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Sydney Seaplanes has begun direct charter flights to the Hunter Valley, where passengers have the choice of dining in the region’s best restaurants, wine tasting at acclaimed vineyards, overnight stays in the Valley’s luxury retreats, golf at some of Australia’s best courses or indulgent treatments at a day spa. Flights depart daily from Rose Bay. There is a new eco tour by coach to the Blue Mountains being offered by Australian Luxury Escapes. First stop is at Muru Mittigar for a Yarra Walk with an Aboriginal guide who explains the bushland, cultural beliefs and native heritage of the area. Try a bush tucker morning tea and taste kangaroo, emu and damper. Next, explore a hidden valley off the beaten track and seek out kangaroos in their natural environment before returning to Katoomba for lunch. Lets Go Surfing has launched new Bondi sightseeing tours. With Discover Bondi spend time with a true blue Bondi lifesaver and learn about the colourful history of Bondi, how surf-lifesaving began and more. Or enjoy a Bondi Day at world famous Bondi Beach with a friendly Bondi guide, including a tour of the surf-lifesaving club, a surfing lesson and a seafood BBQ lunch or dinner on the beach. Sydney launches som There’s lots of fresh product on the market in New Sou Australian Tourism Exchange. Here’s a few of the new Sydney Seaplanes NSW Events Sydney’s Running Festival September 23 The feature races include the Blackmores Sydney Marathon (42.2km) and Blackmores Half Marathon (21.1km) which always attract a large number of international competitors along with the cream of Australia’s long distance running champions. 30th Annual Manly Jazz Festival September 29 – October 1 The annual Manly Jazz Festival is Australia’s largest and longest-running jazz festival. Set in the beautiful Sydney Harbour environment, Manly is considered to be the ‘home of jazz’ in Australia, and the festival with its diverse range of jazz styles is expected to attract around 20,000 people per day. For more information on events in New South Wales visit and click on ‘activities and attractions in NSW’. This is great advice to pass on to your clients so they are aware of what is going on during their visit to add to their New South Wales experience. 16 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7

Tourism New South Wales has launched new international web sites in English, German, French and Italian at In addition the Sydney and New South Wales destination guide has just been launched. The guide replaces the Big Book of NSW and is designed for both trade and consumer use. Contact us: UK / EUROPE THE AMERICAS Or call your local Aussie Helpline Australian Eco Adventures has set up a new division specialising in premium, luxury charters tailored for clients wishing to experience the best that Australia can offer in first-class fashion. Called the Diamond Series, the charter service uses top-of-the-range vehicles, including new Landcruiser 4WDs. Itineraries are kept flexible and can include day tours, exclusive Sydney Harbour cruises, and seaplane and luxury helicopter trips. Air Adventure Australia, which provides up-market air safari itineraries, is now offering an exciting Lord Howe Island package, which includes glass-bottomed boat cruising, snorkelling on the world’s most southerly coral reef and rainforest trekking (suitable for all levels of fitness) on Little Island. Sea Sydney Cruises is now offering the opportunity to “cruise like a local”. Cruise Sydney Harbour for five hours, experiencing the Sydney way of life aboard Calypso, a 52 foot luxury motor yacht. With guaranteed daily departures (minimum of two people, maximum ten) guests can tailor their itinerary – more time swimming or kayaking or more time to relax and soak up the ambience. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue whilst anchored in a quiet harbour cove. e great new products uth Wales, much of which was on parade at the recent w packages that are ideal for international visitors. Sea Sydney Cruises J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m 17