One concern about travelling on Christmas Day is keeping up family traditions. One of the best ways to replicate a favourite family meal is to choose a holiday rental. Whether you're headed for Jindabyne or the Whitsundays, a holiday rental with a spacious kitchen will allow families to have all of their normal Christmas celebrations in a new and relaxing place. Rentals are also equipped with a range of amenities from laundry facilities to outdoor dining space to private pools.

Jindabyne

Located in southeast New South Wales, Jindabyne is a town near the Snowy Mountains that overlooks Lake Jindabyne. Summer in Jindabyne is full of fun activities including fishing, wakeboarding, and water skiing. This area is also popular for skiing in the winter months at nearby resorts such as Thredbo and Perisher in the Kosciuszko National Park. Mix up your Christmas Day celebrations by planning a lakeside picnic this year.

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Snowy Mountains

The highest mountain range in Australia is the Snowy Mountains, located in southern New South Wales. This is the only true alpine region in the country, with snowfalls during June, July, and early August. The area is also known for beautiful glacial lakes, rivers, and a large number of wild horses. Many people plan a trip here to ski during the winter months, but a summer Christmas Day trip is also appealing for a great sense of peace and quiet for the holiday.

Hamilton Island

The largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays is Hamilton Island, a scenic destination in Queensland. If your idea of a perfect Christmas celebration is relaxing on the beach or venturing out for a dive at the nearby Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, then book a holiday rental here. The island is especially relaxing as cars are prohibited; transportation is mainly golf buggies or bikes.

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The Whitsunday Islands

Beyond Hamilton Island, there are many other beautiful places to stay in the Whitsunday Islands. In addition to celebrating Christmas, other fun things to do here include yachting, kayaking, sailing, and more. Some of the most popular islands to visit include Whitsunday Island, Dent Island, Long Island, and Esk Island. Some islands are relatively uninhabited and offer beautiful beaches to spend a quiet day. Different islands offer golf courses, spas, great restaurants, and more.

Christmas Traditions

Whether you decide to stay at home or travel to celebrate Christmas Day, this holiday will be full of traditions. Festive decorations include trees and Christmas lights and Christmas carolers will take to the streets. Once Christmas is over, the celebrations continue on Boxing Day, when many people plan beach barbecues.