Although it is far away, there are so many reasons to go and visit Australia.

From blissful beaches and vibrant cities, to even the hauntingly beautiful Outback, there’s so much choice for the visitor that it can offer something for even the most jaded traveller.

And 2015 has plenty of events that will offer you all the more reason to get yourself to this truly unique nation.

Vivid Sydney

Every winter (that’s May and June to us!) Sydney puts on a spectacular light show with stunning projections appearing over many of the city’s most iconic buildings.

Vivid Sydney started as an idea in 2009 but now attracts over 1.5 million visitors to spectacle at an eerily illuminated Sydney Opera House. Plus there are some great interactive exhibits where you’ll get the chance to control the lights on Harbour Bridge and even project your own face onto a massive head!

The area is also highly renowned for Darling Harbour that is well worth a visit for its extravagant new casino complexes. Maybe try and get some practice in online before you go by visiting Ruby Fortune !

Gold Coast Airport Marathon

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And then for a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Southport on 4th July and enjoy the epic sight of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Whether you’re young or old, expert or novice, all are welcome to partake in the race that features many different distances for different types of athlete.

It’s definitely one of the more picturesque marathons in the world, as you run on a perfectly flat track alongside the beautiful Gold Coast as the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean.

And even if you just fancy being a spectator, there are many great attractions dotted around the main event from chic beachside restaurants to kid-friendly theme parks!

Floriade

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For an event of a more genteel nature, then head to Canberra from 13th September where for one month it hosts the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Floriade started as a one-day event, but now is an essential part of the Australian springtime that celebrates the end of Canberra’s frosty winters with beautiful bursts of floral colour.

It’s a real gardener’s paradise with thousands of tulips and annuals being sculpted to perfection in the elegantly maintained Commonwealth Park that overlooks the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

And even if you should tire of tulips, there’s still a great range of other activities to experience.

From Gnome Knoll which offers the slightly sinister attraction of thousands of decorated garden gnomes grouped together, to the spectacular Nightfest which transforms the park into an illuminated wonderland with live music and night markets, it’s a great way to enjoy the start of a beautiful Australian springtime!


Image by vivid Sydney Gold Coast Airport Marathon Floriade

 


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