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Visit Hong Kong for an exotic blend of tradition and contemporary with amazing food & travel experiences.

  About Hong Kong
  Kowloon
  Hong Kong Island
  Lantau Island
  Theme Parks
  Macau
  Weather
 Getting Around
  Good To Know
 
 
 

About Hong Kong

The city is colourful, contemporary, traditional, historic, a foodie's heaven and most of all, lots of fun! The thriving metropolis remains a popular holiday destination for all travellers and a great stopover port en-route to UK / Europe and Asia. It’s also a gateway to explore the rest of China, including Macau, Shenzen and Guangzhou. Book a Hong Kong holiday package and experience an escape like no other! Or, read more about Hong Kong's shopping, dining and family holidays.

Accommodation option is extensive, for Hong Kong hotels suits all travel preferences. From luxury stays to theme park hotels, you’ll find one that’s ideal. Most visitors either stay on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon (separated by Victoria Harbour, an icon of the world famous city) as these areas host the majority of holiday activities and attractions. For an unforgettable family escape, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is a great option. Hong Kong is well connected by an efficient public transport system, so wherever you choose to stay you’ll find getting around effortless.

Kowloon

You’ll find plenty of authentic experiences in Kowloon as it's the cultural heartland. Located on the mainland side of Victoria Harbour, you’ll find the area bursting with activities. Nathan Road is perhaps the most visited main street with lots of shops, departmental stores and restaurants. In the southern end, the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is full of attractions such as Avenue of the Stars, the Clock Tower and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. You’ll also get to enjoy stunning views of Victoria Harbour with Hong Kong’s infamous skyline as the backdrop. Head north and you’ll find street markets such as Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street, Temple Street Night Market, Sneakers Street (on Fa Yuen Street), Jade Market & Jade street and departmental stores around Mongkok area.

Hong Kong Island

The historic, political and economic centre of the Special Administrative Region is also full of entertainment, shopping, markets, cafes and beaches. The area from Sheng Wan to Causeway Bay is extremely popular. The peak, the highest point on the island, has an amazing view of the city. While you're there, ride the Peak Tram. You'll find the awkward incline with amazing view an unforgettable experience. Other attractions include Stanley Street Market, Central to Mid-Levels escalators (longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world), Jumbo Floating Restaurant at Aberdeen, Soho and shopping in Causeway Bay. Lan Kwai Fong is the heart of the action at night with numerous bars, clubs and restaurants popular with both locals and visitors.

Lantau Island

Home to Chek Lap Kok or Hong Kong’s International Airport, the island also house some of the main attractions including Hong Kong Disneyland, the Po Lin Monastery with the Giant Buddha and the fishing town of Tai O.

Theme Parks

The 2 major theme parks include Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. Hong Kong Disneyland has all the classical adventures including Main Street, U.S.A.; Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland and the all new Toy Story Land. Discover your inner child as you see Toy Story movies come to life, enjoy amazing rides and meet your favourite Disney characters. Ocean Park is full of exciting rides, marine animals and thrilling adventures. In the park, you must visit the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures as it features two giant Pandas from China.

Macau

If time permits, a day trip or two to Macau is a must. While the former Portuguese colony is synonymous with mega casinos, there are lots more to see and do. In the city center, enjoy beautifully restored and World Heritage-listed buildings, as well as St Paul's church and the Old Fort. Macanese food is unique and combines the best of both Cantonese and Portuguese cuisine. Do try the infamous Portuguese tart when visiting Macau.

Travel Information

Weather

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with seasons with summer and mild winter. Average summer temperature is about 31oC and winter temperature is 17oC. While Hong Kong is a year round destination, the best months for travel are from September to May. June and August is hot and humid with occasional thunderstorms and typhoons.

Getting to and around

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located on Lantau Island. Hong Kong flight time is slightly less than 9 hours from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and slightly less than 8 hours from Perth.

The Airport Express connects to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island with a travel time of approximately 24 minutes. Taxis, shuttles and hotel coaches are also available. 

Good to know

  • Money: The main currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$). Money changers are available and you can also exchange Australian dollars in all banks.
  • Electricity: The city uses a 3-pronged United Kingdom style plug electrical outlets. If you’re bringing electrical appliances from home you'll need an adapter. The electrical voltage is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz which is compatible with Australia's electrical appliances.
  • Passports and Visas: Australian passport holders do not require a visa for visits of up to 3 months in Hong Kong and 30 days in Macau. If you intend to travel to China you’ll require a visa. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel's departure date.
  • Clothing: While summer wear is fine during spring and autumn, do bring light sweats, jackets, jumper or cardigan for the night. You should bring warm clothing for the winter months between December and February.
  • Language: English is widely spoken and is the preferred language for business, government and tourism due to the British colonial heritage. Cantonese is the  main Chinese dialect. Official signs and public transport announcement are usually bilingual.

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