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Four Reasons to Visit Australia This Winter

Updated on January 18, 2017

While is it winter in the northern hemisphere, it is summer in Australia. Call it 'Down Under' or by whatever name that comes to your mind, Australia has plenty of things to offer every visitor - spectacular beaches and coastlines, the Great Barrier Reef, vineyards that stretch as far as the eyes can see, the 'outback' that is alive with alligators and marsupial life, and Aboriginal culture.

Beside the fun under the glorious Australian sun, here are 5 reasons you should visit Australia this winter:

1. AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 (Jan 9 - 31)

If you love football (the one they play everywhere except in North America), then you should be in Australia from January 9 to 31. The biggest football tournament hosted by Australia so far, it will have 16 Asian countries competing against each in 32 matches in five cities across the continent - Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and New Castle. The tournament is expected to draw half a million spectators from all over the world.

2. Santos Tour Down Under (Jan 17 - 25)

Do you like professional cycle racing? If you do, then you should be in Adelaide, South Australia from January 17 to 25. The Santos Tour Down Under is the biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race in the regions and attracts the top professional cyclists from all over the world. The race takes places through the picturesque vineyards of South Australia, where you can sample some of Australia's finest wines and culinary delicacies.

3. Australian Open (Jan 19 - Feb 1)

Thousands of tennis fans from all over the world will congregate in Melbourne, Victoria from January 19 to February 1 to follow the world's top tennis players compete against in one of the biggest annual tennis tournaments in the world - the Australian Open. The only one of the four Grand Slam events held in the southern hemisphere, it is also the first Grand Slam to be held the year. Its attendance rate is second only to that of the US Open.

4. Australia Day (Jan 26)

Australians celebrate their national day (Jan 26) with a whole day of fun in the sun. In Sydney, people gather along the picturesque Sydney Harbour to watch the celebrations on the water. People across the nation celebrate the day with parades, pageants, firework displays, beach parties, community breakfasts, sporting events, cultural shows and historic exhibitions. If you really want to see Australians at their happiest, you should make it a point to be in Australia on this day.

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