As the Ashes are due to start at the end of November, many Brits are making preparations to head Down Under to catch England play against long-time cricket rivals Australia.
This is the first time that the Ashes have been played twice in one year. Usually series are held approximately every two years, but this new one-of change in schedule will ensure that the Ashes will not fall before the Cricket World Cup, which will take the pressure off of the cricket teams’ schedules.
The five venues for the matches are The Gabba in Brisbane, Adelaide Oval, WACA Ground in Perth, Melboune Cricket Ground, and the Sydney Cricket Ground. Here are a few things that you can do in each of the cities if you’re planning on visiting to support England.
Vibrant, laid-back and welcoming, Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing city, currently with the third largest population in the country. From live music in Fortitude Valley to Australia’s largest gallery of modern art, Brisbane has a varied cultural scene.
Venture up to Mount Coot-tha for outstanding views of the city, indulge in the arts on the South Bank or catch some of Australia’s native species at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
This quiet and picturesque city is a serene break from the madness of some of Australia’s more vibrant metropolises. Sandy beaches, quaint cafes and stylish architecture make up the city’s landscape, with the River Torrens cutting through the scenic parts.
Set in the midst of some of Australia’s finest wine regions, you can enjoy some of the best wines in the country here, as well as some of the prettiest beaches too.
Situated on Australia’s quieter west coast, Perth is laid back and offers up some of the quietest beaches in Australia. Centred on Swan River, Perth is a sprawling metropolis, surrounded by beautiful national parks and rolling beaches.
Full of free-roaming kangaroos, Perth is great if you’re an active explorer, with opportunities for swimming, cycling and trekking through the city and on the coastline.
A beautiful Victorian inspired city, Melbourne is considered Australia’s cultural capital, as well as a sporting hub, not just for cricket. Aussie rules football, rugby, Formula 1, and tennis are all a major sports which are played in the city, and as such there’s always some kind of major sporting event happening – a perfect choice for the Ashes!
Make sure you visit the imposing Shrine of Remembrance and the pretty Royal Exhibition Building, both Melbourne landmarks.
The daddy of Australia’s cities, Sydney is a vibrant wonderland of surfing, chic restaurants, and some of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the world. It goes without saying that you need to get a snap of yourself with the Sydney Opera House behind you, and of course take a trip to Bondi Beach to see the surfing buffs at their best.
Aside from the huge landmarks, you should also check out The Rocks, which has examples of some of Australia’s earliest settlers.
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