Some of our suggestions aren’t limited to the individual states, so make sure you read them all.
• The annual Boxing Day test this year sees Australia take on New Zealand in some great trans-Tasman rivalry. Take your overseas visitors to experience an Aussie summer of cricket, which starts on Dec 26th at the MCG.
• Winner of multiple tourism awards, the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village & Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show is a lovely way to spend a day or night. The multi-million dollar Sound and Laser show is on display nightly – why not take a picnic dinner too?
New South Wales
• Join in the festivities for the Sydney - Hobart Yacht Race, departing from Sydney Harbour on Dec 26th. Watch the yachts sail out of the harbour with a picnic, BBQ or boat cruise.
• Experience the ultimate outdoor cinema experience at the Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinemas. With an impressive line up of new release and classic films, it’s a great night out for anyone. This is held at the Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, but most states have outdoor movies in the summertime.
• Take your visitors to one of the seven wonders of the natural world - the Great Barrier Reef! With over 3000 individual reef systems, this is definitely something they will never forget. After all, it is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space!
• The Dreaming Festival, held in Country Valleys, is on from the 27th Dec to 1st Jan and features the rich diversity of Australia's Indigenous cultures, alongside a strong global line up.
• The Taste Festival is on from Dec 27th to Jan 2nd and celebrates Tasmanian food, produce, arts, culture and sporting activities. Held at Sullivans Cove this is a must attend event.
• Put your walking shoes on and enjoy the outdoors! Experience the diverse landscape Tasmania has to offer. Over one third of Tasmania is protected in National Parks and World Heritage Areas and is home to unique plant and wildlife.
• Get into the festive spirit and attend Carols by Candlelight at Elder Park, overlooking the River Torrens. This is great for the whole family and your visitors. There are also fireworks to finish the evening. Carols are held all over the country in December so check with your local council for ones near you.
• Enjoy the food and wine of South Australia! There are many different regions to explore, relax and enjoy, so embrace what this part of Australia has to offer. Your visitors will be sure to enjoy this, and so will you!
• Finish 2011 with a bang and attend Perth Cup. This is the highlight of the Summer Racing Carnival in Perth and is held at Ascot Race course on Dec 31st. Get your friends, family and visitors together to enjoy a day out at the races.
• Embrace the sunshine and beautiful beaches that WA has to offer and take surfing lessons, go snorkelling, have a beach picnic or just got for a swim. Show your visitors what a great time of year summer is in Australia, or just go and relax with some ‘me’ time on your annual leave.
• Alice Springs town council Christmas Carnival is held on Fri 9th and is jammed packed with activities and live entertainment for people of all ages. This family friendly community event is a great way to interact with the local community and introduce your visitors to life in the Northern Territory.
• Explore nature’s swimming spots and cool off with a dip in the refreshing water pools. There nothing like it in the world – your visitors will be very impressed!