The Christmas period falls at the start of the Australian summer season so be prepared for the hot and potentially humid weather, along with large crowds as the school children all break for the summer holidays. Don't count on having hot roast dinners (although they certainly are available in many places) as the temperatures rise, but look out for Christmas barbecues and the famous Australian dessert – Pavlova! Here at Broome, Kimberley and Beyond we have a variety of Christmas holiday deals, as well as December holiday packages in Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Islands for you to consider and would be delighted to help you plan your trip. Here are a few of our top suggestions to get you started:
Just a short ferry ride from Fremantle, South of Perth, lies the picturesque Rottnest Island. With sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, it's the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland for a Christmas getaway. Hire a bicycle and spend the day cycling around the island, exploring secret coves and searching for the islands furry little resident – the adorable quokka! Break for lunch with a delicious seafood buffet and a glass of wine and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face. Finally, finish off the festive feeling with some carols and hymns during Rottnest Island's church services.
Spend the Christmas season in Adelaide and enjoy the fun-filled, festive atmosphere with the Adelaide Christmas Pageant (also known as the Credit Union Christmas Pageant). Described as the second-largest parade of its kind (second only to Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade), the Adelaide Christmas Pageant takes place along more than 3 km through Adelaide's city centre. Boasting numerous colourful floats, bands, dancing groups, clowns and other walking performers and entertainers, thousands of people take to the streets every year to watch this vibrant spectacle! If you are lucky, at the end of the parade you might even have the opportunity to see Father Christmas!
If you're looking for a truly unique Christmas holiday destination in Australia, why not visit our distant island that's actually closer to Indonesia than it is to the mainland – the aptly named 'Christmas island'. Famous for its red crabs, which make an annual migration between October and January every year, millions of the little critters can be seen making their way across the island over the Christmas period. Combine this unique sight with beautiful beaches, clear blue waters that are excellent for scuba diving – there's plenty of reason why you should make the short flight over from Perth this Christmas.