Christmas is right at our doorstep! Staring into us and waiting for us to plunge into the delight of the holiday season. Australia has been buzzing this festive season and with all the fun and frolic there are some things you can surely accept this Christmas.

The Weather
The weather bureau has warned that a tropical cyclone will form of Queensland, but the landfall and its strength are vague at the moment.

While Australia has witnessed the hottest December in 15 years, Sydneysiders will be happy to know that come 25th December, the weather is going get better and hopefully the heat won’t accompany you on the dinner table.

“The average temperature for Christmas Day is 25.6 and we’re forecasting a temperature of 25 degrees,” the Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Mick Logan told

“It’s about one in three Christmas Days we get a little bit of rain in Sydney and we think there might be some morning showers.”

Queenslanders can expect temperatures five degrees below average and Brisbanites are expected to be treated to a day of between 25-27 degrees. Perth should see 27 degrees, down five degrees from last year’s fiery 32 degree Christmas.

Senior forecaster Stephen King, Mr Logan’s Victorian colleague, said a not-too-hot Christmas was on the cards for most parts of the state.

“We’ve currently got 33 in Melbourne and most of the state is just in the mid-30s,” he said.

Free Christmas day meals

There are plenty of people who will be alone this Christmas. Some wouldn’t have families, and some wouldn’t even have a roof on top of their heads. But, Australia has seen a emergence of charity and community groups putting on free Christmas meals for the disadvantaged.

“For some of these people, we’re the only family they’ve got. They’d just be by themselves otherwise, and loneliness is one of the biggest (problems). They stay here for hours.” says Alex Fabiani who runs a community kitchen at South Morang’s Plenty Valley Church and expects about 100 people on Christmas Day.

Join a free Christmas Day celebration near you:

Arts Centre Melbourne-

St Kilda Rd. Two sittings: 4pm, 7pm

Federation Square

Australian Open Big Serve Breakfast, 8—11am


Missionaries of Charity

101 Gore St, mass at 11am, lunch to follow


St Ignatius Church hall, 326 Church St, noon — 2pm



Salvation Army, 263 Gower St, 1pm. Bookings: 9478 0694

South Morang

Plenty Valley Church, Factory 4, 9 Danaher Dr, South Morang, 11am


Sunbury Baptist Church, 207 Gap Rd, 11.30am-2.30pm. Bus pick-up available from Sunbury Salvation army. Inquiries: 9740 7683


Holy Child Catholic Parish, 185 Blair Street, noon. Bookings essential: 9302 3376



Bayside Church 99-101 Argus Street, 12.45pm. Bookings essential: 9585 2455 Assistance with transport available.


City Life Bargain Store, Clyde St, Frankston, noon-2.30pm.

Frankston North Community Centre, 26 Mahogany Avenue, North Frankston, noon-2.30pm

Narre Warren

Narre Warren Christian Church, Factory 4-5, 3 Webb St (behind Salvos store). Bookings essential: 0438 398 594

Dandenong — (Christmas Eve)

Cornerstone Contact Centre, corner Mason and Walker St, 6pm



Salvation Army, 7 Bowen St, 11am — 1.30pm. Bookings essential by December 21: 9889 2468

Kew Uniting Church

23 Highbury Grove, 11.30 — 2pm. Booking essential by 22 December: 0409 019 269.



Salvation Army, 211 Watton St, noon — 2pm Bookings: 9741 7359


Laverton Community Integrated Services, 95-105 Railway Ave, 11.30am — 1.30pm