LOS ANGELES, January 19, 2011 – Tourism Australia (TA) today kicks off a month-long Great Aussie Sale, featuring the best value-added and time-sensitive deals and vacation itineraries.

A land of adventure and friendly locals, Australia has ranked No. 1 ten out of 12 years in an annual Harris Poll asking Americans "if (they) could vacation in any country in the world outside the U.S., without any worry about cost."

The Great Aussie Sale featuring nearly 20 travel partners from Orbitz to Qantas coincides with “The Oprah Winfrey Show: Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure" airing January 18-21, 2011 and gives Americans the chance to take that dream trip with enticing offers from up to 30 percent off on travel to free flights and hotel nights.

"Australia is front-and-center right now thanks to episodes of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' airing this week," said Tourism Australia Regional General Manager, Daryl Hudson.  "The Great Aussie Sale lets travelers book their own deals, with specials on airfare, hotels, excursions and more.  There's nothing like the experiences you'll have in Australia."

Sample deals, available at www.australia.com, include:

  • Flight and hotel packages from $1522 with Orbitz
  • Fly Qantas to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane from Los Angeles for $449, from Dallas/Fort Worth for $474, and from New York from $549
  • Fly free to Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef or the Outback
  • Free hotel nights with Flight Center/Liberty

Australia received good news last week with the announcement that Qantas will begin new direct service to Australia from Dallas operating four times per week between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Sydney via Brisbane, and return direct from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth from May 2011.

Qantas also announced additional Los Angeles-New York services, by increasing existing services from six times per week to daily from June 2011.

"More air services offers travelers more options and shows that it is easy to get to Australia with over 80 flights each week between the USA and Australia," Mr. Hudson said. "The fact that the new services will fly direct to Brisbane from Dallas/Fort Worth will deliver considerable benefits to the traveler."

For more information on the Great Aussie Sale, visit www.australia.com/sale or www.australia.com for an interactive a map of local's recommendations, suggestions and deals and itineraries featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show: Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure.”

*Terms and conditions apply.

** Prices include fuel surcharges of $160 from the U.S. U.S. and foreign taxes, fees, including September 11th Security Fee, are up to an additional $140 to $210 depending upon itinerary. Valid for departures between 5/1-6/8 or 7/24-9/3/11 from Los Angeles, between 5/16-6/8 or 7/24-9/3/11 from Dallas/Fort Worth, and between 5/1-5/30 or 8/1-8/30/11 from New York. Information and availability as of 17 January 2011, subject to change without notice. No refunds and seats limited. Other restrictions apply. Some services provided by other carriers.