If your other half is dragging you to the other side of the world to watch a few cricket games, don’t worry, I can assure you that you will still have the time of your life in Australia…cricket or no cricket!
Yes, this superb sporting spectacle is worth the air miles, but if cricket isn’t your thing, then there’s still plenty to do in what I believe is one of the most beautiful places in the world. So, in-between the Tests, why not swim in the warm waters, sink your toes into the white sands of the beaches, enjoy breath-taking views, or simply chill out and immerse yourself in the ‘Aussie’ way of life?
England's Ashes tour at the end of this year stops at five of the country’s greatest cities, and last year I was lucky enough to see two of them for myself: Brisbane and Sydney. There wasn’t a day went by during my visit where I wasn’t impressed with something, or stuck for something to do, so I thought I’d share a few of the many highlights of my journey to inspire your own Australian adventure…
After arriving in Brisbane following the 24-hour journey, our first experience was to explore this vibrant east-coast city, home to the Gabba. A walk down the river in the sun was the perfect introduction to the city, and thanks to my confused body clock I got to witness the stunning spectacle of the sun rising over the sparkling river waters whilst sipping a cappuccino. The river has an array of restaurants, cafes and bars, so there’s plenty of choice.
About an hour’s drive from Brisbane’s city centre lies Australia Zoo, a proud creation of the great, late Steve Irwin, now run by his wife and children. It’s a great experience, even if zoos aren’t really your thing, with a lot of emphasis on respect for the animals, along with the Steve Irwin legacy.
As you’ll see from browsing through our cricket brochure, we have suggested tours which feature a few nights' stay on Hamilton island, one of the 74 islands that make up the breathtaking Whitsundays. The Whitsundays are situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, of which only six are inhabited. These tiny isles offer many awesome views, my favourite of which was without a doubt Whitehaven Beach which has to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. The twirls of the white sand and the pale blue sparkling waves were a spectacular sight. And of course, your Sports Travel Specialist can arrange a whole host of activities in The Whitsundays, such as boat tours of the islands, whale watching, snorkelling and jet skiing.
From ‘paradise’ we ventured back south to Sydney; a great place for some sight-seeing, and shopping! There is a wide range of restaurants and bars to choose from in this amazing metropolis, many of which are award-winning; such as the Bridge Room located in the city centre. Sydney is, of course, home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House, where you can take a guided tour or opt to do your own thing if you would prefer. One of my favourite experiences was a stop-off at the quirky Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake Shop! The queue went well beyond the door of the shop, and no wonder, the Japanese twist on cheesecake was delicious.
As you’ll see from our suggested cricket tours, there are many ways to make the most of your time in this great nation away from the cricket. And don’t forget, your Sports Travel Specialist can create a bespoke cricket holiday for you with ease; crafting a tailor-made itinerary which includes your own personal ‘must-sees’.
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017