Get amongst the celebrations
As the calendar year rolls by, it presents a handful of much anticipated days off for the Australian public. Whether you are looking for a weekend escape or are planning an international holiday, Flight Centre offers a range of holiday packages for special occasions throughout the year. January welcomes the patriotic festivities of Australia Day where Sydney lights up the evening with a fireworks spectacular over Darling Harbour's Cockle Bay. Around this time, the city's annual cultural extravaganza Sydney Festival draws to a close. Spend your Australia Day in the sunshine state at Brisbane's South Bank Parklands where families flock to enjoy the country's only inner-city manmade beach.
Sydney continues to make its mark on the festive calendar with the colourful Mardi Gras in February and another round of intensely magical fireworks to ring in the New Year. ANZAC Day inspires Australians to follow in the footsteps of the diggers with tours through Gallipoli or a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Celebrate Christmas in July when temperatures drop and certain lucky towns are blessed with a generous layering of snow. Head to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales to celebrate Yulefest with all the trappings of a traditional Christmas including log fires and carols, or hit the slopes with a ski holiday to Thredbo or Perisher Blue.
Flight Centre also offers timely holiday packages coinciding with special events abroad, such as Munich's Oktoberfest or Bastille Day in France. Venture overseas to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve in Times Square New York, or get creative with a pumpkin for America's spooky holiday Halloween. Royalists will enjoy celebrating the Queen's birthday in the United Kingdom, while Guinness-lovers can tick 'celebrate St Patrick's Day in Ireland' off their travel bucket list in March.