11 May 2010

Nature key to Australian tourism, new study finds

A Tourism Australia study has found that two thirds of international visitors see experiencing the unique Australian flora and fauna as a highlight of their visit.

Australian Tourism

Nature is a major drawcard for international tourists to Australia.

The latest campaign, “There’s nothing like Australia”, is promoting the country by using the holiday snapshots and stories of memorable trips by everyday Australians. The campaign offers prize money for submissions, and will create an interactive database of holiday tips for international tourists to Australia.

A new documentary, The Art of Walking: Great Ocean Walk, directed by Zach Merch, shows beautiful Australian landscapes and is expected to lure more international tourists following its screening in various overseas countries.

All international visitors to Australia, unless that have an Australian or New Zealand passport, must have an Australian Travel Visa.

The ETA Visa is the most popular of these visas as it can be quickly and easily applied for online and once approved it is electronically attached to your passport.

The one-hour documentary follows a walking expedition along Australia’s Great Ocean Road with American environmentalist John Francis, a.k.a. the 'Planet Walker'; German Olympic figure-skater Katarina Witt; and Michael Milton, the world’s fastest Paralympic skier.

The team is led by Head Ranger Will Cox along the scenic 104 km track that stretches from Apollo Bay to the world renowned Twelve Apostles.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian Visa applications with the Australian High Commission London.   

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