SOUTH COAST – 4 Night Eco-Adventure

A 4-night trip to the gorgeous New South Wales coastal hamlets of Jervis Bay & Batemans Bay renowned for fabulous seafood and wildlife experiences.

FROM $699.00 per person, twin share

We know you’re itching to break out of your Covid-lockdown and get out to explore Australia’s wonderful local experiences. If you’re looking for a way to #HolidayHereThisYear, then this is it.

Grab your special someone and go!

PACKAGE Includes

  • TWO Nights at the luxurious Paperbark Camp
  • Accommodation in an Original Safari Tent
  • Breakfast & dinner daily
  • Jervis Bay Dolphin Cruise
  • TWO Night at Lincoln Downs Resort, Batemans Bay
  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room
  • Oyster Kayaking adventure

Paperbark Camp

Architect-designed with both the environment and guests in mind, Paperbark Camp is eco-tourism at its best.

Located in an Australian bushland setting on the banks of the Currambene Creek, Paperbark Camp is ideal for those who love being close to nature, but appreciate life’s little luxuries, not to mention wonderful food prepared daily by the camps chefs using local produce.

Just 2 ½ hrs drive south of Sydney, near the pristine clear waters and white sand beaches of Jervis Bay, the camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy canvas accommodation and a peaceful bush setting, the perfect base from which to explore this nature lover’s paradise.

Lincoln Downs Resort

Just over a kilometre from both Batemans Bay town centre and Surfside Beach, Lincoln Downs is a boutique country retreat overlooking a picturesque private lake and charming gardens.

Lincoln Downs is close to the beach and offers a relaxing retreat with everything you expect from an idyllic visit to the NSW South Coast.

  • FOR STAYS between 28 August 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • PRICE shown is per person, twin share
  • TERMS & Conditions Apply

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GOURMET NSW – Orange & Mudgee Getaway!

A 3-night self-driven gourmet journey through country New South Wales.

FROM $670.00 per person, twin share

This gorgeous 3-night getaway first brings you to Orange—famed for its fresh produce, cool climate wines, colourful foliage and snowy winters.

YOUR stay in Orange includes

  • TWO NIGHTS at The Oriana, Orange, in a Deluxe Queen (or Twin) room
  • WELCOME drink
  • FULL breakfast daily
  • PRIVATE Guided Food & Wine Experience

Discover award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, beautiful gardens and bustling markets, all set in the shadow of a striking ancient volcano. From apples and berries to truffles and grass-fed beef, the Orange region is renowned for its produce.

MUDGEE is 188 kilometres from Orange and is renowned for exquisite food and wine experiences, and great outdoor adventures – bush walking, Aboriginal heritage, hot air ballooning and fishing.

YOUR stay in Mudgee includes

  • ONE NIGHT in a Cottage at Evanslea Luxury Boutique Accommodation
  • HAMPER Breakfast
  • LOCAL wine & cheese platter on arrival

Evanslea Luxury Boutique Accommodation is all about luxurious, five-star and private accommodation in the heart of Mudgee.

  • FOR STAYS between 01 June 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • PRICE shown is per person, twin share
  • TERMS & Conditions Apply

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QANTAS Reprises Iconic Campaign

Even though few of us will be travelling overseas anytime soon, the familiar sights and sounds of an iconic advertisement in our social media feeds have our heads filled with wanderlust.

Qantas has reprised its renowned “I Still Call Australia Home” campaign with two children’s choirs – The Australian Girls Choir and Indigenous group The Gondwana National Choir.

And in a quirk of the times, the entire advertisement was shot from the kids’ homes on smartphones. The children are all aged eight to 18 and were located all over Australia.

Take a look at the advert below.

The video’s launch follows a recent survey of Qantas Frequent Flyers showed around 85% of members are looking forward to planning their next trip.

Does it fill you with travel tingles?

Here’s the original version of the campaign, too.

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QANTAS Prepares for Easing Restrictions with Flexibility & ‘Fly Well’

Qantas and Jetstar are rolling out a series of wellbeing improvements from 12 June for peace-of-mind in preparation for domestic travel restrictions easing.

The ‘Fly Well’ initiative brings together a range of temporary measures, and represents a combination of best-practice medical advice and feedback from customers.

“We are so encouraged by this action from the Qantas Group, as it hints at the green shoots of recovery.”

Peter Hosper, CEO of The Travel Authority Group

Customer research shows 98 per cent of frequent flyers are planning their next trip once restrictions lift.

“We know we’re still a long way off returning to the travel industry ecosystem of the pre-Covid economy, but every step towards getting people flying again is a positive one,” added Hosper.

The Fly Well measures cover both pre-flight and in-flight experience, including masks being provided to all passengers on each flight. While not mandatory, they are recommended to be worn in the interests of everyone’s peace-of-mind.

The video below highlights some of the Fly Well measures.

You can DOWNLOAD the QANTAS FLY WELL Fact Sheet HERE

The airline points out, too, that the air conditioning systems of all Qantas and Jetstar aircraft are already fitted with hospital-grade HEPA filters, which remove 99.9% of all particles including viruses. Air inside the cabin is refreshed on average every five minutes during flight.

“We’re relying on the cooperation of passengers to help make these changes work for everyone’s benefit, and we thank them in advance for that. Given the great job Australians have done at flattening the curve, we’re confident they’ll respond positively to these temporary changes to how we fly.”

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce.


IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY FOR CUSTOMERS

With so many regular flyers planning their next trip as travel restrictions are steadily adjusted, Qantas and Jetstar have also announced more flexibility.

Domestic

Book any Qantas or Jetstar Australian domestic flight between 21 May and 30 June 2020, for travel between 12 June and 31 October 2020, and the airline will waive the change fee one time if you decide to change the date of your travel. Customers will have to cover any fare increase (if relevant) for the new booking.

International Flight Credit Extension

Further flexibility has been introduced for international bookings (excluding Trans-Tasman). Customers with an existing Qantas or Jetstar international flight booking, for travel between 1 August and 31 October 2020, who wish to change their plans, can cancel their booking and retain the full value as a flight credit.

Flight credits must be requested by 30 June 2020 and are valid for booking and travel across domestic and international services by 31 December 2021. Jetstar credit vouchers allow up to two years to travel from issue date. Customers will have to cover any fare increase (if relevant) for the new booking.

If your flight is cancelled by the airline, you will be rebooked on the next available flight at no additional cost. Alternatively, you can choose a flight credit or a refund.

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AIRPORT Drive-In Cinema Pops Up

Amid all the shutting down, we’re loving some of the clever stepping-up we’re seeing in some parts of the global travel and tourism ecosystem.

At the end of April, a drive-in ‘Aerocinema’ popped up on an airport apron area—where planes are usually parked, unloaded, refuelled and boarded—as part of the Vilnius International Film Festival in Lithuania.

Like most international airports currently, Vilnius International Airport has quieted down while waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted. The organisers of the film festival saw this downtime as a brilliant opportunity to screen films while movie theatres are closed.

“Implementing this project was a pleasant challenge for us.”

Dainius Čiuplys, Head of Vilnius Airport.

“We had to remake the airport apron, which is a restricted area, into a space open to film lovers. It is a nice opportunity to be a part of the whole process and at the same time to show that airports perfectly combine aviation activities with events and projects of various formats. I believe that after the drive-in cinema events, there will be even more lovers not only of good cinema, but also of aviation,” said Čiuplys.

Up to 200 cars can fit into the drive-in area for each screening.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Sends A380s to Alice Springs

For the first time ever, the world’s biggest passenger plane has landed at Alice Springs Airport. And not just one.

Four of Singapore Airlines’ enormous ‘Super Jumbos’—and an assortment of aircraft from the airline and its subsidiaries—will call Alice Springs home will the global economy stays in hibernation mode.

“With so few services running, the world’s airlines are grounding their fleets in suitable locations like Alice Springs.”

The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

“The images of these huge aircraft parked in remote places really are astonishing,” he added.

Why Alice Springs?

The Red Centre’s arid climate is consistently dry with very little rain, no storms, and relatively low humidity meaning little risk of corrosion for aircraft components. Singapore’s tropical climate with its abundant rainfall and humidity, on the other hand, is not ideal for aircraft storage.

Another well-known region that supports “airplane boneyards” is the Mojave Desert in the United States.

The Victorville aircraft boneyard on the edge of the Mojave desert in Southern California.

However, far from being a “boneyard” where aircraft are broken up for parts and scrapped, APAS provides maintenance for the stored aircraft until their airline or leasing company owners want them back.

The aircraft are being parked at Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) located at Alice Springs Airport. APAS owns and operates an aircraft storage and maintenance facility that caters for short, medium and long term storage needs for the airline industry.

The four Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 aircraft will make good use of Alice Springs’ main runway and apron, which unlike many regional airports, can handle every type of aircraft that operate in other major airports.

Alice Springs Airport General Manager, Dave Batic, said this was an exciting opportunity for Alice Springs.

“The COVID-19 situation has presented many unique opportunities for Alice Springs Airport and one of these includes allowing our airline partners to store their aircraft at our facility,” Batic said.

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AIR NEW ZEALAND Turns 80

Since its first TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) flight to Sydney in 1940—a nine-hour journey using a Short S30 flying boat—Air New Zealand has connected Kiwis to the world.

Amid the COVID-chaos, this innovative airline is celebrating a very happy birthday.

“Air New Zealand’s 80th birthday is a remarkable milestone—a testament to the wayfaring spirit of our Kiwi friends. We share in their joy, and look forward to flying with them again. Here’s to another 80!”

Peter Hosper CEO of The Travel Authority Group

To commemorate 80 years of flying, the airline has released this lovely video.

“While this birthday sees the airline operating in some of the most extraordinary circumstances in its 80-year history, the heart and passion of our people remain as strong as it was on that historic first day of operation.”

Mike Tod, Air New Zealand’s Chief Marketing and Customer Officer

The airline says the 80th anniversary birthday is a time to reflect on milestones and thank New Zealanders for their continued support of the airline, which has been named best in the world on numerous occasions.

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