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Loonie’s strength against the AUD$ brings good deals, says Goway

TORONTO — Bargains abound Downunder thanks to the strength of the Canadian dollar against its Australian counterpart, making this a great time to book a trip, says Goway.

The loonie is at a two-and-a-half-year high against the Australian dollar. In January, the two currencies were close to parity. Now the Canadian dollar now buys AU$1.07.

“While Australia and New Zealand have always been a high value destinations on many a must-see list, they aren’t among the cheapest, particularly in big cities, or in remote regions such as the Australian Outback or New Zealand’s Fjordlands,” says Goway. “The current strength of the Canadian dollar levels the playing field somewhat, putting a day on Bondi Beach or an evening watching the sunset light up Uluru within an Canadian visitor’s reach in 2019 – or even sooner. Airfares are also better than ever, with multiple airlines luring passengers across the Pacific on state of the art aircraft at highly competitive rates.”

Goway adds that the strength of the Canadian dollar has had a direct impact on the price of some of its most popular itineraries.

These include the Sydney, Great Barrier Reef and Rock Escape, and for those who enjoy the luxury of rail travel, the Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular. The journey can extend across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, where the US dollar buys NZ$1.16.

With the improved exchange rate in mind, it’s also a great time to consider ‘up-starring’ an Australia or New Zealand vacation, getting that 5-star touch that might previously have been just out of reach, says Goway. Case in point: Goway’s luxurious Ultimate New Zealand trip is an upgraded trip made more affordable by the shift in rates.

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