Tylyn and Taylah Barron and their children Millie-Mae, 8, and Paisley, 5, check online for Queensland holiday spots. Picture: Tony Martin
Tylyn and Taylah Barron and their children Millie-Mae, 8, and Paisley, 5, check online for Queensland holiday spots. Picture: Tony Martin

International holidays stay on the backburner

NEW research shows Aussies have shelved their international holiday plans amid COVID-19.

But almost 40 per cent of us are planning a trip within Australia within the next six to 12 months.

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The Tourism Australia research comes as leading Queensland tourism operators prepare to show off their attractions in a live webcast to whet people’s appetite for travel once restrictions are eased.

Mackay mum of two Taylah Barron and her husband had saved for two years to book a Christmas-time holiday via Italy and Spain to see Slipknot play on a five day Norwegian-based cruise.

“We were going to also stop over in Dubai and Singapore on the way home,” Mrs Barron said.

“Obviously we got kicked up the butt with coronavirus.

“We only just got word yesterday morning that everyone was happy to give us a full refund.”

Mrs Barron said it had been “insane” trying to get their money back – only successful because of a technicality with a postponed flight that meant they would have missed half their cruise.

The family is now looking at holidaying along Queensland’s coast once the refund is finalised.

“I will be the first person to be like, ‘Take my money and let’s book a holiday wherever we can’,” Mrs Barron said.

From June 12, Queenslanders will be able to travel up to 250km within the state, with interstate travel restrictions set to be lifted on July 10.

Webcasting live from 7am Saturday, Live from Aus will show off Australia’s attractions including a virtual snorkel tour of the Great Barrier Reef and a dance party with The Wiggles.

Head to australia.com for more information.

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