_PERTH; WESTERN AUSTRALIA – _Starting today, Tourism Western Australia and Qantas Vacations are offering FREE domestic flights to Western Australia to the first 200 travelers when booked with international Qantas airfares to Australia. Travelers booking flights to any of the gateway cities on Australia’s east coast-Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne-can visit stunning Western Australian destinations including Perth, Broome, or both for FREE (a savings of up to $700 per couple).
Inspired by the recent visit to Australia by a certain famed U.S. talk show host and her studio audience, this offer invites 200 travelers to “win-free” flights to Western Australia to experience this unique destination, brimming with extraordinary landscapes, culture, people, and events unlike anywhere else in Australia-or the world. Whether it be soaking in the relaxed beach culture and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year in Perth-the sunniest capital city in Australia-or reposing on the white sand shores of Broome’s Cable Beach-considered to be one of the most pristine beaches in the world-Western Australia offers one-of-a-kind tourism offerings ideal for a wide range of travelers. Broome is also the coastal gateway to The Kimberley-one of the world’s last great wilderness areas-which played a leading role in Baz Luhrmann’s 2008 movie Australia and was recently named one of the “Hottest Travel Destinations of 2011” in the January issue of Travel + Leisure.
From luxury travelers to gourmands, nature lovers to adrenaline seekers, Western Australia offers something for every type of traveler and its untouched and uncrowded landscape offers a taste of the authentic Australia. To help travelers maximize their visit to Western Australia, Qantas Vacation has crafted a number of specially-priced packages, including the Australia’s Western Explorer (from $2449) which includes visits to both Perth and Broome, the 5 Day Broome and the Bungle Bungles (from $1930), the 7 Day Magical Monkey Mia (from $2895), and the 10 Day South West Explorer (from $3835), and the 13 Day Cruise the Outback (from $8499).
“Western Australia can almost be forgiven for being overlooked by many U.S. visitors being all the way over the other side of the country. For the precious few who make the trip, it never disappoints and they return with stories of watching endless sunsets on deserted beaches, the amazing outdoor dining in Perth, and the friendly local people,” says Nadine McCrindle, Director of Retail at Qantas Vacations. “Western Australia is well worth the trip and is perfect for the first or second time visitor who wants to go beyond the typical tourist attractions Australia is so famous for.”
Limited to the first 200 bookings, the Fly FREE to Western Australia offer applies when at least 2 adults travel together and purchases roundtrip international flights and a minimum of 6 night’s hotel accommodation. More information can be found by visiting: http://qantasvacations.com/flyfreewa/#. There is no travel date restriction associated with this offer, but it will end after 200 bookings or February 2, 2011.To take advantage of the FREE flights to Western Australia offer, travelers can speak to a Qantas Vacations Australia travel specialist by calling 866-443-3488 or visit www.qantasvacations.com. For more information about tourism offerings in Western Australia, please visit www.westernaustralia.com.
**About Western Australia
**Western Australia, the largest state in Australia located in the western half of the country, is divided into five distinct regions: Australia’s North West, Australia’s Coral Coast, The Golden Outback, Experience Perth, and Australia’s South West. Travelers can truly “experience extraordinary” when exploring the region’s many natural wonders, which can only be found in Western Australia. The North West is home to spectacular natural attractions, including the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, the world’s only Horizontal Waterfall, the famed white sands and turquoise water at Broome’s Cable Beach, and the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park. Travelers to the Coral Coast can dive with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark, snorkel with manta rays, see wild dolphins at play, and explore Ningaloo Reef-the world’s largest fringing reef. Australia’s Golden Outback, the Gold Rush country of the 1890’s, offers the ideal blend of history and heritage. Travelers can explore mines and museums, pan for gold, or visit one of Kalgoorlie’s historic pubs. In spring, travelers to Australia’s Golden Outback can see the largest collection of wildflowers on earth in bloom. Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, and the surrounding region is a microcosm of the whole state, boasting vineyards, fantastic restaurants, a lively and original music and arts scene, and stylish accommodation. Perth is also home to Kings Park, the world’s largest inner city park. Featuring beautiful beaches, tall tree forests, and award winning wineries, the South West is also home to the Margaret River region, which produces almost 20% of Australia’s premium wine. With over 220 wine producers in the region, travelers can explore more than 100 cellar doors, which are open to the public. For more information on the extraordinary experiences in Western Australia, please visit: www.westernaustralia.com.