Christmas related posts

And where will you be spending Christmas?

This seems to be the question on everybody’s lips this time of year, and if you’re in Oz over the holiday season and separated from those lovely loved ones at home, you’ll most likely be looking for somewhere with a bit of go on the day. Swap the mulled wine and mice pies for beers and BBQs – this Christmas is going to be one like no other.

So here are some hotspots where you can celebrate around the country:

1. Bondi Beach – Sydney

This is where it seems nearly every backpacker in the country can be found on Christmas day. Sun, sea, sand and thousands of people for company will truly make you feel a million miles away from home. Stick on your fave Crimbo novelty hat and swimmers and join in with festivities like no other. Just be warned Bondi Beach is an alcohol free zone on the day, and it’s not recommended to attempt any boozing there.

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2. Sunburnt Christmas – Sydney 

If you do want to drink (and you fancy a bit of a boogie too) check out Sunburnt Christmas at the Bondi Pavilion, the biggest Christmas festival in Oz, with over 4000 party goers gathering to celebrate the holidays together with a great line up of DJs from all over the country. For more info go to:


3. St Kilda Beach – Melbourne

Although Christmas day can seem pretty quiet in the city, there’s always a good family feel as backpackers gather at the beach to celebrate in their own style. St Kilda won’t be as busy as Bondi on the day so it’s a great place to relax and have a few drinks with friends. If you get down there early enough you might even be able to grab a spot at one of the public BBQs in the area, and have a real Aussie Christmas!


4. Byron Bay – New South Wales

Famed for it’s hippy residents and laid back way of life, the small town of Byron Bay is the perfect destination if you fancy a chilled Christmas. Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, this is the perfect place for a get together with friends and being so close to Queensland you’re nearly guaranteed great weather.

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5. All Hostels – Everywhere

If you can’t get to any of these destinations, fear not, nearly every hostel in Australia will be organising some great parties and roast dinners for those of you missing the traditional trimmings. Just make sure you book your club tickets (and rooms) early as you don’t want to miss out on the yule tide festivities!


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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

So that lovely time of year has come around again, where everyone gathers for, well, let’s be honest, a good old fashioned piss up. After 2 wonderful years in Australia I have to say I was kind of looking forward to coming home and spending some quality Crimbo time with the family – swapping presents, laugher and good tidings…

Oh, wait, I forgot I don’t live in a Dickens novel.

My memories of Christmas’ past seem to be slightly distorted, as the reality of the holiday seems to now consist of drinking far too much wine, eating more than should be humanly possible and falling asleep in front of Elf. Again.

Get me on the first flight back to Oz – I think a beer, a bbq and a beach will suit me just fine this holiday season.

Maxx Dry's all round!