Our summer is just around the corner (we hope), so it really does not feel like the right time to be thinking about Christmas, does it? Well, actually it is.
Every year, as the UK begins to warm up in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, Australia goes through winter. Naturally the seasons do their thing and slowly winter (and with it Christmas) comes round for us, and summer arrives ‘Down Under’ – providing the perfect setting for a sun-drenched Christmas holiday. Festive journeys to Australia are a chance to spread good tidings while taking in some of the most spectacular destinations on the planet.
In contrast to our frosty winters, the Australian Christmas is a time of balmy heat, sun – and sunbathing. At Titan we offer tours which capture the best of the Antipodean season of goodwill, starting with the Coral Sea resort of Palm Cove – the perfect base from which to explore northern Queensland. Palm Cove is a treasure trove of breathtaking scenery, crystal ocean waters and relaxing golden beaches – but, by contrast, the nearby port city of Cairns is a bustling hub of culture, shopping and festive entertainment. To make your time on the coast extra special, why not take a day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef? Visitors sail out onto the reef on a pontoon and have the option of taking a dip into the blue waters – to snorkel their way around the colourful aquatic flora and fauna.
As Christmas draws near, tours head inland – to the awe-inspiring ‘Red Centre’ of Australia, and desert landscapes populated with dramatic rock formations – including the monoliths of Kata Tjuta and the incredible Uluru. A towering sandstone rock formation, Uluru is a beautiful place at which to spend Christmas Eve – and experience the stunning sunrise on Christmas Day itself.
After Christmas Day, travellers fly to New South Wales and the epic Blue Mountains – named after the perpetual haze hanging over them. Our tour ranges into the Hunter Valley, where glorious canyons and gorges await – along with chances to hike, take a ride on a scenic railway or even travel by skyway cable car out across the landscape. New South Wales bursts with attractions, including the Featherdale Wildlife park, home to a host of indigenous wildlife species, and the Hunter Resort Country Estate, where visitors may sample the best of its stately vineyard.
With the New Year approaching, our tour turns towards the bright lights of Sydney, where preparations for the celebration are well underway. When you travel with us, you watch the New Year’s Eve spectacle from the best vantage point in the harbour – onboard the MV Sydney 2000. Guests are served dinner and drinks – before the fireworks fill the sky with sound and colour at the stroke of midnight. New Year’s Day brings opportunities to visit the beach or explore the city – with attractions like Parliament House, the Queen Victoria Building and, of course, the Sydney Opera House all in close proximity.
Whilst it is completely and utterly different to the European perception of Christmas (robins on snow-capped pillar boxes, and continental markets laced with the aroma of warming spices are not what is on offer), spending the festive period in Australia makes for a stunning holiday. We may not think of our summer as being the time to think of Christmas, but there are not many of us that are not enthused about the idea of an extra few weeks of summer in the midst of winter.