JUNE 2023 ISSUE
OUTBACK SPIRIT’S portfolio of small group touring adventures is now entirely all-inclusive for 2024.
Each tour now includes scenic flights, entrance fees, lodging, transportation, gourmet dinners and all beverages – from a morning espresso to a gin aperitif.
The 2024 season will also include an all-new tie-up between Arnhem Land and The Ghan, as well as the introduction of two new tours in South Australia and Western Australia.
“We’re excited to pair two experiences that are unique to Australia for the 2024 season,” said Luke Walker, Executive General Manager of Outback Spirit.
“We look forward to sharing new places with our guests, offering immersive experiences that inspire a new perspective of this wonderful country.”
The ‘Kangaroo Island & SA Coastal Adventure’ is a South Australian sojourn, exploring the most remarkable parts of the southern coastline.
The eight-day tour hops between Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay and the Barossa Valley, taking in the scenery, seafood, regional food and wine, and native wildlife along the way. It is priced from $6,995.
‘Gems of the Southwest’ explores forests of jarrah, tingle and karri trees in Western Australia. The eight-day tour is ideal for nature lovers, showcasing and sharing the region’s natural biodiversity, history, wildlife, food and wine. It is priced from $5,995.
Outback Spirit is celebrating the launch of the 2024 season with an early bird offer for guests who book by September 30, with savings up to $3,000 per person on the company’s flagship tours.
MAKE SAVINGS ON LUX AUSSIE SAILING
GUESTS CAN make savings on a luxurious voyage tracing Australia’s wild southern coastline from Sydney to Perth next summer.
The 14-night voyage begins on February 6, 2024, aboard the elegant and spacious 710-guest boutique ship, Azamara Journey. Travellers can save $1,125 per person and enjoy a complimentary mini stay before or after the cruise if booked before June 30.
The ship boasts a pool, two Jacuzzis, six restaurants and cafes, an elegant drawing room, martini bar, cabaret lounge, observation lounge, spa sanctuary and gym.
Seven destinations are featured on the itinerary including Melbourne, the historic seaside city of Portland which boasts more than 200 19th century buildings, wildlife-rich Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, the beaches and coastal scenery of Esperance and Albany and the Margaret River wine region.
Guests can choose from one of two complimentary bonuses. The first is a two-night stay with breakfasts in Sydney before the cruise with a tour of the Opera House and a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise.
The other option is a three-night hotel stay in Perth after the cruise including breakfasts and a half day trip to Rottnest Island.
Including the pre- or post-stays, selected onboard beverages and gratuities, the package is available from $5,475 per person twin-share in an oceanview stateroom.
PLENTY TO SEE WITH NEW BILLBOARD ATTRACTION
IT MAY be hard for drivers to keep their eyes on the road with a new visual tourist attraction unveiled on one of our busiest highways.
The Outdoor Gallery, Outback Way, is a showcase of 28 artworks from regional and remote artists, featured on 14 billboards over a 111-kilometre stretch of the Plenty Highway in the Northern Territory.
“It’s been incredibly rewarding to have locals, tourists and even truck drivers tell me they’ve been pulling over and even reversing back to the billboards so they could take photos and really soak in the artwork,” said Mel Forbes, Project manager and Creative Entrepreneur.
“One miner told me the Outdoor Gallery was the most original idea in the Territory since the Larapinta Trail in the Eighties!”
The gallery’s starting point is around 130kms north-east of Alice Springs and finishes 111kms further towards the Queensland border.
It was completed in 2021, a time when COVID-19 lockdowns delayed an official opening. COVID-19 also disrupted the tourist season two years running, which traditionally begins each year with the dry in March.
The 27 artists featured are from the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia and all are intimately connected with the country.
“The majority of the artists have been born and raised on large outback properties or have long family traditions associated with particular areas that they were raised in.
“They’re all deeply affected and inspired by the landscape that surrounds them and connection to the cycles of the country on which they live.”