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With the vaccine roll-out state premiers are now easing restrictions and maintaining stability.
From 27/03/2021: Travel to NSW is currently open to all states, excluding areas of high concern called "close contact venues" in the Brisbane and Moreton council areas. No permit required.
Conclusion: Travel to New South Wales is currently GOOD TO GO from all states excluding some areas of SE Queensland.
VIC: From 27/03/2021: 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. All areas of Australia are currently in the 'green zone' excluding the greater Brisbane region that is now in the 'orange zone'. This means all travelers arriving from this zone must agree to the requirement of self-quarantine, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and remain in self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
Conclusion: Travel to Victoria is GOOD TO GO unless you are traveling from Brisbane.
QLD: From 27/03/2021: 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). There are currently no declared hotspots in Australia.
WA: From 27/03/2021: Interstate and international arrivals need to complete a G2G PASS declaration to enter WA. You will not be required to quarantine if you are traveling from VIC, TAS, SA, ACT, NSW or NT. Travelers from QLD are required to have a suitable premises to enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days. You will also be required to present for COVID-19 testing.
Conclusion: Travel to Western Australia is GOOD TO GO provided you are not travelling from Queensland.
SA: From 27/03/2021: All travelers 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.
Conclusion: Travel to SA is GOOD TO GO.
From 27/03/2021: Travelers from low-risk areas must still register via the ‘Tas e-Travel’ system within 72 hours prior to arrival. All states of Australia are currently low risk excluding Brisbane and Ipswich regions in Queensland that are currently considered high risk areas.
If you are traveling from the high risk regions of Brisbane or Ipswich you will not be able to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveler.
Conclusion: Travel to Tasmania is GOOD TO GO unless you are traveling from high risk ares of QLD.
NT: From 17/01/2021: 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 (There are currently no active Australian hopspots).
Conclusion: Travel to Northern Territory is GOOD TO GO.
NORFOLK ISLAND: From 25/02/2020: All visitors and travelers to Norfolk Island MUST apply for a NORFOLK ISLAND TRAVEL PASS. Persons traveling to Norfolk Island will be free to enter Norfolk Island without quarantine as long as they have not come from Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan. Travelers from these areas will be required to self quarantine. This will be reviewed on 31/03/2021.
Conclusion: Travel to Norfolk Island is GOOD TO GO unless you are traveling from Greater Brisbane.
NEW ZEALAND: From 23/11/2020: Travelers 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 Tasmania or New South Wales.
Conclusion: Travel to New Zealand is NO GO but looking positive for around June 2021.
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. Free changes are available with eligible higher priced fare types.
Virgin Australia: Tickets are non-refundable. You can pay a fee and fare difference to change the flights with upgrade to next available fare. Free changes are available with eligible fare types.
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 with multiple comorbidities) who have died to date in Australia, only a handful had positive PCR tests and no other known medical issues. Further, the PCR test being used is very unreliable. The overreaction is extremely hard to explain. The USA and UK statistics are much the same as Australia.
Just one trip each year to take in the WA wildflowers and the magnificant south. Discover the exquisite natural beauty and sublime solitude of Australia as you travel from Perth through south-west WA across the Nullarbor to South Australia and Victoria on this epic 15-day journey. Just once a year and this is your year! Come with us on this discovery and be captivated by Australia again. Book today. Save up to 38% off normal retail value.
Experience vibrant cities, serene beaches, geothermal hotspots and awe-inspiring Maori culture in New Zealand's North Island. Includes return direct flights, top-class Bronze or Silver standard accommodation, car hire, a bunch of great tours, Skyline Rotorua gondola ride and dinner and more. Optional 5 day extension from just $599pp with accommodation, extended car hire and Paihia’s "Hole in the Rock" cruise included. Save up to 35% off standard retail prices.
Flights, 4wd car hire, 4 to 4.5-star accommodation (inc. Lake views), 2 breakfasts, Queenstown Skyline Gondola, Akaroa nature cruise, dinner at a French-themed restaurant, then there's NZ itself, an absolute delight. Visit the glaciers, beautiful Wanaka and Dunedin plus a whole lot more. We can tailor this package to suit the number of days you have available. Huge discounts off retail value.
Head north for winter. Includes fully-flexible return flights, Top-class, central accommodation: 3 nights Cairns and 4 nights Port Douglas, 4 days car hire, Entry to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary plus a 2-course dinner at a top Port Douglas restaurant. Exceptional value. Save up to 40% off standard retail.
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They are also carefully designed to maximise your holiday experience. Choose from self-guided trips for singles, couples and small groups as well as "group-guided" charters for larger groups. Or join a departure on a fully-guided tour. Our packages include all transport, accommodation, immersive activities and more. Australia and New Zealand tours are available at great member prices.
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Starting with a train trip aboard the famed Spirit of Queensland to Cairns and ending with a harbour cruise in Darwin after walks on palm-fringed Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas and absorbing extraordinary sunsets over Uluru, this could easily be our most dreamy northern Australia trip yet. Just say "Yes" to 14 days of travel heaven and the exhilaration of freedom! Save up to 37% off normal retail value.
From Brisbane, kick back and relax in your first-class seat that converts to a "rail-bed". This is on the famed Spirit of Queensland to Cairns and the start of your northern escape. You'll love Cairns, Port Douglas and Darwin along with the best accommodation and activities selected based on many years' experience. You'll also love the freedom and the exhilaration of escaping the south. Save up to 38% off normal retail value.
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.
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.
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.
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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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