Travel Update for Australia

(January 15, 2020)  We continue to monitor the bushfires in Australia closely, we are in frequent communication with our Tauck Directors currently in Australia, and we are consulting with our network of supplier-partners across the country.  As always, the health and wellbeing of our guests are our highest priorities.

For guests on our “Grand Australia & New Zealand” tour and our “Cruising Down Under” small ship cruise:

  • Although the bushfires are still active in some locations, Australia is a country of more than 2.9 million square miles, and some 95% of the country is not impacted at all.
  • Tauck has been operating these two itineraries in Australia for the past several weeks (including four trips that are currently underway), with zero deviations to our itineraries. Some of our groups have encountered smoke from distant fires on one or more days, and that has been the extent of the impacts we’ve experienced.
  • We recognize that traveling Down Under is the trip of a lifetime for many of our guests, and we plan to operate all of our upcoming departures as scheduled.
  • Local conditions are subject to change, however, and we are continuing to monitor conditions in the areas where we travel.
  • In the unlikely event of any changes to our planned itinerary, we will advise all guests of those changes promptly.
  • All normal cancellation policies remain in effect.

For guests on our “Australia Adventure: Kangaroo Island, Tasmania & Sydney” tour:

  • Kangaroo Island off the coast of Australia has experienced some of the most severe bushfires, and our featured hotel on the island for Nights 4-6, the Southern Ocean Lodge, has been damaged by those fires.
  • As a result, and for all 2020 departures of this tour, we have replaced the visit to Kangaroo Island with a three-night stay in Australia’s Wolgan Valley, featuring accommodations at the One&Only Wolgan Valley.
  • We have reached out to all guests scheduled to travel on this journey in 2020, and we have posted an updated itinerary on our website here.
  • With the removal of Kangaroo Island from this itinerary, the tour name has been updated to “Australia Adventure: Adelaide, Tasmania & Sydney.”