If you're looking for Christmas holiday travel ideas, you've come to the right place.
Western Australia is home to some of the most beautiful Christmas holiday destinations in the country. There are scenic national parks, charming towns, local Christmas celebrations, and breathtaking coastal drives that you'll never forget.
Planning travel around Christmas can often become stressful, especially if you’re thinking of taking the family on a trip across the country or even by plane internationally. So why not reduce the stress levels during the busy Christmas holiday period with a staycation in Western Australia.
Grab the kids, pack the suitcases and travel this Christmas Day by car to one of these 7 amazing Christmas travel destinations, perfect for spending the holidays in Western Australia!
1. Walpole-Nornalup National Park
The Walpole-Nornalup National Park, just 400km south of Perth, is home to some of the most picturesque views in the country, including the Tingle Forest, the likes of which occur nowhere else on Earth. With its rivers, twisting trees and wetlands, the national park is the kind of place you will want to bring your extra camera batteries.
There’s plenty more to do in Walpole than take pictures when you travel around Christmas time.
There's the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants, a walkway located 40 meters above the ground, giving you a spectacular view of the park. There are also tons of other Walpole experiences including bushwalking trails, a Hilltop lookout, and a walk by a rushing river called the Circular Pool. If you can't get enough of the views and want to stay over, there's the waterfront Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park in the heart of the woods!
Who wouldn't want to celebrate the Christmas holidays with kangaroos and kookaburras?
2. Coastal Drive to Jurien Bay
Jurien Bay is a coastal town in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region and offers some delightful warm December weather in Australia - not to mention how scenic the Perth to Jurien Bay drive is.
This scenic marina town is home to around 1,500 people, but that number tends to go up during the holidays as many Perth families choose to travel around Christmas. The breath-taking sunsets and family-friendly atmosphere attract tourists of every walk of life. The nature lovers, the beach dwellers, and those who just want to walk the streets of a quiet town, disconnected from the stresses of home and enjoy some amazing Jurien Bay tours and events.
Looking to do a little holiday shopping during the Christmas holidays?
Jurien Bay Lions Market usually hosts a Christmas Market at Fauntleroy Park during December. It's a fun way to spend your afternoon in between all the Jurien Bay fishing, swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing you'll be indulging in.
Book next door to your friends and family with brand new holiday units from Jurien Bay Tourist Park. You can spend the holiday together in your own home away from home. There is also accommodation available for solo travellers and couples looking to spend the holidays on their own.
3. Travel South by Car to Margaret River
Typically warm and sunny throughout December, Margaret River is a great town down south to travel around Christmas. If you’re planning to travel on Christmas day by car, the 2.5 - 3-hour road trip down south from Perth offers amazing scenic sights. There are incredible wineries, unforgettable restaurants, picturesque rives, and plenty of walking trails.
There are lots of activities to fill multiple afternoons, such as exploring the many Margaret River wineries or visiting their famous local artisan shops. This welcoming and serene town is a wonderful spot to travel around Christmas, whatever you're in to.
It takes a few days to see all that Margaret River has to offer, so we recommend stopping in at Summerstar's Margaret River Tourist Park and Riverview Tourist Park, located in convenient central locations.
4. Beach Relaxation in Esperance
Esperance is a favourite for travellers looking for stay in WA but still travel around Christmas. There are plenty of reasons why Esperance is a popular tourist spot, but its good December and January weather certainly doesn't hurt.
With magnificent beaches and proximity to two of the country's best national parks, Cape Le Grand and Stokes National Park, Esperance's turquoise water and unique landscape make it a serene spot to spend the holidays. There's the local cafes, the peaceful town, and of course, the unforgettable bubblegum-pink lake, best viewed from Western Australia's popular Lake Hillier-Middle Island Scenic Flight!
Head to Esperance Bay for a warm, lively Christmas holiday. The family-friendly Esperance Bay Holiday Park has beautiful holiday units available – just be sure to book in advance.
5. Embrace the Warmth in Tom Price
Tom Price, a mining town in the Pilbara region, is a fantastic spot to travel around Christmas and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The December temperatures average in the high 30’s, so be prepared for real WA summer weather.
There's always a Christmas event taking place in Tom Price during the holiday season, whether it's Christmas Caroling or the Tom Price Community Markets (which become Christmas oriented and perfect for gift shopping).
Visit one of the many local shops and restaurants, or the spectacular Karijini National Park, just an hour drive from the town centre. For accommodation, Tom Price Tourist Park can be found at the base of the incredible Jarndrunmunhna (Mount Nameless). Travellers can choose between comfortable budget accommodations or a chalet for the whole family to serve as their home during the holidays.
6. Kalbarri National Park
The massive Kalbarri National Park is a popular tourism spot for locals, which is understandable given that it's home to the Red Bluff beach, the Murchison River, and some of the coolest bushwalking adventures found anywhere in the world. Jump in the car and travel around Christmas with a holiday up north, planning a road trip from Perth to Kalbarri.
Spend your Christmas holidays exploring this spectacular shoreline! Follow the ultimate guide to Kalbarri for advice on where to travel during your Christmas holiday:
- Mushroom Rock
- Rainbow Valley Eagle Gorge
- Natural Bridge
- Hawk's Head
- Nature's Window
If you're looking for a more relaxed Christmas holiday, you can spend your time at the park swimming, taking pictures, driving to the lookouts, and picnicking. If you want something a little wilder, you and your loved ones can take on some of Kalbarri's adventurous bushwalking and hiking trails. Don’t forget to book your accommodation at the pristine Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park.
7. Horrocks Beach Fishing
The coastal Horrocks Beach stands out as a must-visit Christmas travel destination due to its breathtaking white beaches and incredible fishing and rock pools. Based around a lovely tourist-oriented town, Horrocks is a Christmas holiday favourite for Australian travellers due to its warm weather and easy travel for young families looking to get away from their hometown for a while.
If you want to be on the road for the holidays with a plan to travel around Christmas, Horrocks Beach Caravan Park has comfortable holiday units that make the perfect home away from home for you and your family. You can put up a tree and presents, keeping that homey feeling while still being able to step outside and watch a beautiful beachy sunrise. Feeling both at home and on vacation is part of what makes Horrocks Beach such a special Christmas travel destination.
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