The Christmas holidays are here! Chances are, you have already booked your Christmas getaway, or are frantically searching for a last-minute holiday deal.
With travel opening up recently, you may be wanting to mix things up this year when choosing your holiday destination. Instead of going on the same holiday again, perhaps it’s time to step outside your comfort zone. Read on for our round-up of our favourite unique holiday destinations in Australia.
Holiday In Bundaberg | Queensland
Located near the southern end of the Great Barrier reef, spending the Christmas holidays in Bundaberg gives you easy access to this world-renowned wonder. Guests in Bundaberg can experience the untouched Great Barrier Reef via Lady Musgrave Experience tours.
On top of paddling over vibrant coral and fish, there is plenty to do in the city of Bundaberg. A favourite is of course paying the turtles at Mon Repos Conservation Park a visit. Here, you will learn all about the special journey of marine turtles at the conservation centre, while getting well acquainted with the beautiful turtles at Mon Repos. With Christmas being turtle nesting season, and Bundaberg being the place where the Southern Hemisphere’s loggerhead turtles descend to lay their eggs, this is a particularly special time of year to visit Bundaberg.
Of course, you’ll have to stop by the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, where you can pick up special liqueurs and rum balls. If you love a bit of aromatherapy, you’ll also want to fit the Amandine Lavender gift shop into your trip.
Holiday In Bright | Victoria
Just over 300 kilometres from Melbourne via Great Alpine Road, there is so much to do in the gorgeous town of Bright. You may choose to cycle the Bright Rail Trail, which treats bikers to 94 kilometres of the sealed path that travels along an abandoned railway line from Bright to Wangaratta. This peaceful bike ride has a gentle gradient that is perfect for every age and fitness level.
There are also plenty of rejuvenating walks and lookouts to visit, with Bright being an easy access point to Mount Buffalo. Bright has the foodies covered too, with a range of delicious cafes and restaurants on offer.
Over in the nearby Ovens Valley, you can pay the Snowline Deer and Emu Tourist Farm a visit. Here, the kids (and you!) can hand-feed red deer and emus, as well as a venture on a farm tour in a US Army Scout Car.
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Holiday In Lord Howe Island | New South Wales
If you’re after a relaxed family holiday, Lord Howe Island is the ideal spot. There’s plenty to do, including swimming, snorkelling, fishing, bike riding and bushwalking. Just a few of our favourite things to do in Lord Howe Island include walking through the palm forests, playing golf on the nine-hole course or venturing on a cruise around the island to witness Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird.
For nature lovers, Lord Howe Island is a must. In fact, this island has earned a World Heritage Listing. A great way to witness the native flora and fauna of Lord Howe Island is by taking one of the tours led by local resident Ian Hutton. After all, there’s no better way to experience a new destination than by being led by a local guide!
The glorious lookout points on Lord Howe island will not disappoint either. These lookouts are surrounded by the most southerly coral reef across the globe. Here, you can see Mutton Bird Island, the Admiralty Islands and Ball’s Pyramid in the distance. But don’t forget to look down, too – where you can spot the turtles swimming through the crystal clear waters.
Holiday In Coober Pedy | South Australia
Perhaps you want to go outback this Christmas? If so, you need to pay Coober Pedy in South Australia a visit. Keep in mind, you’ll have to be up for a road trip; the rustic town of Coober Pedy is located ten hours northwest of Adelaide. So, we recommend combining this trip with a day or two in Adelaide city to make the most of it. That said, this town is well worth the drive.
This mining town was built 100 years ago after opals were discovered underground. Amazingly, to beat the heat of Coober Pedy, locals have built luxurious underground dwellings. In fact, most of the 3000 residents in this small town live underground in dugouts. Fortunately for visitors, the local hotels are also underground, making for a unique accommodation experience.
While you’re in Coober Pedy, be sure to catch a movie at the desert drive-in and stop by the gorgeous underground Serbian Orthodox Church. Another must-visit is stopping by The Breakaways, an iconic red dessert that transports you to an outer-world, Mars-like experience. But don’t just take our word for it – Mad Max 2, Red Planet and Priscilla were all filmed here in Coober Pedy.
Book Your Pet Into Samford Pet Resort These Christmas Holidays
Now that your Christmas holiday has been sorted, it’s time to finalise your pet’s accommodation! If you need pet boarding, Samford Pet Resort is the best place for your pet. We treat every single guest (including dogs, cats, birds and rodents) like our own. We know it can be a hard time for pets to be away from their loved ones, so we make sure they feel safe, happy and secure while they stay with us. Moreover, we love making our pet resort experience a fun holiday for your pets.
If you won’t be heading off for a long stay these holidays, but need us to mind your dog for the day, book them into Doggy Day Care. This fun day out is the perfect Christmas present for your pooch. If you have any questions about Samford Pet Resort’s accommodation services, be sure to contact us on (07) 3289 1608 or here.