5 reasons why NOW is the time to head Down Under
1. Australia is great value right now. With many currencies enjoying favourable exchange rates against the Australian dollar, visitors can enjoy even more destination for their dollar. With increased competition and low-season airfares, it is also a great time to snap up a deal on flights .. whilst here on the ground, many of our favourite properties are currently offering some very special discounts and value adds, which can represent savings of up to 20%.
2. The coming months offer up some of Australia’s most breathtaking wildlife encounters with opportunities to swim with the gentlest giants of the sea- whale sharks off Western Australia’s Ningaloo Coast (March to Mid July) or snorkel with Minke Whales on the Great Barrier Reef (June and July). Take a whale watching cruise from Sydney Harbour to watch Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration along the Australian East Coast (May to September), see baby koalas and kangaroos emerging from their mothers’ pouches and baby sealions playing in the waters off Kangaroo Island, or head to the Northern Territory to see a vast collection of birds and animals as they gather in the shrinking billabongs of the ‘dry season’.
3. Australia’s vast size ensures that there is always plenty of sunshine and warm days to be enjoyed .. and now is the ideal time to visit Australia’s Top End (think the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu, Arnhem Land and the Kimberley) to enjoy pleasant temperatures, blue skies and clear waters – perfect for four wheel drive adventures, scuba diving and snorkelling.
4. There’s always reason to celebrate in Australia .. and the coming months are no exception, showcasing some of the nation’s most colourful and quirky events including: Vivid light show spectacular in Sydney (27 May – 18 June), the Gold Coast marathon (2 July) and Audi Hamilton Yacht Race (20-27 August) as well as uniquely Australian events such as Alice Springs’ Henley on Todd (20 August) and Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta (20 July).
5. There are many new developments to entice and delight visitors across the continent: new attractions such as the Barangaroo parklands and waterfront dining precinct in Sydney, new restaurants such as Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston in Melbourne or David Thomson’s Long Chim in Perth ..and new hotels such as the Como Treasury in Perth and Elements of Byron in Byron Bay.