The Australian Tourist Commission and United Airlines introduced an
array of fly-drive packages, promoting them on a page of the ATC
The promotion, featuring 10- to 15-day packages, stands at the
center of a $1.35 million advertising and marketing campaign, said
Michael Londregan, vice president for the Americas at the ATC. The
campaign will also encompass print and television advertising, the
distribution of brochures, and e-mail and direct-mail
Historically a tougher sell for U.S. travelers wary of driving
on the opposite side of the road, fly-drive tours offer a way for
Americans to “explore the real Australia,” Londregan said. “Many
new and authentic experiences are to be had outside the main cities
and driving through the country’s regional areas.”
The featured packages start at $1,299 per person, including
roundtrip from Los Angeles, accommodations and car rental, and are
valid for travel through March 2003. The packages offer
accommodations ranging from standard to luxury, as well as add-on
Available plans include the following:
"The 15-day Ultimate Road Trip, priced from $1,299 per person,
double, lets travelers map out their own route between Sydney and
Melbourne, either through mountain forests or along the Pacific
The package includes a five-day Budget car rental; four nights
in Sydney and four nights in Melbourne, as well as a four-night
pass redeemable for book-as-you go accommodations en route.
"The 13-day Scenic Journey, priced from $1,450, takes in both
the rugged scenery of New South Wales’ Blue Mountains and the coast
via Australia’s famed Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
"The 15-day City & Countryside program, starting at $1,490,
takes in the countryside of New South Wales and Victoria along with
Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Travelers drive up the coast to the Hunter Valley wine region,
ride the Scenic Railway or the Skyway cable car through the Blue
Mountains’ forests and visit Parliament House and the National
Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Prices on fly-drive packages increase if travelers select
superior- or premier-class accommodations. Dates also dictate
prices: the rate for the Ultimate Road Trip plan, for instance,
starts at $1,299 per person, double, through Dec. 5, but it
increases to $1,951 for departures Dec. 6-12 and $2,016 from Dec.
Call 866-508-6483. Web site: united.australia.com.