Have Yourself a Very Merry Australian Christmas

Author: Tracey Croke
Published: December 04, 2011 at 4:19 pm



Santa getting into the swing of Christmas on Hamilton Island golf course

There's still time to grab your golf clubs and a have yourself a very merry Aussie Christmas holiday in the sun for all the family.

Hamilton Island, one of Australia’s premier destinations, will turn into a festive wonderland from mid December for their Summer Festival 2011.

As a native of the northern hemisphere, I thought Santa in the Sun was fun, but a bit out-of-place when I first came to Australia. It’s like Brit comedian Eddie Izzard said recently on his live Australian tour: “Christmas in the summer is like having fish with custard. It’s just wrong."

But after spending a couple of Christmases in Australia I have to disagree. Christmas day the Aussie way just means swapping the roast turkey for lobster on the barbeque and the wool hat and scarf for a brimmed hat and sunglasses.

But even in the 30 plus degree centigrade heat, the one thing that remains the same is the force of people out in santa suits as Leo Seaton from Tourism Australia explained:

“While much of the northern hemisphere is shivering deep in the middle of winter, most Australians get to enjoy Christmas in the heart of summer, with many families celebrating the occasion on the beach or with BBQ in the back garden."

“There’s nothing like the sight of Santa Claus arriving on a surfboard or surf lifesaving boat and it’s just part of the reason why celebrating Christmas in Australia continues to have such enduring appeal to overseas visitors.”

The five star island, which is on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef among Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, will not be short of Christmas cheer for the festive season. There will be 3,000 Christmas decorations on the Island’s trees, a carols by candlelight service and a glittering New Years Eve party.

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