Lunar New Year 2020

This year marks the Year of the Rat. It is the 1st of the Zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children. View more.

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Saturday, 25th January 2020

The 25th of January marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year period. Port Campbell and many other coastal towns will see an increase in visitor numbers from countries celebrating the 2020 Lunar New Year such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, as well as from Australian resident domestic Chinese families. This increase in visitors means busier roads, restaurants and motels, we recommend you book your favourite spot to avoid disappointment.   

Visiting with Chinese speaking friends and family? Check out our Chinese website. 

‘Chunyun’ (春运), passenger transportation around Chinese New Year, is the biggest annual mass migration on the planet. source 

While we only see a small portion of this visitation it can still make things busier than usual.

We advise all visitors to take advantage of quiet times (and best light for photography) and try and visit attractions to the east of Port Campbell (Gibson Steps, 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge) between dawn and 10am and 6:30pm and sunset. Areas to the west of Port Campbell (London Bridge, the Arch, the Grotto and Bay of Islands are generally quieter and an ideal springboard to get off the coast and onto the 12 Apostles Food Artisan Trail.

  • This is peak visitor season, allow extra time to visit the region.
  • Obey Traffic management signs and take extra care on the roads.
  • Overnight stays allow you to see more
  • Book your accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment as some destinations may be heavily booked
  • Visitor Information Centres can assist you in planning your journey.
  • There are a number of routes to access the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles.  
  • Include lots of stops to break up your journey.
  • 春节是大洋路的旅游高峰期,请您安排更多的时间来出行
  • 请遵守当地交通管理标志,格外小心驾驶
  • 住宿一晚可以让您更好的感受大洋路区域
  • 某些热门目的地住宿会被订光,请提前安排预定您的住宿
  • 当地的游客中心有更多目的地旅游、餐饮和住宿信息,可以帮您更好的规划行程
  • 有很多的路线可以到达大洋路区域和12门徒景区
  • 规划您的行程,多停留一些地方

Want to join the celebrations? Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

Tangerines and oranges are auspicious Chinese New Year symbols. In Mandarin, “Tangerine” sounds similar to 'luck' and “orange” sounds similar to 'wealth‘. The bright orange colour represents 'gold'!

Why not try some Chinese cuisine? Food is one of the things that the Chinese take most pride in. Here are some common dishes seen on every table during the New Years Eve Feast: 

  • Spring Rolls
  • Dumplings
  • Noodles
  • Whole Steamed Fish
  • Whole Steamed Chicken
  • Nian Gao – Rice Cake
  • Vegetable dishes of Preserved Vegetables
  • Hot Pot

Key Lunar New Year dates:

  • New Years Eve: Friday 24th January
  • Lunar New Year: Saturday 25th January
  • Spring Festival Golden Week Holiday: Friday 24th January to Thursday 30th January
  • Mainland China Public Holiday Days: Friday 24th January to Thursday 30th January

The Rat is the 1st of the zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

Travellers during this period will be in a festive mood so why not try out a greeting like Happy New Year!

Let's try it phonetically Tsin Neean Kwy Ler

Say G day the Mandarin Way Mandarin Language Guide for 12 Apostles Region



Lunar New Year 2020

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