  • Don’t touch the quokkas
  • Don’t give quokkas water or food
  • Do ride carefully on the island
  • Do enjoy watching them on their terms

 

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5. Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Located south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is a boot-shaped strip of land where you’ll find seaside villages, wineries, beaches, hot springs, and national parks. It’s also where you’ll come across the iconic rainbow-coloured bathing boxes you’ve likely seen on your Instagram feed. If you’re after a family-friendly activity, we suggest wandering through the Ashcombe Maze, Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze. Alternatively, skip the maze and head straight for the stunning Lavender Gardens.

Left your Christmas shopping to the last minute?

If you need to buy last-minute gifts, explore the historic Sorrento village where you’ll find more than sixty retail outlets including boutiques, retailers, galleries, and toy stores.

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Katie Douglass

Written by Katie Douglass

Katie Douglass is the Communications Manager at Oiyo and a writer. In recent years, Katie's work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, InStyle, and THE ICONIC. She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Fashion Communication & Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. At Oiyo, Katie is responsible for overseeing editorial strategy.

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