Every time I watch Wanted Down Under I end up fantasising about what it would be like to move to Australia. All that sunshine, a house with a pool, non-stop barbies, the outdoor lifestyle. But of course it would be hard to leave the rellies behind (and I would definitely cry when they show me the video of the friends and family back home), so for the time being I’m looking forward to returning for some Australian adventures on holiday.
So far, we’ve only been to Sydney, where my great aunt lives (she’ll be 100 in two years – the Australian lifestyle definitely agrees with her, as she emigrated there from Wales over 30 years ago. I’d definitely like to make it over for her birthday bash.) Sydney really surprised me – yes it has breathtaking architecture, excellent museums (particularly for kids), lots of culture and superb restaurants. Plus of course one of my favourite beaches in the world at Manly. But it ‘s also an incredibly welcoming city. Somewhere you feel right at home, straight away. And one of my favourite moments was when No 1 Son and I got the chance to sit down next to a couple of kangaroos at Australia’s Walkabout Wildlife Park. Unforgettable, and not something you’re likely to experience anywhere else in the world.
Australia is so huge and diverse, you’re spoiled for choice if you’re trying to plan what kind of holiday to have there. Personally I’d really like to visit the Daintree rainforest; the Whitsunday Islands, with their incredible beaches; and of course the Great Barrier Reef. I’d also like to visit Melbourne – everyone I know who has been says it’s a fabulous city; the Gold Coast, with its miles of golden sand and spectacular surf; and Perth, which has a great music scene.
If you’re thinking about a holiday to Australia, I’ve heard great things about Emirates, who have won numerous awards, including ones for best inflight entertainment and best overall passenger experience. I would definitely recommend having a stopover though if possible, because 18 hours is an awful long time to fly without a break. And of course if you’re able to, it’s worth getting an upgrade for at least one leg of your journey, or at least fly with an airline that gives you a great seat pitch in economy.