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Top Five Things To Enjoy On Australia Day

Australia Day

Australia day is just a few sleeps away. It is considered as the official National Day of Australia and is celebrated annually every 26th of January. The said celebration marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and also the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

Australia Day
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Australia day is a day that is being looked forward to by Aussies and also foreigners that travel from different parts of the world to visit and witness the festivities of the country. Some also go not just to witness but to also experience the whole week of celebration by having a planned long getaway and vacation. If you are coming to Australia Day then here are the top five things you can enjoy on January 26, 2017:

Top 5 things to enjoy on AustraliaDay

Party time on Australia Day
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Yes, you read that right. There are a lot of parties across the different cities of the beautiful country of Australia. Since it’s their biggest day, many establishments and villages are throwing a party where friends and family can mingle and gather together to celebrate the event.

You can join parties in different places in Australia and you can also throw your own and invite your loved ones! Most of the awaited parties are happening in cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Gold Coast, and many more.

celebrations on Australia Day
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Australia Day is just like celebrating the New Year! Although it is more personal since Aussies are celebrating a very historical event. Fireworks is something that you have to look forward in visiting Australia since they have a strong reputation of having the best fireworks displays in the world.

The best fireworks display can be seen at the bridge near the Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Get your cameras ready and pose as soon as the fireworks pop and crack in the beautiful sky of an equally beautiful and wonderful country, Australia. A lot of things are happening in Sydney Harbour and they are the following: ferry races, jet fighter displays, street performers and also a cruise ride in the waters for a better view of the tremendous fireworks.

  1. FOOD
Food on Australia Day
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Food in Australia, especially during Australia Day, is something that you can’t ignore. There are many delicacies that you can eat and enjoy with your family and friends. Across the cities, there are restaurants where you can avail of local dishes like meat pies, Anzac biscuits, chips and fish, tim tams, beetroot and many more.

If you’re celebrating at home, you can try grilling BBQ in your backyard. That’s actually one of the Aussie ways to celebrate especially if you’re the laid back type of person. But if you are outgoing, you can go out and enjoy the food and festivities around the streets of Australia.

meeting people on Australia Day
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Meeting new people is something that you have to put in your bucket list. Aside from celebrating Australia day, you should also take into consideration the fact that making friends is one way to build connection and also gain new family members. It’s not about using them for your own sake and good, it’s about knowing how to deal with different kinds of people. Sometimes you need a friend to tag along in order to enjoy events like Australia Day. By making new friends, you get to know more about the culture of Australia especially if you are a tourist coming from another country.


Festivals on Australia Day
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 There are numerous festivals that are celebrating ‘Australia Day’ all over the country. Of course, we can’t deny the fact that the best ones are located in the heart of Australia which is Sydney. But, you have to try the small festivals that are celebrated in small towns especially if you are looking for a more authentic type of experience.

But if you really plan to just stay in major cities, there are festivals that you can enjoy: Melbourne Australia Day, Sydney Festival, Australia Day Stone Creek Festival and many more. If you are up to experience a very Aussie way of celebration, then you have to go to any of the festivals mentioned. Enjoy live music with people and savour every single moment!

These are the top things that you may enjoy if you come to Australia. There is really no formula to enjoy and have fun in a certain event, you just have to indulge yourself and explore more. Australia is frequented by a lot of people during January since that’s where the festivities starts to make waves for the very much-awaited day: AUSTRALIA DAY!

Author Bio:

Mark Aldrin Hipolito is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, a modern hotel in Parramatta Australia that provides exceptional service and care to their customers from all over the world. Mark also enjoys travelling to different places and he uses his experiences as inspiration for writing.

5 Must-See Christmas destinations in Australia

Must see destinations in Australia

5 Top Australian Christmas Destinations

Christmas destinations in Australia
New Year’s eve fireworks light up Sydney’s opera House
  1. Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Christmas Concerts, you say? You shouldn’t miss the annual Carols by Candlelight event held at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

The 79-year-old tradition reaches new heights as the event brings together classic Christmas carols performed by the best musicians and stars of the stage. Give your family a memorable Australian-inspired Christmas Eve as you sing carols in chorus with thousands of visitors and locals.

  1. Bondi Beach, Sydney

Enjoy the Australian summer as you take your family to a tropical escape in Bondi Beach. Since it’s considered as the most famous beach in Australia, expect massive crowd celebrating the hot Christmas season with you and your family. The beach is not for people seeking solitude but for those who seek liveliness with fun and outgoing strangers.

Experience walking into a warm sea, hearing shouts of “Happy Christmas.” With thousands of visitors during Christmas, Bondi Beach turns into a party scene with lively people, water sport and other beach activities, sumptuous food choices, huge music events, and a variety of entertainment continuing till dawn. Ready to get drunk at the beach? Sorry to tell you, though, but alcohol is not permitted here.

  1. Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

This has been one of the most talked about yachting event in the globe. The spectacular sight of the Sydney Harbour includes hundreds of colorful maxi yachts and sailboats racing towards Hobart in Tasmania at tremendous speed. You can either get amongst the action by joining a harbour cruise or simply slack off at one of the restaurants, picnic groves, and hotels in Sydney with perfect harbour views.

  1. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

If you’re up for a uniquely Australian escape during the holidays, you can never go wrong with spending the rest of the Holiday season in Kangaroo island. Kangaroos, as we all know it, is an Australian icon, and you surely don’t want to leave the country without encountering these furries.

Contrary to what its name implies, Kangaroo island isn’t limited to kangaroos, for it’s also a home to wild sea lions, koalas, and diverse bird species. Apart from rich wildlife, Kangaroo island is also a nature reserve that boasts its native bushland, pristine beaches with fresh seafood, and local wineries perfect for your scenic adventures and gastronomic journey.

  1. Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

What’s the first scenery that comes to mind when you hear Australia? Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge resting on the beautiful Sydney Harbor, I bet. Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney Australia and one of the modern time’s most distinctive buildings.

Before flying back home, don’t forget to visit the iconic destination on New Year’s Eve. Every year, breathtaking fireworks display light up the dark sky above the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Since this is a sought-after event, try to arrive earlier than 5 pm before the crowds start to swell. You may also lodge into one of the well-located hotels and restaurants near which offer stunning views of the Harbour.


Carmina Natividad is a writer who has always been passionate about giving in to her wanderlust and collecting mementoes from different places. She also enjoys writing for Holiday Inn, a modern hotel in Western Sydney known for their exceptional accommodation, service, and location, which appeals to travellers in Australia.


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Top 5 Christmas Traditions in Australia

Christmas traditions in Australia
Christmas traditions in Australia
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When we think of Christmas, the first things that come to mind are snow-filled Christmas trees with shiny ornaments, warm fireplace, and gifts brought by the fat old man in a red suit and hat. It is not unusual to associate Christmas with white, winter snow – unless you’re in Australia.

I find it awkward to sing “Let it Snow” or “White Christmas” in Australia, for Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere takes place during summer. Australian’s Christmas is when we watch Santa surfing in the best of beaches and the traditional hot roast dinner by the fireplace is replaced with cold turkey and “Barbie” by the beach.

Aussies’ Christmas may not be as cold as the holiday season of the rest of the world, but the need for warmth from the presence of families, friends, and other fun and outgoing personalities remain.

If you are visiting Australia for a warm, unconventional Holiday season, here are special Australian traditions and destinations you shouldn’t miss.

Australian Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions in Australia-Christmas carols by candlelight
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  1. Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight is a Christmas event unique to Australia. It’s a wonderful time of the Christmas Eve when people come out of their homes, gather outdoors, and sing and listen to beautiful harmonies of classic Christmas carols while holding candles.

The tradition of the Australian Christmas Eve carol service lit by candle lights began in 1937 in Melbourne. Today, it has spread far and wide. Carols by Candlelight today ranges from the smaller local community and church events to huge gatherings which are aired live throughout the country.

  1. Christmas ornaments

Aside from hanging wreaths and decorating with Christmas trees and Christmas light displays, families adorn their homes with ferns, evergreens, palm leaves, and summer blooms such as Christmas bush and Christmas bellflower.

  1. Aussie’s Christmas Food

Unlike most countries whose holiday feasts take place at night, Aussies’ highlight of the day is the holiday midday dinner. Families gather during lunch time to share a traditional British Christmas dinner of roast ham or turkey as well as rich plum pudding doused in brandy.

Other families head to their backyards, beaches, and country sides to grill their meals. Aussies call it “barbie”, or the Australian slang for the barbecue, often comprised of meat and fresh seafood. Some families also prefer a cold Christmas dinner of cold turkey or ham, and salad.

  1. Boxing day

Gift giving doesn’t stop after Christmas. Australia celebrates “Boxing Day” every December 26 to honor the country’s hardworking servants and tradesmen. These workers traditionally receive gifts not only from their masters and employers but also from their customers. The gifts (Christmas Boxes), which may include tips, are presented as a way of thanking them for their labor in the past year.

  1. Aussie-inspired Father Christmas

“Father Christmas” is the traditional English name for the personification of Christmas – and the whole world calls this big, bearded bringer of presents in red suit “Santa Claus.”

Since Aussies celebrate Christmas in summer, which is the opposite of the rest of the world’s cold and snowy Christmas season, it’s not unusual for Father Christmas to show up in shorts and flip-flops. During Christmas time, men dressed in Aussie-inspired Santa Claus costumes greet children at the beach, wearing slippers, red trunks, and red signature hat.

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Carmina Natividad is a writer who has always been passionate about giving in to her wanderlust and collecting mementoes from different places. She also enjoys writing for Holiday Inn, a modern hotel in Western Sydney known for their exceptional accommodation, service, and location, which appeals to travellers in Australia.

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5 Amazing Natural Wonders in Sydney

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Although Australia is young compared to some other countries in the world, it is rich with history and home to one of the oldest cultures in the world, the Indigenous Australians,

Sydney is a city full of natural wonder and beauty, from its luxuriously pure beach shores to its wild bushlands filled with amazing and exotic creatures big and small in stark contrast to its glamorous urban city centre.

Check out some of the best natural wonders in Sydney below,

Best natural wonders in #Sydney

The Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains in Australia
The Three Sisters overlooking Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW. Image credit- http://focus.tracinglight.com/

The Blue Mountains are a huge tourist attraction in Sydney. A favourite with nature lovers, adventure seekers and families, the Blue Mountains has one of the most amazing views in the world. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the tablelands by cable car or the world-renowned scenic railway. There are also several bushwalks in the region so you can get up close and personal with the historic area.

Burragorang State Conservation Area

Burragorang state conservation area, Australia

The Burragorang State Conservation Area is one of Sydney’s best national parks and is the source of 80% of Sydney’s water. Found on the Blue Mountains escarpment, you can soak up of the amazing natural beauty from the Burragorang lookout point above the Warragamba Dam with a chance to see some of Australia’s famous wildlife. There are also quiet lanes for bike riding and a great picnic spot.

Bradleys Head

Bradleys Head amphitheatre, Sydney, Australia
Bradleys Head amphitheatre

Bradleys Head is well-known for its picturesque views of the famous Sydney waterfront, where you can get a spectacular view of the iconic Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison. There’s also ideal picnic spots by the lookout and events on at the Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and a gentle bushwalk from Taronga Zoo Wharf to Chowder Bay that is perfect for adventurers of all ages.

Bare Island Fort

Bare Island Fort, Sydney, Australia
Bare Island Fort

Australian legend Captain Cook first discovered what we now know as Bare Island in 1770 before a fort was made to protect Sydney in the early 1880’s. The Bare Island Fort stayed in operation until 1908 before becoming home to Australia’s war veterans. The island boasts idyllic views of La Perouse and the surrounding areas are popular with scuba divers and snorkelers across New South Wales.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk


A firm tourist favourite, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is one of the most stunning trails in the world. The walk is 6km long and takes roughly two hours to finish at a leisurely pace, but there are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants to stop off at along the way before ending the trip at the fabulous Coogee beach. The walk passes Tamarama, Bronte and Maroubra before finishing up at Coogee, and depending on the season there is a chance to see some cool art at the Sculpture by The Sea exhibition in between Bondi and Tamarama.

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