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Our friends over at the Australian tourist board have provided an in depth guide on where to go and what to do when you arrive in Australia! 

Brisbane – Queensland

Brisbane

Pack your sunnies and hats people, Brisbane is often cited as Australia’s sunniest city! Under bright blue skies eat out in fabulous open air restaurants and enjoy a few cold beers by the river.

If you’re feeling adventurous why not kayak past the glittering skyline at night or take in the breathtaking panorama of the city from the top of the Story Bridge?

In between tests, drive the Great Sunshine Way to the Gold Coast, Fraser Island and Noosa or follow the Pacific Coast Touring Route all the way north to Cairns and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE...
• Climbing the Story Bridge. One of only three bridge climbs in the world, you can choose to climb at dawn, during the day, twilight or night for fantastic vistas across the city
• Taking a selfie with a Koala. With over 130 koalas Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest Koala Sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with the sleepy creatures and hand feed kangaroos
• Riverlife - kayaking and rock climbing on the Brisbane River
• Learning to surf on the iconic Gold Coast
• Fishing in the stunning Moreton Bay area, just half an hour from Brisbane’s city centre

Five Fantastic Bars

Making the decision about where to drink can be a big one. Luckily Brisbane boasts lots of brilliant bars. Here are five fun ones which we’re looking forward to frequenting on the next Ashes tour:

Riverbar Kitchen
This nautical-themed bar and kitchen in the heart of the city is a perfect place to enjoy drinks with a laidback vibe.

Alfred and Constance
In the cool Fortitude Valley area, this three storey bar is home to a Tiki Bar on the top floor, an underground disco bar and a bistro/bar/dessert café at ground level. Something for everyone right?!

Eleven Bar
Great city views and a great cocktail menu!

Black Bird
Located at Eagle Street Pier, this large bar is glitzy and glam and boasts uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.

Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside
Situated on the Brisbane River, this is one of the city’s top venues for live sport and the most well-known British pub in Brisbane. Celebrate or commiserate England’s performance in this much loved bar.

WORTH TRAVELLING TO...
• Australia’s Nature Coast. Spanning the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, experience unbeatable natural experiences in some of the world’s most diverse and pristine National Parks, rainforests and waterways. For breath taking scenery try the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, or head to the iconic World Heritage listed Fraser Island. If you’d rather eat out and relax on the beach stay in Noosa, one of Australia’s prettiest coastal towns.

• The Whitsunday Islands. Head to the white sandy beaches of the Whitsundays where you can hop between any of the 74 islands which make up the collection. Relax on the beach and soak up some of the beautiful tropical settings, or get active in the water with the huge range of sailing, diving and snorkelling tours.

• Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Just a two hour flight from Brisbane, Cairns in northern Queensland is the ideal destination for nature and wildlife lovers. The only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef are truly special.

Sydney – New South Wales

Sydney

Watching England take on the Aussies in Sydney is a lifelong ambition for many Barmy Army fans.

Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge this supermodel of a city boasts serious wow factor.

Take a ferry from Circular Quay and see the city from the water, explore hidden beaches on the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk and if you’re in town for New Years Eve, save a spot to witness the famous Sydney Harbour Fireworks display.

Make sure you leave time to explore beyond Sydney with trips to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley wineries and Byron Bay beaches. The drive between Melbourne and Sydney is also worth considering – a great route boasting stunning national parks and beautiful beaches.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE...
• Seeing the skyline stretch out before you on a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
• Learning to surf at Bondi
• Discovering hidden coves and bays in Sydney Harbour. Kayak, swim, charter a yacht, book a dinner cruises or simply catch a commuter ferry.
• Seeing the city from above in a seaplane or helicopter tour of Sydney, the Northern Beaches and beyond.
• Taking in a show or discovering the fascinating history of Sydney Opera House on a behind-the-scenes tour.

FIVE FANTASTIC BARS
Toast your luck at being on holiday in Oz as your mates shiver in the wintery weather back home.

The Star
With casino, bars and clubs The Star also has stellar dining options. Get the party started here! http://www.star.com.au

The Glenmore Hotel
A Sydney icon since opening in 1921, The Glenmore has a roof top beer garden which offers million dollar views down to Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
http://www.glenmorerooftophotel.com.au

Cricketers Arms Hotel
This Surrey Hills pub is perfect for a post-game wrap up over a few beers. Bag a seat in the courtyard for some summer sun. http://www.cricketersarmshotel.com.au/about

York 75
A sports bar with twenty screens, York 75 also has LCD screens in private booths, and with full table service and deep Chesterfield sofas, sports fans don’t have to compromise on comfort and atmosphere to watch their favourite game.
http://merivale.com.au/york75/

Coogee Bay Hotel
If you like your beer served with a view head to the Coogee Bay Hotel. Offering a warm welcome since 1873, this is a great pub in an idyllic coastal location. http://coogeebayhotel.com.au/about/

WORTH TRAVELLING TO…
• The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Just a 90-minute drive from Sydney spend a few days exploring the region’s grand sandstone plateaus and blue-hazed valleys. Meet native Australian animals and indulge your taste buds with local produce served in stunning settings.

• South Coast NSW. Driving south from Sydney, the Grand Pacific Drive takes you along a string of pristine beaches and bays backed by a hinterland that includes more than 30 national parks, marine parks and reserves. Stop in Jervis Bay for dolphins and arguably the whitest sand in Oz!

• Byron Bay. With golden beaches and five national parks all within easy reach of town, beautiful Byron Bay is the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Swim, kayak or surf with dolphins and sea turtles and catch Australia’s first glimpse of sunrise at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Perth – Western Australia

Windsurfing in Perth

No one can predict who will win the Ashes in 2017/18.

What is certain is that holidaymakers to Western Australia feel like winners as they enjoy gorgeous beaches, lush parks and a friendly welcome.

When in Perth cruise the Swan River, bike ride to secret beaches, kayak to secluded bays and feast on local seafood.

Further afield travel south to the wineries, waves and caves of the Margaret River or north to Monkey Mia and Ningaloo Reef.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE...
• Grabbing a bite to eat and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean from one of the bars and restaurants that line the beach at Cottesloe
• Learning bush craft in Kings Park, the world’s largest inner city park, on an aboriginal tour
• Taking a day trip to Rottnest Island, a car-free paradise, for wildlife-spotting, swimming and snorkelling
• Swimming with wild dolphins at Rockingham, just a 45 minute drive south of Perth
• Discovering the charming port city of Fremantle or Freo as it’s known by the locals. Visit the cafes and markets and delve into the darker side on a torchlight tour of its 19th century prison

FIVE FANTASTIC BARS
Whether we’re arriving in Perth off a plane from Blighty, or flying in from another part of Australia we’ll be ready for a cold beer. Here are some suggestions of places to wet your whistle in and around the city:

The Royal
With a large outdoor area overlooking the river, The Royal serves craft beers and wine from Margaret River. There are also big screens to watch the action unfolding on the pitch.
www.theroyaleastperth.com

The Flying Scotsman
An Aussie pub with weekday drinks specials and hearty meals downstairs and a cool cocktail bar upstairs. Local DJs and bands play the weekends.
https://www.facebook.com/TheFlyingScotto/

Reveley
Overlooking the sparkling Elizabeth Quay, the Reveley offers relaxed dining specialising in Western Australian produce from breakfast through to dinner as well as late night cocktails and sharing plates on its rooftop bar.
facebook.com/TheReveley

Little Creatures
An award winning brewery housed in a converted boatshed in Fremantle, Little Creatures is famous for its boutique beers and great atmosphere.
www.littlecreatures.com.au

Ocean Beach Hotel
One of the best places in Perth to watch sport, this pub at Cottesloe Beach screens events from around the world, is home to an awesome beer garden and has a saloon bar overlooking the ocean.
http://www.obh.com.au/bars/

WORTH TRAVELLING TO…
• The Margaret River. A magnet for foodies, this region is a 3 hour drive from Perth. Home to award winning wineries and boasting delicious local cheese and seafood this is a great slice of Oz to explore as part of your Ashes adventure. Work up an appetite swimming and surfing on the pristine beaches.

• Shark Bay. A World Heritage area and only a two hour flight from Perth. Meet the famous dolphins and dugongs of Monkey Mia, walk among the oldest living fossils in the world or discover the ancient culture of its Indigenous people.

• Ningaloo Reef. The world’s longest fringing reef, reached by the shortest swim. Only a two and a half hour flight away, this World Heritage site is home to 500 types of tropical fish, manta rays and pristine coral, all easily spotted just metres from the white sand beaches. December is turtle nesting season too.

Melbourne – Victoria

Melbourne – Victoria

It’s always a big moment in the Ashes Series when the England team enters the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground to face the Australians.

Melbourne is a city that lives and breathes sport, but off the field the stylish locals indulge their passion for great food in the many bars, cafes and restaurants all over town. Melbournians love the good things in life and this is a place where you can have fun on the beach by day and then dance till dawn.

You don’t need to travel far from Melbourne if you’re after a big hit of wildlife, to try some of the country’s best wines and want to enjoy an awesome road trip. Our favourites include the wineries of the Yarra Valley, the Mornington Peninsula food scene, the little penguins and koalas on Phillip Island and the iconic Great Ocean Road.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE...
• Discovering Melbourne by bike. The perfect way to get your bearings as you explore Melbourne’s grooviest streets, parks and hidden laneways with a local guide
• Heading to the beach in St Kilda, Melbourne’s seaside playground
• Watching the world go by from a deck chair in Federation Square, Melbourne’s meeting place
• Floating over the city on a sunrise hot air balloon ride - a great chance to see the MCG from the air
• Hitting the quirky vintage shops and enjoying the bohemian culture of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. The vibrant Melbourne strip where all walks of life go to shop, eat, drink and dance

FIVE FANTASTIC BARS
Here are five fantastic bars in Melbourne to celebrate being on holiday in Oz, whatever the score on the board.

Lagerfield Sports Bar & Beer Garden
Part of the Crown Complex, this is the perfect place to watch the cricket on eight huge screens and one megascreen, meaning you won’t miss a minute of Ashes action.
www.crownmelbourne.com.au

Eau de Vie
Awarded Time Out’s 2016 Bar of the Year Award, Eau de Vie is an exceptional speakeasy. Ask a local how to find the hidden entrance and you’re in for a treat.
www.eaudevie.com.au

Heartbreaker
On the edge of Chinatown, this drinking den serves great craft beers and belts out the classics from a pumping jukebox.
www.heartbreakerbar.com.au

The Elephant and Wheelbarrow
A proper pub in the city with a British menu and live sport. We’re sold! http://www.melbournebars.com.au/sports/

Captain Baxter
On the beach at St Kilda, Captain Baxter’s huge kitchen and cocktail bar is a perfect place to graze with spectacular views of Port Philip Bay.
www.captainbaxter.com.au

WORTH TRAVELLING TO…
• The Mornington Peninsula. Under an hour’s drive from Melbourne you’ll find orchards, olive groves and more than 200 vineyards. Take coastal walks, spot seals, surf at many of the beaches and swim with dolphins.

• The Great Ocean Road. Take in surf beaches, historic ports, whale lookouts, rainforests and mountain ranges on this spectacular coastal road trip. A highlight is the Twelve Apostles; limestone stacks rising from the ocean.

• The Grampians. You can’t miss these majestic mountain ranges and forests, famous for the excellent hiking and Aboriginal heritage. Discover rock art and rugged landscapes, go fishing or canoeing and get up close to native animals such as koalas, kangaroos and emus.

Adelaide – South Australia

Adelaide – South Australia

English fans love the Adelaide Oval, one of the Barmy Army’s favourite test grounds in the world!

When you’re not watching the action at the Oval, take a tram to Glenelg to swim with dolphins and play some beach cricket or treat your taste buds at one of Adelaide’s many fabulous restaurants.

Just beyond the city you’ll find the gorgeous Adelaide Hills famous for its vineyards. Whatever the score on the board, the wine made here won’t disappoint.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE...
• Getting close to the wildlife. At Cleland Wildlife Park you can meet koalas, hand feed a kangaroo and get up close and personal with wallabies and emus
• Sampling the local produce at Adelaide Central Market which attracts top chefs and locals alike
• The Adelaide Hills. With its vast expanse of traditional bushlands, vineyards, orchards and lush gardens this is a great place to enjoy some of Australia’s best wines
• Eating fish and chips on the beach at Glenelg
• Trying Roof Climb - an exhilarating adventure across the Oval’s unique roofline

Five Fantastic Bars
Whether we’re celebrating or commiserating in Adelaide, we’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to good bars for a post-match drink. Here are five fantastic ones:

The Austral Hotel
One of Adelaide’s oldest pubs, offering excellent dining, live bands and DJs, plus the all important ice cold beer, namely Coopers, made in South Australia. www.theaustral.com.au

The Strathmore Hotel
A hop, skip and a jump away from Adelaide oval is the Strathmore with their indoor-outdoor Garden Bar, plenty of big screens showing live sport, and food options including a casual café or a formal restaurant. Make sure you order their specialty – the Stonegrill. http://www.strath.com.au/

The Cathedral Hotel
A short stroll from the Oval, this 156 year old pub has been revamped while retaining its historical glory. Excellent for a drink or two and a casual meal – we love the rooftop bar with views of the Oval. http://www.cathedralhotel.com.au/

Queen’s Head
A favourite for sporting punters, this pub is tucked just behind Adelaide Oval to the north, with food-themed days like Burger and Beer Night (Thursday) or Ribs Night (Fridays). http://queenshead.com.au/

The Archer
An easy stroll into neighbouring North Adelaide (10 minutes at an ambling pace) takes you to The Archer, with 17 beers on tap and an extensive bottled, cocktail and wine selection to boot. https://www.archerhotel.com.au/

WORTH TRAVELLING TO…
• Kangaroo Island. Dubbed the Galapagos of Australia, this is one of the best places in Australia to see free roaming native wildlife – kangaroos, koalas, seals, sea lions, platypus and goannas to name a few. Reached by plane in about half an hour from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is a must do.

• Barossa. Australia’s most renowned wine growing region with over 80 cellar doors is home to some of the world’s most famous wine brands. An hour from Adelaide, the area combines stunning scenery with delicious food and wine experiences and some great accommodation options. Friendly locals will welcome you, even if England is well on the way to an Ashes win!

• The Eyre Peninsula. Under an hour’s flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, this vast region is famed for its fabulous seafood and aquatic wildlife. This is one of only two places in the world to go cage shark diving but if you’d rather frolic with something more friendly, swim with the sea lions instead. If you like fishing you’ll love the peninsula’s abundant and varied catches, and if you like camping there are some stunning spots to pitch up at under starry skies.

For more information, head to www.australia.com