Australia Day Travel Deals

by Jessica

January 19th, 2011

There are few things more fun than celebrating a country’s national holiday in that country. Even if you don’t live there, the festivities alone are usually interesting enough to outsiders and the various observances can be quite entertaining. Such is the case with Australia Day.

Australia Day is Australia’s primary national holiday. It’s an official holiday in every state and territory throughout the country, marking the day the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove in 1788, and is celebrated widely with things like fireworks, parades, and family picnics. It also happens to be in the middle of Australia’s summer, so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the fun.

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26th every year, and if that date falls close to a weekend many Australians figure that’s an excellent excuse for a long weekend trip somewhere. If you’re visiting from outside the country, just about any spot will do since it’s a nationwide holiday, but it can be pretty tough to beat the fireworks displays in the big cities.

>> In 2012, Australia Day is on a Thursday.

Some Tips to Find Travel Deals for Australia Day

January 26th is not just in the middle of Australia’s summer, it’s also just before many kids are going back to school for another term. So it’s a big travel period for Australians, let alone people coming into the country from elsewhere.

Be flexible when you’re planning your trip and you could save quite a bit on airfare to Australia. Just use an online booking site that has a “my dates are flexible” button so that the search engine does the work for you.

Although January isn’t usually considered Australia’s “high season” as far as overseas flights are concerned, it’s very much the high season for Australians going on their summer holidays. You might be able to get a decent price on a flight into Australia, but if you’re interested in taking flights to get around the country you won’t likely find many bargains. This is especially true for any destination near a beach.

It’s also important to remember that in some parts of Australia, the weather in January is downright unpleasant. It can be hot and humid, and in some areas it’s the rainy season. Pay attention to weather averages when you’re planning your trip so you don’t get stuck in the worst of it – or plan to stick to the southern states to avoid the hottest and wettest weather.

Be sure to book your trip – both airfare and hotel stays – well in advance no matter where in Australia you plan to be during January and over Australia Day. Prices only go up (sometimes way up) as you get closer to the holiday itself.

photo by Phillie Casablanca

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