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Whilst state premiers and their overpaid, self-important bureaucrats are doing their best to stop all travel, you can still have an interstate holiday. We will provide assistance with advice and border forms if required. Our "Border-proof travel guarantee" means that you will not be out of pocket if a border closes and you need to change your plans prior to trip commencement.
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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young is paid over $650,000 per year to make a mess of things in Queensland. She is paid $100,000 a year more than Scott Morrison. She is paid $130,000 AUD more than the highest paid federal government officials in the USA, including the president. Presumably the equivalent people in other Australian states are being paid these exorbitant salaries which might help explain their actions to try and justify their existence. *
According to PayScale.com, salaries for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Australia range from $96,000 per year up to $337,000 (average $154,000). Compare that to what these disruptive public servants are receiving.
More than 200,000 travellers' holiday plans were terminated as a result of the December 2020 border closure implemented by this individual.
The following information might not be up-to-date. The state premiers however are under pressure to continue to ease restrictions and that should result in more stability as time goes on. The Covid-19 vaccination program will help to further ease restrictions.
NSW: From 13/02/2021: Some restrictions apply to people travelling to New South Wales from Victoria as follows:
Conclusion: Travel to New South Wales is currently GOOD TO GO from all states unless you have been in VIC or WA. (Insanity level: 5/10)
VIC: From 11/01/2021: You will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Apply for a permit. The permit system is based on a traffic light system (Arrgh!!) which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones.
Conclusion: Travel to Victoria is GOOD TO GO. (Insanity level: 12/10!)
QLD: From 13/02/2021: The Queensland border is open to all except people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently specific parts of Victoria are: hotspots.
Conclusion: Travel to Queensland is GOOD TO GO providing you are not travelling from a declared Hot spot. (Insanity level: 5/10)
WA: From 13/02/2021: 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, NSW or NT. Travellers from VIC are not permitted to enter WA until at least 18/02/2021.
Conclusion: Travel to Western Australia is GOOD TO GO provided you are not travelling from VIC. (Insanity level: 10/10)
SA: From 13/02/2021: All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross-Border Travel Registration. People arriving directly from ACT, SA, NT, NSW, QLD and TAS 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.
Any person who has been in Greater Melbourne on or after 4 February is prohibited from entry, with the exception an Essential Traveller or an exempt person. transited from a Low Community Transmission Zone through Greater Melbourne to depart from Melbourne airport between 7th February 2021 until the 13th February 2021 (but not Terminal 4 on 9th February) must self-quarantine and submit to COVID-19 testing. Upon written notification of a negative test result, the traveller is released from self-quarantine but must continue to receive a COVID-19 test on day 5 and 12.
Conclusion: Travel to SA is GOOD TO GO as long as you are not from Greater Melbourne. (Insanity level: 8/10)
TAS: From 15/02/2021: Travellers from low-risk areas being ACT, NSW (excluding the high-risk locations), NT, QLD and WA can register via the ‘Tas e-Travel’ system within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area within Australia (including locations in NSW and VIC) in the 14 days before wanting to travel to Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania.
Conclusion: Travel to Tasmania is GOOD TO GO as long as you have not been to a high-risk area within 14 days of arrival. (Insanity level: 9/10)
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 most of Greater Melbourne, VIC) 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. (Insanity level: 5/10)
NORFOLK ISLAND: From 23/12/2020: All visitors and travellers to Norfolk Island MUST apply for a NORFOLK ISLAND TRAVEL PASS. 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.
Conclusion: Travel to Norfolk Island is GOOD TO GO provided you are not travelling from a declared hotspot. (Insanity level: 7/10)
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 quarantine-free travel to New Zealand will be possible before June 2021. In all likelihood, there will be state-by-state arrangements, starting with New South Wales.
Conclusion: Travel to New Zealand is NO GO but looking positive for around June 2021. (Insanity level: 10/10)
AIRLINE POLICIES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
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 can be changed free of charge through to January 2022.
On a side note...
The evidence https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/australia/ literally shows that for 99.99% of people Covid 19 is no worse than a mild flu. Of those (usually very elderly) who have died to date in Australia, only a handful had positive PCR tests and no other known medical issues. The overreaction is extremely hard to explain. In the USA the statistics are much the same as Australia, just on a bigger scale.
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Border-proof 21 days across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Kununurra regions. (Optional 15-days from $4,949) Start with a 3-day expedition through Kakadu National Park, then do day tours to Tiwi Islands, Litchfield National Park and Crab Claw Island. Flights are included to Kununurra where you have loads to see before embarking on a 4-day train journey to Adelaide aboard The Ghan. All this and more awaits. Save 28% off retail.
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Criss-crossing up 'n' back the Western Australian coast, get unplugged and away from the city for a journey full of highlights. Take in dramatic scenery from the desert to the sea, enjoy wind along hilltops overlooking turquoise surf, and marvel at the graceful sight of local marine life. Save up to 32% off retail.
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.
Experience something new and venture out into Queensland's Great Dividing Range. With gorgeous scenery brimming with rich history just waiting to be uncovered, this trip is perfect for those who want to get away! Visit the country towns of Toowoomba, Dalby, and Kingaroy. Early booking is required. Lots of great inclusions and exceptional value.
Escape the city and head to inland Central Queensland to a world where the cattle, sheep and kangaroos outnumber the humans! Many of the stories and legends of Australia’s pioneering days were born here. Grab a group of friends and head to the outback. Two packages available. Early booking for this year is required.
Australia's west coast boasts some of the world's best beaches set against a backdrop of rugged Outback terrain – perfect for a road trip like no other. This unique adventure brings you face-to-face with the region's best natural wonders and exposes you to a rich and colourful landscape. Early bookings required. Save up to 39% 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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