Make Christmas 2022 one to remember with a sun-filled holiday to Australia. Spend Christmas Day on the beach in Port Douglas, enjoy New Year's Eve in Sydney, and finish up your trip in the vibrant city of Perth.
Escape the cold, grey British winter and tick off three of Australia's bucket list destinations on this holiday of a lifetime. Port Douglas, in tropical North Queensland, is the perfect starting point for your Aussie adventure. it's the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, so there's plenty to see and do here – and you'll be staying just a stone's throw away from Four Mile Beach.
From Queensland it's onto New South Wales and the iconic city of Sydney. You'll be staying at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, which is perfectly positioned for watching the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Your final stop is Perth. It's one of the world's most remote capital cities, but this place sure packs a punch. You can discover white-sand beaches, scenic parks, a thriving dining scene, and historic neighbourhoods.
Just an hour’s drive north of Cairns, Port Douglas is known as the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. This pretty seaside town is the perfect spot to spend Christmas on the beach, while soaking up the Queensland sunshine. Port Douglas is known for its outstanding seafood, heritage pubs and oceanfront restaurants – and it's a great jumping off point for a range of exciting day trips. You can go on an organised trek through the rich Daintree Rainforest, while the Great Barrier Reef is within easy reach thanks to regular boat trips, snorkelling expeditions and diving excursions.
Spend six nights at the Oaks Resort Port Douglas, located moments away from the iconic Four Mile Beach. This tropical oasis comes complete with a lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar, a sumptuous spa and two fantastic restaurants.
Where better to spend New Year's Eve than Sydney? You will be staying in the hear of Circular Quay, only a stone's throw from the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. You'll have three days to explore this incredible city. Don't miss a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens and taking a dip in the ocean at Bondi Beach. Why not take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House to learn about its architecture and history? Take a Champagne cruise around the harbour or, if you're feeling brave, climb the Harbour Bridge for incredible 360-degree city views.
You'll be staying at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, right on the edge of Sydney Harbour and within easy reach of Circular Quay and The Rocks. This is an ideal base for exploring all that Sydney has to offer and will make for a truly memorable New Year stay. The hotel features an outdoor pool, a luxurious spa with saunas and steam rooms, a fitness centre, and fantastic dining options.
Finish up your holiday in Perth, the capital of Western Australia and Australia’s sunniest city. Spend three days here exploring Kings Park, the Swan River, the dazzling Elizabeth Quay and an array of white-sand beaches. Perth may be shiny and modern, but there’s plenty of history here too. Dip into its neighbourhoods and urban villages for a taste of local heritage, or visit Fremantle to learn about the more recent colonial past.
As the country’s biggest state, Western Australia is amazingly diverse. So it’s no surprise to find Perth is surrounded by extraordinary nature in every direction. Rottnest Island is only a short ferry crossing away and has an abundance of wildlife. This little isle is home to the famously cute quokka – a small, fluffy marsupial – and is also popular for cycling and snorkelling. If you prefer wine to wildlife, why not travel to Swan Valley or Margaret River? Here, you’ll find a whole host of vineyards, where you can sip delicious vintages.
Spend three nights at the five-tsar Hyatt Regency Perth before hopping on the non-stop flight home, direct from Perth to London.
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