Travel News
22-05-2013
That eccentric celebration of all things Aussie and outback, the Outback Festival is on again. The festival is held every two years in Winton, Queensland, drawing visitors from across the country and overseas to experience the quirky and fun side of life in the Outback. Its signature event, the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, which involves 20 teams of six building and racing their own “dunn...
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01-11-2012
Virgin Australia this week bought 60 per cent of shares in Tiger Airways for AUD35 million. It's part of a deal which will see Singapore Airlines acquiring a 10 per cent stake in Virgin for AUD105 million. In a bid to gain a dominant share of the Australian domestic market, Virgin has also agreed in principal to buy Western Australian regional carrier Skywest Airlines. The moves bring a str...
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31-10-2012
Taking a holiday should be one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. But making it through airport check-in and customs can prove a challenge. Travelscene American Express suggests a little preparation can get travellers away painlessly, and even make the airport an enjoyable part of the holiday. With the end of year holiday season fast approaching it is worth your while to start preparin...
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18-04-2012
The Hunter Valley (NSW) is set to celebrate its sixth annual Wine and Food Month this June, providing a great opportunity for visitors to meet with the region’s top winemakers, chefs and producers. The Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association is offering visitors a series of activities and events in this world renowned wine region for a taste of the local produce and wine. There’s a rang...
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05-06-2011
Great Southern Rail, operator of the iconic trains, The Ghan and The Indian Pacific is offering a special “Kid’s Fare” of $99 per child, when accompanied by two adults. The deal is for travel on the Red Sleeper service and is available until July 31. Red Service was recently re-launched following a $6 million facelift which saw the introduction of the newly refurbished ‘Matilda Caf...
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30-03-2011
Qantas' regional arm, QantasLink, has today launched its new Perth/Exmouth services in Western Australia. The airline’s 115-seat Boeing 717 aircraft will operate three return services per week on this route (known as the coral coast) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Qantas regional general manager (WA), Ian Gay, said the flights would open up the region, and its key attractions of Ningaloo ...
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24-03-2011
Qantas will be hiking up cost of fares on Australian domestic, regional and Tasman routes due to high oil and jet fuel prices. Domestic and regional tickets will go up by $10 per sector for all tickets issued after March 31 and an eight per cent increase on fares across the Tasman. Qantas chief, Alan Joyce, said the current (global) situation presented a significant threat to airlines in Austral...
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23-03-2011
North Star Cruises operating the adventure cruise ship “True North” to Australia’s Top End has reported record waterfalls in the Kimberley. According to the ship’s crew, the Kimberley has enjoyed a record breaking wet season with Kuri Bay recording the highest monthly rainfall in Western Australia. They have confirmed that the ‘waterfall season’ in the region is living up to its n...
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22-03-2011
Quickbeds.com is holding yet another 99 hour sale from Monday March 21 (yesterday) and ending Friday March 25, 2011. During the sale period, accommodation prices Australia wide have been slashed to bargain rates in a bid to boost tourism revenue across the nation. A number of Queensland hotels have jumped at the opportunity to participate including properties in Cairns, Ipswich and Townsvil...
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21-03-2011
Tourism Western Australia’s 'Fly Free to WA' campaign offering US travellers free flights to WA from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, in conjunction with Stella Travel Services, has been extended to April 15, 2011 due to its success and good results. This ties in with the television re-run Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure shows, scheduled to air again from tonight (March 21). Stella's lat...
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20-03-2011
The “bellachara” boutique hotel in Gerringong, on the NSW South Coast is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a 12-day ‘bellatime’ festival, April 10-21, 2011. The property’s owner, Greg Currie, said that while it was bellachara’s party it was more about this magnificent coastal township and everything it had to offer. The festival will feature Harley Davidson tours around town, si...
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19-03-2011
The fifth annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month in June is expecting to have a line-up of more than 70 events, from small and intimate to large celebrity laden festivals. It’s the NSW Tourism regional flagship event of the year and features leading winemakers and chefs and an array of local premium wines and fresh produce. Visitors to this year’s event can avail of the new self guide...
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09-03-2011
Australian ski resorts, Perisher, Hotham and Falls Creek have launched their 2011 Superpass, opening up more terrain for skiers and snowboarders. Visitors can ski or ride at all three resorts - Perisher in NSW and Hotham and Falls Creek in Victoria, all season on the one pass which provides them with access to a total of 2015 hectares of pristine terrain. As well, those buying their superpa...
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06-03-2011
Brisbane will be the venue for this year’s Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show, June 8-14, at the RNA Showgrounds, in areas unaffected by the current redevelopment. This event will run in conjunction with the annual Australia Caravan & Camping Show, offering visitors two shows for one admission cost. Visitors to the show will get an opportunity to win a caravan. Cater...
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06-03-2011
Regional Queensland event line-up in June 2011 Sail Mooloolaba - June 4-5 Sail Mooloolaba is a two-day regatta held annually on the stunning waters off Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. This event attracts sailing enthusiasts from the east coast of Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand across large and small dinghies, and monohull and multihull keel boats. Mackay Marina Run - June 5 The M...
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29-10-2010
Elsewhere on this Austguide.com site you can access all that is weird and wonderful about Australia, one of the world’s top nature tourism destinations, and it’s great to see operators setting standards and benchmarks, to benefit not only the country’s rich heritage but visitors and locals as well. Ecotourism Australia, for instance, provides objective monitoring and auditing of organisat...
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29-10-2010
The Pan Pacific Group’s familiar Parkroyal Hotel brand is back in Australia after a gap of ten years (or more). The group now has two properties in Sydney including the Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney (formerly the Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour) and the Parkroyal Parramatta. The 345 room Parkroyal Darling Harbour Sydney is situated minutes from the city’s shopping and restaurant precinc...
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27-10-2010
Greyhound Australia has included a stop at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast on four of its Queensland services, offering passengers a chance to cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos or enjoy a walk through a forest canopy. Greyhound Australia chief executive, Robert Thomas said the services would run between Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay in Northern NSW. “For ...
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17-10-2010
Northern Territory based The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) has bought the tourist icon Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara (ILC) for $300 million. The ILC has exchanged contracts to acquire the entire resort, including hotels and accommodation, associated infrastructure, the airport and workers village, in an arrangement with Wana Ungkunytja which represents Indigenous business interests in the nearb...
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01-08-2010
Two of Sydney’s best known tourist operators, The Manly Flyer and the City Sightseeing Sydney to Bondi ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ bus have joined forces to offer visitors and locals a great way to experience this fabulous city. The Manly Flyer operates on Sydney’s stunning harbour stopping at Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Manly. The City Sightseeing Sydney to Bondi ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ do...
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28-07-2010
Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels has expanded its presence in the New South Wales Southern Highlands with the recent acquisition, this month, of historic Craigieburn Resort, Bowral. The property has been managed by Peppers since early 2007. Originally opened as a guest house in 1909, Peppers Craigieburn recently went through substantial refurbishments revitalising the retreat and provid...
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20-07-2010
With the Boeing 787 Dreamliner making its international debut at Farnborough (UK) yesterday, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive, Jim Albaugh said the company is working hard to stay ahead of the competition as the market begins to rebound. He was speaking to the international media attending the Farnborough Airshow. Albaugh believed that despite some continued uncerta...
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19-07-2010
Boeing’s newest passenger aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner made its international debut at the Farnborough International Airshow (UK) today. Boeing 787 program vice-president and general manager, Scott Fancher said he couldn’t think of a finer stage on which to present this highly anticipated airplane. This is the first international trip made by the aircraft and it flew direct from Boeing...
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18-07-2010
Noosa tourism authorities and retail outlets have joined hands in a promotion designed to lure visitors to spend more money at Hastings Street shops. The Hastings Street dollars deal, running from now until the end of August, rewards shoppers for every purchase of 50 dollars or more at participating retail outlets, from clothing and footwear to restaurants and boutiques. Shoppers will receiv...
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16-06-2010
Australia’s BIG4 Holiday Parks is targeting families in their “Kids Stay Free” national winter promotion which runs from July 1 to August 31, 2010. Guests staying at any of the participating parks pay nothing for up to two children, when they stay a minimum of two nights. Accommodation costs are based on two adults and two children. There are over 50 properties to choose from, many...
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