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First Time to Australia: Is the Sydney BridgeClimb Really Worth $250?

January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

You’ve landed in Sydney. First things first—grab your bags, get into town, head to the harbor for a look at the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider climbing said bridge, suffer sticker shock when you read that the prices for BridgeClimb average $250 AUD.

Decision time.

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First Time to Australia: How to Survive the 14-Hour Flight in Economy Class

Where: Australia
January 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (8)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

14 hours, 20 minutes is the average flight time for a nonstop between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Sydney. By the time you're onboard, all the stressful packing is behind you, you've already applied for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) a while ago, and it's time to fully focus on adventures ahead.

Still, the long distance over the Pacific between continents is a destination all its own. If you're flying in Economy Class, it's a challenge to get comfortable for even a moment, let alone enjoy the flight, but these tips will definitely help:

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Trade Frequent Flyer Points for Fine Wines at Qantas' Sydney Lounge

December 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spending a little quiet time in an airport lounge is a perk only a fraction of travelers enjoy from time to time. Even then, it's even rarer to find a lounge with the big three: complimentary food, booze, and comfy chairs. That's why we highlight Qantas' Sydney lounge, and its new adventure in fine wine tasting.

Australians think their wines are among the tastiest and oenophiles around the world are increasingly agreeing, so it makes sense that the Red Roo is giving the opportunity to sample some of the best bottles from their own land. The airline's Business Class Lounge in Sydney now features a vending machine that dispenses sips (and also full pours) of Aussie reds and whites.

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'Howdy, Y'all' from the World's Longest Nonstop Flight

December 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did y’all cowpokes know there’s a newly crowned “World’s Longest Nonstop Flight?” With the retirement of Singapore Airlines flight 21/22, an unnaturally long 18hr 50min nonstop flight between Singapore and Newark, comes the new champion of distance: Qantas Airlines 7's 15h 25min nonstop from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, Texas.

It doesn’t take a math genius to realize that the flying time difference between the newcomer and the old-timer is a dramatic 3hr 25min. You could watch “Titanic” from start to finish in that exact time (the movie is literally 3 hr 25 min long). However, we certainly don’t want to make light of a 15-hour flight.

Let us not forget that while Singapore’s flights were longer, they were also running a completely business class cabin with no economy option. For Qantas, a few hundred passengers on the new longest flight will be spending their 15+ hours sitting upright in economy, chewing Xanax to make the pain go away. Just kidding—Economy in one of Qantas’ 747-400ERs really isn’t all that bad (though we’d still suggest spending a little extra for Premium Economy like we did).

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Qantas to Experiment with All-Day International Check-in at Sydney Airport

Where: Australia
October 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've all been there. We're excited to kickstart our international journey, so we head out for the airport with ample time to get our boarding passes, clear security and indulge in some shopping. It's a perfect plan, until we get to the counter and are reminded that international check-in opens up 3 hours before the departure time. Now, we're stuck in the departures hall of our favorite (or least favorite) airport with nothing to do for an hour -- the ultimate backfire. Perhaps you've experienced this firsthand or seen it on the Amazing Race. It happens. All. The. Time. And it is not fun.

Well, Qantas has solved that issue with its newest trial of All Day Check-In, which allows passengers to collect boarding passes for their international flight at any time during the day of departure instead of the usual 3 hours prior.

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Score a Qantas Deal to Catch a Wave at the Australian Open of Surfing

August 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's no doubt Australia is one of the best places on the planet to "catch a wave," which is why it makes complete sense to host one of the world's largest surfing competitions on an Aussie beach. Plan ahead, because, this upcoming February, Manly Beach will become the epicenter of hanging ten when it hosts the Australian Open of Surfing.

This second annual event features competitions between top international pro surfers and skaters, A-list band performances, and a host of summer activities. With just 160 days until the festival kicks off, it's time to start the travel brainstorming.

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Neighborhoods To Know And Go: Sydney's The Rocks

July 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in Sydney, odds are that you’re going to make your way to The Rocks. On the southern shore of Sydney Harbour you’ll have a front row seat — or view — of both the city’s iconic opera house as well as their awesome bridge. All this can be yours just steps away from the city’s central business core and Circular Quay so, if you’re lucky enough, this might even be your lunch break destination.

We won’t go into all the history of the area, as you can read about that elsewhere. Basically, it’s like one of the oldest darn neighborhoods in the city as the first buildings popped up shortly after Australia got its paperwork to become a full-fledged colony.

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Five Reasons Why Australia is Awesomest During the Southern Winter

Where: Australia
June 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

When a destination like Australia comes up in conversation, what's usually called to mind are activities of the summer months, like surfing, beaches, snorkeling, and numerous other outdoor activities. Because of a little thing called global tilt, however, winter has just begun in Oz, but don't let that deter you from visiting the largest island on the planet.

Here's just a few reasons why winter is perhaps the best time to cross the Equator and head 'down under':

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What You Should Know After Qantas and Emirates Hooked Up This Weekend

Where: Australia
April 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)


Photo: Bernard Proctor/Qantas & Emirates Facebook

Easter Sunday in Australia was not only filled with egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, but it was the launch of the official partnership between Qantas and Emirates. The day signified the first flights for each of the airlines under the new friendship, all commemorated by each airline sending an Airbus A380 to buzz over Sydney Harbour at around 1,500 feet.

Alliances like this one are becoming a bit more commonplace in the industry, and they're pretty passenger-friendly in terms of more options for flying around the globe and for racking up frequent flyer miles.

Here are the immediate benefits of the Qantas-Emirates partnership for you:

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All Aboard 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show Express' Qantas A380 at LAX

March 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi were spotted arriving at LAX to catch a Qantas flight to Sydney, Australia for their Oprah-esque Trip with one very lucky studio audience.

As Ellen boarded her flight she was given more than just first class treatment#&151;they actually named the plane after her.

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Catch Sydney's 'Tropfest' Short Film Festival Above Down Under

Where: Australia
February 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

Heard of Tropfest before? If not, mark it down to satisfy your film buff side, as it is Australia's most prestigious short film festival. During Tropfest, thousands of stars and star-gazers converge on Sydney to celebrate the art of filmmaking. 2013's Sydney Tropfest ended this last weekend, but luckily it's now a global event.

When it began 20 years ago the festival was named Tropicana Film Festival, since shortened to Tropfest. The first screening had about 200 spectators and, in contrast, this year's had about 150,000 heading to the city's park area named The Domain. Mother nature held off her fury long enough for people to relax on the grass and catch the 16 finalist films. And, for the first time, the festival was telecast on Australian network TV.

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Ellen Pulls an Oprah and Sends Her Audience to Australia

January 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Seems that when anyone scores tickets to some talk show, the chance they walk away with swag are high. About a week ago, Ellen played the perfect philanthropic TV personality and gave her audience a huge trip to Australia as part of her own trip down under in March.

We've seen it all before, talk show host announces a free trip to Australia and the audience goes absolutely bananas with screams of joy and free-flowing tears. The scene wasn't too dissimilar to Oprah's announcement in 2010.

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