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Public holidays - The Holiday Season includes Christmas Day (25th of December), Boxing Day (26th of December) and New Year’s Day (1st January 2018). Make sure you are prepared as it can be hard to find shops and supermarkets that are open on these days.

Business Closure - Many businesses will close for 1-2 weeks over the Christmas period, until the first week of January. This does not include the Hospitality or Retail industries.

Boxing Day - You will see that many large stores (such as Myer, David Jones, Target, Big W) will have super sales – if you want to participate in the shopping spree, be aware that some shoppers go a little crazy!

Public transport - Timetables usually only operate on their “Sunday & Public Holiday” schedules, so if you need to use it check in advance.

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In Australia, it is more common to have a large lunch than a “traditional” western-style Christmas dinner. The lunch is usually a BBQ, and Aussies always cook prawns! As it is summer from December to February in Australia, people on the coast normally celebrate Christmas at the beach. Some people will go just in the morning or afternoon, or some people will go for the whole day and have Christmas lunch at the beach (it’s hard to find an available BBQ though!).

Australians usually spend Christmas with family and friends, and usually give each other gifts as a celebration of caring for each other.

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Though it’s been wet lately on the east coast, you should be aware that during the summer it can become very hot all over the country. Australians have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world due to the Aussie outdoor lifestyle and the intensity of the sun in the summer (even on cloudy days!).

We encourage you to stay safe in the sun and follow the Australian Cancer Council recommendations, which are:

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Remember to always:

  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and always after swimming and/or exercising
  • Use SPF 30+ or SPF 50+ sunscreen (nothing less!)
  • Make sure you put sunscreen on your ears, hands and feet – ESPECIALLY if you are surfing!

 
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SYDNEY FIREWORKS  

Date: 31st December 2017
Time: From 6pm
Locations: Botanical Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Barangaroo Park, Kirribilli, Luna Park, or New Years Cruises

Sydney is one of the most spectacular places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Fireworks exploding over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge will fascinate you.  The internationally loved event in Sydney Harbour brings in more than 1.5 million spectators and is watched by one billion viewers across the world. 

Note: Popular spots such as the Opera House and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (Botanical Gardens) are often closed off at noon due to crowds. Get in early! More information here

 

 
 
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MELBOURNE CITY FIREWORKS  

Date: 31st December 2017
Time: From 6pm
Locations: Kings Domain, Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands, New Years Cruises

 

The City of Melbourne holds an annual New Year's Eve fireworks spectacular and free entertainment in the city. Vibrant and lively, New Years Eve is a great experience in Melbourne.  As well as the spectacular city and docklands fireworks there are lots of restaurants, cruises and parties and events, both large and small to cater for all tastes. Entertainment starts from 6pm in some locations and from 9pm in others, so you won’t get bored! More information and events

 

 

 
 
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BRISBANE FIREWORKS        

Date: 31st December 2017
Time: From 6pm
Locations: South Bank Parklands, Mt Coot-tha lookout, Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Highgate Hill Park, Captain Burke Park, Wilson Outlook, Coorparoo

In Brisbane, there will also be a fireworks show, which can be seen from all over Brisbane. All along the River and Southbank area venues open to the night skies to view the spectacular 8pm and midnight fireworks. A cruise on the Brisbane River is also a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. More information

 
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  • Arrive early, bring your own food and something to sit on for the wait, take care in the crowds as it is easy to lose your friends. 
  • Use public transport or taxis where possible and be patient with other commuters waiting for these services. 
  • If you are drinking, be aware of alcohol-free zones and be sure to drink responsibly. 
  • Be aware of pickpockets in crowded areas.
  • Other places for summer travel and NYE celebrations include the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and Alice Springs. Make your plans as early as possible!

 

Important things to remember:

 

  • If there is an emergency, the emergency services number is 000 nation-wide.
  • If you’re going to the beach, make sure you read our summer safety pack first (interns: ask your IPS if you still didn’t get yours!)
  • If you plan to celebrate by drinking alcohol, please drink responsibly and make sure you arrange a safe way to get home afterwards.
  • If you plan to travel, make sure you book your tours and accommodation in advance – the holidays get booked up quickly, and get more expensive closer to the date too!
  • If you plan to drive anywhere or have a road trip, make sure you follow all road rules in your state – during these holiday periods, rule breaking (such as speeding or illegal parking) carry extra fines and harsher punishments.

 

The Australian Internships office will be closed from December 22 to January 7. We have a contact available for emergencies; please refer to the emergency information provided by your IPS.

 

Australian Internships wish you a festive holiday season and a happy New Year!

 

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