Sunday Herald Sun - Escape

TASSIE ROAD-TRIPPING PET RIDE SHARE LOUNGES

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Thinking about a driving holiday in Tassie? The federal government has announced travellers will be able to take their cars and motorbikes on board the Spirit of Tasmania ferry free of charge. Representi­ng a saving of $240, the deal will apply from 1 March to 30 June 2021.

Whether you need to send your pooch to the vet or for a mini-holiday at your parents’, Aussie startup PetCloud has launched Australia’s first pet taxi service. The Pet Taxi app allows pets to ride unaccompan­ied, and ensures every driver is trained in animal handling and has undergone a police check.

Almost 10 months after they were shuttered, Virgin Australia has reopened its Perth and Gold Coast lounges, with Canberra and Adelaide poised to follow in the coming months. Hot food remains off the menu, but a limited range of sandwiches, snacks, barista-made coffee and alcohol is available.

QUEENSLAND

Flight Centre has revealed bookings for a Sunshine State stay are up by 107 per cent year on year, with New South Wales and Victorian residents in particular booking a Gold Coast holiday in droves. Far North Queensland ranked second, while the islands of Queensland slid into third place.

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