Celebrate Christmas Day the Aussie way – in the great outdoors

At Christmas time when the weather is fine, why not make the most of it with these great outdoor activities.

Day at the beach

What could be more iconic of an Aussie Christmas than a beautiful day spent at the beach? Every year thousands of Australians choose to spend Christmas Day relaxing on one of our world-class beaches. In Queensland there are hundreds of beautiful beaches to choose from. Bring a seafood picnic and your beach cricket set and you can’t lose. If you plan on swimming, remember to do some research and find a beach that will be guarded on Christmas Day.


Christmas camping is a great way to spend this special day with the family in a low budget, low key environment. If you want to keep things super quiet there are plenty of secluded camping sites where you’ll be miles away from other campers. This allows you and your family to really get back to nature. If you don’t mind a little hustle and bustle, many family campgrounds organise fun Christmas activities for the little ones, to keep them busy while you sit back and relax.


Why not not challenge yourself to be adventurous this Christmas with a hike through a national park on Christmas Day? This is an incredibly wholesome and satisfying way to spend Christmas Day, plus you’ll work up an appetite to really make you appreciate that late Christmas lunch all the more. If you are taking the family you might want something a little relaxed, like a short strolling track that allows you to take your time and soak in the surrounding nature. If you’re a fitness fanatic, grab a partner and try something a little more difficult to get those endorphins pumping. You might even find a hiking track with a watering hole to cool off after you work up a sweat.

Bike riding

Many people choose to ride their bikes on Christmas. Not only is it fun, but it’s a good way to balance out all the Christmas goodies you’ll be ingesting over the day. If you are spending Christmas in the city, map out a trail along some bike paths that allow you to take in the sites and explore a little. If you want to take it up a notch you could always challenge yourself to a mountain bike trail ride.