As the days get longer and the nights grow milder, December in Australia and New Zealand means the start of barbies on the beach, comfortable temperatures, and of course, the hectic but exciting build-up to Christmas. After the COVID-19 pandemic has basically made travel in 2020-2021 to and from both Australia and New Zealand impossible for the foreseeable future, people have had to start planning staycations instead. For those of you lucky enough to live in either Australia and New Zealand, there are fortunately plenty of places to head to for getaways in 2022. After a hectic year for everyone, restful family vacations are certainly in order, so put away those international travel guides, 2022. We’ve compiled the best places to travel in December on the eastern side of the Southern Hemisphere for you to have a warm and festive holiday celebration. With the cities totally chockers, escape to one of these fantastic, rural locations and have yourself a ripper this December!
DISCOVER GLAMPING, AUSTRALIA
1. Wollemi National Park, Accommodation NSW
Just a couple of hours northwest of Sydney lies the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. Accommodation here includes a mix of unique rentals and luxury holiday homes from which you can enjoy the best accommodation NSW has to offer. New South Wales boasts an abundance of scenic trails in a dramatic setting, along with heaps of rivers for unforgettable arvos of kayaking and swimming.
At this unique site in particular, you can’t miss the chance to complete the iconic walk from Thredbo to the summit of Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, where the panoramic views from the top are simply breathtaking.
2. Top Blue Mountains Accommodation Options and NSW Holiday Destinations
With 1 million hectares of majestic forests, epic canyons, and sparkling waterfalls, it’s no wonder that over 4 million people flock to this pristine landscape each year. The Blue Mountains is, after all, one of the best places to travel in December 2021 thanks to its reputation as one of the best NSW holiday destinations. Scenic World at Katoomba is a must with its Scenic Skyway gondola that traverses the Jamison Valley—offering spectacular vistas of the Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters, and Mount Solitary.
After a day of adventures, which perhaps includes some time spent whale watching, you can retreat to your own unique getaway and enjoy impressive and vast views of eucalyptus trees that stretch on endlessly, with your feet up and a cold one to hand.
3. Namadgi National Park – Camping in Luxury, New South Wales
Located just 45 minutes drive from Canberra, Namadgi National Park camping offers a rural haven away from the crammed streets of the city in December. As aboriginal people were living in the area during the last ice age 21,000 years ago, there is still an abundance of fascinating sites just waiting to be discovered.
So where better to start your day than the comforts of a luxury and romantic cabin rental just next to the national park? After your adventures, you and your partner could also wind down in your own unique A-Frame cabin with nothing but green fields surrounding you.
If you’re looking for a relaxed holiday full of scenic drives, history, and bushwalking, you’ll have found your perfect getaway in the grassy valleys, wetlands, and boundless eucalyptus forests of this gorgeous National Park. December holiday destinations don’t come far more impressive than this.
4. Glamping Bruny Island, Things to Do in Tasmania in December
Home to the stunning South Bruny National Park, this one-of-a-kind island offers one unbeatable wilderness retreat after the other. With fur seals, fairy penguins, and white wallabies calling this region home, animal lovers will be in their element here and you won’t find yourself short on things to do in Tasmania.
Visiting in December means that the penguin breeding season will be in full swing, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these slippery characters plod ashore at the picturesque seaside town of Penguin or at Point Sorell.
This is just one of the many reasons why Bruny Island is one of the best places to travel in December. Fill your time with adventure here on the island and we guarantee you’ll have a million special moments to reminisce over in the hot tub of your glamping rental. Tasmania also has the perfect rentals for families, making trips to the island truly unforgettable!
TRAVEL AND GLAMPING IN NEW ZEALAND
1. Travel in December: Waiuku Rentals and Adventures on North Island
Only an hour from Auckland, the winding Awhitu Peninsular and the iconic black sands of Kariotahi Beach in Waiuku offer a great weekend getaway with sublime coastal views. You can set off on the waters and take the opportunity to kayak and enjoy a magical sunset on the water in the Waiuku Estuary—all before returning to your secluded getaway for an evening of relaxation.
The Kariotahi Beach is a truly special place, and from the comforts of your luxury tent rental, you can watch the sun go down in the horizon ahead of you.
2. Discover Lake Wakatipu, South Island Travel Destination
As the third largest lake in New Zealand, the lightning bolt shaped waters of Lake Wakatipu boast incredible levels of purity and cleanliness, making this an ideal spot for water sports and cruises while surrounded by epic scenery.
If you’re looking to get your blood pumping with the best places to travel in December, head over to the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the historic birthplace of bungee, and make the leap of faith from the height of a 10-story building!
3. Explore Lake Wanaka, South Island for One of the Best Places to Go in December
Situated in the spectacular Alps on the South Island of New Zealand, the pristine lakes and mountains in Wanaka, along with its proximity to Mt. Aspiring National Park, make it a premier site for outdoor activities. Roys Peak is not to be missed, as you’ll be in awe at the magnificent views of Wanaka, the lake below, and the humbling peaks of the Southern Alps.
This December, immerse yourself in this incredible world of glaciers, majestic mountains, and deep alpine lakes from this equally stunning bell tent rental.
4. Visit the amazing Waipara wineries, one of the best destinations to travel in December on South Island
New Zealand wine is growing in popularity. Renowned as New Zealand’s premier wine-producing region, the sprawling vineyards, award-winning Waipara wineries, and awe-inspiring scenic walkways of the Waipara Valley make it an idyllic escape for lovers of Pinot Noir and outdoor adventurers alike.
Just 45 minutes north of Christchurch, get away from the concrete jungle this December, and surround yourself with the stunning panoramic vistas from this accommodation in North Canterbury for the ultimate summer glamping experience in December.
What else makes your glamping wish list this December? Check out what made ours here!