One of the biggest sporting extravaganzas to attend during Australia tours is The Ashes. It is a series of five Test matches, played every two years between Australia and England. This on-field rivalry is among the most heated in the cricket world, and the competitive spirit continues to grow every time. The Ashes is held in Australia every four years, and the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide generally host the matches. There is always a sufficient amount of time, generally 3-4 days, reserved between the games for the competitors to rest. There are certain tour packages in Australia that revolve around this tournament. Below is a description of what can be experienced, done and seen in these five incredible destinations in between the matches.
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney houses two of the most famous landmarks of the nation: the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Those, who love the sea, can throng Bondi, Coogee, Greenhills, Maroubra, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches. Hyde Park, where a number of cultural events are hosted, is ideal to sit back, relax and witness exquisite flora, which can also be seen at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Museum of Sydney, Australian Museum and National Maritime Museum are some other places of interest here.
Tourists, who like to read, may come to Melbourne – a UNESCO City of Literature. The State Library of Victoria, located in the heart of the city, has over 2 million pieces of literature. Melbourne is known for its entertainment aspect as numerous arts and international film festivals are organised here. The city can also be called as the sports capital of the nation as it has hosted numerous major events like the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Situated on the Indian Ocean coast in the western part of the country, Perth is home to long, sandy and pristine beaches. The destination is dotted with several large and small lakes, and reservoirs, around which people can relax. A unique attraction here is Water Labyrinth, where nine squares are created by powerful water fountains. To the east of Perth is Swan Valley Tourist Park, a large grassy arcade featuring wineries, restaurants and art galleries. Car rallies, food and wine tours, leisurely walks, drives and cycling can be experienced at the site.
Home of The Gabba, which has the fastest and bounciest cricket pitch in the world, Brisbane is situated on the Moreton Bay coast. The Story Bridge across the Brisbane River is a city landmark, and every year on Brisbane Day, it is illuminated with lights and fireworks. The Museum of Brisbane displays artworks, photos and ceramics, pertaining to the history of the city. Nature lovers can visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see some native Australian animals like koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.
Of all Australian megacities, Adelaide is the one with the mildest weather. Even when summers are at their most extreme, the average day temperature here stays near 30 degree Celsius. North Terrace, an arterial road of the city, is its cultural hub, and several art galleries, museums and libraries are located along it. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute can be visited in Adelaide with Australia tours packages to learn about the native inhabitants of the nation.
Australia tours can be taken to visit these five Ashes Test host cities and for exploring the wonderful sites they encompass.