Escape the English Winter for the Summer Sun of The Ashes!

June 9, 2017

The winter can be a dreary affair in the UK, with thoughts often turning to longed-for summer sun as the traditional drizzle taps away at the windows. If you’re a sports fan, there’s an extra incentive to escape the cold and make those dreams of jetting off to warmer climes a reality this winter: The Ashes 2017/18.

Cricket’s mythical five-match series gets underway in Brisbane this year, with plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun accompanying the drama of the sporting action. The summer will just be kicking in come the start of the first Test on 23 November, and booking an Ashes tour presents some fantastic prospects of outdoor enjoyment – in addition, of course, to those glorious evenings in the stands as the sun sets over Australia’s most famous cricket arenas.

Here are three of the best summer adventures that you can enjoy on a trip Down Under to watch the Ashes this year.

Gold Coast, Brisbane (First Test, 23-27th November 2017)

If you’re keen to live the Aussie surf lifestyle on your trip to Oz for the Ashes, the Gold Coast is known across the globe for some of the best and most consistent waves imaginable. Kirra Beach, the most famous stretch, is renowned for its combination of both testing waves to challenge any expert surfer and smaller waves which break close to shore – perfect for beginners. Burleigh Heads also attracts a crowd of surfers with its consistent waves, as well as offering the added appeal of the chance to book lessons with former world professional surfer Michael Barry.

Barossa Valley, Adelaide (Second Test, 2-6th December 2017)

One of Australia’s finest and most historic wine regions, Barossa Valley is just an hour from the city centre and the perfect place to spend a day discussing the previous day’s cricket over a glass or two from some of the country’s best bottles under the summer sun. There are around 150 wineries and cellar doors to discover on the wine trail; why not explore it by motorbike, vintage car, hot air balloon or helicopter for an extra-special tour to match the special occasion that is the Ashes.

Blue Mountains, Sydney (Fifth Test, 4-8th January 2018)

Sydney is the venue for the fifth and final Test, and one of the best ways to spend your time out in the sun here is a trip to the Blue Mountains. Take an early-morning hike before the cricket gets underway and you’ll see that the mountains really do take on a spectacular blue hue when the sun catches the oil that sits above the eucalyptus trees covering the area, giving the vistas a uniquely magical aura. One of the most rewarding ways to see the area’s most iconic sight – the Three Sisters – is a bushwalking trail that starts at Echo Point and passes the Three Sisters before descending in spectacular fashion down the The Giant Stairway to the valley floor. If you’re lucky, you may spot a platypus, koala or long-nosed potoroo.

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