Getting to Australia
From 25th March 2018, Qantas introduces a direct flight from London Heathrow into Perth, Australia. The non-stop – ‘ultra-long-haul’ – takes just 17 hours and is a game changer for those seeking a faster and more efficient journey to Australia.
The other major change that Qantas has announced, is that on the same date, they will be moving their hub from Dubai to Singapore. The Airbus A380 will offer flights to Aus via Singapore, offering the opportunity for a stop-over in this magnificent city. Alternatively, passengers can connect to a host of Far East destinations en-route to ‘The Land Down Under’.
Passengers purchasing a Qantas ‘Explorer Fare’ will get additional benefits including; reduced domestic fares within Australia and onto New Zealand, as well as, a generous baggage allowance (30Kg) included on those flights booked on the ‘Explorer Fare’. Domestic flights can be added to an itinerary with prices as low as £35 on some routes.
Emirates, which can be code shared with Qantas, will still offer passengers an alternative through Dubai. Other popular carriers to consider for the journey to Australia include: Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Qatar, Virgin and British Airways. I really think that exploring new destinations while on route to Aus is a great way to add an experience and adventure to your journey.
When to Go to Australia
Australia is blessed with an Awesome climate. ‘The Land Down Under’ is truly an all-year-round destination. Generally, the Australian summer (Dec – Feb) is very hot, wet and humid up north. Summer is also a very busy period as it is the Australian annual holiday season. The Queensland coast can experience cyclones from November through April.
Spring (Sep – Nov) and autumn (Mar – May) I think are great seasons to visit. The temperatures are a bit cooler and these shoulder seasons offer good value and less tourists. During the winter months (Jun – Aug), the southern regions of Victoria and Tasmania can get quite cold, especially at night.
Whatever the season though, ‘The Land Down Under’ provides a destination that offers so much. From culture to wildlife; beautiful beaches to the vast outback; from vibrant cities to quaint towns and villages; from award winning wines to world-class cuisine. Come and explore ‘The Land Down Under’ – Australia offers you a unique, safe, ‘all-year-round’, holiday destination.
There are six states and two mainland territories in Australia. The states are: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The territories are: the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory.
Choosing where to go is truly a difficult question unless you have a specific reason to visit such as family, work or study. The seasons, wildlife, personal interests, hobbies or a bucket list, may determine your route. Rest assured every state and territory in Australia is blessed with Awesome sights and attractions, it’s not easy to choose where to visit.
Here is a brief overview of the different regions, we will be detailing each state and territory in the forthcoming weeks, giving you more information, tips and help to design a fulfilling itinerary.
The largest state in Australia takes up around a third of the country. It’s huge, if Western Australia was a country, it would be the 10th largest in the world. The state capital is Perth now connected with a direct flight from London Heathrow Airport. There are 19 beaches just 20 minutes from the city.
Mention Uluru and Alice Springs, Darwin and the Kakadu National Park and you know you are in the Northern Territory. This is a truly an awesome, diverse and varied region of Australia. The capital city is Darwin, home to a population of just 250,000.
The beautiful capital city of Adelaide is an explorers dream. Travel north into the Flinders or traverse the breath-taking coastal roads. A road-trip to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road is seriously Awesome.
World-class, chic, contemporary and bustling with entertainment, the capital city of Melbourne is an Awesome city. Venture out of the city and every direction offers an array of sights, attractions and incredible landscapes.
I fell in love with Tasmania. The Tasmanians are a seriously friendly folk. The island’s charm is infectious, it’s beauty is breath-taking. Do a road-trip around the island and enjoy the variety, cuisine and charm of the islanders.
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra was selected in 1908 as the nation’s capital city as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne. ACT offers visitors an Awesome food and wine scene and many wineries to visit. Explore the national parks and get to know the aboriginal culture at a host of sites.
New South Wales
Renowned for its iconic sights: The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and Sydney Bridge, this is an incredible city to explore with an Awesome lifestyle. But venture out of the city and explore the region beyond and you will relish what is on offer. From the majestic Blue Mountains to the laid-back life in Byron Bay and so much more.
I have saved what I think is the ‘gem’ of Australia for last. The beauty and sheer environmental importance of this east coast is immense. The capital Brisbane is a bustling, growing and awesome city from which to explore this Awesome state and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.
I am a registered Aussie Specialist, I have a passion for this awesome country and over the next few weeks I am going to focus on each of the 8 states and territories and highlight some of their attractions, wildlife, national parks, accommodation options and suggested road-trips.
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