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Next stop Australia!

by Rianne Ojeh on 28 August 2013, 10:08AM

Barely has the dust settled after the final wicket at the Oval but cricket enthusiasts are already looking ahead to the next Ashes clash between the victorious England team and their Australian counterparts. Alistair Cook and his team will head to Australia in November 2013 for the next series.

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The first test will take place at the Gabba in Brisbane from 21-25 November 2013 and excitement will be at fever pitch as the first ball is bowled. Confidence will be high on both sides, with everything to play for and England keen to retain the Ashes. It was here last time that saw Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook’s opening partnership of 188 in the second innings create an English record.


Queensland’s thriving capital city is a modern cosmopolitan city famous for its friendly charm, marked by the winding Brisbane River & the iconic Story Bridge. The relaxed, sub tropical flair of Brisbane and the surrounding region of surf beaches, mountain ranges and pristine subtropical rainforests make it a diverse holiday destination with a multitude of experiences and activities. Take a beautiful sunset ferry ride on the river, stroll or cycle along the river banks and stop for a picnic on its grassy lawns. Enjoy a swim at South Bank, home to Australia’s only inner-city beach. Get up close to the cities wildlife at Wildife Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or visit the famous Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo or the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. To soak up some culture, head to the Southbank cultural precinct and check out the Queensland Art Gallery.

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They then move on to the city of Adelaide, the state of South Australia's capital, for the second match 5-9 December 2013. The Adelaide Oval dates back to the 1870's and is said to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world and home to the world's oldest working Test cricket scoreboard which began its job on 3rd November 1911.


During your stay make the most of the city’s charms beyond the cricket grounds – you’re in for a treat! Adelaide is renowned for its relaxed alfresco lifestyle, a jam packed year round calendar of festivals, shows and sporting events,  a plethora of restaurants (about 700), as well as access to over 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive. The city centre is easy to get around on foot, bus or tram, but if you want to explore the 30 kms of white sandy beaches that surround Adelaide you can be there within 20 minutes. Explore Henley, Brighton and Semaphore beaches, not forgetting Glenelg which has the added attraction of offering day trips to swim with dolphins. All this activity can make you thirsty, so how about beer tasting and a tour of Australia’s largest brewery, Cooper's, which is still family run?


A short hop from Adelaide (a 20 minute flight to be precise), is Kangaroo Island which has the mandatory beautiful white sandy beaches as well as stunning national parks and amazing wildlife. Enjoy fishing, sand boarding, hiking, wildlife spotting, gourmet food, gorgeous accommodation and of course friendly ‘roos’. Though having said that, the Island is also home to koalas, sea lions, seals, penguins, wallabies, echidna and so much more. There's a good reason it's renowned as Australia's Galapagos.

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From 13-17 December 2013, Perth hosts the all-important third test where England may just seal a historic victory. The city is Australia’s sunniest and has the quickest flight times from the UK, which makes it the perfect place to combine the Ashes with winter sun. Beloved by bowlers for its bouncy and fast strip, ’s WACA has also seen four of the fastest test centuries of all time scored here. With a maximum capacity of just 22,000, it is the most intimate of all the Australian grounds giving games an electric atmosphere.

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But the action won’t just be on the pitch. Perth’s sun-filled days and beachside location means there is plenty to do when you’re not watching cricket. Cottesloe Beach, just 15 minutes from the city centre, is the most popular of Perth’s 19 beaches. Locals flock here to swim, surf and sip a beer while watching the sun set into the Indian Ocean. Fremantle pulls crowds with its markets, harbour and stunning colonial architecture, while the Swan Valley offers wine tasting and food safaris. Don’t miss Rottnest Island, a car-free paradise of unspoilt bays and beaches just a short ferry ride from Perth or you can head south of the city to Rockingham to swim with wild dolphins. Check out David Gower’s personal guide to Perth.

The traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of Australia's most popular sporting events, with families and friends relaxing at the cricket after enjoying the Christmas festivities. This year, Australia will face England for the fourth test from 26-30 December 2013. The test will be hard fought with the Aussies no doubt wanting to make up for their lowest first innings score in a home Ashes Test since 1888, scoring just 98 in their first innings the last time the two sides met here.

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There are plenty of things to see and do while in Melbourne. The city is split into distinctive pockets; each with its own individual vibe and character. Take a cruise, row or kayak along the Yarra River, cycle along its scenic waterfront and stop to enjoy a picnic in one of its many gardens. Unwind in the eateries, bars and art spaces that are set amongst a spectacular riverside backdrop. Get around the city by riding upon the largest and oldest tram network in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the cultural hub of the city Federation Square; here art, architecture, events, culture, hospitality and open space are all fused together into a striking public domain. Behind the main city streets, a web of over 180 tiny laneways and side streets make up Melbourne city, these laneways are bursting with one off fashion boutiques, art galleries, hole in the wall cafes and secret bars and restaurants.

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The Yarra Valley, an hour’s drive east of Melbourne, is famous for its vineyards. As well as the wine, enjoy fabulous restaurants serving delicious local produce, the beautiful countryside and the Australian wildlife sanctuary at Healesville. ON the other hand Daylesford, about an hour’s drive from the city is situated in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. It is famous for its mineral waters and luxurious accommodation. Definitely a good place to rejuvenate after the cricket craziness!

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The final Ashes Test will be held in Sydney from 3-7 January 2014 and if it is evens after the first four matches, like it was in England in 2009, then fans will be in for an extra special treat as the series would be decided here. Last time England totalled 644 runs here, their highest score in Australia ever. Although win, lose or draw here, visitors to Sydney will be bowled over by the spectacular sights and the variety of experiences to enjoy day and night.

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Home to the well-known iconic landmarks of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and the city life revolves around the Harbour. One of the best ways to see the harbour is by boat; many depart from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. For nature lovers, take a stroll around the Botanic Gardens, situated next to the Opera House and visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Nearby you will find the Rocks –Sydney’s most historic area. Get your art fix at the main galleries dotted around the Harbour including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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The Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes drive from Sydney, is a World Heritage Listed National Park and is a nature lover’s paradise. Go hiking or abseiling, check out the caves, indulge in spa treatments, potter in the shops and galleries and find out more about the area’s Aboriginal heritage.

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For the first time in Test match history, England’s cricketers will be taking a detour to the very heart of Australia as part of the next Ashes series, with an extra encounter slated for the iconic outback town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Taking place at Traeger Park 29-30 November 2013, the Chairman’s XI will be set against the stunning backdrop of the famous MacDonnell Ranges. What’s more, fans will have the chance to squeeze in a visit to the most striking of Aussie wonders, Uluru or Ayers Rock, between the first and second Tests.


Situated 440km south-west of Alice Springs, Uluru is the spiritual heart of Australia and one of the great natural wonders of the world. No trip to Australia would be complete without seeing the sun rise or set over this majestic rock formation. Other Red Centre musts are Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), well worth a stop off to admire the ochre red domes.

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To find out more about holidays to Australia visit https://www.travelbag.co.uk/destinations/australasia/australia/holidays

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