Last month Jetstar began flying direct from Avalon Airport to Hobart and Adelaide, bringing two more cities that little bit closer to communities in Geelong, the Surf Coast and Wyndham regions.
Adelaide – a beautiful historical sunny city is only an hour from the stunning Barossa, and, as many happy AFL supporters have pointed out, is home to Adelaide Oval.
Hobart has historical significance of its own and is the closest major city to Port Arthur, the former convict settlement and open-air museum. It will also host AFL this year, with North Melbourne playing several of their home games at Blundstone Arena.
The timing of the new flights is spectacular as both cities are in the lead up to major festivals to brighten up winter: the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and DARK MOFO in Hobart.
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has a proud history of attracting world class acts – and Artistic Directors. Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect have taken over this year from Barry Humphries - who took over from Kate Ceberano. This year it features a fabulous array of acts such as Rhonda Burchmore, die Roten Punkte, Lisa Fischer, Restless Dance Theatre, Tripod and so many more. It runs from 10-25 June.
DARK MOFO at MONA celebrates the dark of winter through “art, food, music, light, film and noise.” It’s been a hugely successful festival for the past two years at a gallery that continues to shock, amuse and provoke thought in visitors from all over the world. Past artists have included Marina Abramović and Antony and the Johnsons. It runs from 10-21 June.
Both cities offer fantastic experiences in art, culture and food, and are a perfect complement to the direct flights Avalon already offers to Sydney and the Gold Coast.