Swap jingle bells for jingle boards this December and celebrate the holidays Australia style

The festive season has arrived Down Under and celebrating at the beach is a must...surfing Santas included, of course! From the laid-back surf towns of Byron Bay to the world-class breaks in Western Australia's iconic Margaret River region, there's no shortage of places to hang 10 for the holidays. If surfing is something you'd rather leave to the pros but you're dying for a splash in the waves, a Queensland adventure full of snorkelling and swimming in crystal blue waters ought to do the trick.

Top 10 Australia tours December 2024

Departing Days From AUD
1 Dec 2024
Best of Uluru & Kings Canyon
4 2560
1 Dec 2024
Best of Tasmania
9 5265
1 Dec 2024
Kangaroo Island Short Break Adventure
2 1500
1 Dec 2024
Melbourne to Kangaroo Island Adventure
11 5185
1 Dec 2024
Best of Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain
6 3225
1 Dec 2024
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Adventure
6 2620
2 Dec 2024
Walk Tasmania's East Coast
6 3099
3 Dec 2024
Tasmania Adventure
6 2050
5 Dec 2024
Best of Perth, Margaret River & Rottnest Island
5 2440
5 Dec 2024
Best of Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Daintree
5 2930
5 Dec 2024
Daintree & Cape Tribulation Adventure
6 2855
5 Dec 2024
Brisbane to Cairns Adventure
8 3865
6 Dec 2024
East Coast Australia Adventure
19 9390
6 Dec 2024
Sydney to Brisbane Adventure
7 2980
6 Dec 2024
Best of Hobart & Southern Tasmania
4 2205
6 Dec 2024
Sydney to Cairns Adventure
14 6625
7 Dec 2024
Kangaroo Island Adventure
5 2380
9 Dec 2024
Walk Bruny Island & Tasmania's South Coast
6 2799
12 Dec 2024
North Queensland Adventure
13 6220
14 Dec 2024
Premium Tasmania
7 5105
14 Dec 2024
Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure
4 1480
16 Dec 2024
Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track
6 3055
16 Dec 2024
Red Centre & Uluru Explorer
6 3040
24 Dec 2024
Best of South Australia
5 2730
24 Dec 2024
Best of South Australia & Red Centre
9 5315
26 Dec 2024
Best of Sydney & Blue Mountains
3 1825
26 Dec 2024
Best of Australia
12 9105
27 Dec 2024
Eyre Peninsula Adventure
9 3990

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From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

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If you live in Australia, you’ll be well aware that you need more than a pair of thongs, bathers and sunscreen when you go on an adventure. Australia is a huge country and the landscapes are extremely diverse, ranging from tropical beaches and arid deserts to humid rainforests. No matter what type of trip you’re going on, there are a few essential items you should bring including:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Daysack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
  • Warm layers
  • Insect repellent
  • Portable power bank
  • Camera
  • Torch
  • Bathers
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear
  • Thongs
  • Lightweight towel

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Both states have an abundance of natural beauty including jaw-dropping national parks and endless sandy beaches so settling the debate of the Northern Territory vs Western Australia is a hard one. Both bursting with Aboriginal culture, vibrant and multicultural cities, and more wildlife than you'll be able to spot, each region is breathtaking in its own way. 

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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