It's nearly September and time to start thinking about what you are going to do for Christmas this year. In fact if you were ultra organized you would have decided straight after last Christmas and booked it.
What about Christmas in Australia? Completely different from a northern hemisphere Christmas. Most of the world experiences a very cold Christmas and there is something very magical about sitting in front of a log fire, drinking mulled wine whilst the fairy lights sparkle in the background.
No doubt you have experienced plenty of cold Christmas' so now it is time to do something different. It is a great time of year to come to Australia as it is right in the middle of their summer. That means you can expect temperatures up in the high twenties most days.
Given Britain used to rule over Australia, the English traditions are still strong. Traditional turkey with all the trimmings is still served in some homes on Christmas day. It is however hot work in the kitchen so most opt for a BBQ instead. Sea-food features highly on the menu and a traditional Pavlova is often served for desert. Whatever is served, it's about getting the family round the table and enjoying great food and the odd drink or two.
Are you starting to get the picture? Can you see yourself in the sunshine, perhaps on a beach drinking champagne? Or maybe looking out over a beautiful vista in one of Australia's National Parks. What about an island getaway - perhaps the Whitsundays?
There are a few facts you should know before you run off to pack your bags for Christmas in Australia. It is probably the most expensive time to visit Australia. This is because it is summer and because of the Australian Summer School holidays. From mid December to the end of January, many families choose to take their annual holiday.
You shouldn't be put off by this especially if you have always wanted to experience the amazing Sydney Fireworks on New Years Eve. They are truly spectacular and worth the trip alone.
There are ways of finding cheaper accommodation at this time, particularly as many Australians leave their homes vacant over this time. It really is worth trying to find a home exchange or looking out for short term holiday lets to experience Christmas in Australia.
If you really want to do it properly though, I'd book at least 9 months in advance. That way you will get the best accommodation and there will be good availability. The really good places go first with some Australians booking before March for the following year.
As an example, the really popular National Parks like Freycinet National Park in Tasmania (home to the famous Wine Glass Bay,) have introduced a ballot system for spaces over Christmas week. Camping in general however is a very affordable and fun way to experience Christmas in Australia. There is something for everyone in this amazing country. From km of pristine beaches, amazing island getaways and if you can stand the heat, the red earth of the outback.
It really would be a Christmas like no other. Come to Australia. What are you waiting for?