Australia via America – California dreaming on the way Down Under

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If you want to know how to combine California with Australia you can – cross the Atlantic AND the Pacific.

Here’s my round up of hotel recommendations and things to do for California city stopovers:

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So it’s not JUST me who loves Australia. Oprah does too.

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Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure If you’ve not heard yet, the latest exciting news (especially for Tourism Australia and Qantas!) is that Oprah Winfrey is taking 300 of her ‘ultimate’ fans to Australia. Wow. Flying in a Qantas plane with John Travolta as the pilot (!) this is going to possibly top one of my trips […]

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Fall-off-your-chair price of flight to Australia! £449 return

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Your cheap flight to Australia? – AirAsia

Now this isn’t going to be the most sophisticated blog post I’ve ever written, and do excuse me while I mostly cut and paste this from TravelZoo but WOW this is bl**dy cheap! Only £449 return. Seriously good price. I’ve not seen a return flight for under £500 to Australia for a long time

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Great Australia flight offer (now ’til June, & August ’til November) with FREE stopover holiday

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Cathay Pacific great cheap flights special offer to Australia

Cathay Pacific have just released a great offer on flights to Australia WITH a Hong Kong stopover (including hotel accommodation!) – you can fly into any of Cathay’s Australian destinations for £600-something (and that includes the hotel stay!)…

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The Grand Prix city of Melbourne – low prix hotels

If, after watching Jenson Button win the Grand Prix in Albert Park in Melbourne at the weekend, you are fancying a visit to the capital of Victoria, I’ve just spotted some amazing hotel deals at very low prices.

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Insider guide to Sydney, Australia.

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The Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney

Read a really good guide to Sydney over the weekend in the Sunday Times.

Clearly written by a local ‘Sydneysider’ it had some great tips for:

  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • things to see
  • suburbs to explore
  • shopping
  • countryside

Well worth a read if you’re heading to the lovely harbour city any time soon…

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Location Location Location – the best places in Australia?

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One of my favourite photos of one of my favourite places in Oz – pelicans on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, NSW

I am a huge fan of Kirstie and Phil and their location/relocation on-screen shenanigans, so am doubly excited that this week sees the lovely Phil hot footing around Australia helping people to buy a house Down Under. Phil Spencer Down Under is on this Friday (22nd January) Channel 4 at 8pm.

There was an article in the Sunday Times at the weekend written by Phil where he listed some his ‘ideal’ places to live in Australia.

So where does Phil like (and do I agree?):

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What to do on Christmas Day in Australia

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Sydney’s bridge climb is open on Christmas Day

I had a great question sent to me about what there is (and isn’t) ‘to do’ over the Christmas holidays in Australia.

Got me thinking (and googling) what you can and can’t do over Christmas if you’re visiting Australia. The question I was asked specifically related to Sydney, so here’s what I found out for there first…

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2 chances to WIN your way Down Under!

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Your chance to win a trip to Melbourne

For this first competition, if you have friends and relatives in Western Australia you can enter.

The second competition, however, is open to all (UK residents) — a 10-day trip to Melbourne and Victoria could be yours

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You’ve got the cheap flights Down Under, now here’s how you stay in Australia for less

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The 4-star Mercure Hotel in Brisbane is just one of the hotels offering great deals at the moment

If you can leave it to the ‘last minute’ to book your accommodation for Australia then, like the UK, you can also access and see what hotels (and trips) they have available for you, as well as some great deals to be had on

But here are some other great bargains I heard about today from TravelZoo Australia…

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