Public holidays - The Holiday Season includes Christmas Day (25th of December), Boxing Day (26th of December) and New Year’s Day (1st January 2019). 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.


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.


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:


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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Date: 31st December 2018
Time: From 6pm
Locations: Botanical Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Barangaroo Park, Kirribilli, Luna Park, or New Years Cruises

At the stroke of midnight, we celebrate the start of another new year!  We do this in our usual outstanding style with a spectacular 12 minute fireworks display. Our famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks display is viewed by millions around the world, on television and online. 

More information click here.


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Date: 31st December 2018
Time: From 6pm
Locations: Kings Domain, Treasury Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens, Docklands, New Years Cruises

Vibrant and lively, New Year’s Eve is a great experience in Melbourne, that welcomes two sets of fireworks: a family friendly set at 9:30pm at Yarra and Footscray Parks and midnight fireworks along the river.

More information and events click here.



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Date: 31st December 2018
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

The fireworks are set off all along the Brisbane River with the best vantage point being along South Bank. There are two shows: 8.30pm Kids’ fireworks display and Midnight, the main event.

More information click here.

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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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