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Air New Zealand to trial Covid vaccine passport on Sydney flights

Airline aims to ‘streamline health verification’ for travel as vaccinations begin Air New Zealand will trial a digital vaccine passport in April on flights between Auckland and Sydney.As vaccination begins in Australia, attention has turned to the potential resumption of international travel and how Australia could track whether potential visitors have been vaccinated. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Health, Australia, World news, Australia news, Air transport, Sydney, New Zealand, Auckland, Air New Zealand, Coronavirus

UK's Ordnance Survey to launch mapping app in Australia

Project aims to help outdoor enthusiasts plan walks, cycles and hikes on and off beaten pathOrdnance Survey, the UK’s national mapping agency, is eyeing an international expansion as it launches its first app in Australia.In the UK, OS Maps was first released in 2016. The free app, aimed at walkers, cyclists, and campers, lets users plot detailed walking, running and cycling routes, and also follow ones laid down by others. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Maps, UK, Technology, Australia, UK News, World news, Australia news, Ordnance Survey

Kangaroo Island: a place of empty beaches and hidden history

As this beguiling South Australian island recovers from its devastating bushfires, Bruce Pascoe hopes its Aboriginal past plays a role in defining its future Read the rest of the On country series‘We can learn to better love our country. There’s no better time than now’A guide to Namadgi national parkA guide to the Katherine regionA guide to Laura and CooktownIslands and islanders hold a special place in the imaginations of many people. Lighthouses, shipwrecks, hardy fishermen, lonely beaches, w...
Tags: Travel, Australia news, Indigenous Australians, Australia Holidays, Australasia Holidays, Kangaroo Island, South Australia Holidays, Laura, Katherine, Bass Strait, Bruce Pascoe, Australian lifestyle, Namadgi

Namadgi national park: ‘A mystery, a relic, a vibrant pulse in the earth’

At the northern end of the Australian Alps, just a 45-minute drive from Canberra, evidence of culture is all around youWe can learn to better love our country. There’s no better time than nowLanguage group: NgunnawalYour country wants to talk to you. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Books, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, National Parks, Walking, Indigenous Australians, Canberra, Walking Holidays, Australia Holidays, Australasia Holidays, New South Wales Holidays, Australian Alps, Australian Capital Territory

Great Barrier Reef outlook 'critical' as climate change called number one threat to world heritage

The outlook for Australian sites including the Blue Mountains and the Gondwana rainforests has deteriorated, report to Unesco saysThe outlook for five Australian world heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains and the Gondwana rainforests, has deteriorated, according to a global report that finds climate change is now the number one threat to the planet’s natural world heritage.The International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to t...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Australia news, Unesco, Conservation, Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains, Gondwana

Australia-New Zealand travel bubble to partially open within two weeks

Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern have agreed that New Zealanders can travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory from 16 OctoberA trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will become reality within two weeks after the two nations agreed New Zealanders could travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory from 16 October, for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were imposed in March.The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his New Zealand cou...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Australia news, Air transport, New South Wales, New Zealand, Scott Morrison, Australia New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus outbreak

Data breach: Dfat reveals email addresses of vulnerable Australians stranded overseas

The email addresses belonging to hundreds of Australian citizens were accidentally disclosed in a message about interest-free loansThe private email addresses of hundreds of vulnerable Australian travellers stranded overseas have been accidentally revealed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The addresses were included in an email sent to multiple recipients before midday on Wednesday by the Covid-19 consular operations section of Dfat. Continue reading...
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Qantas and Jetstar slash fares and boost flights as border restrictions ease across Australia

Qantas and Jetstar say they have sold 6,500 seats in the past 24 hours and will increase domestic flights as a result of state borders reopeningFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailDomestic airlines have sold thousands of seats in the past 24 hours and will triple flights on some routes as borders reopen and new Covid cases continue to drop.South Australia is...
Tags: Travel, Health, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, Airline Industry, New South Wales, Qantas, Victoria, Melbourne, South Australia, Jetstar, NSW, Vic, Coronavirus outbreak

Australians stranded overseas as airlines fly with as few as four economy passengers

Exclusive: Qatar Airways acknowledges prioritising more expensive tickets to remain profitable and comply with the flight arrival capPlanes flying into Australia are carrying as few as four economy passengers, as airlines frustrated with the government’s international arrival cap begin to publicly acknowledge they are prioritising business passengers and more expensive tickets in an effort to remain profitable while complying with the limits.The admission from Qatar Airways comes as many Austral...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Australia news, Airline Industry, Melbourne, Qatar Airways, Coronavirus outbreak

'There’s no way we’d go back': will Covid-19 end free wine tastings forever?

Complimentary wine flights are a cornerstone of Australian cellar door visits – but as wineries reopen, they’re rethinking the tradition For decades free wine tastings have been an essential part of the Australian cellar door experience. They helped turn a nation of beer drinkers on to the charms of shiraz, sémillon and sagrantino.Before the Covid-19 shutdown, there was already a move away from this tradition: the number of Australian wineries charging for tastings went from 29% in 2017-18 to 50...
Tags: Travel, Food, Australia, Australia news, Wine, Wine Holidays, Australian food and drink, Coronavirus outbreak

A city out of time: what do we dream of when we dream of Rome?

On a writing grant to the eternal city an Italian-born Australian encounters its two faces – the tourist’s fantasy and the residents’s realityMy desire to live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost 20 years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation. Come si dice ‘tre’? they would tease...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Books, Environment, Religion, Race, World news, Australia news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Sculpture, Pope Francis, Italy

Israel seeks quarantine-free travel with Australia by December as gateway to Europe

Exclusive: Israel plans direct flights to Australia, as countries that have contained Covid-19 discuss extending the ‘bubble’Israel wants to introduce direct flights to Australia and waive quarantine requirements for travellers by December, as countries that have so far successfully contained Covid-19 jostle to be the next destination added to the Australia-New Zealand tourism bubble.Israel, seeking to make permanent the roughly 17 hour-direct flight from Tel Aviv to Melbourne or Sydney, is also...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, Australia, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Australia news, Czech Republic, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Airline Industry, Sydney, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway

Revealed: 100,000 crew never made it off cruise ships amid coronavirus crisis

Guardian investigation finds workers stranded on at least 50 ships with Covid-19 outbreaks, limited medical equipment, some without pay, and no end in sightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile most cruise ship passengers have now made it back to land, another crisis has been growing – with no safe haven in sight.Around the world, more than 100,000 crew workers are still trapped on cruise ships, at least 50 of which have Covid-19 infections, a Guardian investigation h...
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Revealed: 100,000 crew never made it off cruise ships

Guardian investigation finds workers stranded on at least 50 ships with Covid-19 outbreaks, limited medical equipment, some without pay, and no end in sightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile most cruise ship passengers have now made it back to land, another crisis has been growing – with no safe haven in sight.Around the world, more than 100,000 crew workers are still trapped on cruise ships, at least 50 of which have Covid-19 infections, a Guardian investigation h...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Oceans, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

No end in sight: 100,000 crew on cruise ships stranded at sea

Guardian investigation finds workers stranded on ships without pay, as port closures and travel bans in the Covid-19 pandemic block repatriationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile most cruise ship passengers have now made it back to land, another crisis has been growing – with no safe haven in sight.Around the world, more than 100,000 crew workers are still trapped on cruise ships, at least 50 of which have Covid-19 infections, a Guardian investigation has found. Th...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Oceans, Coronavirus outbreak

Flight Centre asks family to pay $2,100 cancellation fee for $1,600 Disneyland hotel refund

Travel firm attracts widespread anger for its handling of cancelled trips due to the coronavirus pandemicSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsThe corporate giant Flight Centre asked a family to pay $2,100 in cancellation fees to process a hotel refund of $1,600 for a Disneyland trip made impossible due to the coronavirus pandemic.Flight Centre has attracted widespread anger for its handling of cancelled...
Tags: Travel, Business, Australia, Australia news, Disneyland, Australian economy, Competition and Consumer Commission, Coronavirus outbreak

‘It’s eerie’: tropical north Queensland tourism goes into coronavirus hibernation

As Port Douglas, Cairns and Airlie Beach turn into ghost towns, businesses are wondering how to survive the dual spectres of a pandemic and global heatingAbout this time of year, the weather in tropical north Queensland takes a turn towards glorious. Last Saturday in Cairns would have made a postcard, had any tourists been in town to experience the onset of the dry season.Hotel occupancy rates in Cairns have fallen to single digits and most tourism businesses have closed their doors – some forev...
Tags: Travel, Business, Australia news, Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Coronavirus outbreak, Port Douglas Cairns

Cruise firms face 'off-the-scale' challenge in wake of coronavirus

With dozens of fatalities linked to ‘floating Petri dishes’, shares have collapsed – but all may not be lostCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike many thousands of nurses, Julie Timson has spent the past few weeks suited up in an armour of personal protective equipment fighting the coronavirus and trying to save lives.In the moments when it’s too overwhelming on the ward, Timson takes a minute to daydream about sipping cocktails on a cruise ship floating in some ocean ...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Business, Travel & leisure, UK News, Australia news, Water transport, Carnival, Coronavirus outbreak, Julie Timson, Timson

Coronavirus: cruise passengers stranded as countries turn them away

Thousands in limbo around the world as vessels seek a port at which to dockCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs countries across the world scramble to close their borders in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of cruise ship passengers are stranded on the high seas while their vessels seek a port at which to dock.The Norwegian Jewel, sailing under the flag of the Bahamas, has been refused permission to dock in French Polynesia, Fiji, New Zealand and Aust...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Bahamas, Caribbean, Fiji, Samoa, Pacific Islands, Coronavirus outbreak, French Polynesia Fiji New Zealand

New visa rules encourage backpackers to help in Australia's bushfire recovery

Volunteer work in the worst-affected regions can now count towards second- and third-year working holiday visasBritons who plan on taking a working holiday in Australia can now volunteer to help with bushfire relief as part of their application – and be eligible for a longer working-holiday visa. The aim is to direct larger numbers of workers to areas where help is most needed, especially on a long-term basis. The changes come a month on from devastating bushfires which killed 33 people and arou...
Tags: Travel, Australia, World news, Australia news, Bushfires, Australia Holidays, Backpacking Holidays, Volunteering Holidays

My mum only had a few months to live. So we rented a van and took a road trip

We’d been incredibly close when I was a child. Then, in 1994 she went away and never came back. Now here we were, taking to the road with no real plan after her cancer diagnosis I had been sitting in the cafeteria of a hospital in Perth, Australia, for seven hours waiting for the phone to ring.Seven hours of drained coffee cups, watching families cry and cling to each other, wondering if they were tears of grief or relief, seven hours of slowly feeling the panic rise up through my body. Continue...
Tags: Travel, Health, Family, Cancer, Life and style, World news, Australia news, Road Trips, Parents and parenting, Perth Australia

The broken promise of the Sydney Opera House, its botched design and $150m fix

The landmark’s concert hall closes on Saturday for a two-year renovation. It has been plagued by compromises since architect Jørn Utzon’s walkout in 1966Significant buildings generate their own mythology. For the Sydney Opera House, the story that the Unesco world heritage-listed design was fished out of a rejection pile before being declared a work of genius is a pleasing fable, despite its dubious origins.What is not in dispute is that the clashes that plagued the Opera House’s origins have re...
Tags: Music, World news, Australia news, Culture, Architecture, Unesco, Art and design, Sydney, Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Peter Hall, Jørn Utzon

Kylie Minogue tries to lure Brexit-weary Britons in new Tourism Australia ad 'Matesong'

Pop star reprises Neighbours character in a song that also includes tennis star Ash Barty, comedian Adam Hills and former cricketer Shane WarneA new $15m tourism campaign featuring Kylie Minogue is aiming to lure Brexit-weary Britons to Australia with the perennial promise of cute marsupials, white-sand beaches and locals who “speak your language”.The three-minute musical advertisement aired on televisions in the UK before the Queen’s message on Christmas Eve, with Minogue and another well-known...
Tags: Travel, UK, Australia, Advertising, Life and style, UK News, Australia news, Neighbours, Kylie Minogue, Shane Warne, Sandringham, Brexit, Ash Barty, Minogue, Adam Hills, Ian Thorpe

Backpacker tax a form of 'discrimination based on nationality', court rules

Judge finds tax could not be levied on some backpackers who were also Australian residents because it violated agreements with other countriesThe federal court has blown a hole in the government’s so-called “backpacker tax”, ruling it does not apply to some visitors who are in Australia on a working holiday visa.In a judgment handed down on Wednesday, judge John Logan said the impost – a 15% tax on income that would normally be tax-free – could not be levied on some backpackers who were also Aus...
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Beautiful one day, pitiful the next: is 'philausophy' a new low for Australian tourism ads?

As the concept of philausophy is unleashed on an unsuspecting world, please share your views on the good, the bad and the frankly odd campaigns in Australian tourism history The word “philausophy” did not exist until Wednesday and, depending on its reception, may not exist for much longer.The latest international campaign from Tourism Australia has landed, with its awkward, crow-barred pun already dividing audiences in the same way that it inelegantly divides the word “philosophy” itself. Contin...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Advertising, World news, Australia news, Australian media, Scott Morrison

Qantas hails 'historic' moment after Dreamliner completes 19-hour non-stop flight

Qantas plane lands after record New York-to-Sydney flight carrying 50 passengers and crew, plus a ‘comfortable’ 70 minutes of fuelQantas has completed a historic non-stop test flight from New York to Sydney, researching the potential impacts on pilots, crew and passengers of what would be the world’s longest commercial airplane journey.Carrying 50 passengers and crew, QF7879 on a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Sydney on Sunday morning after a 16,200-kilometre (10,066-mile) journey l...
Tags: Travel, New York, Australia news, Airline Industry, Sydney, Qantas, Boeing

Gastro outbreak strikes more than 100 passengers on Sydney to Perth train

Australian health authorities say they are working with Indian Pacific operator to control norovirus outbreakA transcontinental Australian tourist train has seen more than 100 passengers in the past month contract gastro while travelling the 4,352km journey between Sydney and Perth.Authorities said at least two people from the Indian Pacific train had presented to hospital emergency departments with symptoms suspected to be the short-lived norovirus since the beginning of the outbreak in mid-Sep...
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Eden Project plans $150m ecotourism site for Victorian coalmine

Joint venture aims to turn Alcoa’s open-cut mine site into Anglesea project near Great Ocean RoadA UK charity that redeveloped a china clay quarry in Cornwall into a major ecotourism project has its eyes on Alcoa’s former coalmine in Anglesea, Victoria.The Eden Project and Alcoa announced a plan to turn a portion of the site into a $150m ecotourism attraction based around Anglesea’s coastal location. They say they will seek input from the community. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Energy, Environment, UK News, Australia news, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Coalition, Cornwall, Victoria, Eden Project, Alcoa, Business (Australia, Anglesea, Great Ocean RoadA UK, Anglesea Victoria

FOI regime thwarts bid to expose Great Barrier Reef lobbying, researcher says

Legal expert tried to shed light on Australia’s efforts to prevent reef being listed as ‘in danger’ by UnescoA legal expert has slammed Australia’s freedom of information regime after spending two years and more than $1,000 trying to shed light on Australia’s enormous lobbying effort to prevent the Great Barrier Reef from being listed as “in danger”.In 2014-15, Australian government officials spent more than $100,000 visiting and lobbying members of Unesco’s world heritage committee to keep the ...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Australia news, Unesco, Great Barrier Reef, Freedom Of Information

Hotel giant Accor appoints new manager in Alice Springs, amid racial segregation claims

French company issues ‘formal communication’ to staff ‘reiterating our anti-discrimination expectations’ The international hotels giant Accor has appointed interim management to an Alice Springs hotel amid an investigation into allegations that staff had been segregating Aboriginal guests into lower quality rooms.The French multinational company has confirmed an internal investigator has been appointed and an external reviewer is also being sought. Continue reading...
Tags: Hotels, Australia news, Accor, Indigenous Australians, Northern Territory, Alice Springs

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