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The Aussie Philosophy

Australia has been in the news a lot recently. The major story concerning the giant country is the devastating flooding that has caused misery and financial ruin across an area the size of France and Germany combined in Queensland and most recently, Victoria. The country has also been given column inches for hosting the annual Australian Open and The Ashes.

Australian news doesn’t normally take up this makes space on the BBC website. The laidback country seems to keep relatively quiet and keeps things to itself. What we tend to hear about Australia is how wonderful it is. How it regularly tops lists of the most desirable countries to live in and for those offering the best quality of life.

Although the disastrous and widespread flooding has forced many holidaymakers to cancel holidays Down Under, do not let it put you off future trips to this beautiful land. Australia has a lot going for, as we have already mentioned in the previous paragraph, so here are a few reasons to visit Australia in 2011.

First there was The Ashes cricket series, then the Australian Open tennis tournament, next up is the ASP World Championships Tour in February. This is the first leg of the worldwide surfing competition sponsored by Roxy and Quicksilver. Australia’s Gold Coast will see the world’s best male and female surfers battle it out for the ASP title. 

March is when fast cars and beautiful women descend on Melbourne for the Melbourne Grand Prix. The track is built inside Albert Park, making it one of the most beautiful settings for a Grand Prix race, although we doubt many people will be looking at the view.

Food and drink
Australia is one of the leading producers of new world wines and it also conjures up some of the best food on the planet using a plethora of Australian ingredients. Margaret River in Western Australia produces some of Australia’s best wines. In April it celebrates its fruits of the loom with the Margaret River Wine Region Festival.

Manly, on Sydney’s north harbour is best known for its outstanding beaches, but it also has a fantastic restaurant scene and the region around Sydney is well known for its tasteful grapes. Every June, Manly hosts A Taste of Manly: Food and Wine Festival where you ca sample local flavours whilst being entertained by live jazz bands.

If you need some help getting Down Under, Flight Centre offers flights to Australia throughout the year.

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