- Australia Luxury holidays
Australia has penetrated many aspects of British life, from daytime television to weekend pastimes like barbecues, to the words and intonations used in everyday English conversations. It was actually the Dutch who were first to the southern continent in 1606, while the English landed in the late 1600s. James Cook arrived in 1770 and mapped part of the coastline, and Australia Day on January 26th each year celebrates the first fleet of British ships to arrive at Port Jackson in New South Wales in 1788.
A taste of home in Australia
Much of Australia's cuisine was brought by the British, and even on the hottest weekends of the year you may find yourself tucking into a Sunday roast with the usual trimmings. For a more traditional taste of Australia, you may want to try some bush tucker - the type of food eaten by the native inhabitants prior to the British arrival. This ranges from fish and crustaceans on the coast, to meats including crocodile, emu and kangaroo in the interior, as well as leafy greens and locally grown fruits, and an edible local fungus commonly called 'native bread'.
Australia from the Ashes
Australia's sporting prowess is broad, but for many people in the UK it is the ongoing Ashes cricket grudge with England that provides the most direct sporting connection between the two countries. Australia hosts the Ashes roughly once every four years, from November through until the New Year period, and as this is the summertime for the Southern Hemisphere, it's a great time for fans to make the journey and soak up some winter sun as well.
When should I visit Australia?
For a celebration of Australia's own identity and its links with the British, there's no better time to visit than Australia Day on January 26th. This is midsummer in the Southern Hemisphere, making a luxury break at this time a great excuse for some winter sun too. Celebrations on this date first began in 1808, but it was more than a century before it began to be known as Australia Day - and only in 1994 that all the territories of Australia officially made the day a public holiday, although the event has quickly become the largest and most widely celebrated day on the Australian calendar, with awards ceremonies, music performances and community festivals throughout the country.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Australia are all about you, and nothing else. If you want a room with a spectacular ocean view, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you’re in the mood for sampling one of the country’s more exotic dishes, such as crocodile meat, they’ll arrange that too. Luxury in Australia costs a little extra, but it’s well worth the additional cash – and the amount of pampering you receive is completely up to you. Australia offers unforgettable luxury holidays, and while you may not have ski-slopes on your doorstep, you will have access to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes, and the welcoming, attentive service that Australians are famous for. This is luxury with a distinctly laid-back vibe, and it's definitely worth every penny.