Australia is attracting big crowds this year. The Aussies are promoting the land Down Under with a 120-page publication called "Destination Australia" that's filled with facts, photographs. Details about the Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane. Everything you want to know about wombats, wallabies, koalas. Other sections deal with home and farm stays, air, bus, rail services and special "Aussiepasses" for overseas visitors. This publication is worth writing for. Free copies from the Australian Tourist Commission, 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1740, Los Angeles 90010 or call toll-free (800) 445-4400.
Several weeks ago we featured Cambria in the Travel Section. This is the pleasant little village up near Hearst Castle on the Central California coast. The article generated a great deal of reader interest. For a list of vacation rental homes, drop a card to Janet Huff c/o Century 21 Coast Realty, 778 Main St., Cambria 93428. Several opportunities on Lodge Hill for only $50 a night. Homes all have fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens. Firewood available in town. Three-night minimum stays. No pets, and they require a $150 security deposit.
Hawaii on a Shoestring
Colony Resorts Inc. is offering a free car with accommodations in Hawaii. This is figured on a space-available basis on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. For details call toll free (800) 367-6046. Other bargains offered by Creative Leisure: a couple of weeks in a condo on Maui and Kauai for as little as $19.50 per person per day. This includes a rental car, unlimited mileage. Creative Leisure's toll-free number is (800) 426-6367.
A note from Rod Seeley of Cruise Pro tells us he is booking low-cost cruises through the company's Voyagers Club. More than 200 sailings scheduled during '85, '86. Says Seeley: "To be eligible for our group savings, we have a lifetime family enrollment fee of $15." Cruise Pro also offers corporate memberships. Notices of special sailing dates are mailed to members. For details call toll-free (800) 258-SHIP in California. Outside California dial (800) 222-SHIP.
This note from Joe Ewart, president of Cruise Holidays: "We offer our Anchor Cruise Club membership to the public for a $10 processing charge which is completely refundable and includes a membership card, newsletter, quarterly cruise calendar and discounts on group departures of up to 40%." Contact Ewart c/o Cruise Holidays, 23639 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 203, Torrance 90505 or telephone (213) 378-0347. Toll-free numbers are (800) 252-7245 in California, (800) 345-7245 outside the state.
Tipping remains a bugaboo with travelers. How much to give the porter at the airport, the hotel bellman, cabbies? A free guide provides the answers for Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East. (In some countries you don't put out a penny, according to the guide.) For a free copy of the pocket-size leaflet send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Carolyn J. Yarbrough, IFWTO Tipping Guide, 7432 Caminito Carlotta, San Diego 92120. The guide is also distributed free by Deak-Perera, the dealer in foreign currency (offices in downtown Los Angeles and at LAX).
Private pilots will be winging off to Baja Nov. 1-4 and it's a steal. Only $40 a day (single) for a room, all meals. Make that $70 for a double. The destination is Hotel Palmas de Cortez, 65 miles south of La Paz, 40 miles north of San Jose del Cabo on the Sea of Cortez. Casual atmosphere. Tennis, swimming, fishing. Rooms face the water. Air conditioning, uncrowded beaches. Border crossing will be at Mexicali followed by a flight along the Sea of Cortez. Contact John Burkhart c/o Flight Log, P.O. Box 39675, Los Angeles 90039. Note: Burkhart is planning another pilot vacation following Thanksgiving to Mulege, also down Baja way.
England--Mr. and Mrs. John R. Magloire, Huntington Beach: Red Lion Inn, Milford St., Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2AN. "Centrally located for touring Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset, Hampshire, etc. Double room, 48.50. Dinners excellent. Hotel is furnished with many antiques. Reservations required."
England--Betty Nance, South Pasadena: "Wentworth House, charming and comfortable B&B hotel, 106 Bloomfield Road, Bath BA2 2AP. Centrally located with parking. Double room with glassed-in patio leading to pool, full English breakfast, approximately $42 per night."
England--Martha Townsend, Los Angeles:"A lovely small hotel, Hannaford's, 20 Evesham Road, Chestenham, Glos. GL52 2AB. A renovated 1851 home. Only 23 for a couple. Dinner available if desired. Also enjoyed an all-day tour from Cheltenham of country lanes, castles, sleepy villages, so many things you'd never find on your own. All for 5 each (12-seat minibus) including tea served in meadow, churchyard. Contact Crabtree Mimi Bus Tour, 7 Hurcombe Way, Brockworth, Glos. Phone Gloucester 862-862."