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Welcome to the Summer 2021 Newsletter of Brendan’s Australian Tours.

Like so many other businesses in Victoria, the year 2020 proved to be not easy for the travel industry because of COVID 19, and that certainly included Brendan’s Australian Tours. But 2021 is upon us, and by taking a positive outlook, a full set of 2021 itineraries have been released and are now available for your consideration. We are unable to include any international tours apart from New Zealand, but we will visit every state in Australia including our tours of spectacular Norfolk Island.

Pick up and return to home service. Brendan’s Australian Tours continues to offer the pick-up and return to home service for each tour, and there is no doubt it is extremely popular with our travellers. This service enables people to travel without the worries of meeting the coach, where to park a vehicle, and getting back home at the completion of the tour. Even if you are considering one of our fly in or fly out options, Brendan’s Australian Tours still offer the same pickup and return to home service to and from the airport.

COVID 19. certainly imposed a number of restrictions on us all, and although those restrictions have been relaxed a little, Brendan’s Australian Tours fully intends to ensure basic and common sense rules are implemented on tour.

Melbourne. In early March a 6 day tour to Melbourne will include the Melbourne Zoo, the Immigration Museum, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the Mission to Seafarers establishment. Included with the tour is a visit to the Dandenongs, the Cuckoo Restaurant, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Cloudehill Nursery, Rayner’s Fruit Orchard and the beautiful Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Norfolk Island. Brendan’s Australian Tours relaxing 10 day tours to historical Norfolk Island leave in mid-April 2021 and November 2021 and are wonderful opportunity to visit this sub-tropical magical island with its 360 degree island views. If you can imagine a lush, beautiful island with sandy beaches, pristine water, jagged cliffs and tall Norfolk Island pines Norfolk Island is such a place. This green island paradise is found in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, and is just 35 square kilometres in size with 32km of coast line. Many of the people who call Norfolk Island home today are the Pitcairners who are descendants of the "Bounty" mutineers and so the story of the Bounty forms a lively and entertaining part of this tour. On Norfolk Island there are no railways, port or harbours, or even any busy roads. There are eighty kms of lane ways across the island and cows and even the roosters still have the right of way. When supplies come by ship, jetties on either side of the Island are used to send small boats out to the bigger ships to ferry in 5 tonnes of supplies at a time. A passport is no longer required if you are considering a visit to Norfolk Island.

Kangaroo Island. In 2020 Kangaroo Island was first dramatically affected by bush fire, and then the COVID virus put a complete stop to any tourism on the island. The Kangaroo Islanders are welcoming us all back with open arms. My first tour to Kangaroo Island is in March, and a second one is scheduled in April, which presently is almost booked out.

Visiting Bright. On our Bright tour in April last year, the timing was perfect, resulting in the magnificent autumn colours in Bright being on show for us all to enjoy. In 2021 my May tour will go to Bright, and although we rely on nature, we will certainly time it to catch the autumn leaf colours for which Bright is renowned. In 2021 my second tour to Bright will depart in late spring, and because Bright is surrounded by breath taking scenery, the area is an all season destination. Both Bright tours also visit Harrietville, Mt Buffalo, Mt Buller and the historic Northeast Victorian towns of Yackandandah and Beechworth.

Queensland. At last the sunshine state is open, and with careful planning Brendan’s Australian Tours is giving you the opportunity to miss some of the cold June winter climate in Victoria. The dates of my 3 Cairns tours and the very exciting two tours to Cape York and Thursday Island are specifically designed to take advantage of the best of the Queensland warm winter.

The NT & WA favourites are a must again. The tours list for 2021 again includes the spectacular Northern Territory and Western Australian locations that those states are famous for. Darwin, The Kimberley, Broome, Coral Bay, Perth and the South West Coast are just a small number of the tourist areas that make up our itineraries. The tour options are detailed on the Tours and Prices Page.

Darwin – Broome – The Kimberley. Travellers who perhaps are unable to get away for an extended period of time are offered a number of options if they wish to visit see the magical north of Australia. To suit your needs Brendan can fly you up and coach home, or coach up and fly home. As an example for The Kimberley tour in early August 2021 with this tour pick up from your home is arranged prior to being taken to Tullamarine. Then fly to Darwin where you join the coach tour for enchanting days visiting Darwin, Katherine, Wyndham, Geikie Gorge and the magical Broome. You are then flown home from Broome where Brendan’s Australian Tours meets you at Tullamarine airport and transports you to your home after your memorable days in northern Australia.

Broken Hill, White Cliffs, Bourke and Lightning Ridge. For 2021 one of our favorites, the 11 day tour to Broken Hill will include White Cliffs, Bourke for a river cruise, and Lightning Ridge.

Tasmania. What a marvellous time to tour Tasmania in mid-October. The tour explores that state’s diverse and beautiful regions. Tasmania is an island of variations with its refreshing, clean air quality, incredible vegetation, native wildlife and convict history. A real highlight on this tour is my booking of the harbor view waterfront rooms at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart for four nights

Tours and Prices page. I invite you to read the full itineraries in my Tours and Prices page to discover that Canberra, Broome, Katherine, Coober Pedy, Historic Norfolk Island, Birdsville, the Sapphire Coast, delightful New Zealand, Floriade, the Barrier Reef, Sydney and many others are just a very small number of the attractions and localities on offer.