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Start packing: Here are the best last minute Christmas holiday deals

Forget staycation – there’s still time to set sail on a seriously great summer holiday. From Jetstar to Wotif, here are a few of the best Christmas getaway deals on offer right now.

If you’ve been too busy to book a short summer sojourn, or haven’t set on where you’ll spend those hard-earned days off over Christmas and New Years – fret not.

While we fully support lazing about the house, binge-watching your favourite TV programs, the time is ripe to jet off somewhere new or to revisit a nostalgic holiday spot.

Luckily, we’ve pieced together a few of the Internet’s best Christmas holiday bargains, so your trip away doesn’t have to break the bank.

Go tropical

Nestled between two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – is Port Douglas. It’s just an hour north of Cairns, in Queensland’s picturesque tropical north, where rolling rainforest mountains meet the turquoise Coral Sea. As it’s the wet season – there’s plenty of slashed prices (and don’t worry, still plenty of sunny days). Wotif has resort deals for an average of $229 per night, and $178 for Cairns.

Port Douglas

If you’re planning something a little later down the track – Jetstar’s epic Christmas sale has officially begun, with flights from mid-January to the Sunshine Coast from $65 one way. There's also Hamilton Island for $85, Fiji for $179, and Hawaii for $289. Flights to Byron Bay are as little as $45.

Go discover

If sandy beaches and a cocktail or three by the pool isn't really your bag - get your passport out and get ready to discover somewhere entirely new. Visit Skyscanner's Summer Holiday Deals to see a regularly updated list of the best flight deals for January - some discounted by as much as 54%. 

Tokyo

There are return flights from Tokyo for less than $800, return flights to Los Angeles for less than $900, and London for $1,020. 

Stay local

There's no denying it - Australia is an absolutely giant land mass, and there are so many great destinations waiting to become cherished family holiday spots brimming with memories and summertime nostalgia.

Create new memories on the New South Wales north or south coastline: Wotif has hotel deals in Newcastle, north of Sydney, for $187 per night, and Bateman's Bay, south of the capital, for $246 per night. Stay in Glenelg, Adelaide for $241 per night, or see the pure white sand of Cable Beach, near Broome, for just $165 per night.  

Cable Beach

Get to know Sydney or Melbourne a little better, or pay a much-needed visit to friends and family living in the country's urban centre points. Skyscanner's Summer Deals have return flights to both cities for less than $100. Jetstar's Christmas sale has flights to Perth, Hobert, Uluru, Adelaide, and Darwin for under $150 one way during January. 

Jetstar's Christmas sale
Skycanner's Summer Deals
Wotif summer holiday deals

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