20 December

What it’s like to Spend Christmas and NY in Aussie when you’re Backpacking

December – absolutely FREEZING in the UK & Europe but the absolute prime time in Aussie & NZ to travel as the weather will be at its best and you’ll leave with that famous Aussie glow.

Travelling in the peak season AKA the Aussie summer does mean that you’ll be down under for Christmas and New Years, no need to freak out that you’ll be missing out on pigs and blankets or that you’ll be by yourself, there are thousands of other backpackers all in the same situation don’t forget! It will be a christmas to remember for sure!

Where to Spend Christmas?

Now that really is the question, you’ll find that a lot of people would have started in Cairns and worked their way down to Sydney for Xmas & NY! We spend our christmases here in the Bay and can tell you that it is absolutely epic.. Where else can you spend christmas day on the beach?! A lot of people choose Bondi Beach, Sydney or St Kilda, Melbourne – now RatPackers, these do get bloody BUSY but make for an epic atmosphere with backpackers and tourists everywhere soaking up that Christmas sun!

How to choose a hostel for Christmas..

If you want to have a really social christmas with fellow backpackers we recommend choosing a big hostel or one that puts on alot of events, the hostels in Aussie are epic and you’ll find that they will put on events for Christmas! For example, last year in Byron the hostel we were based in at the time did a massive christmas buffet where everyone chipped in a dish, put on live music and had a christmas festival! All solo travellers coming together to enjoy a christmas like no other! So either look for recommendations from mates, or check out what type of vibe the hostel is, you can normally get a good idea if its a social hostel or not from the reviews on hostelworld or the hostels instagram!

What will your christmas be like?

For starters… DIFFERENT. I mean, have you ever spent christmas on the beach? It’s a super chill day where everyone is chilling on the beach, eating a lot of food and relaxing with family and friends. One thing we can tell you is that if you are in a hostel… you will not be alone! We recommend arriving in your hostel a few days earlier than the big day and that way you can start making pals. Don’t forget there’s always facetime if you wanna feel included on the fams roast dinner and don’t forget to send them at least a moonpig christmas card haha!

“Don’t forget that you will be in the same boat as sooooo many other backpackers! You might miss the cold and your friends and fam, but get in the christmas spirit, get boozy and make it one to remember!”

Where to spend NY?

You’ve probably heard ALL about the opera house fireworks right?? Of course you have because they are WORLD famous and for a good reason. But if you are spending NYE in sydney you better have a game plan. We say get your hostel booked in advance and get down there a few days in advance to suss it all out! We’ve heard it can get a little {okay very} busy around the opera house and the bridge! But, hostel wise, check out the sydney harbour YHA as it has a rooftop with views of the opera house! We may be a little biased, but we LOVE spending NY in Byron, the main street gets closed down and theres an awesome street festival, its really local, chilled and a good time! At the end of the day, wherever you will be, all the time you have goon, good vibes and good people you’ll have a cracker!

Where to next?

Don’t forget that this is also a perfect time to ask for christmas presents or some $$$ to keep your travels going….. How about seeing if your fam will club together and get you a skydive?! Heading off to NZ or up the east coast after spending Christmas in Sydney?? Hit us up and we can create you a personalised calendar based on your dates >> yewwwwwwww.



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