5 Christmas Holiday Destinations You Won’t Want To Miss

Hervey Bay, Queensland

Hervey Bay is a very popular holiday destination around a three and a half hour drive north of Brisbane. It covers a large area that stretches along the coastline from Urangan in the east to Craignish in the West. Sometimes referred to as the gateway to Fraser Island , Hervey Bay has somehow managed to maintain it’s sleep coastal village feeling. Whether you just want to relax or take the family to the beach, you will find lots to do for everyone.

Urangan Pier is a must visit when in Hervey Bay. Constructed in the mid-1900’s it extends over 800 metres out into the Bay.

If you are feeling energetic, Hervey Bay has around 16 kilometres of bike tracks for you to explore. When it comes to somewhere to stay, there are about half a dozen caravan parks to choose from. The Ingenia Holidays Park at Torquay is a nice spot to stay and an easy walk to shops, restaurants and the beach.

 

Bundaberg, Queensland

We love Bundaberg . It’s where we went on our very first caravan trip! There is so much to see and do. Of course you can’t go to Bundaberg without a visit to the Bundaberg Rum Factory. It’s a fascinating look at how rum is made and the new museum section is amazing.

Other must do’s are the cities beautiful Botanic Gardens, which also house the Bert Hinkler Museum. The Bundaberg Mini Zoo is awesome even if you don’t have kids and if you do have kids make sure you check out the playground right next door.

Bargara Beach is a lovely area and the beach is small and kid-friendly. There is also plenty of shady parkland and it’s a great spot for a picnic or a barbeque.

For places to stay, check out the caravan parks at either Elliott Heads or Moore Park. They are out of town and right on the beach, so a little quieter and more laid back than the larger ones in Bundaberg.

 

Iluka, NSW

This small coastal town, located in northern NSW, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Considerably smaller than it’s across the bay neighbour, Yamba, it has beautiful beaches and great fishing spots.

Resting on the banks of the Clarence River, it is just a short ferry ride across the bay if you want to visit Yamba, which is famous for its lighthouse and also it’s fabulous beaches.

Bundjalung National Park is nearby. Walk the Iluka Rainforest walking track to Iluka Bluff which offers spectacular views.

There are two caravan parks to choose from or you can camp at either Woody Head campground or Black Rock campground both of which are in the Bundjalung National Park.

 

Jindabyne, NSW

Now you might think of Jindabyne and the rest of the Snowy Mountains region of NSW as only a winter ‘playground’ but I can assure you, it’s absolutely awesome in summer time to.

The Jindabyne Discovery Park is located right on Lake Jindabyne and is the perfect spot to stay. The waters of Lake Jindabyne are cool and clear and perfect for a spot of fishing or kayaking.

From here it’s an easy drive up to the Charlotte’s Pass Lookout in the Kosciuszko National Park. From here you can walk to the summit of Mt. Kosciusko, Australia’s highest Peak.

A day trip to the resort village of Thredbo is a must do. Catch the chairlift to Eagle’s Nest and enjoy lunch with a view. Or hire a mountain bike and going zooming back down the mountain on the many trails that run underneath the chairlift.

If you don’t mind a little ‘tipple’ then I suggest you stop at the Wild Brumby Distillery and sample their range of schnapps – it’s delicious!

 

Cowra, NSW

Now we may be a little biased about this one as Cowra is our hometown, but we think it’s a great destination because there is so much to see and do in the area.

When in Cowra a visit to the stunning Japanese Gardens is a must. You will find this a beautiful oasis, with lush green grass and plenty of shady trees. You can also enjoy morning tea or lunch in the cafe.

There are plenty of other spots to enjoy a meal or to maybe sample some locally produced wines. Check out The Mill or The Quarry.

During World War II, a Prisoner of War camp was built on the outskirts of town. Remnants of the camp remain and the prisoners who died during the escape are buried adjacent to the local cemetery.

Another must visit spot is Wyangala Dam. With a water capacity two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour you can swim, boat or fish to your heart’s content. There are loads of sites for your caravan both powered and unpowered, with plenty of shade throughout the park.

Cowra Caravan Park is also a beautiful spot to stay. Sitting on the edge of the Lachlan River, this park has gone something of a transformation in recent years. It is just a short walk to the main street and the local pubs and clubs.


Article courtesy of All Around Oz

Melissa and Brenden are passionate caravanners, campers and travellers. In fact they have been travelling together for over 20 years. They love nothing more than ‘taking the road less travelled’ and then sharing their travel adventures on their blog. Their aim is to support small businesses that operate in the tourism sector and promote tourism in rural and regional Australia.

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