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Book Your Journey with Confidence for Travel Through December 31, 2022
With Akorn's new, more flexible booking policy you can plan your future travel with complete peace of mind. Book by April 30 for travel through December 31, 2022 and you may change or cancel up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason — whether at home or in your travel destination — and receive a credit toward future travel.
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Terms and Conditions: For new bookings for travel through December 31, 2022 made through Akorn Australasia between February 17 and April 30, 2021, guests may change or cancel the booking up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason at home or in their travel destination. For Tailor Made bookings, some exclusions and penalties may apply, which will be advised in writing prior to confirmation. All monies applied to a new booking are non-transferable and non-refundable. Guests who cancel without rebooking will receive a credit toward future travel valid through December 31, 2022; credit is non-transferable and non-refundable. Applicable price of new journey applies. Guest is responsible for non-refundable air fees, insurance and other related costs. All other standard terms and conditions apply to the booking. Special terms are subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.
COVID-19-related reasons include:
- The government in the guest’s country of residence issues a Do Not Travel advisory due to COVID-19 for the destination the guest is travelling to.
- The government in the guest’s country of residence restricts all but essential travel.
- The destination the guest is travelling to has entry restrictions in place that prohibit the guest from travelling, such as closed borders or extended quarantine requirements
- International flights are cancelled without alternative routing available for guest to use to reach the destination(s) in the itinerary
Special Terms: COVID-19 and Multi-Country Itineraries
For multi-country itineraries, the ability to change or postpone only applies to destination(s) that qualify due to COVID-19 related reasons. We will make our best efforts to work with suppliers to minimize penalties in non-impacted destinations by rerouting or postponing your journey.
Approved by the Australian Tourism Export Council as COVID ready
The Australian Tourism Export Council COVID Ready Badge, identifies Akorn Australia as a COVID Ready business and represents that we are currently operating inline with the NCCC COVID safe guidelines and other relevant state based guidelines.
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Coronavirus (COVID - 19) - Travel Information
Akorn Australasia is part of the Akorn Group of Companies, the World’s largest network of DMCs with some 55 offices in more than 30 countries and over 50 Years’ experience of looking after the needs of luxury travellers. Travelling with Akorn means you benefit from the Akorn cocoon every step of the way; the safety of our guests, as well as our staff, is paramount to us.
This means that we have a robust support team to handle rapidly evolving situations such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, whether supporting our guests or our staff around the globe.
In all our destinations, our local teams are closely monitoring the development of Coronavirus and we will contact you should there be any immediate need to review your travel plans.
In addition to our usual high standards of care, our DMC offices are also ensuring similar levels of protection when it comes to Coronavirus. We are prepared in case of any suspicion of coronavirus risk to guests or staff to ensure that anyone who does become unwell is quickly cared for in the right way. Wherever possible in the event of illness, our staff will be on hand to assist and to minimise the impact on others.
For those due to travel soon, if you have concerns about the trip and the impact of Coronavirus on travel plans, please do contact us to discuss your options. Whilst, in most cases, there is no reason to change these plans, we do understand the many concerns that our guests and Travel Advisors may have in the current climate.
Wild Koala Day - 3 May 2020
Wild Koala day is coming up on Sunday 3rd May, this is a day to celebrate our cuddly Australian icons and to protect their natural habitats.
Janine Duffy one of Akorn's preferred partners from Echidna Walkabout, is the President of the Koala Clancy Foundation. She first proposed the idea of a national Wild Koala Day in 2016. Since then it has become a huge international event and has received huge media coverage. The purpose is to highlight the connection between koalas and forests, hence ‘wild’ koala day.
Thousands of koala trees have been planted as a result, in Queensland, NSW & Victoria. Community educational events have been held, resulting in many phone calls to politicians.
Do you remember the first time you saw a koala in the wild? We want to see your favourite snaps of these adorable icons in their natural habitat. To raise awareness, please share your photos on social media on the 3rd May and tag #wildkoaladay.
To read more and to find out how to further show your support please click here: http://www.wildkoaladay.com.au/
Field of Lights
As darkness sets and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, Field of Light illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert.
The exhibition fittingly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakujaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pijantjatjara is internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro’s largest work to date. Overwhelming in size, the 50,000 spindles of light cover more than seven football fields, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.
Field of Light Uluru is currently on display and can be visited until 31st December 2020.
New Year’s Eve at The Opera
Choose from two shows at The Sydney Opera House, settle back for an evening with Rodolfo, Mimi, Marcello and Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème or the Opera Gala concert with popular arias by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, with fireworks and champagne at interval.
Make your evening even more special by adding a pre-performance dinner or a visit to the Midnight Party with views of the Harbour fireworks.
New Hotel - Peppers Silo Launceston
Bringing history alive on the banks of the idyllic Tamar River is the unique characterful Peppers Silo Hotel. Dating back to the 1960’s, the heritage building which spanned 35 metres high containing grain in four large silos, is an iconic landmark converted into a sophisticated 9 storey hotel providing a unique place to stay in Launceston.
Designed within the original silos and the new North tower are beautifully appointed modern hotel rooms with all of the modern amenities. Plush interiors are decorated with earthy tones to compliment the surrounds and offer in-room complimentary WiFi, LCD TV with Chromecast and Foxtel channels, mini bar and guest ensuite. Taking in sweeping views over the meandering river, the Gorge River Rooms and Premier Suites boast private balconies where you can soak in Launceston’s natural ambience.
New Hotel in Brisbane – W Hotel
The W Hotel opening in Brisbane marks the re-entry into Australia for W Hotels and the city’s first five-star hotel to open in the CBD for 20 years. Located at 300 George Street, W Brisbane is close to Brisbane's main attractions and has stunning river views across to South Bank and Mount Coot-tha. The 312 guestrooms will offer everything expected from an upscale accommodation, including designer interiors, spectacular views, 55" TV with Netflix and speakers, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi.
Behind the Scenes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground
On this two and half hour all-access tour, you will be invited to step out onto the hallowed MCG turf and go behind the scenes of the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Club. Led by your Akorn guide and MCG private tour host, venture through the members-only areas, including the famous Long Room, soaking up the history and heritage embedded in the walls of the MCG.
Wander down to the National Sports Museum for a personalised journey through the many exhibits and interactive areas to learn the fascinating history that has made Melbourne, Australia the sporting capital of the world.
By adding the Legends package to this tour enjoy a truly brag-worthy MCG experience, finishing your tour with beautiful city skyline views from the top floor terrace bar of the MCG with individual wait service and selection of drinks and canapes included.
This MCG private tour is the perfect addition to a half day tour of Melbourne.
New Darwin Aboriginal Tour
Learn more about the culture, the wildlife and the wetland region as you escape the crowds and go off to explore the Northern Coastal Wetlands, one of the most unique regions of Australia. On this shared, full day tour, your guide will introduce you to the magnificent wetlands and explain how the people and animals move about and live in the environment. Wetlands provide economic, social and cultural benefits. You will have the opportunity to experience the connection that people and animal have with it.
Travel approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Darwin (105km) to Corroboree Billabong; you will board the vessel for a one hour scenic boat cruise viewing an abundance of birds, crocodiles and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
You will then be transferred a further 30 minutes where you will have a 1.5 hour experience learning about the local history and culture in a bush tucker walk and talk, try your hand at throwing a spear, blowing a didgeridoo and more. Billy tea and damper in the bush is also included.
This tour is an adventure travelling a short distance from Darwin out to a hidden gem with an abundance of wildlife and spectacular views and great photo opportunities.
New Property – Sofitel Noosa
Located in the heart of Hastings Street, Noosa’s only 5-star luxury hotel boasts 176 studio rooms, suites and villas. Discover a world of shopping, dining and exploring right on your doorstep. Take time out and indulge in a little spa therapy, or spend the day visiting Noosa’s pristine beaches. Wander through ancient national parks and cruise Noosa’s beautiful waterways or simply relax poolside with your favourite drink.
Inspired by nature and designed for comfort, all of the 176 studio rooms, suites and villas make you feel welcome the moment you arrive. Light, open spaces draw on the textures and natural colours of the location, taking inspiration from the surrounding environment and rich cultural heritage. Soothing palettes of greys with orange accents welcome you, adding a sense of fun to the relaxed beach atmosphere.
New Year's Eve 2017 Rooms Now Available with Akorn
The Langham Sydney
Dramatic Harbour views. Quaint cobbled streets. Historic brick buildings. Discover a secluded tranquillity nestled in the heart of The Rocks district of metropolitan Sydney.
98 magnificently furnished rooms and suites to appeal to the most sophisticated visitors. Expansive terraces offering resplendent harbour views or dazzling city skylines.
Unique dining experiences at Bistro Remy and Afternoon Tea at Palm Court to cater to the most refined guests.
Body treatments, massages and facials in ten new treatment rooms at The Day Spa to pamper the weariest bodies.
A spectacular 20-metre indoor pool with a star-dappled sky ceiling to dream your day away.
The Four Seasons Sydney
The best located five-star luxury hotel in Sydney, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney places you among the city’s vibrant shopping and business precincts, and next to the popular historic Rocks district and harbour side Circular Quay. Take in dramatic views of Sydney Harbour, indulge in spa treatments, relax by the pool, enjoy authentic Australian dining, and discover local wine and boutique beer at the award-winning bar.
Every guest room at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is beautifully designed and furnished in grand luxe style. It’s the ideal place to relax before a business meeting, celebrate a special occasion or unwind after a busy day exploring the city. Enjoy flawless service and five-star amenities, with incredible views overlooking the city skyline, Walsh Bay, Sydney Harbour or Circular Quay.
Guests reserving a Club Room or Club Suite enjoy stunning views of the city or harbour from the top floors of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, as well as access to Lounge 32, an exclusive retreat by Four Seasons.
Spotlight on Spicers Peak Lodge
Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it’s possible to be. Let your cares melt away in elegant suites and private lodges, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities. Here, in Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, relaxation and revitalisation come naturally.
Enjoy your choice of luxuriously intimate accommodation in either the main lodge itself or in separate one and two bedroom Private Lodges perfectly positioned at the edge of the escarpment to make the most of the spectacular views through Spicers Gap and across one of Queensland’s most beautiful wilderness areas.
Spoil yourself by seeing the Great Dividing Range from a whole new perspective. Book a return helicopter transfer from Brisbane or the Gold Coast and let your imagination take flight.
New Private Touring Packages on Kangaroo Island with Southern Ocean Lodge
For those seeking a tailored and authentic experience of Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it), these personally crafted itineraries are seamlessly arranged. Packages includes stylish accommodation, all dining at the Lodge and in the field, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, selected lodge-based signature experiences, two days’ private touring and island airport transfers.
Combining spectacular scenery, ‘up-close and personal’ wildlife encounters, extraordinary produce and true local characters, itineraries are efficiently designed to include the Island’s many wonders with no back-tracking, delivering an experience that is at once fun, educational and uniquely memorable. Private touring affords tremendous flexibility and each program may be customised to personal preferences.
(3 days | 2 nights) Stay two nights and journey across the wildlife haven to discover the essence of ‘Australia’s Galapagos’, including two days’ private touring with a personal guide and an entire day’s leisure at the Lodge.
(4 days | 3 nights) Stay three nights and encounter Kangaroo Island at its most grand including two days’ tailored touring with a dedicated guide.
Enjoy bonus credits towards a treatment in the Southern Spa or Bespoke Experience selected from the Lodge range valued at $50 (conditions apply).
Encounter the Kangaroo, Koala and Platypus on this New Melbourne Wildlife Tour
Begin this private tour in search of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo on Anglesea golf course where they are highly habituated to humans, giving a rare opportunity to observe and study kangaroos up close. There are currently 210 – 270 kangaroos living on the course - one of the highest densities ever recorded for this species.
Next move onto the small hamlet of Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road, one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. A slight detour off the Great Ocean Road will lead you to a short walk where they are guaranteed to spot koalas in the gum trees. Although resting during most of the day, by late afternoon they become more active, eating leaves, grooming or seeking new food trees. If lucky you may spot some at lower levels and in the spring, mothers with their babies.
Enjoy dinner at the Forrest Brewery Co. before enjoying a dusk canoe tour to discover Australia’s most elusive animal – the Platypus. Witness Australia’s unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat.
Lake Elizabeth is a remote mountain lake formed by a landslide and a beautiful place to spend some time searching for the Platypus. The local guide has a degree in Ecology and 12yrs experience working with these playful animals.
New Daintree Rainforest Tour with Akorn
Travel north through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and cross by vehicle ferry to the Northern side.
First stop is at the Jindalba board walk. Walk along this picturesque board walk to point out the incredible plants, animals and eco systems unique to this area and be amazed at the large variety of plants and how they have adapted to the Daintree region. The Wet Tropics feature a complex range of eco systems and the guide will explain how this has occurred and why the area is so significant. Next stop is Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. Take a walk along this magical beach to view the unique eco system.Lunch today is in the heart of the rainforest in a beautiful restaurant. Enjoy locally sourced rainforest inspired produce. Sit back relax and enjoy the serenity.
After lunch reboard the vehicle and make a stop at the Daintree ice cream factory. Enjoy an ice cream made from the unique tropical fruits of the orchard located on site. To finish the day travel to Cooya Beach and meet an Aboriginal guide from the Kubirri Warra tribe, taking a fascinating walk of their private estate. On this experience, brothers Linc and Brandon Walker follow the traditions of their ancestors by educating about their traditional country. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems beach, mangroves and coastal reef that are connected to each other by the ever-changing mudflats and tidal lagoons. Today, the brothers can teach guests how to throw a spear, hunt whilst stalking and observing wildlife, and how to find plants used for food and medicine.
Moorilla Wine Meets MONA Art Day Tour – Hobart
Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia's largest privately owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner, Tasmanian gambler David Walsh, the collection ranges from ancient Egyptian funerary objects to modernist masterpieces and international contemporary art. Since opening in 2011, visitors have been drawn to Mona's picturesque site on the banks of the River Derwent, which also features luxury accommodation, a restaurant, vineyard and winery –amongst other things.
Begin your day by taking Mona's Fast Ferry from Hobart's Brooke Street Pier to Mona and explore the Museum's permanent collection and an array of blockbuster exhibitions at your leisure.
After your art fix, wander up to the Wine Bar and watch the winemakers at work. Enjoy a charcuterie plate (or a seasonal vegetarian option) and fresh house-baked bread, all matched with a glass of wine from Moorilla's Muse or Praxis Series.The behind-the-scenes winery tour and wine tasting starts in the vineyard. Follow the trail of grapes as they are handpicked, crushed, pressed, fermented and matured. Witness how new and old artisan winemaking techniques are used to craft fragrant, elegant and classical wines. Your expert host will provide an overview of the history of the region and winery, as well as information on the winemaking process and the ten different grape varieties grown on site. The tasting features ten different wines including a selection from Moorilla's prestigious Cloth Label Series.
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