Australia has been experiencing unprecedented brushfires for the past six-plus months, with upwards of 15 million acres of land burned and an estimated one billion animals feared dead. But the country remains open to visitors; in fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for the destination right now.
“It is more important than ever to support Australian tourism providers and encourage people to book a holiday in Australia, whether in unaffected regions or those that will recover from these bushfires in the months and years to come,” Phillipa Harrison, managing director of Tourism Australia, tells Luxury Travel Advisor. “The best way to support Australia, Australian communities and the tourism sector is to keep visiting.” More than 660,000 people in Australia depend on tourism for their livelihoods and most of Australia’s destinations have not been affected by the fires. Here are some hotels to consider for your support vacation:
The Ritz-Carlton, Perth: Located at The Towers at Elizabeth Quay, the new property has 204 luxury suites, plus myriad F&B venues and recreational amenities. Tip: The podium rooftop bar is accessible to the general public and offers a prime vantage point over the quay-side.