Escape the UK winter and head to Australia's long, glorious summer!

As our temperatures start to plummet, the mercury starts to rise Down Under. With summer about to get into full swing in Australia, then booking a timeshare holiday there might start to look appealing if you’re looking to escape the dark nights and the bitterly cold mornings of the UK.

But if you don’t know where to head or where to visit, check out our handy guide first. Here are our top five picks of where to visit in Australia this year.

 1)   Sydney

From the Sydney Opera House to the beautiful beaches of Bondi and the mouth-watering food, Sydney is a must-visit. A few other attractions to add to your list include The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour, Sydney Olympic Park, AMP Tower and Manly Beach.

2)   Tasmania

Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia, situated on the island with the same name, and is the ideal destination to get away from it all. Tasmania boasts plenty of rugged landscapes, abandoned beaches, mountains and national parks, all of which make it ideal for intrepid explorers or nature lovers.

 3)  Melbourne

Every bit as beautiful as Sydney, Melbourne also has plenty to offer tourists and travellers and is a perfect destination for the whole family to enjoy. Surrounded by crystal clear ocean waters, and boasting plenty of tourist attractions, shops, eateries and much more, this is another of our must-visits. We loved paying a visit to The Immigration Museum, The National Gallery of Victoria, Scienceworks, Royal Botanic Gardens, as well as Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne Aquarium.

 4)  Great Barrier Reef

Formed nearly 10,000 years ago, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the oldest – and largest – living coral reefs in the world. Stretching more than 1,250 miles, it’s named as one of the “Wonders of the World” – and you can see why. Take a tour of this spectacular area and take in the beautiful coral, as well as the 2,000 different kinds of exotic fish.  The underwater sealife here is dazzling.

 5) Gold Coast

With its beaches that are perfect for surfing, as well as amazing canals and waterway systems, perfect weather and bustling, vibrant nightlife, the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations.

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