Summertime in Australia

Cool down and snorkel with aquatic wildlife, savour the most Instagrammed soft serve and take your drinks sky-high  — all in the same day! Is there any better way to spend a summer in Australia?

From unique, icy treats to rooftop bars with a twist, the country offers a spectacular range of experiences that are best enjoyed on a lazy summer’s day or night. Here’s a can’t-miss checklist of things to do down under for a summer you’ll never forget.

1. Keep Cool with Icy Treats

From rosé sorbets to artisanal ice pops, few things are as refreshing as these Aussie frozen treats.

Frosé at Mr Miyagi, Melbourne, Victoria

Knock back chilled glasses of candy-coloured frosé, a combination of rosé wine and strawberries frozen into a slurpee like concoction and served straight from the tap at Mr Miyagi, along Melbourne’s Chapel Street. Boasting pretty pink hues, a glittery, icy texture and topped with a delicate flower, this ultimate summer cocktail is bound to rake in the ‘Likes’ on Instagram.

Ice Pops from Delish Ice, Perth, Western Australia

Track down the classic Delish Ice caravans and carts, which can be found all around Perth, for your ice pop fix this summer. Peddling artisanal pops in inventive flavours such as basil and elderflower and watermelon lemonade, the light blue caravans also pump out infectious tunes from the swinging ‘60s for a deliciously retrolicious experience.

Dreamy Blue Soft Serve at Aqua S, Sydney, New South Wales  

Get your hands on the prettiest soft serve that you will ever see at Aqua S, an ice cream parlour with three outlets across central Sydney. Expect pastel blue swirls of sea salt-flavoured soft serve, surrounded by candyfloss and caramel corn and topped with a toasted marshmallow. The parlour introduces new flavours fortnightly, and has featured innovative concoctions such as matcha cheesecake and honey lavender soft serves in the past.

2. Swim, Shop and Dine by the Beach

Dive into a world of outdoor summer fun on Australia’s beaches, waterfront restaurants and open-air shopping.

St Kilda Esplanade Market, Melbourne, Victoria

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St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Credit Visit Victoria

Browse the St Kilda Esplanade Market, a short 15-minute tram ride from the city. Open every Sunday, shop for one-of-a-kind artwork and jewellery from more than 140 stalls, and then fuel up with street food at the Flavours of the World Foodie section.

Visit in February for the St Kilda Festival, a summer music festival that combines performances, workshops and carnival rides against a spectacular shoreline.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

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Cottesloe Beach, Sunset Coast, WA, Tourism Australia

Shake up your beachside dining experience at the Indiana Teahouse building, which sits on the shores of Cottesloe Beach. Just a 15-minute drive from Perth’s city centre, the art deco building houses a restaurant that serves wood-fired delicacies and local seafood, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Then, head down to the beach for a refreshing dip in the cool ocean waters or have fish and chips by the beach.

Shelly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales

Say hello to adventure at this gorgeous beach, tucked around the corner from Manly’s main beach, and just a 15-minute fast ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD. Snorkel in the protected marine reserve, alongside blue gropers, cuttlefish and sea dragons. When you’re ready for some grub, head over to The Boathouse Shelly Beach to tuck into Australian cuisine with a modern twist, including fresh, locally-caught seafood.

3. Go Sky-High

From outdoor cinemas to clifftop beer gardens, Australia’s rooftop venues are the perfect way to spend the summer months in good company and spirits.

Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Victoria

Catch cult classic movies like Home Alone and The Goonies or new releases like Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 at the Rooftop Cinema, located at the top of Curtin House in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Open from December to March, the open-air cinema is a casual affair, allowing you to bring drinks and snacks from the rooftop bar to your seats.

Scarborough Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales

Offering 180-degree views of the stunning coastline between Sydney and Wollongong, the Scarborough Hotel is perched on the clifftops and offers one of Australia’s best hotel beer gardens. Pop down to the Scarborough Beach for a quick dip, then walk back up to the hotel and settle in for an afternoon of beers, wines and bites with spectacular views.

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Summer Fruit Picking in Australia

Looking to shake up your farm-to-table food experience? Then, make your next holiday destination Australia. On the menu this summer in Australia: country air and lots of fresh fruit. Be dazzled by colourful fruit bowls, bottled preserves and pick-your-own fun at fruit farms offering affordable activities for everyone, just a short trip away from the big cities. Australia’s fruit-picking season is open for a limited time only, so what are you waiting for?

Australia’s summer is bountiful with fruit-picking adventures, hands-on bottling workshops and a wide selection of juicy produce available — that’s right, it’s not just about strawberries! Besides being tasty and fun, fruit picking has the added benefit of not creating a dent in your bank account!

Rayners Orchard, Victoria

Come for the orchard tours and stay for the fruit-themed activities at Rayners Orchard, just under a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, in the Yarra Valley.

Home to over 450 types of fruit, including peaches and apricots between December and March as well as unique mixed varieties such as pluots, a hybrid of apricots and plums, and nectarplum, a fruit with both nectarine and plum traits, the farm offers tractor tours around its orchard daily. On these fruit-fest tours, sample up to 12 types of fruit.

For more hands-on fun, opt for a U-Pick tour that lets you pick as many fruits as you like daily for just A$5 per kilogram! Or create the perfect souvenir at a fruit-bottling workshop — free for kids accompanied by at least two adults.

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Apple Shack, Glenbernie Orchard, New South Wales

Glenbernie Orchard, Darkes Forest, Credit Dee Kramer Photography

What better way to celebrate the Australian summer than with a day spent on a beautiful apple orchard?

Treat your taste buds to a wide range of crisp, apple produce, including cider, jam and apple vinegar, from Apple Shack in Glenbernie Orchard, just over an hour’s drive from Sydney. Fill your basket with apples, peaches and nectarines from the orchard between November and April and be sure to feast on all the raspberries you can eat!

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Hillwood Berry Farm, Tasmania

Hillwood Berry Farm, Credit Tourism Tasmania & Hillwood Berry Farm

If you prefer your fruits small and sweet, then Hillwood Berry Farm in scenic Tamar Valley, Tasmania is the place to be this summer.

Just 30 minutes north of Launceston, the family-owned farm offers pick-your-own experiences that lets you pluck strawberries (from November to May), raspberries and blackcurrants straight off the vine for just A$10 per kilogram.

Once you have filled your punnet to the brim, make a beeline for the on-site café, open daily from 9am to 5pm, for scones and homemade berry jam, and its famous Super Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae. The farm also sells a range of cheese and wine, made from grapes next door, for a true farm-gate experience! Kids will be delighted by the farm’s menagerie, which includes ducks, dogs, sheep and even a cockatoo.

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The Sky’s the Limit: Adventures Above Australia

Take your next Australian holiday to new heights, as you discover rolling vineyards, technicolour reefs and windswept coasts — all while you are thousands of feet in the air!

Sure, a night exploring Melbourne’s snazzy suburb Fitzroy and its many hidden underground bars or a day spent traipsing Sydney’s sparkling harbour is fun. But why limit your experience of Australia to on-ground activities when you can see some of the country’s most iconic landmarks from thousands of feet in the air. You’ll be guaranteed a bird’s-eye view of some of the most spectacular sights in the country. Continue reading “The Sky’s the Limit: Adventures Above Australia”

Australia’s Northern Territory: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a break from the bright lights, big cities and living in the fast lane; adventure awaits in the Outback.
Australia’s mysterious Northern Territory (NT) boasts dreamy landscapes, dramatic waterfalls and colorful wildlife, and is just under a five-hour flight from Singapore to NT’s capital city Darwin. If you are in search of rich and soulful travel experiences then it’s time to leave behind the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities for an adventurous time in wild Australia. Continue reading “Australia’s Northern Territory: Take a Walk on the Wild Side”

Encountering Vivid Sydney, NSW in Winter

Ever wondered how to maximize your holiday in Sydney & Surrounds in Winter? Curious what’s the fuss about with Vivid Sydney? Through this story, you will get to know about a rustic adventure in this destination that’s regularly voted the best world’s city for its natural beauty, iconic artsy landmarks and spectacular harbor! Stay ahead knowing what to do in Sydney & Surrounds during winter and witness their unique combination of cosmopolitan and coastal lifestyle over a span of one week or check out our 4-Nights Vivid Sydney Special package, starting from SGD695*!

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Victoria Snowy Wonderland in Australia

Mention a snowy winter holiday and places that come to mind often involve a long plane ride to Europe or Canada. But there’s really no need to travel that far — there’s also plenty of snow Down Under. Snow season runs from 10 June until September — or when the snow ends!

Yes, we’re talking about Australia. The land more commonly known for its sunshine and wildlife is also home to magnificent snowscapes and many exciting winter activities for the whole family. Continue reading “Victoria Snowy Wonderland in Australia”

The Perth-fect Long Weekend Getaway

Perth might just be the perfect destination for a long weekend getaway from Singapore. Good thing we have plenty of extended weekends to look forward to this year and many flight options for that extraordinary getaway!

With three long weekends coming up from April to June, why not consider Perth and start planning the perfect getaway pronto!

To top it off, there are budget-friendly flights that will leave you with more money to spend on experiences, such as the search for the tastiest desserts. Here’s a cheat sheet for the perfect long weekend escape in Perth! Continue reading “The Perth-fect Long Weekend Getaway”

10 Breathtaking Locations Worth Driving For

During Australia’s spring season, Aussie Specialist, Cindy Loo and Jet Blogger, Jensen Chua headed for a self-drive trip around Sydney and Tasmania. Here are 10 amazing locations that have been shortlisted into this travel guide. Get to know which places in Australia they will recommended for anyone planning a Sydney or Tasmania roadtrip! Rev up your engines and get ready for an epic trip Down Under! Continue reading “10 Breathtaking Locations Worth Driving For”