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Posted on 15 Dec '23

What to do for Christmas in Australia

Those of you from the Northern Hemisphere may be wondering what Christmas would look like if you decided to study your postgrad abroad in Australia. While you may decide to go home for the holiday season, Australia has lots of fun summer-themed traditions to get involved in!

Have a barbecue

One of the best things about experiencing Christmas in what is actually their summer is that you can have a barbecue. Many people enjoy seafood, meats and veg cooked up to perfection and served with fresh salads, sauces and breads. You could then finish off your scrumptious dinner with a traditional pavlova for dessert.

But, don’t worry if your Christmas isn’t complete without a roast dinner. Roast turkey and lamb are also traditional meals in Australia if the barbecue just feels a little too different.

Go to the beach

In the UK, many people spend the winter afternoons lazing around on the sofa, wrapped up in jumpers. When in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the time to get outside and hit the beach. Soak up the sun and relax, then cool off with a splash in the ocean. There’ll be no more arguing about what to watch on TV when you can lay back on a towel and watch the world go by.

Play games

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be complete without playing some games. Instead of dusting off Monopoly, which only sees the light of day once a year, grab your friends and head outside.

Cricket is the traditional game for Australians to play over the holiday season but maybe you’ll fancy rounders, football or beach volleyball instead. Whatever you choose to do, it’s great to get active and enjoy the sun before rewarding yourself with a hearty dinner.

Attend an event

Many Australian cities and towns organise events over the season to get involved with. Take your friends carolling or explore the Christmas markets. If you’re in Syndney, check out the Lights of Christmas, where digital stories are projected onto St Mary’s Cathedral. Many places also hold music and food events to get you in the festive spirit.

Call your friends and family

While you might be on the other side of the world, you can still spend time with your home friends and family during the holiday season. You could organise a virtual dinner or present-opening party through video call. There are also many websites which allow you to play games, such as Pictionary, online with your loved ones.

We know it can be hard being away from home, especially during the holidays. But, studying abroad is also a great opportunity to get involved with local culture and traditions. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that pavlova is the ultimate Christmas dessert!




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Last Updated: 15 December 2023