The continent nation, the land of kangaroos and coral reefs, Australia is truly a family destination for holidays. It comes alive during its summer season. Since it falls in the southern hemisphere, summer comes to Australia in December and reaches peak by January. In January, the temperature averages at around 23°C with highs going as up as 26°C in the most significant city of Australia – Sydney. The temperatures may vary in different cities depending on their landscape and proximity to the sea. But this is by far the best time to enjoy the beaches of Australia, go sightseeing, pursue outdoor activities and water sports.
Key attractions: Gold Coast, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, and Melbourne
Average Price: INR 181,556 for a week’s trip along gold coast
Major cities in Australia
Sydney: It is one of Australia’s largest cities and also the capital of New South Wales. The famous Sydney Opera House is the iconic landmark of Australia, and the harbour front is known for the legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations.
Melbourne: Melbourne is the leading coastal city of Australia, located in the state of Victoria. Situated on the Yarra River, Melbourne is known for its Federation Square and a great scene for indigenous art.
Brisbane: At the other end of the Pacific Highway that shoots off from Sydney is Brisbane. The capital of Queensland is home to numerous galleries, museums, botanical garden, cultural institutions and Mount Coot-Tha.
Adelaide: The capital of South Australia has a lovely zoo and renowned institutions like the Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australia Museum.
Darwin: Once a famous frontier outpost during the world war, Darwin is now the dazzling capital of Northern Territory and the gateway to Kakadu National Park. It has some great waterfront locations, museums, the Bicentennial Park and the crocodile diving facility – Cage of Death.
A very important part of Australia visit is roaming around the city in the urban centres. Local transport is top-notch, and so are the local shopping and dining destinations. While on Australia trip, try out the original Carlton draught beer and one of the beach parties at Bondi Beach. Do not miss a chance to see some real, wild Kangaroos at the Kangaroo Island either.
Best Time To Visit Australia
The best time to visit Australia is between the months of December and January, closely followed by April and May. The usual popular months for tourism for the rest of the world gets reverse in case of Australia because the location is in the southern hemisphere. The Land Down Under has the opposite seasons than most of the other countries. So, during December to January, Australia enjoys late summer, while during April to May, it experiences the pleasant season of autumn.
Climate In Australia
Summer Season in Australia
Summer season in Australia is when the most number of tourists visit the country. Although the north can get uncomfortably warm, the southern and western coasts are pretty pleasant to hang out in. This is the best time for Australia travel.
Monsoon Season in Australia
The west to north westerly monsoon winds brings the monsoon season in Australia during December to March. Thunderstorms are common, so are cyclones. Humidity stays around 70% in many places. However, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne can be visited easily, carrying an umbrella in the bag.
Winter Season in Australia
Winter in Australia is the opposite of what rest of the world experiences for the equatorial difference. The months from June to August are the winter season here. Although it is not the most popular season to visit Australia, one can make do with the climatic conditions for the cheaper rates of flights, hotels and transportation. The popular spots will have fewer crowds as well. If climate and temperature is not the issue, winter season in Australia can be a great time for honeymoon in peace.
Things to Do
Australia is the land for the adventurous with its ample adventure and water sports offerings. That said there is still a lot more to do in this country.
Scuba Diving, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia:
A dive in the Great Barrier Reef, swimming among fish and corals is an experience of a lifetime. Novices can do the dive with trainers and if you have certification, you will be able to do this on your own, at your own pace.
Sky Diving, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia:
The Thrill of a free fall from 4000 metres above ground level is sure to give anyone an adrenalin rush. Gold Coast will let you live this thrill, albeit with a professional who will ensure a soft landing on the pristine white shores.
Warner Bros Movie World, Pacific Mwy, Oxenford QLD 4210, Australia:
A fun place for the entire family, Warner Bros Movie World is the only movie theme park in Australia. It has an array of rides, shows and games for all ages. The highlight is the Movie World Parade which brings to life all the movie characters we appreciate on the silver screen.
Wine and Ale Tasting, Hunter Valley, Hunter Region, New South Wales, Australia: or
Wine and Ale Tasting, Mornington, Victoria 3931, Australia:
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or an ale guy, Australia serves you well. Head to Hunter Valley or Mornington to sample some of the country’s finest wines. Else, you may step into Hope and Anchor Tavern, the country’s oldest pub to have a swig of their local brew.
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia:
Designed by Danish Architect Utzon, the Sydney Opera House is a World Heritage Site. It hosts over 15,000 shows each year attracting a crowd of over 8 million people. Take a guided tour of this architectural marvel to better understand its history and intricacies.
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Rd & Booringa Rd, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia:
Along the picturesque drive down the Great Ocean Road, you will come across gigantic limestone rock formations in the sea. Together known as the Twelve Apostles, they get their distinct structures from years of erosion by the waves. Currently, only 8 of the 12 Apostles stand, the last one falling as late as 2005.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia:
An archipelago of 74 islands with its base in Hamilton Island, the Whitsundays are truly heaven in Australia. This is your chance to relax and rejuvenate after all the adventures of the Land Down Under. You will also get a chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef and go Scuba Diving here.
Philip Island, Victoria, Australia:
Just off the coast of Melbourne, Philip Island boasts of a Penguin conservatory. Each evening there is a penguin parade that the conservatory organises where you can catch a waddle of penguins making their way back to their burrows.
Australian Museum Exhibitions, 1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia:
Australian Museum is located on the intersection of William Street and College Street in Sydney and is one of the oldest museums in Australia. Opened in 1827 by Earl Bathurst, it is famous for its collection on natural history and diversity across the whole world. Originally it was established as the Colonial Museum or Sydney Museum and was renamed to Australian Museum in 1836.
Tourist Places In Australia
Here’s a list of the best place to visit in Australia in January.
1. Adelaide, SA
When travel bible Lonely Planet calls you one of the best places to go in 2017, you know you’re onto something special. Adelaide has shaken off its reputation as a boring, behind the times country town and is now full of great restaurants, small bars, cool galleries and designer shops. It will be hot in January, but you can easily escape to Glenelg Beach for a cooling dip.
2. Norfolk Island
Ok, so it’s technically not part of Australia (it’s a an external territory) but we’re going to count it anyway. Sitting about 1,400 kilometres off the east coast of the New South Wales/Queensland border, Norfolk Island is a truly unique place with its own language (a strange mix of 18th century sailor’s English and Tahitian) and a rich history. Plus it’s rarely busy and the weather is delightful in January.
3. Sunshine Beach, Qld
January means school holidays and (for lots of people) school holidays means Queensland. Many of the most popular towns and beaches are going to be packed with families. If that’s not your thing, then try Sunshine Beach just south of Noosa. It’s a tiny, sleepy beach town with just a couple of shops and a surf club.
4. Newcastle, NSW
This hardened industrial city has turned itself around in recent years and is now the second best holiday destination in Australia, according to a recent poll by Experience Oz. The city’s heritage centre has been revitalised, the beaches are lovely and the Hunter Valley vineyards are within reach. You can’t ask for much more.
5. Launceston, Tas
January in Tasmania is just about perfect with long, sunny days in the mid 20s and refreshingly cool nights. Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities, dating back to 1806, and the old town is dotted with colonial and Victorian architecture. Modern Launceston is now a vibrant food and wine hotspot and is surrounded by some of the state’s glorious lavender farms.
6. Bright, Vic
Bright by name, Bright by nature. This charming town in Victoria’s high country is glorious in summer with plenty of blue sky and starry nights. It comes alive with outdoor concerts, twilight markets, bike races, golf tournaments and tasty gourmet weekends. It’s also warm enough for camping, making it great for multi-day hikes through the mountains.
7. Bunker Bay, WA
Western Australia seems to have a never ending list of pristine, white sand beaches, so in January head for Bunker Bay. Close to the Margaret River wine region, it’s a secluded and sheltered strip of sand protected by the rocky outcrop of Cape Naturaliste. That means it’s good for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and surfing.
8. Bicheno, Tas
Prepare to be transported back to the family seaside holidays of your youth. Bicheno is a picturesque town on the northeast coast of Tasmania, surrounded by sandy beaches and rolling orchards. It’s known for its great climate year round, but it is especially nice right now. You can also catch the end of the chick raising season for the local penguins.
9. Clare Valley, SA
Think of it as the Barossa’s less famous little sister. The Clare Valley is home to more than 40 wineries and, thankfully, escapes the scorching heat that blankets much of the state in January. Cycle the 35-kilometre Riesling Trail, stopping off at delightful cellar doors for some much needed refreshment.
10. Melbourne, Vic
Melbourne is Australia’s unofficial capital of cool, and in January the city really out does itself. Spend the warm summer evenings enjoying trendy night markets, airy rooftop bars, pop up restaurants or outdoor concerts at the Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne is one of the country’s great walking cities, so you can happily spend hours exploring the winding alleyways without a plan at all.
While these are just a few places you should not miss, Australia has a lot more to offer. Begin planning your trip with these places in mind and then let the Land Down Under surprise you.
How to Reach
Australia has 5 major International airports, namely, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Direct and connecting flights both take off from Indian cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi etc. You can also take a cruise from New Zealand if you want to experience sea travel. There is no rail connectivity from outside to Australia because this is a continent, but the country boasts of a good rail network internally.
Home to several international airports, Melbourne and Sydney are the busiest airports connecting the island to some major countries of Asia. Though, there are several flights operating from India to Australia, the only direct India to Australia flights is operated by Air India and it covers the distance from Delhi to Australia in 12 hours 25 minutes. Other carriers with India to Australia flight routes are Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, Thai Airways and Australia’s flag bearer Qantas Airways. Thai Airways’ 13 hours 30-minute flight from Kolkata to Sydney with an hour and a half stop at Bangkok is the other best option.
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Being an island nation, there are no entry points into the country via roadways. However, within the country, tourists can avail of the excellent and expansive roadways to travel from one city to another. There are comfortable and convenient buses connecting cities within Australia. Those on a budget trip can opt to travel by them. However many may prefer the luxury of a private car. The picturesque hills and vast plains along these routes make it an excellent place for driving your convertible as you bask in the natural beauty of Australia. One of the suggested routes to drive down is the Great Ocean Road.
Getting By in Australia
Once in Australia, you will be spoilt for choice for commuting within a city. You may rent a self-driven car, a chauffeur-driven one or even go eco-friendly by hiring bicycles. You may even spot some locals using the skateboard for their commute. In a culturally diverse land like Australia, you are welcomed with all your different choices.
All major cities have reliable public transport system. Buses and suburban trains are used in most cities. Trams were discontinued in most cities, with the increase in the number of cars. Trams do exist in Melbourne and Adelaide. Ferries are in operation in Sydney and Brisbane. All forms of public transport systems are affordable.
Taxi & Airport transfer
Taxis are easily available all over Australia. But as they are expensive, compared to the readily available public transport, taxis are used when people are in need of a quick transport or by older people, who find it difficult to use the public transport. Airport transfer is available from all major airport to the different cities all over Australia. Drivers are generally helpful and friendly and ready to advice you about your destination and give you other tips to enjoy Australia like a native.
Transport & city passes
All the major cities offer transport cards which can be purchased at station or other shops all over the cities. In most cities, a ‘maximum day cap’ is charged, which is much cheaper, than if you buy individual tickets for each trip. Most cities also allow users to use the public transport with a relatively less ‘maximum day cap’ over the weekends. There are other offers like, free buses in Perth, weekly card for 20AUD in Darwin, free Melbourne transport card for people who use the public transport between 5 & 7.15 am
Driving & Car rental
Key to visiting off the track places is driving. Depending on where in Australia you are travelling to, license requirements vary. Car rentals are generally much more expensive than using the public transport, but, you can pace your trip as you like it. Landscapes are stunning, which can be explored if you decide to drive.
Best places to stay in Australia
1. Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Located along the Yarra river in the heart of Melbourne, Travelodge offers a no-frills, grounded and relaxing stay experience. One of the city’s bests, Travelodge caters comfortable beds, showers and even kitchenettes to whip something up for yourself anytime you want to. For the lazy sleepers, fret not, a hearty breakfast is on offer.
- Free Wifi with upgradable speed option at $9.95 per day
- Wheelchair accessible
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Eureka Skydeck 88
- Great Ocean Road
2. Mantra legends Gold Coast, 25 Laycock St, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the beach at your doorstep here – just 100 m away from the hotel! Rest assured every room in this hotel is decked to contemporary tastes with a private balcony for each. On sunny days, stay in and make the best of in-house movies and cable TV. For the rest of the days, have your fun under the sun.
- Mini bar
- LCD TV
Visit: Mantra legends Gold Coast
3. Coral Tree Inn, 166-172 Grafton St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Located right across the freshly renovated Munro Martin Parklands, Coral Tree Inn is a boutique resort-style hotel providing easy access to shops, restaurants, theater, art galleries, casino and the railway station. Offering services ranging from a saltwater pool to a barbeque facility amidst landscaped tropical gardens.
- Free Wifi access
- Cairns Aquarium
- St. Monica’s Cathedral
- Cairns Art Gallery
Visit: Coral Tree Inn
4. Hyatt Regency Sydney, Level 1/161 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
With a backdrop of the Darling Harbour, the Hyatt sits right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rest assured you will have a pleasant stay with a plethora of things to do both inside and outside. Make every meal special by choosing from the range of restaurants here. And with its e-conceirage feature you can even personalize your stay before you even check in!
- Free Wifi
- Rooftop bar Nearby:
Queen Victoria Building
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Visit: Hyatt Regency Sydney
Where to Eat
Among the best-kept secrets of the Land Down Under are its excellent wineries and delectable multicultural cuisine. While Michelin does not exist in Australia, many swear there would be plenty of restaurants to choose from at par with other Michelin starred places.
Among the top places to eat in Australia, you must surely try Attica, Quay and Vu de Monde. For all the Wine Connesiurs, there is always d’Arenberg Cube for some wine and dine amidst architectural excellence. The good food, wine, the people and the scenic beauty of Australia will leave you thoroughly enamoured.
Where to Shop in Australia
With both Melbourne and Sydney being fashion capitals of the continent nation, you’d never go wrong with picking your brands from these cities. While all tourist destinations will have souvenir shops close to hotels, you might want to scour the market area for the best deal. Also, while you’re in Australia, you could also check out a pair of Uggs for yourself to keep your feet warm during winters.
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