Spring has officially sprung and if you’re a good planner who loves to travel, you’ll know this means that now is the time to lock down your Christmas holiday bookings to avoid missing out (or paying eye-watering last-minute prices). Luckily, we’re spoiled for choice with amazing domestic holiday options here in Australia. Check out some of the top five destinations to consider if you’re flying out of Sydney Airport this Christmas.
There’s nothing more Australian than a beach Christmas, but if the thought of dragging the whole family to one of Sydney’s over-populated beaches is less than appealing, consider booking a trip to Coffs Harbour instead. Located on the north coast of NSW, Coffs Harbour is just over an hour’s flight from Sydney, but once you touch down, you’ll feel like you’re a lifetime away. Boasting some of the North Coast’s most beautiful beaches, Coffs Harbour manages to offer both a laid-back coastal vibe and lots of convenient city amenities including plenty of accommodation options, a large shopping precinct, and even a marine sanctuary. While the adults will love checking out some of the region’s beautiful nature trails and spotting whales off the coast, the kids will enjoy trying out the rides and attractions at the city’s famous Big Banana.
If you’re looking for a more luxurious and romantic tropical getaway, why not treat yourself to a trip to the Whitsundays? You can fly to Hamilton Island from Sydney airport in just two and a half hours, but you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another country altogether. Enjoy a seafood-filled Christmas day picnic on one of the Whitsundays’ famous white sand beaches and spend your days plunging into the stunning aquamarine waters or boating between some of the region’s 74 islands. And of course, a day spent snorkelling or scuba diving in the world-famous Great Barrier Reef would make an unforgettable Christmas present.
If you can’t stand the heat of a Sydney summer, the Christmas holidays could be the perfect opportunity to explore Australia’s southernmost state, with a trip to Tasmania. Hobart is a great destination for history and art lovers and also has an impressive food and wine scene, making it the perfect Christmas holiday destination for sophisticated travellers, or those wanting to escape the hordes of beach-going families over the summer months. You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in just under two hours and if you hire a car when you get there, you can also fit in some unforgettable day trips to places like Bruny Island, The Tasman Peninsula, Cradle Mountain, or Freycinet.
The Gold Coast
It’s one of Australia’s most popular family holiday destinations for a reason – there’s something for everyone on the Gold Coast. If you’re looking to book a Christmas holiday your kids won’t soon forget, treat them to a no-holds-barred exploration of all the attractions the area has to offer. For the thrill seekers, there’s the Gold Coast’s epic selection of theme parks, while animal lovers will get a kick out of getting up close and personal with their favourite creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. If your little ones are into watersports they’ll also be spoiled for choice with jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, and more all available for kids. The whole family will also enjoy the stunning beaches, vibrant markets, and diverse dining options, making it a great all-around destination for the Christmas holidays. You can fly from Sydney to the Gold Coast in one hour and twenty minutes, a conveniently short flight for big families who don’t want to be stuck on the plane for too long.
If you love Christmas in the city but you’re looking for a change of pace from Sydney, why not try a festive season in Melbourne? With some of the nation’s best shopping options, you’re sure to find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, if you’re into Christmas decorations, you’ll love visiting Swanston Street’s Christmas Square. With a beautiful display of Christmas lights, a Santa House with storytelling and dancing, and even a Christmas tree made of Lego, Christmas Square will bring out the festive spirit in even the most reluctant reveller. Lights-lovers will also enjoy strolling Melbourne’s Yarra River at Christmas time, with the still waters reflecting the city’s vibrant lights. Melbourne is well-known for its dining scene and if you book far enough in advance, you’ll be able to snag Christmas lunch at one of the nation’s top eateries, an experience you’re not likely to forget in a hurry.
Get affordable airport parking at Park on King
When it comes to the festive season, every dollar counts, which is why you won’t want to waste money on overpriced parking at the airport. Located just four minutes from Sydney airport, with a free, on-demand shuttle, Park on King offers affordable airport parking you can trust. Don’t miss out on a bargain – book now to reserve affordable airport parking for the 2022 Christmas holidays.