Have you been so busy this year that you didn’t realise it was Christmas until the decorations started going up? With another Christmas rolling around even quicker than the last, it’s easy to wake up and realise you’ve left everything to the last minute (again!). So if you’d hoped to plan a Christmas holiday but have forgotten to organise it until now, you might be thinking you’ve left it too late.
But not to worry! While many popular hotels and resorts will be close to fully booked, there are still loads of ways you can get away and enjoy your Christmas break. Camping is a great option – it’s a much cheaper alternative to expensive hotels and it’s easier to find somewhere to stay. And if camping isn’t your thing, you could always opt for a holiday rental for that home-away-from-home experience. So whether you want to spend your Christmas under the stars, cozied up in your campervan or enjoying a quaint little holiday shack, we’ve listed some of our favourite destinations around Australia that might just be perfect for your last minute Christmas trip.
A trip to the Top End is often best in the dry season, but that doesn’t mean the Northern Territory is off the cards this Christmas; travelling out of peak season means less tourists and more accommodation options. Alice Springs and Uluru are spectacular places to visit over summer – although probably too hot for camping. And Darwin is an option if you want to brave the wet season; tours and attractions generally operate year round so you’ll still have a chance to popular visit sites like Litchfield and Kakadu (just remember to bring your poncho!).
Top last minute holiday spots in NT
- Alice Springs
More than just home to Parliament House, there are plenty of things to see in our nation’s capital. Whether it’s strolling through Canberra’s city centre, getting amongst the wilderness in Namadgi National Park or pitching a tent in the Woods Reserve, a trip to the ACT will make for a relaxing Christmas holiday with plenty to keep you occupied.
Top last minute holiday spots in ACT
- Namadgi National Park
- Woods Reserve
With a number of coastal towns and national parks there are hundreds of places to stay once you get out of Sydney’s bustling centre. Whether it’s renting a holiday home in the seaside city of Shoalhaven, setting up camp in the Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay or kicking back at one of the many camping sites along the Central Coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice for a NSW Christmas holiday.
Top last minute holiday spots in NSW
- Jervis Bay
- Central Coast
With its gorgeous climate, beautiful rainforests and amazing beaches, QLD is one of Australia’s most popular holiday spots. With a plethora of places to choose from you really do have your pick for holiday destinations. For a secluded beach camping experience nothing beats Fraser Island, head north to Airlie Beach to make the most of the Whitsundays glory, or visit one of the many seaside caravan parks in the Sunshine Coast, stopping in towns like Coolum, Cotton Tree and Maroochydore.
Top last minute holiday spots in QLD
- Fraser Island
- Airlie Beach
- Sunshine Coast
With its dry climate and secluded beaches, a trip to South Australia can make for the perfect Christmas holiday. The magnificent Kangaroo Island is a popular Christmas spot and the perfect place for camping getaway. You can also take some great 2 day wildlife adventure tours on Kangaroo Island. Visit the sleepy coastal town of Marion Bay for a relaxing seaside vacation, or head to wine country and enjoy your Christmas break in the Clare Valley region.
Top last minute holiday spots in SA
- Kangaroo Island
- Marion Bay
- Clare Valley
Covered by gorgeous rainforests and national parks, Tasmania boasts an abundance of scenic caravan parks and camping spots. Explore the natural wonders of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain, camp amongst the wombats and other wildlife in Narawntapu National Park or rent a holiday home near Hobart’s city centre, spending lazy days visiting MONA and perusing the Salamanca Markets.
Top last minute holiday spots in TAS
- Cradle Mountain
- Narawntapu National Park
You’re met with stunning Victorian countryside in just about every direction out of Melbourne. Whether it’s sleeping under the stars along the impeccable Ninety Mile Beach, enjoying the waterfalls and hiking tracks while camping in the Grampians or relaxing in a caravan park along the Murray River, Victoria is filled with hidden gems and remote getaways to discover this Christmas.
Top last minute holiday spots in VIC
- Ninety Mile Beach
- Grampians National Park
- Murray River region
Home to hundreds of national parks, bushland and gorgeous coastline, Western Australia won’t disappoint as your summer holiday destination. Enjoy the fresh air and wildflowers in Fitzgerald River National Park, head to Lucky Bay near Esperance to camp on Australia’s whitest beach or visit the sites of Rottnest Island for an idyllic family holiday.
Top last minute holiday spots in WA
- Fitzgerald River National Park
- Lucky Bay
- Rottnest Island
When it comes to sleeping under the stars, every state and territory has different rules about where you’re allowed to stay, so make sure you check with the relevant authorities before you set up camp. If you need camping supplies, such as tents, campervans or even cooking equipment, find what you need on Gumtree before you head off. Wherever you end up deciding to go, by keeping an open mind and travelling somewhere you’ve never been before, your last minute Christmas holiday may just be the best one you’ve ever had!