Monday, January 30, 2012

Australia Vacation Travel and Australia Tour Packages with Accommodations from Australia Travel Experts

Air-Inclusive Vacations with Tours & Hotel Accommodations Offer Travelers Best Deals

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(January 30, 2011)—For Australia vacations from Tasmania walking tours to wine tasting, head to the southern tip of an Australia map to find out there’s more to Australia than kangaroos & koalas.

Down Under Answers (, in partnership with Qantas, and the tourism authorities of Australia, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, offer Vacations to Australia with Cheap Flights, Tours & Hotels.

These Australia vacation deals start at the remarkably low price of just $2,299 per person (including airfare and accommodation & airline taxes, based on double-occupancy) and are making the southern states of Australia more desirable than ever before.

According to Kirk Demeter, President of Down Under Answers, "The southern region of Australia is truly unmatched in its beauty and provides varying and spectacular experiences."

Mr. Demeter adds that this destination is perfect for a wide range of travelers including repeat vacationers who want to experience another side of Australia travel; vacationers who love to participate in adventure activities; price-conscious families who are looking for the best value for their travel dollar, and the upscale market who seeks touring via private aircraft, five-star hotel accommodations.

Featured Australia Tour Packages:

Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide –12-night land and air-inclusive vacation from just $2,399

Explore Melbourne, in Victoria, a cultural melting pot known for international sporting events and the award-winning restaurants and cafés. Melbourne accommodation included. Continue south to historic Hobart, Tasmania, Australia’s smallest capital city to experience 19th century warehouses-turned-restaurants in Salamanca Place, cafes, galleries and art studios. Hobart is the ideal city to shop for locally-made products or enjoy al fresco dining and boasts the cleanest air on Earth. Hobart hotels included. Next travel is to Adelaide in South Australia, an elegant city that has preserved its colonial heritage. Surrounded by parklands and historic buildings, Adelaide is also a dream come true for wine tasting due to its close proximity to some of Australia’s most renowned wine regions, including Barossa. Adelaide accommodation included.

Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns - 12-day package from $2,629

Enjoy all the best of southern Australia and finish you vacation with a trip to the colorful playground of the Great Barrier Reef. From Melbourne travel north to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. The majestic coral structures that make up the Great Barrier Reef extend over 930 miles and provide superb recreational activities such as snorkeling, diving, swimming, semi-submersibles, coral viewing and fishing, and offer a unique environment for scientific research.

Short Breaks (from $449 -$559)

· Down Under Answers offers three-day land-only excursions experiences to Melbourne, Adelaide or Hobart.

Special Interest Vacations (from $1,029- $1,599)

· Cradle Mountain Huts Guided 7-day walk though stunning Tasmanian scenery

· 5-night “Discover Tasmania” 2-day “Kangaroo Island in Style”

· “Australia Fur and Feathers” is a two-night wildlife tour from Melbourne.

Each Australia tour packages can be purchased as-is, or the travel experts at Down Under Answers can help customize a vacation.

For all the latest packages and current pricing from Down Under Answers, click here.

Australia vacations with Down Under Answers can be booked by calling toll-free at (866) 792-5458 or visiting

Prices are quoted in US Dollars, and are based on per person, twin share. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and seasonal surcharges.  Advertised priced reflects lowest season pricing.  Add-on fares available from other U.S. cities. Seats/Rooms are limited and subject to availability at time of booking. A higher class of service may be offered as an alternative. U.S./foreign taxes/fees, including September 11th security fee, are included for all air inclusive vacations. Amendment fees and cancellation penalties apply. 

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 or call 800-889-1464.

Twitter: @downunderanswer




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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Olive Crest Hosts 12th Annual Gala Auction “All Aboard” on March 3 at The Westin Bellevue


BELLEVUE, Wash.—(January 12, 2011)— Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving the family…“One Life at a Time®”, will host its annual gala auction at The Westin Bellevue on March 3.

Last year’s Olive Crest gala raised $435,000 and they hope to raise $600,000 at this year’s event.

WHO: Olive Crest

WHAT: Olive Crest’s 12th Annual Gala Auction “All Aboard”

· Tickets are $150 per person, or $1,500 to reserve a table of ten

· Registration and silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m.

· Dinner and the live auction begin at 7:30 p.m.

· Cocktail cruise attire is suggested

· Space is limited. RSVP by February 24 online or contact Toni Young, at or (425) 462-1612 ext. 1312.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2012

WHERE: The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

About Olive Crest
Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 50,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. We work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Our many innovative programs reflect our conviction that strengthening the family is one of the most powerful ways to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and families we serve even after they have graduated from our programs. Olive Crest serves nearly 1,000 children and families each day throughout California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest. For more information call 1-800-550-CHILD (2445) or visit

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lori Randall shares her public relations experience and why it is so important for restaurants on Dine Northwest Radio

Listen to the segment-

Dine Northwest is Washington’s favorite online dining guide and weekly radio show hosted by Shawn Sullivan and Heather Donahoe.