Australia Is Open for Business
Traveling to Australia is one of the best ways to help bushfire recovery
Heart Island, Queensland
Heart Island, Queensland
How You and Your Clients Can Help Long-Term Recovery
Australia’s way of life is a breath of fresh air. There’s no country quite like it in the world. While the impact of the recent bushfires has been devastating, the display of support from people in Australia and around the world extending the hand of mateship to those affected has been incredibly inspiring.
Although there have been areas impacted by the fires, Australia is a big country. Many areas of the country remain safe and are welcoming travelers.
Australia is still very much open for business. In fact, planning travel to Australia in the next 6 to 12 months is one of the most significant ways you can help long-term recovery.
Most of Australia’s beautiful destinations have not been affected and are eager to welcome visitors! Your clients can stop by the corner café, say “g’day” to the locals and fill their suitcase with souvenirs and unforgettable stories. Their travels will mean the world to these communities, and they’ll carry a little piece of these places with them when they leave.
For more information and updates, check back often, or visit Australia.com and AussieSpecialist.com.
THERE'S STILL NOTHING LIKE AUSTRALIA
From the red sands of Uluru to the aquamarine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, there’s still nothing like Australia. With unparalleled natural beauty, unique wildlife and one-of-a-kind food and wineries, we invite you and your clients to explore what makes Australia such a special place.
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Experience the WOW of South Australia
For curious-minded travelers (not “tourists”) who want to get closer to their passions, there’s no better reward than Adelaide and the state of South Australia. We deliver this promise based on our up-close-and-personal Australian WOW (Wine, Outback and Wildlife) experiences, all easily accessed from the charming city of Adelaide.
Our unique WOW moments are:
- Wine: With over 60 percent of the country’s wine exports coming from our state, we know our grapes. From Adelaide, the city of vineyards, explore over 200 wine cellars within a two-hour drive, including world-renowned regions such as the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley.
- Outback: The Outback is an essential Australian experience. From Adelaide, it is very easily accessible. Just a short 45-minute flight (or a 4.5-hour drive) will put you in the real-deal, red-dirt outback of Flinders Ranges, where ancient rock formations (including the breath-taking Wilpena Pound), wildlife and Aboriginal history abound. And for something completely different, get a taste of mining life by venturing further north to Coober Pedy, the world’s largest opal mining site, where half the town dwells underground due to the extreme heat.
- Wildlife: In South Australia, you don’t have to look for wildlife—it is everywhere. Kangaroo Island, whose name says it all, is just a 20-minute flight from Adelaide, where kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, hundreds of bird species and more all roam about in their natural state. While the recent bushfires impacted half the island, it is recovering quickly and the wildlife and stunning scenery remain as spectacular as ever.
Melbourne Is Welcoming Visitors
Melbourne and Victoria are ready to welcome your clients, with an amazing array of experiences on offer. From urban experiences to wine regions to incredible nature-based experiences, there are endless opportunities for travelers to experience the best of Victoria.
While bushfires in late December and early January had an impact in parts of far east and northeast Victoria, Melbourne—over 200 miles from any affected areas—and many other popular destinations for North American travelers are open and welcoming visitors. This includes the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Ballarat, Grampians, Gippsland and many others.
Melbourne continues to be known as Australia’s most stylish city, with a passion for food and wine, a vibrant arts scene and home to the nation’s major events and festivals. On Melbourne’s doorstep you’ll discover a microcosm of Australia, from native wildlife to vineyards, white-sand beaches to stunning national parks.
We encourage the travel industry to continue to support Victoria by talking with interested clients and reassuring them that Victoria is well and truly open for business.
For inspiration when planning your clients’ vacation to Victoria, head to visitmelbourne.com.
Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next in Queensland
Queensland is a destination that boasts spectacular scenery and unparalleled natural experiences. There’s a sense of excitement, adventure and discovery around every corner from the wonders of the rainforest to the splendors of the sea.
The amazing variety of natural beauty—including five World Heritage-listed sites, stunning beaches, tropical islands, vast Outback and ancient rainforest—establishes Queensland as the ideal place to experience the best of Australia.
Brisbane is Queensland’s buzzing riverside capital city with a year-round lineup of concerts, performances and festivals. Catch some of the best Brisbane River views and sunset reflections from a myriad of rooftop terraces and bars. The Gold Coast is also fast becoming a destination for superior casual and fine dining, known for its quality eats as well as its chilled-out, local coastal vibes while the Sunshine Coast offers a relaxing and laid-back beach culture with quaint cafes, stunning waterfront restaurants and over 62 miles of sparkling coastline.
Discover diverse coral and marine life, phenomenal diving and snorkeling spots and hidden islands. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Stretching over 1400 miles and home to more than 1,500 species of marine life, it’s the ultimate bucket list location.
Find out more at www.queensland.com.