The end of the Australian school year occurs in late November or early December with a six to eight week break over summer. This is possibly one of the most popular times of the year for holiday makers and of course camping is high on that list for many people. So I thought I would share with you my Top 5 Christmas Holiday Spots, based on our travels over the last couple of years. They are all suitable for anyone residing along the eastern side of Australia.
1. Gold Coast, Queensland
Without a doubt, the Gold Coast is one of the best family holiday destinations in Australia. We holidayed on the Gold Coast almost every year when our kids were little, before deciding to move here, so I know what I’m talking about. Accommodation options are endless and there are always great deals to be had. And there is just so much to do. Make sure you check out Surfers Paradise, Seaworld, the Hinterland and Tamborine Mountain.
2. Wyangala Dam, NSW
Wyangala Dam is located in Central West NSW about a 20 minute drive from the township of Cowra or about 4 hours drive from Sydney. It is a mecca for water skiers and fisherman alike. There are several choices for accomodation from campsites to cabins and with a water capacity larger than Sydney Harbour you will be sure to find a piece of water just for you.
3. Snowy Mountains, NSW
We spent a couple of weeks checking out the Snowy Mountains region of NSW and we loved it. Again there is so much to do – bushwalking, mountain biking, water sking, kayaking to name just a few. Jindabyne is a great spot to base yourself and from there it is just a short drive into Kosciuszko National Park where you can walk or bike to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko. The village of Thredbo is an amazing spot to visit in summer – a chairlift will whisk you to the top of hill normally covered in snow and from there you can walk or bike to Mt Kosciuszko or try the mountain bike course that runs back down the bottom. If you are looking for lakeside accomodation where you can fish from your balcony try Crackenback Mountain Resort.
4. Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Ground
Cobb and Co is one of the best spots we have been to so far on our travels. Situated about 25klms southeast of Gympie this popular family owned camp ground has loads of room for the whole family, without ever feeling crowded. If camping is not your thing, there are also luxury tents available. With activities galore for the kids, you won’t see them all day! Woondum National Park is nearby and ideal for the 4WD enthusiast.
5. Fraser Island
We only made our first trip to Fraser Island at the beginning of 2014 and we loved it. We stayed at Eurong Beach Resort on the eastern side of the island. There are several other accommodation options available including Kingfisher Bay Resort, campgrounds and holiday rentals. If you don’t own a 4WD there are hire companies in Rainbow Beach or you can go on an organised tour. Either way it really is one of those must visit destinations. Highlights of the island are the Maheno Wreck. Lake Mackenzie and Eli Creek.