Discover Florida

Culture aficionados are wowed by the colourful murals, monuments and ethnic eateries of Little Havana.

The state’s drawcards are plenty and varied; attracting visitors in search of adventure, relaxation, thrills and indulgence. 

Florida’s most illustrious city, Miami is a cosmopolitan and lively hotspot, brimming with things to see and do. 

The young and famous are drawn to the trendy neighbourhood of South Beach (pictured)a district renowned for its historic Art Deco architecture, oceanfront fine dining, plush hotels and happening nightlife. Sports fans and music lovers are lured to Downtown’s AmericanAirline Arena, by big-name events such as Miami Heat NBA games and concerts by the world’s top touring musicians. 

Culture aficionados are wowed by the colourful murals, monuments and ethnic eateries of Little Havana, where Hispanic culture permeates and multi-cultural Miami shines. Shoppers, in particular brides-to-be, flock to the fine boutiques and specialty stores of Coral Gablesa historic hideaway, dubbed ‘The City Beautiful’.  

Just over half an hour’s drive north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is well-regarded as a watersports haven. Beach lovers are enticed to the city by 37 kilometres of sun-kissed coastline. While boaties are impressed by 450-plus kilometres of navigable inland canals; showcasing everything from historic mangroves to multi-million-dollar mansions, and connecting Fort Lauderdale's most-talked about attractions, hotels, shopping areas and restaurants. 

Fort Lauderdale and Miami both act as convenient gateways to Florida’s legendary Everglades National Parkthe US’s largest subtropical wilderness area. Adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts can enlist on airboat rides through the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Listed site to experience alligators, bald eagles, white-tailed deer and Florida panthers in the wild.  

Three and a half hours’ drive north of Miami, in the middle of Florida, Orlando boasts a reputation as “The Theme Park Capital of the World" and proves to the US’s most popular family-fun holiday hub. Thrill seekers and families are entertained and indulged by a myriad of parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure (the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), LEGOLAND®, SeaWorld, Gatorland, and Wet 'n Wild Water Park. 

Plan Your Floridian Foray 

  • Flights to Florida: Together with partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Australia operates flights to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, via LA, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 
  • Florida Holiday Packages: Plan your holiday with expert help, Virgin Australia Holidays can tailor an exceptional Florida holiday package to suit your needs.  
  • Florida Hotels: Establish a great base from which to experience all that Florida has to offer. Select from a wide choice of hotels with our hotel partner Agoda.
  • Florida Car Hire: Take to the road and discover the state’s many riches, with car hire deals from one of our partners. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 3 March 2014
Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 625,000
Time Zone GMT -5
Languages English (official), Spanish, Native American
Currency American Dollar ($USD)
Electricity 110v - 60Hz
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