Category Archives: Australia/New Zealand

About Australia Creates Itineraries Featuring Oscar-Nominated Lion’s Filming Locations

SAN ANTONIO- About Australia is offering three itineraries that visit some of its most beautiful filming locations of the Oscar-nominated film Lion: two pre-planned discounted itineraries and for those who want a more catered experience, the opportunity to create a custom Australian vacation with 15% off Tasmania hotels, tours & transfers.

Seeing the country’s rugged splendor highlighted in Lion is bound to inspire travelers to visit Australia’s largest island. Even the cast and crew of Lion were taken in by Tasmania’s charm.  Producer Angie Fielder told The Mercury, “Dev Patel [Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel] and Rooney Mara [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo] are here for the first time and they’re blown away.”

“We’ve all been really enjoying the night life in the evenings – the restaurants, the delicious food, the fantastic wine. Everyone is ordering lots of oysters,” Fielder said.

For those who want to experience this pristine wonderland but are short on time, there is a quick Australian getaway package, a 7-night vacation to see Hobart, its surrounds and Sydney.  On a wilderness cruise, look out for dolphins, whales and seals as you cruise past staggering coastal landscapes and sandy beaches, much like the beach where the main characters play cricket in the film.  Take a tour to the top of Mt. Wellington, towering more than 4,000 feet above Hobart, where Patel and Mara acted out an emotional scene. Breathe the cleanest air in the world and enjoy the bountiful food and culture found in Hobart. (Priced from $1,299)

Tasmania is increasingly becoming a must-see destination in Australia, with more people including the island on their first-time visits to Australia. The Ultimate Tasmania, Sydney & Cairns Vacation, starting at $1,699 for 9 nights, combines the best of Tasmania with the best of Australia as a whole. A combination “Big Three” tour makes its way from Hobart to Launceston, with two nights in each city, stopping along the way at historical heritage sites and national parks such as Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay. Feed kangaroos, watch Tasmania Devils in a feeding frenzy, sample decadent chocolate, take photos with Pink Granite Mountains as a backdrop, look for wildlife in the wild, enjoy lunch by a quite stream.

Afterwards, jet off to Sydney for two nights and Cairns for three nights. With Sydney’s eponymous Opera House and Harbour and Cairns as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, this vacation package includes some of Australia’s most iconic and world renowned destinations.

Looking for something more “out of the box”?  Plan the perfect vacation with an Australian Destination Specialist.  When you include 4 nights in Tasmania, you will receive 15% off all Tasmania hotels, tours and transfers. You can start planning your vacation here.

About Australia is an Australian owned and operated company based in San Antonio, TX., specializing in vacations to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific,  and ARC accredited. For more information, call toll-free 888-359 – 2877 or visit AboutAustralia.com.

For more travel features, visit:

goingplacesfarandnear.com

www.huffingtonpost.com/author/karen-rubin

goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress.com

moralcompasstravel.info

travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate/

goingplacesfarandnear.tumblr.com/

instagram.com/krubin0830/

‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures

Twitter: @TravelFeatures