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Australia 2007 – a crystal clear choice !

The Australian Wine GlassAustralian Travel Services will be celebrating 20 years in business during 2007 with a special promotion for their self drive and conducted winery tours in Australia and New Zealand. 

For each booking they will give away the Australian Crystal Wine Glass. This glass with a unique Australian design is hand cut by master craftsmen and suitable both to red and white wine or could be used as a water goblet. If there are two or three or more in your party each individual will of course get a glass retailing at $ 49.00.

And, you don’t have to carry it with you. It will be mailed to your home address waiting for your return with some bottles of Australian wine.

Have a look at the glass at


November 26, 2006 Posted by | Australia travel | Leave a comment

Flying in Australia – beware of Jetstar (JQ)!

Some people fly from A to B on JetStar and that’s no problem. The problem is if you are flying to the Gold Coast, Coolangatta airport. 

The problem is mainly if you need to travel via B to get to C. Say for example you are flying from Hobart to Brisbane. If you fly with Virgin Blue, they would check your baggage straight to Brisbane, of course!

You fly with JetStar and you might be under pressure to meet their strict check-in rule. If you haven’t checked in 30 minutes before the flight departs, you’re out. That’s it. You missed your train, good bye!   If you did check-in in time you will find that your baggage has gone to Melbourne only, you have to go to the baggage arrival carousel, claim your baggage and return to the depature hall and check in again, this time to Brisbane What a service ! This also applies to numerous sectors like Perth to the Gold Coast via Sydney (claim your baggage and check in again)

So anything involving a domestic transfer in Australia I would suggest you are better off using VirginBlue Airlines who will check your baggage straight through to your final destination and that’s what we expect from an airline.

Also, being 185cm tall I found the leg room unsatisfactory. Having an aisle seat I could stretch my left leg a big now and then but being in the middle or window-seat you have to endure. However most flights are around an hour.

November 26, 2006 Posted by | Australia travel | Leave a comment