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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 04:12 pm

Great travel deals for US military folk:

A five-night stay in Sydney or Melbourne is available for $838 per person based on double occupancy. The “G’Day Good Deal” packages include three- or four-star accommodations for five nights, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco aboard Qantas Airways and a 15-hour calling card that can be used to dial the United States. Taxes and surcharges are not included in the base price.

These bargain trips (you’ll apparently save around $1,000) are available to active duty, members of the Reserve component, retired military, Department of Defense civilian employees and family members.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/20/2006 at 08:57 AM
    1. Looks like bloody good value.  Hope they can make the offer again in summer.  Visiting Australia without spending time at the beach or on the waterways is a handicap.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 20 at 09:17 AM • permalink


    1. Stevo says:

      Hope they can make the offer again in summer.  Visiting Australia without spending time at the beach or on the waterways is a handicap.

      Hey, no worries about that one! They just need to come to Queensland, Broome or Darwin! Winter only applies to the South; that’s why there are so many Mexicans migrating North every year! 🙂

      John B

      Posted by JPB on 2006 05 20 at 09:29 AM • permalink


    1. Winter is perfect for visiting the far north.  Last time I went to Cairns was in September and it was already getting hot.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 05 20 at 09:36 AM • permalink


    1. What a nice deal.  That way a lot of Americans can see Australia who wouldn’t otherwise ever have the chance.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 20 at 09:37 AM • permalink


    1. Dates don’t work for me, unfortunately.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 05 20 at 10:55 AM • permalink


    1. Hmm.  I’ve got time off in August, so I’d just have to get to LA or SF.  Definitely worth looking into-thanks Tim.

      Posted by 68W40 on 2006 05 20 at 11:35 AM • permalink


    1. Now if we could get those lame visit Asutralia adds off US television.  What the Aussie Gov. needs to do is hire the folks who to the Corona adds.

      Posted by lmassie on 2006 05 20 at 12:07 PM • permalink


    1. #2 JPB:
      I agree that the weather in the north is a lot better than down south in winter, but isn’t swimming in the surf a bit risky because of box jellyfish and the occasional croc?

      Sydney or Melbourne?  That’s a no-brainer … Sydney.

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 20 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. That really is a great deal, thanks for posting it Tim.  If only it had been three weeks earlier I might have jumped. I’ve already booked my R&R in Croatia. Hey Stevo! Nice to see you around.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 05 20 at 02:13 PM • permalink


    1. I dont think this is a good thing. Not even a little bit.

      Austalia has:
      Spiders that can kill you just by looking at you.
      Huge monster snakes.
      Crocodiles that pop up out of toilets and get you when most vulerable.
      Big hairy spiders that purposly hide in your shoes/boots and can bite through inch thick steel plate armor.
      Giant muntant rats that hop and are deadly in hand to hand fighting.
      Giant mutant birds that like to kick a man’s guts out.
      And, the worst of the worst is the Australians!!

      What if our guys decide they like it better there? The US stands to loose those of our men and women that are actually willing to stand up and fight back when things get bad to a place that has better beer and generally friendly folk.

      This aint good.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 05 20 at 05:27 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah those muntant rats, lost my cousin to one just last week…

      But only little girls are scared of being the crocodiles coming up from the toilets – just remember to poke ‘em in the eyes and watch those teeth, you’ll be fine.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 05 20 at 06:44 PM • permalink


    1. #10 And Grimmy that’s just in the big cities. Wait until they hit the countryside; there’s danger behind every bush & rock ready to gobble them up or sting them to death. That’s why I have mounted a .50 cal on my 4wd and those rocket launchers on the bull bar are for real.

      #8 The powers that be have just announced the stinger season is over up here so I can put away my panty hose until November. Good protection from box jelly but a tad too thin against croc teeth. Rumour has it a rogue croc has taken up residence in the park lake in our Port Douglas estate.

      Weather wise it looks like the cyclonic infuence has finally cleared off and tourism will pick up considerably.

      Posted by Spag_oz on 2006 05 20 at 07:03 PM • permalink


    1. If you are worried about the crocs around Darwin – do what the locals do – take the dog with you and let him paddle around a bit.

      As for the stingers – local knowledge is the best, there is a nude beach in Darwin where you can pick up all kinds of handy tips and points.

      Posted by rbresca on 2006 05 20 at 08:57 PM • permalink


    1. Makes you wonder what the multiplier effect might be if Aussie Govt chucked in say $500 aussie dollars as spending money to boot. If it doubled or trebled the bookings it might actually be cashflow positive to govt treasury and what a beaut way to say thanks to US “doing the heavy lifting” and poke the leftie gits in the eye.

      Posted by the nailgun on 2006 05 21 at 12:29 AM • permalink


    1. #13 – there is a nude beach in Darwin where you can pick up all kinds of handy tips and points.

      Ha Ha

      And don’t forget the Drop Bears. Never forget the Drop Bears.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2006 05 21 at 02:27 AM • permalink


    1. Jumpin’ Jesus on a Pogo Stick!  I might have to look into a little trip down Australia way.  I just knew getting shot at by all those 107 mm rockets would pay off some day!

      Posted by Major John on 2006 05 22 at 09:26 AM • permalink


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