Tuesday, December 20, 2011


It’s Not Too Late to be Among the First to Ring in 2012 in Sydney or Hobart, Australia


BELLEVUE, Wash.—(December 20, 2011)— Down Under Answers (www.duatravel.com), the leading wholesaler of vacation packages to Australia, reminds curious travelers that it’s not too late to plan for New Year’s Eve revelry Aussie style.

While the rest of the world, save Antarctica, waits for the stroke of midnight to celebrate the passing of another year Australia will already be in the throes of welcoming 2012.

Said Down Under Answers Sales Manager Jason Mesnick, “Without a doubt, the most renowned place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Australia is Sydney, and for those looking at ringing in the New Year in a smaller more intimate setting, then Hobart is an excellent option!”

In Sydney, travelers can expect nearly a million and a half revelers celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour.

A smoking ceremony from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vessels cleanses the famous Sydney Harbour of negative spirits and the New Year countdown is projected on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons. At 8:45 p.m. the Acknowledgement of Country begins and pays respect to the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. Custodians call up the first reveal of the Bridge Effect, which is a spectacular graphic display with a series of brilliant fireworks.

“Imagine a mind-blowing grand finale featuring fireworks launched in tandem from seven barges on the Sydney Harbour, seven city skyscrapers rooftops and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is nothing like it in the world,” comments Mesnick.

Of all the things to do in Hobart Tasmania, New Year’s Eve in Sullivan’s Cove is a world-class party featuring bands, roving entertainers and two sets of fireworks and is one of Hobart’s great attractions.

“Arrive early to Sullivan’s and get a prime viewing spot for the fireworks, which explode in awe-inspiring color over Hobart’s striking sandstone buildings. Get Tickets for The Taste of Tasmania party, where foodies can sample delectable Tasmanian fare from more than 70 food booths” suggests Mesnick.

About Down Under Answers
Down Under Answers, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012, is the recognized industry leader in vacation packages to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. The Bellevue, Washington-based tour operator offers a wide variety of travel package options ranging from escorted tours to self-drive vacations, adventure travel, island escapes, groups and special interest travel, as well as customized independent arrangements. The company has repeatedly been voted the “Best Travel Wholesaler” by Tourism Australia’s Aussie Specialists and Tourism New Zealand’s Kiwi Specialists as well as “Best Travel Wholesaler” by Australian Supplier Partners.  For additional information, visit www.duatravel.com or call 800-889-1464.

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Editor’s note: Jason Mesnick and Down Under Answers President Kirk Demeter are available for interview to talk about spending New Year’s Eve in Australia.

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