Tourism Australia and CBC's 'There's Nothing Like Australia Contest'
TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Just in time for Australia Day on January
26, Tourism Australia has partnered with CBC to send four popular TV
personalities "down under" accompanied by a few lucky Canadian fans
this spring. Arlene Dickinson of Dragons' Den; lifestyle experts and
hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman; as well as Kary Osmond, host of
the CBC show 'Best Recipes Ever', will explore several areas of
Australia according to their individual interests as part of the
'There's Nothing Like Australia' contest hosted on the CBC's website.
There's Nothing Like Australia Contest
Arlene will be exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Sydney as
well as the natural wonders of Tropical Queensland, touring the Great
Barrier Reef and the northern Australia rainforest. Steven and Chris
will be discovering Australian fashion, design, art and culture by
touring Melbourne's famous laneways and architecture. They will be
seeing some of Australia's unique wildlife in their natural habitat on
a 'walkabout tour' and ending their trip with a stay at luxury resort
Saffire on the Island of Tasmania. Kary will be in a foodie's dream
exploring the vineyards in and around Perth and Adelaide while meeting
with local top chefs, winemakers and brewers. She will also get the
inside scoop on the Australian culinary scene at a food festival in
"Tourism Australia is excited to partner with CBC and Arlene, Steven,
Chris and Kary to showcase our unique nature, wildlife and food and
wine experiences," says, Daryl Hudson, Vice President, Americas for
Tourism Australia. "We hope their fans and the Canadian trip winners
who accompany them will be able to see that with a country as diverse
as Australia, any trip to Australia can be tailored to suit a
traveler's own personal interests."
To enter go to http://www.cbc.ca/nothinglikeaustralia/index.html. The contest entry period closes on March 5, 2012.
Canadians have a long wait before relaxing on the patio and toasting to
Canada Day under the summer sun, so why not borrow a little virtual
sunshine from our Commonwealth friends and celebrate Australia Day on
Australia Day is an official holiday to commemorate the First Fleet of
settlers from Great Britain that arrived in Sydney Harbour in 1788 but
it has evolved into a modern day celebration of Australia's diverse
society and landscape, past achievements and aspirations.
Australia Day Festivities in Canada
Here in Canada, true-blue Aussies and Aussies-at-heart are planning
celebrations that include musicians, chefs or other cultural figures
from Australia or culinary dishes and drinks inspired by the lifestyles
of our Aussie friends. In major cities across Canada, Australian clubs
and food and wine societies are putting on special dinners and concerts
to celebrate. However, if you can't make it out to one of these events
or live outside one of Canada's major cities, there are fun and easy
ways to host your own Aussie bash at home.
Five Easy tips to bring Australia into your own home
Brekkie of Champions - Start the morning with tea and vegemite on toast to get into the
Iconic Grub - Incorporate favourite Aussie foods like meat pies, roast lamb, fish
n' chips and pavlova for dessert - if you can get your hands on some
Twisties (Aussie corn chips) even better.
Fire up the Barbie - No matter what the weather outside is like, don't even think about
throwing an Aussie bash without some BBQ. Serve a meal centered on
grilled surf and turf and all of your mates will be impressed.
Head to the 'Bottle Shop' - Hand guests a pint of Aussie lager or glass of Shiraz from one of
Australia's famed vineyards when they walk in the door and your party
will be off to a great start.
Party Time! - No need to break out the Didgeridoo. Instead play John Williamson's True Blue for any loyal expats at the party; for the Canadians a little INXS,
AC/DC, Kylie Minogue and Men at Work should do.
Booking your trip to Australia, today!
For many Canadians, time and cost might be an issue but a trip to
Australia is easier than you think. In the past few years, more
airlines are flying to Australia, including Air Canada from Vancouver,
Qantas via Los Angeles and Dallas, Delta, Emirates and Virgin Australia
to name a few. The increased competition and availability of greater
value air passes allow more flexibility in traveling to and within
Australia. From romance and luxury to family and adventure travel,
there are also a wider range of air and land vacation options all year
round. You can find many of these inspiring travel planning tools on www.Australia.com
And if you book up until the end of January through Flight Centre, you
receive $200 off when you fly with Australia's airline Qantas. To book
an Australian getaway go to http://www.flightcentre.ca/campaigns/australia.
SOURCE Tourism Australia
For further information:
Kristin Mills, Ketchum Public Relations