If you take a trip down under in autumn, you must remember that it’s actually the middle of spring over there – so just as the leaves on our trees start to fall, our days get shorter and evenings on the sofa begin to look tempting, Australia’s parks are in full bloom, the weather is warm, and the sand and surf of its famous beaches beckon!
In the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia, the month of October begins with a public holiday; Labor Day, on the first Monday of the month. While in Western Australia at roughly the same time, the Queen's Birthday holiday is celebrated – putting everyone in high spirits and anticipating the barbeques, beach days and picnics that lay before them during the long Australian spring and summer. It’s akin to the excitement of our May bank holiday, but at precisely the opposite time of the year!
Imagine a season of just flowers, food and wine – no it’s not your birthday, it’s simply springtime OZ-style! From Canberra's immensely popular month-long flower festival, Floriade (mid-September - mid-October), to the Bowral Tulip Time Festival (24 September – 7 October) in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia is blooming marvelous during spring! However, if you’re more gastronomic than green-fingered, there is the Tasting Australia food and wine festival in Adelaide, South Australia in mid-October, ensuring this is a beautiful, bountiful season for anyone planning a holiday in Australia.
While Australia’s spring weather is conducive to lazing away the days on the beach, why not take an Australian road trip to some of the country’s fabulous vineyards and wineries? There is simply nothing better than enjoying a fine Sémillon in the spring sunshine (please note, Sauvignon blanc is frowned upon in Oz – connoisseurs call it ‘Savalanche’)! Head north from Sydney to Australia’s oldest wine-making region, the Hunter Valley. It offers the pick of Australia’s best.
Sports and adventure activities also pick up when the weather’s good, and for those interested in horse racing, October is the lead-up month to the running of the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.
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