The world’s first non-stop flight from the UK to Australia, launches on Sunday 25th March from Heathrow Airport at 13.15, arriving in Perth at 13.00 the next day. Qantas, Australia’s national carrier, will operate daily non-stop flights from London to Perth, using the brand-new Boeing 787-9. The 14,498-kilometre service is the first commercial service to directly link Australia with Europe.
With an enhanced cabin design, the Dreamliner also features turbulence dampening technology, improved air quality to reduce jetlag and 65 per cent larger windows to give passengers an increased sense of space. The B787-9 features Qantas’ next-generation seating across Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class. What used to take four days and seven stops in 1947 now takes a single hop, with the service transporting snow-blasted Brits to Australia’s sunniest city in just 17 hours.
Since 2012, 25 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in and around Perth. By 2020, a further 14 new or redeveloped hotels will come online – among the names still to come are The Westin, QT, Doubletree by Hilton and the Ritz-Carlton, which will be its first Australian property in 10 years. Other developments, such as the glittering waterfront Elizabeth Quay development and several new bars, restaurants and new cultural and entertainment precincts, have transformed the city.
Paired with the growing urban sophistication is the amazing weather and flawless natural surroundings such as beaches, Kings Park (one of the largest urban parks in the world) and the Swan River that allows for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in the heart of the city.
The Swan Valley, which is Western Australia’s oldest wine region is just a 30-minute drive from the city centre. More than 180 years old, its speciality premium wines include Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Shiraz and fortified wines, with local grapes producing nearly 30 million bottles of wine a year.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia commented: “Western Australia boasts stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, flawless beaches, wonderful wine regions, and endless sunshine and with the launch of these historic new flights it has never been easier for people from the UK to start their Australian adventure.”
Example travel packages:
Return Qantas Economy seats from Perth price start from £793 per person – travel period is 23 October to 5 December 2018. Visit https://dreamliner.qantas.com/ .
Perth & Margaret River
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk) are offering a trip from £1,675pp based on two people sharing, including nonstop economy flights with Qantas. six night tailor-made holiday visiting Margaret River, Pemberton, Albany & Perth. Best time to go: October – April