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 2023

Departing Days From USD
3 Dec 2023
Tasmania's Tarkine & Cradle Mountain Explorer
5 2155
6 Dec 2023
Walk Tasmania's East Coast
5 2005
6 Dec 2023
Walk Tasmania's Bay of Fires
5 1685
7 Dec 2023
Kangaroo Island Short Break Adventure
2 1060
8 Dec 2023
Brisbane to the Daintree Discovery
12 7200
8 Dec 2023
Brisbane to Cairns Adventure
8 4370
9 Dec 2023
Trek the Cradle Mountain Overland Track
6 2180
9 Dec 2023
Uluru & Kings Canyon Adventure
4 1435
9 Dec 2023
Highlights of Tasmania
6 1685
9 Dec 2023
West Coast & Karijini Overland Adventure
10 2805
10 Dec 2023
Great Ocean Road & Grampians Adventure
6 1895
10 Dec 2023
Red Centre & Uluru Explorer
6 2400
15 Dec 2023
Cycle the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail: Beechworth to Bright
4 1200
15 Dec 2023
Queensland Daintree Explorer
5 2490
16 Dec 2023
East Coast Encompassed
18 10830
16 Dec 2023
Sydney to Brisbane Adventure
7 3510
16 Dec 2023
Sydney to Cairns Adventure
14 8170
26 Dec 2023
Walk the Tasman Peninsula
4 1550
31 Dec 2023
Tasmanian Explorer
9 3945

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

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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