There is no question about it, Australia is ready and excited to welcome back international travelers. At the recent Australian Tour Exchange (ATE) 100’s of experience operators, hotel and resort properties and all six Australian states were on hand to welcome travel agents and buyer from around the world.
ATE began with the Welcome to Country ceremony. This Aboriginal ceremony officially acknowledges and ‘welcomes’ people (guests) that are not from the area and grant safe passage for the duration of their time in the area, the ceremony delivery may vary from location to location depending on language group, geographically location, cultural belief systems etc however; the standard is that these acknowledgements are delivered by the cultural authority of the local area.
Now it is time to meet the people who really bring Australia to life for the visitors from around the world, the tour operators, hotel and resort staff and of course the national and regional tourism representatives. These people have been busy for the past two year revamping their offerings, renovating properties and adding new infrastructure to make sure your visit to Australia will be nothing less than extraordinary.
Some travel ideas to consider when planning your visit to Australia
Created by Mary Anne Kennedy over 30 years ago, following her lifelong passion for food and wine and all things authentic and special in South Australia. The site reflects the focus on exceptional authentic food and wine experiences that can include nature, wellness, active, history and culture. Tours can vary in length from a meet and greet to half day through to several days.
A privately owned 610 square km conservation reserve located in the northern Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola is a multi-award winning property with Advanced Ecotourism accreditation. Arkaroola has 4WD tours, flights, accommodation, restaurant and camping. Its unique geological, scenic and ecological significance is recognized through the Arkaroola Protection Act (2012) of SA Parliament.
Creating “Once in a Lifetime” experiences incorporating the many flavors of Australia for 30 years. Let our experienced team hand craft an experience that best suits your desires and needs. Expect unique, authentic and local experiences. Expect out of the way and off the beaten track. But best of all expect genuine 5 Star Australian hospitality, unmatched by our 30 years of experience. Family owned and operated and proudly Australian our team will create an experience for you today, that will last you a lifetime.
Rising from the depths of the Indian Ocean are Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands. Discover Christmas Island with its spectacular red crab migration, rare and endemic wildlife and amazing marine life. The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are paradise defined. They offer spectacular diving, snorkeling, kite-surfing and world-class fly fishing.
Balloon Aloft is a hot air balloon company with 40 years experience in offering the highest quality balloon flights and service. With sunrise flights departing daily, all year round with spectacular views of regions including the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Mudgee and Byron Bay. All flights finish with a champagne celebration and gourmet breakfast at a local winery or restaurant.
Operating since 2001 in Central Australia. They specialize in premium day tours and private group touring across the Red Centre. They focus on the 50+ market, catering for their needs and showing them the magnificence and beauty of outback Australia like only a true local can.
Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km scenic coastal drive through the Royal National Park, over the Sea Cliff Bridge and through the coastal townships of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven in the South Coast of NSW. With endless experiences to be enjoyed along the way, from adrenaline-pumping activities to delicious food and wine, family discoveries, natural wonders and many beaches.
Kangaroo Island Spirits has been in operation since 2006, featuring a cellar door; cocktail bar; production facility and experiences program. The distillery produces a range of gin, vodkas and liqueurs. The distillery has also achieved recognition at both domestic and international Spirit Competitions. In 2020 – 21 the distillery received a $3.5 million upgrade to improve the production capacity and customer experience.
Murray River Walk was established in 2016, and in 2020 the company rebranded to Murray River Trails and introduced new tours, Murray River Safari and Murray River Escapes, to showcase more experiences along Australia’s greatest river. All three tours provide accommodation on a modern houseboat.
World Heritage Cruises offer an unforgettable cruise journey into the west coast world heritage wilderness areas of Tasmania. You will enjoy spectacular scenery, hear amazing stories from the rugged past and enjoy delicious Tasmanian produce while relaxing in a Tasmanian Built, state of the art catamaran. World Heritage Cruises is a local family-owned business who have been cruising these waterways since 1896.
Why not go big and plan the trip of a lifetime to Australia.
For more information on Australia visit, tourism.australia.com.