Head to Western Australia for sea, sun and sport
This year a plethora of international events are taking place, making it the perfect spot for sports fans looking for winter sun.
Kitesurfers from across the globe will be in Perth’s port, Fremantle, from 10th to 15th December for the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships. Watch the world’s best carve through waves on a 19km race and perform daring aerial jumps. On land there will be twilight movies, live music and food stands on the beach.
Cricket fans should time a visit for the all-important third test of the Ashes. England may just seal a historic victory here from 13th to 17th December. Perth’s WACA is the most intimate of the Australian grounds and its fast track is loved by bowlers and feared by batsmen. As cricket fever dies down, top-seeded tennis players take over with the Hyundai Hopman Cup (hopmancup.com), from 28th December to 4th January.
Kangaroos are a common sight on Perth’s golf courses, but pop stars and PGA champions can also be spotted at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. This exclusive course hosts The Perth International (www.perthinternational.com), Australia's richest golf tournament, every October. Dustin Johnson (US) and Paul Casey (UK) are confirmed for this year’s event, while One Direction was recently seen practising their swing.
With so much going on and the quickest flight times from the UK, Perth is set to be a hot destination this winter.
Freedom Australia (0844 567 8050 or visit www.ashes2013cricket.co.uk) has a 14 night package including tickets to the Ashes in Perth departing on 11th December from £2,499 per person.