After I have completed the last of my five exciting Autumn city breaks, I will be home to recharge my batteries for just two days before I jet off again, this time on a 17 week trip to Australia. I plan to spend a large chunk of my time in Adelaide, South Australia, but I also have many trips planned to other parts of Australia as well as Asia. I will be checking out some amazing destinations, and I will also be checking into some fabulous hotels, and sampling the newest premium products from British Airways and Qatar Airways. Here is just a taster of what is to come…
My trip will start by traveling from London to Munich, where I will spend the night before my onward flight the following day. As I will be arriving in Munich in late November I will be paying a visit to Munich’s fantastic Christmas market.
From Munich, after a short connection in Doha, I will fly Qatar Airways to Adelaide, one of Qatar Airways’ newest routes. Both of the Qatar Airways flights are operated by their brand new Airbus A350 aircraft, and I will be traveling in their newest business class cabin (which is available on all A350, A380 and 787 services). There is a small onboard bar with standing room only – it doesn’t compete with their lavish bar and lounge on their flagship A380. The total flight time is around 19 hours from Munich plus a few hours on the ground in Doha.
Being my fifth trip to Adelaide, I have already seen a lot of the city, but there really is so much more to see and do in Adelaide. As I will be spending the majority of my time in Adelaide, I aim to seek out many new places to visit, as well as sampling some fabulous food and wine along the way.
I have two trips to Sydney planned during my stay. The first being a weekend break, during which I will be sampling one of the two design hotels in Sydney, the QT Hotel. The second visit is a day trip which I have organised with friends, so we can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, although I must say the thought of it is quite daunting.
I will be spending a few days in the northern Queensland town of Cairns. While I’m in Cairns the main thing I plan to do is to take a day trip out to the Barrier Reef. I will be booking this well in advance after my recent disappointment on the Fjord cruise which I wanted to take while I was in Bergen. I also plan to visit the picturesque town of Port Douglas as well as take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Tour.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
One thing I have always wanted to do on my many trips to Australia, but have not yet had the chance, is to drive the Great Ocean Road. This was one of the first things which I planned for this trip. I will be flying down to Melbourne and hiring a car and then I will spend three days enjoying the scenic drive back to Adelaide, stopping at wonderful places along the way such as Apollo Bay and The Twelve Apostles.
Air Asia is a low cost carrier that primarily operates within Asia, but they also operate long haul destinations from Asia to Australia. A while ago, when I was searching for flights from Australia to Kuala Lumpur, I came across a service which Air Asia offers – premium flat-beds on their long haul aircraft. I was intrigued by this so I looked into it further, and found out that you can purchase a one-way ticket from Australia to Kuala Lumpur on one of their premium flat-beds for less than £300! Low-cost Business Class! So I booked a ticket straight away, as it was a cheaper option than an economy seat on any of the other airlines which I had looked at.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
To break up my return to the UK, I have planned a five night stay in Kuala Lumpur. I have visited Kuala Lumpur before, but have wanted to return for some time now so that I can explore more of this magical city. I have booked an apartment for five nights in The Face Suites in the heart of the city, just minutes from destinations such as the Petronas Towers and the Central Markets.
British Airways 787-9 First Class
When British Airways took delivery of their first Boeing 787-9 last year they gave their newest First Class seats a revamp. They have redesigned the seats to make them more like mini-suites, similar to the concept that you will find on airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines, just without the doors. They have also reduced the number of seats from 14 to just 8, giving a more exclusive feel to the First cabin. Early this year British Airways announced that Kuala Lumpur would be added to the destinations served by the 787-9, giving me the perfect opportunity to sample their newest First seat.
Stay tuned later on this year, and early next year to hear all about these aspects of my trip, as well as many other wonderful things which I will enjoy during my trip to Australia.
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