Victoria and South Australia are two states that between them offer visitors an unbeatable combination of the finest scenery, culture, wine and wildlife in a temperate climate.
Victoria's capital, Melbourne, is renowned for culture and the arts, for fine cuisine accompanied by equally fine wines and as the passionate heart of this sports loving nation where cricket and rugby rule. Touring can include wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, the Fairy Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and stunning coastal scenery on the Great Ocean Road.
Adelaide, capital of South Australia, is a charming 'English' city set within beautiful parklands. It's also the gateway to the internationally acclaimed wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, where shiraz is a speciality. A short flight away is the idyllic and relatively undeveloped Kangaroo Island; with beautiful and often dramatic sea vistas, and home to wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, penguins and countless species of birdlife.
Like the rest of Australia, Melbourne and its surrounding area has the opposite seasons to the UK - so the British winter is the warmest time to visit. However, unlike the more northern regions of the country, temperatures rarely reach very high levels, generally peaking under 30°C with rainfall consistently average throughout the year.
Australia has a great sense of space; with large tracts of unspolit outback that are home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring natural landscapes.
Southern Australia Holidays Fact File
HIGH SEASON September - February
FLIGHT DURATION 23 hours
UK AIRPORT OPTIONS London Heathrow and Gatwick, Manchester via Dubai with Emirates, Birmingham via Dubai with Emirates and Qantas, Edinburgh via Abu Dhabi with Etihad
DIRECT FLIGHTS No
COUNTRY COMBINATIONS Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong
CURRENCY Australian dollar
TIME DIFFERENCE + 11 hours
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