Tour Australia with the Ashes

The Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series is coming to Australia between November 2013 and January 2014. With tests in six different cities, touring with the Ashes offers the traveller a fantastic way to explore the country while enjoying prime sporting action. Here’s your guide to adventure with details of the schedule, the cities and places to stay..

Brisbane
November brings cricket action to Brisbane which is an excellent time to make the most of the city’s main attractions: Southbank Parklands with its incredible man-made beach, numerous walking and biking tracks, and access to the beautiful islands of Moreton Bay.. VIP Backpackers has plenty of central accommodation that isn’t too far from The Gabba, Brisbane’s hallowed cricket grounds. We also have an array of tours on offer including river cruises, abseiling, bike hire and more.
Dates: Thursday 21 – 25 November 2013 Australia V England; The Gabba, Brisbane
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Pic: australia.com

Pic: australia.com

Alice Springs  
If you’re out in the red centre during late November for the cricket action make sure you extend your stay to take in the art galleries, great food and wonderful museums of the Alice. Alice is also the gateway to some incredible natural formations as well such as Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and of course King’s Canyon and Uluru further to the south. We not only offer accommodation but plenty of outback tours in this area too. These include camping and overland trips to Uluru and beyond.
Dates: Friday 29 – 30 November 2013 England V Chairmans XI; Traeger Park, Alice Springs
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View of the city between trees in Kings Park. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

View of the city between trees in Kings Park. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Adelaide  
Come December and the cricket action switches to Adelaide. When you’re not at Adelaide Oval you might want to head to any of Adelaide’s fantastic beaches, its beautiful hill areas or even its wine growing districts. Our tours of this area include trips to Kangaroo Island to see the wildlife such as kangaroos, penguins and seals. We also have trips that start from Adelaide heading across the Nullarbor or up into the red centre.
Dates:Thursday 5-9 December 2013 Australia V England; Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
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Perth 

This beach side city rivals Sydney for ocean views and livability. There’s plenty to keep you occupied in Perth when you’re having a day off from action at the WACA. Fremantle is a great place to hang out for the day to enjoy the markets, the seafood, the historic sights and museums, or to catch a ferry to Rottnest Island. If you’re seeking beach action near the city then head to Cottlesloe.
Dates:Friday 13 – 17 December 2013 Australia V England; WACA Ground, Perth
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Melbourne
Melbourne and the MCG need little introduction to cricket fans and chances are the MCG is on a normal tourist’s itinerary anyway. If you can catch some of the action here from Boxing Day onwards you’re in for a treat. Melbourne has so much to offer a few days won’t be enough. There are plenty of sights to see – Federation Square, Flinders Street and Luna Park. Then there are the markets – Queen Victoria, South Melbourne Market and Docklands Night Market. And of course all the different neighbourhoods such as St Kilda, Fitzroy and Chinatown.
Dates:Thursday 26-30 2013 December Australia V England; MCG, Melbourne

Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney, Australia By Joanne Lane

Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydne. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

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Sydney
Beautiful Sydney is particularly spectacular in January during high summer, making all those beaches fabulous places to hang out on days off from the cricket. Bondi and Manly need little introduction of course. Sydney also has the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, to explore. You’ll also want to check out the nightlife at Kings Cross, the wonderful food of Newtown and markets like Paddington.
Dates: Friday 3-7 January 2014 SCG Australia V England; SCG, Sydney

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