With global airfares dropping all of the time, it’s now cheaper than ever to visit some seriously exotic far-flung destinations. And Australia has swiftly risen to the top of the pile for many travellers, so if you’re looking to enjoy some spectacular and idiosyncratic Australian attractions in 2016, here are some of the best.

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Sporting excellence

Australians are renowned for their sporting abilities and competitive spirit. And the Australian Open tennis championship at the end of January signals the beginning of the Grand Slam season and provides the perfect opportunity to sample the cosmopolitan charms of the host city Melbourne.

As Australia is an island nation, it also has a phenomenal reputation for its sailing excellence. And where better to check out life on the ocean waves than by attending the fantastic Sydney Hobart yacht race. Taking place at the end of the year, it provides a gruelling challenge for the dozens of yachts that take part and 2015 was definitely no exception!

Laid-back Aussie charm

Of course, Australians are also well-known for their great ability to take it easy. And Australia is at the forefront of the streaming revolution with an ever-growing range of homegrown streaming services such as Presto TV and Stan providing instant access to global and local TV and film hits – just be sure to check out the award-winning Australian comedy Please Like Me!

The Australian online domain has also benefitted from the increase in gaming options with mobile users getting chance to play a choice selection of casino games at sites such as Euro Palace that also feature a wide range of promotions for Australian users. These promotions mean that players can have their first deposit matched so that they can easily relax with some great games of poker, roulette or slots whether lounging on the beach or out on the road.

Out and about

The Euro Palace online casino site has done much to mirror the gaming excitement that can be found at the glamorous casinos based around the beautiful Darling Harbour in Sydney. But the harbour faces a different kind of fun when the Sydney Festival brings a world-beating selection of music, film, cabaret and comedy to the iconic city for three weeks in January.

If you’re looking to really enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia, then stargazing in the Outback has become something of a national event with the dark skies and lack of pollution providing a glorious visual treat. And every visitor to Australia must experience an authentic barbecue at least once, and what better way to do this than by attending the Melbourne Barbecue Festival this February!