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From 23/12/2020: Other than the Northern Beaches, there are no restrictions for people travelling to or from regional or rural NSW, or other areas of NSW.
Conclusion: Travel to New South Wales is currently GOOD TO GO from all states except South Australia.
From 31/12/2020: Travel to Victoria is possible from all states except New South Wales. If you have been in a New South Wales Hot Spot in the last 14 days, you cannot enter Victoria, except for specific exemptions.
Conclusion: Travel to Victoria is GOOD TO GO unless you are travelling from NSW.
From 21/12/2020: The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently specific parts of New South Wales are: hotspots.
Anyone travelling to Queensland who has been in NSW at any time since 1am Friday 11 December must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter Queensland.
Conclusion: Travel to Queensland is GOOD TO GO providing you are not travelling from a declared hotspot.
From 01/01/2021: Interstate and international arrivals need to complete a G2G PASS declaration to enter WA. You will not be required to quarantine if you are travelling from TAS, SA, QLD, ACT or NT. Travellers from medium risk states and territories (VIC & NSW) are not permitted to enter unless exempt.
Conclusion: Travel to Western Australia is GOOD TO GO provided you are not travelling from any medium or high risk states including VIC and NSW.
From 01/01/2021: Anyone planning travel to SA must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. People arriving directly from ACT, SA, NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to travel without restriction. If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the registration form at least 14 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins. Only essential travellers can enter South Australia from NSW.
Conclusion: Travel to SA is GOOD TO GO as long as you are not from NSW.
From 02/01/2021: Travellers from low-risk areas being ACT, NSW (excluding the Greater Sydney Region and high-risk premises and area), NT, QLD, VIC, WA, & NZ can register via the ‘Tas e-Travel’ system within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travellers who have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are not required to quarantine upon arrival.
Travellers who have spent time (during the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania) in the Greater Sydney Region and high-risk premises and area will still be required to quarantine upon arrival in Tasmania and will be turned back at their own expense.
NT: From 01/01/2021: Anyone arriving in the NT must complete a Border Entry Form. You will have to quarantine if you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently includes Great Sydney and Northern Beaches) in the 14 days before you arrive in the Territory.
Conclusion: Travel to Northern Territory is GOOD TO GO as long as you are not travelling from a declared hotspot.
NORFOLK ISLAND: From 23/12/2020: Persons travelling to Norfolk Island will be free to enter Norfolk Island without quarantine as long as they have not come from any Commonwealth declared COVID Hotspots.
All travellers from NORTHERN BEACHES (NSW) are NOT permitted to travel to Norfolk Island. All travellers from GREATER SYDNEY, CENTRAL COAST AND WOLLONGONG area required to undergo mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival on island.
Conclusion: Travel to Norfolk Island is GOOD TO GO provided you are not travelling from a declared hotspot.
NEW ZEALAND: From 23/11/2020: Travellers to New Zealand from all countries are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory. The general view is that borders will reopen around March 2021.
Conclusion: Travel to New Zealand is NO GO.
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Jetstar: Tickets are non-refundable. Date and time changes are allowed with a $55 change fee per person plus any fare difference if applicable.
Virgin Australia: Tickets are non-refundable. You can pay a fee and fare difference to change the flights with upgrade to next available fare.
Qantas: Tickets are non-refundable and no changes are allowed.
From wildlife encounters to relaxing boat cruises, the whole family will be spoiled for choice on this exciting 8-day South Island adventure. With fun activities to entertain the kids, and the planning stress taken away for you, this is a great way for you and your family to visit some of New Zealand’s best spots. Save up to 34% off retail prices.
From the rolling plains and tranquil beaches of Tasmania’s east to the rainforest and mountains flanking the west, this 9-day itinerary will leave you enchanted. You'll circle around Tasmania, starting and ending your journey in Hobart and seeing the most memorable places in between. This is a casual, no-rush destination and you have plenty of time to enjoy it all.Save up to 28% off retail prices.
Includes return flights to Adelaide, 4-nights Gold standard accommodation in Adelaide, full-day guided Adelaide & Hahndorf tour, 2-day Kangaroo Island experience, Flinders Chase National Park guided tour including Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch, 3-nights Murray River cruise, and much more. Save up to 28% off standard retail.
Experience Norfolk Island and have lots of fun on this planned, yet flexible package. Enjoy the island's natural beauty, join in the fun of the included activities and dinners, and immerse yourself in the history of this remarkable island. The lovely ocean-view accommodation is an added bonus. Save over 33% off retail.
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Many of our tours include all transport, accommodation, most meals and activities. Australia and New Zealand tours are available at great member prices. They also suit independent travellers.
The main benefit and the real joy for you comes from the new friendships that you form. The trip itself is just the glue that keeps you together each day. That experience alone can be worth the price of the trip and will represent a large part of the fond memories you keep. Learn more about Australian Escapes guided tours and enquire today. Read more here...
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The natural wonders of North Island NZ and enless family fun awaits on this 9-day North Island adventure. Cruise the pristine waters to the famous Hole in the Rock, experience Maori culture, explore the Coromandel, Rotorua and Taupo and everything inbetween. Save up to 34% off retail prices.
Across New Zealand, you can find everything from untamed wilderness to rich culture. Find inspiration in towering mountains and mist-cloaked fjords. Serenity in golden beaches curled around quiet bays. Topuches all the highlights over 12 fun-filled days. You will be creating unforgettable memories and having the time of your life. Save over 36% off retail.
Travel through the heart of the North Island on this short 'highlights' New Zealand self-drive tour from Auckland, up to Paihia, and back down to Wellington. Packing in cosmopolitan cities, tranquil beaches, rolling farmland, and authentic opportunities to experience Maori culture, this is an experience not to be missed. Save up to 34% off retail prices.
The South Island of New Zealand hardly needs an introduction - its reputation as an outdoor lover's paradise ensures its presence on many people's bucket lists. On this 9-day adventure, be introduced to the highlights of this gorgeous region and participate in a range of exciting activities. Save up to 36% off retail prices.
Discover the exquisite natural beauty and sublime solitude of Western Australia's South-West coast on this round-trip journey that begins and ends in Perth. Towns such as Busselton, Margaret River, Albany, and Esperance are just waiting to be explored. Save up to 36% off retail prices.
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"Just to let you know what a wonderful holiday we had in Canada/Alaska thanks to Ben. He did a great job with our Travel Itinerary everything went to plan I would recommend Australian Escapes and this holiday to my friends and family we are definitely going to do this holiday again. I did give Ben a ring and thanked him and told him what a great job he did. We are looking forward to our next holiday with Australian Escapes." Rosanna M.
"I was one of the ladies who went with Cherrie to Norfolk. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thought you did a marvellous job organising it all for us. The accommodation in both Sydney and Norfolk was outstanding - I had never been to either places before and could have stayed much longer in Sydney, as the view from our hotel windows was wonderful.
Everyone on Norfolk was so friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Thank you so much for making our holiday so enjoyable." Jan W.
"Hi, have finally returned. Wonderful, wonderful trip. We think we loved Paris and its age/artworks but all was full of laughter fun and learning. Paris apartment was beautiful, & quiet when windows were closed, which wasn't bad anyway. The street is full of lots of restaurants and cafe's. (we also loved Shakespeare & co bookshop.) Fruit and chocolates in most rooms and champagne which I think we only drank in Brussels. we were ready for bed everywhere else though we almost had it for morning tea at Amsterdam on check in. Magnificent. Cheers." Val C.
"Have just returned from our wonderful trip to the UK. Just wanted to say a huge thanks for your organisation, we had the best holiday ever, an absolutely marvellous time, the tour was magnificent. We would recommend the Trafalgar Britain and Ireland Winter delights tour to anyone who wants to do adventurous travel, learning about other countries, and making friends. The coach was actually over half full of Aussies! Thanks so much for organising such a memorable holiday for us." Lee D.
"My husband and I have recently returned from a holiday to Canada and Alaska booked through Australian Escapes. The itinerary was planned to take in all aspects of the holiday we required. The travel transfers worked seamlessly and the accommodation was at a standard that met our expectations of comfort and location. We absolutely loved the cruise and surprise upgrade to our stateroom. From our experience with this recent trip I would recommend Australian Escapes." Margaret & Bill T.
"We've arrived back safely after a thoroughly enjoyable trip where all the arrangements ran like clockwork, for which we want to thank you and your team, especially Sonya and Skye. We'd have no hesitation in recommending you and Volga Dream cruises to anyone who asks. Kind regards and thanks again." Irene and Blake S.
"I want to thank you for all the accommodation you arranged for us during our holiday in North Queensland in August. It was all excellent. The transfers went very smoothly too and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our holiday. Thank you for making everything so easy." Gloria K.
"My life has been like a whirlwind since I got back. I am now on holidays and catching up with people that I have not had time to contact since coming back. Thank you so much for organising my trip to The States and Canada for me. I had a great time and everything went really well. All flights went well. The hotel you booked me into in Champaign was a really old home with beautiful gardens, all done up and run by two gay guys. It was really quaint and I loved it. I had a great time, everything went without a hitch, I loved all the accommodation that you organized for me and I would like to wish you a happy Christmas and all the best." Marlene S.
"We are back and rested after a hectic few weeks (away), but everything worked out extremely well. Thanks so much for all your organisation – once you get used to the trains and buses, life becomes easy. Once again, thanks to you and the team for all the organisation from both Lorraine and I – we really enjoyed the holiday. All the best." Bob C.
"We just wanted to let you know that the arrangements you put in place for us in WA worked beautifully. You said the Margaret River accommodation was exceptional and it certainly was both in terms of location and facilites. Thanks again." Betty and Clancy S.
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