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   News from the Waratah Team  (January 2019)










We are wishing all our Aussie friends and partners a great 2019.

Qantas is again flying from London via Singapore to Australia. Although the partnership with Emirates has been extended, more travellers prefer the Asian stopover and so have more route options. Qantas-CEO Alan Joyce said: "We would like to have a direct route to Frankfurt again to get more German visitors!". Germans are spending a lot of money in Autralia, so even a direct flight Perth-Frankfurt is an option.

In 2017 Australia received a record 8.5 Mill international visitors, an increase of 9% compared with 15/16. Germany is in place 11 with more than 200.000 visitors, an increase of 8%.

"Sculpture by the Sea" in Sydney just ended and was visited by more than half a million people who enjoy this now famous outdoor exhibition while wandering over the cliffs between Bondi Beach and Tamarama.

Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas, is on every June. Vivid transforms the city into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections.

Backpackers on "Work and Travel" visas are now taxed 15 per cent on any earnings, which has lead to a decrease of available working travellers. It has just been announced that after farm work the visa can be extended to 3 years and workers can stay with one employer for a full year.

The internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro is hosting the biggest "Field of Light" installation at Uluru in the Northern Territory. This show has been extended due to its popularity. Munro has installed more than 50,000 LED solar-powered light stems around the "Rock".

Please note: The Uluru climb will be closed from October 2019 for cultural reasons.

A world-leading $ 42 Mill project in far north Queensland is combining big battery storage and solar power. This plant is generating enough renewable energy to power more than 3000 homes in Lakeland and towns of the North. Lakeland is south of Cooktown and on the route of our "Quinkan Adventure" tour departing Cairns. This is a fantastic outback and rainforest tour by 4WD including accommodation at the outstanding Mungumby Lodge.

We are also offering a Saturday departure of our "Blue Mountains Country" day tour to close a missing gap in our program.

Our weekly 15-day "Best of OZ" module program can commence in Sydney or Cairns with ca 100 departures a year in both directions, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 participants. All departures include our popular modules around the country and are synchronised for a streamlined holiday you will cherish forever. Now with Hotel up-grades in most locations.

Trust your highly experienced experts, we know what our discerning guests expect from their holidays down under.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!



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