Vast, diverse, iconic – Australia is unlike any other country on Earth. This is a land of grand scale and inimitable heritage, where precious habitats and natural landmarks border cities brimming with cultural highlights and artistic vibrancy.
To celebrate Australia Day, we’re launching a Facebook competition, asking you to share the things you love about Australia – from memories of a recent trip to things you’d still like to tick off your travel wish-list down under. Our favourite entry will receive an Australian wine gift set of their choice (red or white) – the perfect way to raise a toast and celebrate this wonderful and beloved destination.
This competition is now closed.
To help inspire your stories and recollections of Australia, we’ve put together a list of the things we love about the land down under. Explore our pick of Australia’s highlights below.
10 Reasons We Love Australia
Scuba Diving at the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a world wonder of unprecedented scale and splendour. Slip beneath the waves during an unforgettable scuba event, enjoying close encounters with precious marine life, or soar above the coral mosaic with an exclusive helicopter flight. However you choose to experience it, the Great Barrier Reef promises to astound.
Wine Tasting on the Margaret River
Fertile, sun-kissed and secluded, the banks of the Margaret River in Western Australia offer pristine conditions for winemaking. Weave through balmy grasslands on your way to a peaceful riverside winery, and there sample fine vintages perfected over generations. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are just some of the varieties produced in the region, and you’ll have chance to sample all three during a Scenic Enrich behind-the-scenes tour and tasting.
The Wildlife of Phillip Island
Lying a short distance from Melbourne on Australia’s southern coast, Phillip Island is a compact, paradise isle that’s renowned for its rich ecosystem and diverse wildlife. From Nobbies Outcrop, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals, to Summerland Beach, where native fairy penguins march to the surf during the famous ‘Penguin Parade’, this island jewel is an oft-overlooked highlight of the Australian south.
Sunset at Uluru
The great red monolith of Uluru has become an enduring icon of Australia, and its famous silhouette holds great spiritual significance among Aboriginal people. As the sun sets behind this soaring monument, enjoy authentic Australian cuisine, drinks and canapes during an unforgettable Scenic Enrich event, before savouring a luxury Special Stay at the Sails in the Desert Hotel.
Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary
Established in 2011, The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs is a 188-acre nature reserve offering a safe habitat for kangaroos and other wildlife rescued from the inhospitable wilds of the great Outback. Stroll through the sanctuary in the cool early-morning sunlight, marvelling at the beauty of this untouched land and its resident wildlife, which varies from the red kangaroo to the beloved wombat.
Exploring the Paradise Beaches of Rottnest Island
Feel the white sands beneath your toes on Rottnest Island, a water-locked nature reserve just offshore from the city of Perth, in Western Australia. This sheltered isle is wrapped in a ribbon of sand, coves and shallow turquoise waters, making it a popular scuba spot. Meanwhile, the inland reaches of Rottnest play host to unique wildlife, from the native quokka to the pied cormorant.
The Twelve Apostles of the Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles of the Great Ocean Road are among Australia’s most exquisite natural highlights, a series of limestone sea stacks buffeted by the swells of the Great Australian Bight off the coast of Victoria. It’s only a matter of time before the last of these stone sculptures is lost to the sea, making a sightseeing journey along this scenic coastal route that much more special.
Discover Australia’s Penal Heritage at Port Arthur
The World Heritage-listed settlement of Port Arthur is the best-preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant penal colonies in the world. The site began as a timber station in 1830, and grew rapidly as greater numbers of convicts were brought to the New World from Britain. Tour the site and its imposing penal landmarks, including the Penitentiary and the Convict Church, before journeying to the Isle of the Dead, where thousands of convicts were laid to rest.
Immerse in Aboriginal Culture at the Tjapukai Night Fire Event
The cultural legacy of Australia’s indigenous Aboriginal people is laid bare during the Night Fire spectacle of Tjapukai. In the shadow of Cairns’ tropical uplands, you’ll meet the Bama people and discover more about the spiritual celebration of Dreamtime, scored by the lingering melody of the didgeridoo. This cultural odyssey is complemented by a traditional Australian dinner, enjoyed beneath a canopy of stars.
Enjoy A Tour and Tasting at Australia’s Oldest Brewery
Step into the illustrious Cascade Brewery and sample iconic brews that have helped foster Australia’s enduring love affair for fine beer. This is the oldest continually operating brewery Down Under, and it shows – from the Gothic revival architecture to the traditional equipment and brewing methods. You’re invited to tour the brewery in the company of an expert guide, before enjoying an exclusive sampling session in the brewery’s visitor centre.
Visit our Facebook page to submit your entry before the closing date on Monday 29th January at 5:30PM.
Competiton Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions are the Competition Rules (‘Rules’) and apply exclusively to the Scenic ‘Celebrate Australia Day’ Facebook competition.
By submitting an entry into the competition, entrants are agreeing to the competition rules.
By submitting an entry, entrants are confirming that any information they provide is current, complete and true.
Scenic retains the right to make changes to the competition and its rules, or remove it entirely, at its own discretion.
In the event of a dispute, the decision rests solely with Scenic.
Scenic has the right to disqualify entrants who it believes have broken the rules.
Scenic also has the right to withhold the prize if they suspect foul play.
Scenic has the right to select another winner in the event of disqualification.
All entrants must be aged 18+ and be citizens of the United Kingdom.
Entrants are restricted to one entry each.
In the event of incorrect or incomplete delivery information, Scenic cannot be held responsible for the failed delivery of any prize.
Scenic cannot accept responsibility for any damage to the prize which occurs in transit.
The competition closing date and time is Monday 29th January at 5:30 PM.
The winner will be chosen by the team at Scenic, and notified of their winning entry via a private Facebook message.
The winner will receive ONE of the following Australian wine gift sets, depending on whether they prefer red or white wine:
It is the responsibility of the winner to claim the prize within the time set by Scenic, by replying to the Facebook message sent by Scenic.
The competition prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any or all liability in connection with this contest.
This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
The competition is governed by English Law and any resulting disputes will be subject to the courts of England.
Entrants can contact Scenic in relation to the competition by writing to Scenic UK, 13th Floor, 111 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2HY.