Go Down Under with Singapore Airlines
There’s never been a better time to visit Australia, thanks to exciting new promotions Singapore Airlines has recently launched a string of attractive promotions on fares to Australia. The Singapore Airlines promotion offers low fares to three popular destinations down under: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
SQ Promo Fares to Brisbane from S$748
Dubbed Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is surrounded by beautiful suburbs and is a city that can be explored on foot. An easy way to take in Brisbane is by visiting Balloons over Brisbane, which allows you to get a magnificent bird’s eye view of the city aboard a hot air balloon. Look a little further and you might spot the Glasshouse Mountains and even Gold Coast!
If the sky isn’t your thing, sail down Brisbane River on one of the many river cruises, or walk around South Bank, which is an area similar to Singapore’s Clarke Quay. Expect lots of colour, noise and people!
Brisbane is not just about buildings and ships, however. The city and its surroundings are some of the sunniest and holiday-friendly places in Australia. Take a trip to Australia Zoo, where you can cuddle and take a picture with a koala bear. If you’re really into nature, why not opt to watch a live turtle nesting and hatching session near Bundaberg? Singapore Airlines’ promotion fits right into the turtles’ nesting period, so consider booking a package for your family here.
Where to Stay in Brisbane
Finding accommodation in Brisbane is a breeze. There are plenty of big name hotels to middle range hotels to select from:
- Traders Hotel Brisbane by Shangri-La – S$209
- Ibis Brisbane – S$246
- Oaks Aurora Apartments- S$262
- Park Regis North Quay Hotel – S$190
SQ Promo Fares to Melbourne from $728
Melbourne is a beautiful city, but for a truly memorable holiday, leave the city and head to the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road overlooks the southwestern coast of Victoria, and is a drive that will make your kids go ‘ooh’ every few minutes.
I suggest you spend a good part of your holiday exploring the Great Ocean Road, passing the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where your family and you can get up close and personal with Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. From Ballarat Wildlife Park, go to Grampians National Park, home to a series of cascading waterfalls, and the Balconies Lookout. Make your way to the top and be awed by the sight of the canyon.
No drive along the Great Ocean Road is complete without a visit to the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks. These structures rise dramatically from the sea and provide for a wonderful photo opportunity. If you have a few extra days, spend them shopping and relaxing in one of Melbourne’s signature coffee houses.
Where to Stay in Melbourne
While you’re driving along the Great Ocean Road, opt to stay at the Grand Pacific Hotel & Apartments. A classic beach hotel, with stunning views of the ocean, this is a great place to base yourself while you explore the Great Ocean Road. Rates start at $198 for a basic room.
SQ Promo Fares to Sydney from $748
If you’ve never been to Australia, you might want to consider making Sydney your first choice as it combines all of the elements the country has to offer – food, sun, sea, friendly people and shopping.
Sydney has a lot more to offer than the Opera House and the Harbour – it’s an adventure junkie’s paradise, with plenty of activities to keep your adrenaline pumping. Try your hand at hang gliding (with an instructor, of course) at Bald Hill Lookout, or be a motorbike daredevil for a day, cruising on a Harley Davidson along the Sea Cliff Bridge. The Bridge literally sits on the edge of the cliffs and opens out into the deep blue Australian sea.
Where to Stay in Sydney
Like Melbourne, Sydney has plenty of accommodation options to suit every budget. Those looking for an interesting stay should check out Establishment Hotel, hailed by some as the world’s most underrated boutique hotel. The hotel is uber-cool, with exquisite Japanese art lining the lobbies, unicorn heads at the concierge and home to two acclaimed restaurants, Sushi e and Est. Rates start at $294, but only 31 rooms are available, so book early.