Australia Has Never Been More Affordable

Australia is a fantastic destination this time of year especially. There are amazing airfare deals as well as supplier offers for your customers to get away from it all. This year we have a number of groups taking advantage of this opportunity to visit us at relatively low cost and taking advantage of the low Australian dollar relative to other currencies.

 Our major capital cities have many specials available especially in some signature five star properties in both Melbourne and Sydney. With visitation lower than normal it provides a great opportunity to se Australia without large crowds.

Many of the bushfire impacted areas are beginning to regenerate and forming splashes of green appearing on blackened trees creating a unique way to see some parts of the Australian bush..

Coronavirus Update 

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We thought you might like to see website statistics below on the virus as well as indicating the reality of the situation right now.

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Also still considered safe to fly. The Air in an Aircraft is changed completely every 2 to three minutes in most modern aircraft

Airline Virus Update

Visit Australia’s Great North West

The remote northwest of Australia has some amazing opportunities for fly drive itineraries for this part of Australia which offers unique pristine scenery. Visit places such as Broome which has strong links to the Pearling industry and is hime to the famous Paspaley Pearls. Broome is definitely worth a visit if you have never visited and offers direct flights to major Australian Cities.

Gibb River Road Itinerary

Tackle one of Australia’s most iconic outback drives, the Gibb River Road, soaking in all that the Kimberley has to offer.
The Gibb is a 660 kilometre track accessible between May to October, weather dependent.
This itinerary is based on visiting the major attractions along the Gibb River Road. Allow yourself additional time to experience all this route has to offer.

Itinerary – Kununurra and East Kimberley in 6 Days

Kununurra and its surrounding areas offer visitors a huge range of things to see & do, allow yourself extra time to enjoy all the sights at your leisure, and to spend time at some of the freshwater swimming spots just outside the town.

Epic Pilbara Itinerary

If time is no barrier this Ultimate Pilbara Road Trip will take you to see everything the region has to offer!
The Ultimate Pilbara Road Trip weaves its way through the entire Pilbara starting coastal in Onslow and finishing inland in Newman. Weave between the awe-inspiring national parks and world-class marine parks, and experience some of the world’s most significant cultural landmarks along the way.

Australian Specials

Australia has never been more affordable. Many of our suppliers have provided us with special pricing which offers travellers some exceptional products at low rates. In Both Melbourne and Sydney there are accommodation rates reduced significantly as well as the Gold Coast, Cairns and some Whitsunday Islands. It provides our customers the opportunity and access to products they may not have considered previously.

Introducing Bailey Residences – your urban oasis awaits…

Following the opening of Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel last year, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of Bailey Residences; Cairns’ newest residential accommodation in over 10 years!

Cruising through El Questro Georges

Take a private cruise along the Chamberlain River, or enjoy a self guided adventure in a self drive boat. For something even more spectacular, the Explosion Gorge and Branco’s Lookout tour is a great way to experience the outback, finishing with incredible views and bubbly; the perfect end to a memorable day.

Private Chamberlain Cruise:
Complimentary to Homestead guests
Self-Drive Boats: Complimentary to Homestead guests
Explosion Gorge and Branco’s Lookout: $149 per guest (based on a minimum of 2 guests)

A Touch of Romance

Exclusive use of Zebedee Springs is offered to Homestead guests every afternoon. Walk through dense tropical vegetation to a series of thermal pools and small waterfalls – the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after a busy day. For an unparalleled romantic excursion unreachable by road or by walking, fly by helicopter to the incredible Miri Miri Falls.

Zebedee Thermal Springs:
Complimentary to Homestead guests
Miri Miri Waterfall: $795 per guest (pricing is based on 2-3 guests. Price on application for flights with more than 3 guests)

Catch an Elusive Barramundi

Choose from either freshwater or saltwater destinations within El Questro’s 700,000 acres of wilderness.

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 guests.

Heli-fishing Tours: From $775 – $1,125 per guest
4WD Fishing Tour to the Pentecost River: $339 per guest

El Questro

El Questro

The heart of the Kimberley, provides a home base from where to set out and explore. There are many ways to discover this ancient land and you’re free to choose whether to take to the skies, head out on foot, 4WD or cruise along its waterways. From the air you can take in the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungles or fly over the Cockburn Ranges past waterfalls, mud and salt-flats or you may want to pull on hiking boots and hike El Questro’s many magically rugged gorges and cliffs. If your sense of adventure needs a day off then head to El Questro’s watering holes, hot springs and waterfalls where you can do nothing but relax and unwind.

Homestead Experiences
A stay at the Homestead would be incomplete without heading out into its surrounding outback to explore the extraordinary beauty of this unique part of the world. El Questro is awash with more than 700,000 acres of rugged ranges, towering gorges, crystal clear waters, breathtaking sunsets and, of course, the ancient Boab tree and it’s all there on the Homestead’s doorstep.

Emma Gorge

Emma Gorge is now closed and reopens on 1 May 2020. Start planning your next Kimberley adventure and book now for 2020.

Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscape of the rocky, red Cockburn Ranges at Emma Gorge.

Sleep under canvas with the soothing sounds of the local wildlife surrounding you.

With modern en suites, electricity and tea/coffee facilities, the safari-style tented cabins allow you to experience the great outdoors in complete comfort.

Set off on the Emma Gorge walk, located on the edge of the resort – only a short walk from your tented cabin. Experience the stunning turquoise pool and Emma Gorge itself as a reward at the end.
Dine at Emma’s Restaurant or relax by the pool at Emma Gorge resort. If you want to venture a little further, El Questro Station is only a short 30 minute ride away.

El Questro Station

Reopens on 1 April 2020. Start planning your next Kimberley adventure and book now for 2020.

Located on the banks of the Pentecost River, The Station is the busy central hub of El Questro, where air-conditioned accommodation and sprawling campgrounds share landscaped lawns and gardens, with facilities that cater to all Station guests.

Camping at El Questro
Experience El Questro Station a little closer to nature with one of our camping options.

Station tents are fully equipped with a cosy bed, power, towels, outdoor dining setting and fans.

The Black Cockatoo General Campground is central to all facilities. You will find plenty of hot showers, newly constructed camp kitchens with BBQs and laundry facilities. This camping ground is located right at The Station, where you will also find the General Store, Steakhouse Restaurant and Swinging Arm Bar where you can meet and mix with other outback adventurers travelling through the Kimberley region.

Our campsites are within close proximity to El Questro activities, giving you prime access to the area’s largely unexplored wilderness.

There are 30 private riverside sites situated further along the Pentecost River, yet still close to the heart of the action. They are approximately 10 minutes’ drive from The Station’s central facilities, which are available for use by all campers. Please be aware that sizes of sites, shade and access to eco loos vary and note that most sites are not suitable for swimming.

Whether staying in a room at The Station, or camping, it’s a great place for a real family holiday, kids can run around and explore the wide open spaces and see unique Australian wildlife.

Relax on the riverbank, swim in the tranquil swimming hole and in the evenings, enjoy the best freshly made cuisine at the nearby Steakhouse restaurant.

El Questro Homestead Options

Great Road Journeys in Australia’s Northwest

  Experience Australia’s Northwest

The Gibb River Road, The Pilbara. Itinerary – Kununurra and East Kimberley in 6 Days. Epic Pilbara Itinerary

Cable Beach Resort

The Resort is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial influences of Broome, and the diverse choice of accommodation is complemented by acres of lush tropical gardens. Guests can immerse themselves in the full Resort experience with the adults-only Ocean Pool, Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane, Chahoya Salon, the meditation room and gym and the choice of four restaurants. Families will have hours of fun at the Family Pool, water playground, mini golf and tennis courts.

Horizontal Falls

This action-packed adventure combines scenic seaplane flights,
heart-pumping boating, a laid-back island cruise and a fascinating
Aboriginal cultural experience.

 Great Value In Australia

Ask us about our special rates now at a number of premium properties in Australia. In particular we have special rates at :

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

In our last newsletter we profiled the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast.

We can advise that we have some very special rates to Share with you

Please ask us to quote for your customers offline through email as these rates are not loaded in our systems

RATE INCLUSIONS
 Full buffet breakfast daily for two people at Il Barocco Restaurant
 Palazzo Versace bath amenities, luxuriously soft Versace robe and slippers
 Dual spa bath
 Exquisite nightly turn down service, infusing your room with Palazzo
Versace’s signature essential oils and beauty sleep revitalisation experience
 Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi connectivity

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
In a magnificent setting on the Queensland coast, the distinctive vision of
Gianni Versace and his audacious commitment to luxury and beauty
influences every detail of the accommodation at Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Each meticulously crafted element of architecture, ambience and design
brings the five-star opulence once confined to the grandest accommodation
in Europe to Australia’s Gold Coast
The hotel’s 200 light-filled bedrooms and suites, along with 72
condominiums, are appointed with bespoke Versace Home furnishings and
private “Juliet“ balconies to welcome the Gold Coast sunshine in
Every room and suite is an oasis of pure indulgence, true glamour, ultimate
relaxation and the very best that is possible in life

Bailey Opens the Residences

Following the opening of Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel last year, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of Bailey Residences; Cairns’ newest residential accommodation in over 10 years!

38 modern, fully kitted one, two and three-bedroom residences complete with equipped kitchen, laundry and Crystalbrook Collection’s sustainability initiatives will become available from 7 March.

Residence guests have access to two swimming pools, a sauna, BBQ facilities, a 24-hour fitness centre, Eléme Day Spa and all the luxuries of Bailey Hotel (in-room dining, housekeeping and on-site restaurants and bars).

See Our New Hotel Only Booking Engine

AABH New Hotel Only System

AABH Hotel only Online System

AABH has just released its new accommodation only booking system. This system has our current hotel content as well as additional rates and allocations from some of our other suppliers. In addition we have directly contracted rates from some of our partner properties particularly for our Australian Inbound System.

Our Hotel Only system has functionality for:

Multi currency

Gross or Net models

API and XML capability to your own system

Please let us know should you wish to add this option if you have our existing FIT system or if you just want the hotel booking system only.

Broome Australia’s North West

Broome Australia’s North West

Australian Traveller has voted Broome as #5 in its 2019 edition of 100 Best Towns in Australia.

The pearling capital of Australia, Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness – home to world-famous Cable Beach sunsets and the natural phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon.

Just a two-and-a-half hour flight from Perth transports you to this tropical oasis of striking contrasts in colour and culture, where the vibe is very relaxed but there’s so much to engage the senses.

Affectionately known as the ‘pearl of the north’, it’s the home of South Sea pearls – among the largest and most coveted commercially-harvested cultured pearls in the world. Their discovery in the 1800s fueled a mass-migration almost as epic as the gold rush. Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrived in droves seeking their fortune, creating a melting pot of cultures that makes Broome the multicultural town it is today.

You can witness first-hand how Broome pearls are cultured on a cruise to a local pearl farm, then immerse yourself in the romantic tales of the original pearl luggers, or pick-up a memento of your trip in the dazzling pearl showrooms of Chinatown.

This is also where you’ll find another of Broome’s gems – Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world. Be sure to wander into the neighbouring galleries and admire the works of some of the Kimberley’s most -celebrated contemporary and Aboriginal artists.

Not to be upstaged, Mother Nature has blessed Broome with 22 kilometres of beautiful white sand and turquoise water at Cable Beach and striking rust-red cliffs and ancient dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point. What’s more, on certain dates from March to October when the full moon coincides with low tide at Roebuck Bay, she performs the most awe-inspiring illusion known as the Staircase to the Moon.

Accommodation-wise, there are plenty of indulgent eco-retreats, up-market hotels and chic resorts. There’s just as much choice for the budget traveller too, with a good selection of hostels, caravan and camping grounds. Be sure to book ahead during peak season, from June to August.