The season of gorgeous blooms and newborn lambs is jam-packed with foodie festivals, major sporting events and exciting activities, so rediscover the travel bug with these top three Australian destinations for spring.
1. Sports Mad Melbourne
The world's most liveable city is a thriving hub of activity come spring, with major events such as the AFL Finals and Australia's Spring Racing Carnival taking centre stage.
The top eight AFL teams in the country will battle it out in the final series this September, where nearly 95,000 fans will pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to cheer their favourite team in the grand final.
The highly-anticipated Spring Racing Carnival will also have the city buzzing from September to November, with this highlight event on the Australian calendar featuring weird and wonderful fashion, gripping high-stake races and of course the dazzling gem on the crown, the Melbourne Cup race.
Another sporting event not-to-be-missed is Tough Mudder, which will have teams getting down and dirty in a 18-20km obstacle course testing strength, stamina and mental grit. Be prepared for challenges such as the fire walker, electric eel, and the mud mile!
2. 'Wine' down in Hunter Valley
Book your visit to wine country this spring to enjoy the crisp wines, glorious scenery, vineyard restaurants and flower festivals of the Hunter Valley.
Begin your idyllic visit with a cellar door tasting of the region's finest wineries, making sure to gulp down Hunter Valley's renowned Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Verdelho varieties.
For the month of September, Hunter Valley will also play host to the Spring Festival of Flowers. Get ready for an event that impresses like no other with a vast display of over 250,000 plants.
You'll be sure to pick up some garden design ideas from your visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens, with workshops of the Asian influence, floral displays, authentic cooking demonstrations, tours and activities such as Tai Chi and floral arrangement classes also on offer.
3. Ancient wonders of the Daintree Rainforest
Embark on a wildlife adventure in the new season, to the world's oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree, located two hours north of Cairns.
You can discover the wonders of the rainforest by night in a nocturnal wildlife tour, spotting the Little Kingfisher, the Jungle Carpet Python, the Tawny Frogmouth, and the 'living dinosaur' the Boyd's Forest Dragon.
To really explore the Daintree Rainforest and its majestic inhabitants, book your tour with Cooper Creek Wilderness to discover estuarine crocodiles, rainforest pools and moonlight walks.