WIN a £10,000 upgrade on your Best of Australia holiday

February 8, 2013 by Flight Centre UK

To celebrate our Best of Australia campaign, highlighting the best in Aussie travel from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef, we’re giving you the chance to win a £10,000 upgrade when you book your Best of Australia holiday!

Book an Emirates flight to Sydney or Brisbane plus four nights’ accommodation for your chance to win a £10,000 upgrade on your holiday. For more information and to book visit Best of Australia on our website.

What exactly, you might ask, does one do with £10,000 to spend on their dream Aussie holiday? Here are a few ideas to get you started…

1. Fly Emirates Business Class

Emirates Business Class

Arrive in Australia refreshed and relaxed after enjoying delicious fine dining, complimentary champagne and vintage wines on your Business Class flight. With Emirates Business Class, you’ll have your own large-screen entertainment system, a built in mini bar in every seat, and a touchscreen-controlled flat bed. Suddenly that long flight won’t feel long enough…

2. Stay in swish hotels, from Sydney to the Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

Spoil yourself with a stay at the glamorous Palazzo Versace on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with its three award-winning restaurants, two bars, spa and Gianni Versace boutique. Or head to the Swissotel Hotel in Sydney – a luxury hotel in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from Sydney’s most exclusive shopping centres, such as the Queen Victoria Building.

3. Hire a convertible and drive the Pacific Coast Touring Route

With its wide open spaces and big-sky landscapes, Australia is perfect for driving – especially in a shiny convertible – with the top down of course! Take the Pacific Coast Touring Route – a 1,539 mile drive from Sydney to Cairns – to take in some of Australia’s best scenery, including stunning beaches, rainforests and mountains. Make sure you allow plenty of time for stops along the way.

4. Sail your own yacht around the Whitsundays


Question: what’s better than taking in the pristine white beaches of the Whitsunday islands from the deck of your own yacht? Answer: nothing. Skippered or bareboat (independent sailing for those suitably qualified) yachts are available for exploring the 74 Whitsunday islands – most of which are deserted. Some crewed yacht charter packages include sailing classes, and your crew will prepare your meals for you too.

5. Take a heli-tour over the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

It may seem like the sort of thing lottery winners do, and, well, that’s because it is. If you’re looking to admire the Great Barrier Reef from another angle, scenic helicopter flights will carry you over the reef’s magnificent colours, flying low enough to spot turtles, rays and sharks – which look much friendlier from up here.

6. Cruise the Sydney Harbour

Sydney Opera House

Cruise like a local (a very well-paid one) aboard a luxury 52ft motor cruiser through Sydney Harbour. A Cruise Like a Local tour will feel like you’re being shown Sydney’s best sights by friends, on board a Calypso motor yacht. You’ll also have the chance to swim, fish, kayak and of course relax on board.

7. Experience Hayman Island

Hayman Island

It’s not hard to see why Hayman Island is Australia’s most-awarded five star resort. Its elegant rooms nestle in the lush tropical rainforest and overlook the island’s white sandy beaches. You’ll have access to the 24 hour Hayman concierge service and Beach House, Beach Villa and 2-room Penthouse guests will also receive butler service. Another cocktail for you, then?

8. Stay in a luxury lodge in the Blue Mountains

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

Set amid two acres of manicured gardens overlooking some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery, the Lilianfels Resort and Spa is perfect for a luxury weekend retreat, just 90 minutes from Sydney in the Blue Mountains. This five-star resort is housed in a historic country mansion, a breathtaking escape for romantics, a delight for foodies and a wonder for lovers of nature.

9. Go skydiving in Byron Bay


Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling skydive over Byron Bay. Take in the long stretches of beach, the famous Julian Rocks and the coastal towns of far north New South Wales as you’re jumping from heights of up to 15,000ft. Or, if that’s not extreme enough for you, try a helicopter tandem skydive in Sydney – you can reach speeds of up to 220km per hour.

10. Take a limo

Flying Emirates Business Class, you’ll probably want to arrive at the airport in style. What better way to end your Best of Australia luxury holiday than airport transfers in a private limo? Sit back, prepare for your flight, and reflect on a perfect Australian adventure.

To find out more about how you can book a Best of Australia holiday and be in the chance to win a £10,000 upgrade, visit Best of Australia on our website.