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As one story ends, another begins, which is certainly the case as far as the Australian summer is concerned. Just as we in the UK are packing away our shorts and t-shirts our Aussie cousins are preparing to fire up the BBQ.

So what better way to escape the morning frost and icy roads than booking one of the many cheap flights to Australia and Australia holidays available from

Here are some of the highlights of the Aussie summer:
Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG, Melbourne, Victoria - 26 to 30 December

Aussies love their cricket and even when the Pommes aren’t in town, the Boxing Day Test is a huge event which sees locals turn out in force to support the national team. There aren’t many more impressive sights in sport than the Melbourne Cricket Ground full to its 100,000 plus capacity on a baking hot Boxing Day. India are the visitors on 26 December 2011 which should make for a great match.

Melbourne flight are available from £749 with for departures between 15 January 2012 and 30 June 2012.

Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne, Victoria - January / February
Taking place in January and February each year, the Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments which take place worldwide. Australians love their sporting events and this is no exception, attendance for the tournament is typically very high and tens of thousands of people flock to Melbourne to get involved and the atmosphere in the city is electric during the tournament fortnight. Britain’s Andy Murray was the beaten finalist in 2011 and will be hoping to go one better in 2012.

Hotels in Melbourne are available from only £34 per person per night with

Australia Day, Sydney, New South Wales – 26 January
Each year on 26 January, Australians get into the party spirit to celebrate their national day. This really is a nationwide party but there are few better places to spend Australia Day than basking under the blue skies on Sydney Harbour. Whether you find a harbour front picnic and watch the costumed boats sail past or head to Hyde Park for the Lord Mayor’s Citizenship Ceremony – Sydney is the place to be on Australia Day. can offer flights to Sydney from London from only £786 for departures between 15 January 2012 and 30 June 2012.
And for something a bit different…

New Orleans Bourbon Street Festival, Bundaberg, Queensland – 26 December to 1 January

Each year between 26 December and 1 January the streets of the town of Bundaberg come alive to the sound of Jazz. There’s plenty to do at the Bourbon Street Festival, why not bring a hamper along for one of the Picnic Days in the town’s Botanic Garden, dust of your dancing shoes for a New Years Eve Jazz Affair Party or simply stand back and enjoy a jazz themed street parade. In addition to the range of special events there can be as many as six different bands playing at the festivals various venues at any one time – definitely something for everyone. Bundaberg is located 240 miles from Brisbane.

Flights to Brisbane are available from £908 with for departures until 20 June 2012.

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